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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, immunol...

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 exhau...

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 Ca...

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 ...

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 dispari...

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. 

Burnout: A Closer Look at Integrative Medicine Strategies

"Burnout: A Closer Look at Integrative Medicine Strategies" was published in the February/March 2018 issue of Critical Connections.

Addressing Burnout: A Success Story from Mayo Clinic

"Addressing Burnout: A Success Story from Mayo Clinic" was published in the February/March 2018 issue of Critical Connections.

Critical Care Societies Collaborative National Summit on Prevention & Management of Burnout

"Critical Care Societies Collaborative National Summit on Prevention & Management of Burnout" was published in the February/March 2018 issue of Critical Connections.

Practicing Mindfulness in Critical Care

"Practicing Mindfulness in Critical Care " was published in the February/March 2018 issue of Critical Connections.

The Vasopressor Toolbox for Defending Blood Pressure

"The Vasopressor Toolbox for Defending Blood Pressure" was published in the April/May 2017 issue of Critical Connections.