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Critical Connections Archives

Critical Connections was launched in 2003. For access to articles published before 2017, please contact Melissa Nielsen.
Pediatric Septic Shock and Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments
Explore this ethics case and case analysis that covers pediatric septic shock and requests for portentially inappropriate treatments from family. 
Scvo2 in Sepsis: A Measurement Provided by Respiratory Care Practitioners
This article outlines the value of central venous oxygen saturation (Scvo2) measurement in sepsis patients, emphasizing the role of the respiratory care practitioner in measuring Scvo2 using blood gas oximetry.
Surviving Sepsis Campaign Releases First Guidelines for Sepsis in Children
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) released its first guidelines for pediatric patints with sepsis in February. More than 1.2 million children develop sepsis globally every year, including more than 75,000 in the United States.
President’s Message: Enhancing Society Flexibility by Tapping a KEG
SCCM President Lewis J. Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, discusses how SCCM can tap into Knowledge Education Groups to engage with members and meet their needs.
Stop My Dad’s Suffering: Bridging the Gap Between Comfort Care and Euthanasia
Review this case study and analysis about bridging the gap between comfort care and euthanasia. 
Growth in PICUs Prompts Updated Guidance on Levels and Practice of Care
Read about the set of updated recommendations that define new categories for ascending levels of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) care for infants and children by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
What to Do When a Payer Audits Your Documentation
Learn what to do when a payer audits your documentation. 
Clinical Considerations in Managing the IVIG Shortage
Discover clinical considerations in managing the IVIG shortage. 
May I Have Your Attention, Please? Renewed Focus on Medication Automation
The medication use process in hospitals is often complex; however, technology and automation have made medication use more efficient and have enhanced safety. Learn about automated dispensng cabinets in this Critical Connections article. 
Emerging Strategies and Hot Topics in Hospital-Acquired Infection
Review the latest emerging strategies and hot topics for preventing hospital-acquired infection.