Procalcitonin guidance improves antibiotic stewardship
April 13, 2017
Use of the procalcitonin assay has been shown to reduce antibiotic utilization without an increase in adverse outcomes.
Sneak Peak: The Hospital Leader Blog
April 3, 2017
There is no doubt transparency is important, and patients should be informed when hospitalized as outpatients instead of as inpatients. But the wisdom of the federal NOTICE Act essentially stops there.
When one patient decompensates, others on the ward may follow
March 30, 2017
Clinical question: How does the clinical decompensation of a ward patient affect the likelihood of another patient’s decompensation?
Using shock index in the ED to predict hospital admission and inpatient mortality
March 24, 2017
CLINICAL QUESTION: Can shock index (SI) in the ED predict the likelihood for hospital admission and inpatient mortality?
Selected elderly trauma patients do well in non–ICU wards
December 7, 2016
CORONADO, CALIF. – When elderly patients are appropriately triaged, they can be selectively admitted to non–intensive care wards with acceptable outcomes, results from a single-center study showed.
Acute kidney injury common in children, young adults in ICU
November 18, 2016
Acute kidney injury is common in children and young adults admitted to ICU.
Combine qSOFA and SIRS for best sepsis score
November 10, 2016
LOS ANGELES – Instead of replacing the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) score with the new quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score to identify severe sepsis patients, it might be best to use both, according to two studies presented at the American College of C...
Delayed ICU Transfer Affects Mortality and Length of Stay
October 17, 2016
Can an objective measurement of critical illness inform intensive care unit (ICU) transfer timeliness?
Daily Round Checklists in ICU Setting Don’t Reduce Mortality
August 26, 2016
Do checklists, daily goal assessments, and clinician prompts change in-hospital mortality for ICU patients?
Key Elements of Critical Care
February 29, 2016
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