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Does My Documentation Tell the Story in Critical Care?

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections. In critical care, documentation requirements are not spelled out in as much detail as they are for non-critical care, which prompts the question, What do I need to document to support billing my critical care services?


Big Data Is a Big Deal

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Two experts in the field share their perspective ahead of their presentations at the 49th Critical Care Congress.


The Impact of Opioids on the Delivery of Critical Care in the 21st Century

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Opioids impact critical care in multiple ways. Not only do they form the backbone of managing pain and sedation in the intensive care unit (ICU), the burgeoning opioid epidemic also feeds into opioid-related ICU admissions.


The Importance of Good Sleep in the ICU

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Critically ill patients commonly experience severe sleep disruption and deprivation. Excessive sleep fragmentation, reduced REM sleep, and loss of normal circadian rhythm are common.


Clinical Considerations in Managing the IVIG Shortage

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), first approved for use in the 1980s, is an essential treatment used in a wide variety of clinical specialties including neurology, hematology, immunology, nephrology, rheumatology, and dermatology.


May I Have Your Attention, Please? Renewed Focus on Medication Automation

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. The medication use process in hospitals is often complex; however, technology and automation have made medication use more efficient and have enhanced safety.


Using Quality Improvement Strategies to Address Burnout and Promote a Healthy Work Culture

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. The increased attention being given to addressing burnout among healthcare professionals is due in part to the recognition that burnout is a consequence of physical and emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and the stressors from working under difficult or demanding conditions. 


Stop My Dad’s Suffering: Bridging the Gap Between Comfort Care and Euthanasia

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Review this case study and analysis about bridging the gap between comfort care and euthanasia. 


What to Do When a Payer Audits Your Documentation

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections. Medicare and private payers continue to focus on audits to recover improper payments. You need to be prepared for the possibility of an audit.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome and critical care medicine: The Toronto experience

The 2003 global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) provided numerous challenges to the delivery of critical care. The Toronto critical care community has learned important lessons from SARS, which will help in preparation for future disease outbreaks.(Crit Care Med 2005; 33[Suppl.]:S53–S60)


Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS): A critical care perspective

This Critical Care Medicine article aims to review the epidemiology, clinical features, etiology, diagnosis, and management of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from a critical care perspective.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: Knowledge to Date

This Critical Care Medicine article provides a conceptual and clinical review of Middle East respiratory syndrome.
(Crit Care Med 2015; 43:1283-1290)


Lessons learned: Protection of healthcare workers from infectious disease risks

This Critical Care Medicine article summarizes current concepts on preventing occupationally acquired infections in healthcare workers.


Critically ill patients with the Middle East respiratory syndrome: A multicenter retrospective cohort study

This Critical Care Medicine aims to describe patient characteristics, clinical manifestations, disease course including viral replication patterns, and outcomes of critically ill patients with severe acute respiratory infection from the Middle East respiratory syndrome and to compare these features with patients with severe acute respiratory infection due to other etiologies.


Recommendations for Alternative Analgesic and Sedative Agents in the Setting of Drug Shortages

This article was originally published in the February 2012 issue of Critical Connections


Scvo2 in Sepsis: A Measurement Provided by Respiratory Care Practitioners

This article was originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Critical Connections. When treating patients with sepsis, intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency department clinicians have learned that improved outcomes occur when staff members work together as a team. 
 


Disparities in Sepsis Management and Outcomes

This article was originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Critical Connections. The combined estimates of severe sepsis and sepsis amount to 50 million cases worldwide, accounting for 5.3 million deaths annually. This Critical Connections article covers the disparities in sepsis management and outcomes due to unconscious bias.


Advanced Practitioners and Critical Care for Medicare Patients

This article was originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Critical Connections. The article covers the requirements for coding and billing for Medicare patients. 


PTSD and Burnout in Healthcare Professionals

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Critical Connections.


Ethics and Moral Distress Consultation Shape an Institutional Approach

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Critical Connections.