Vasopressin is recommended for cardiac arrest according to current American Heart Association guidelines. In a pre-released article in Resuscitation, Mentzelopoulos et al performed a meta-analysis to determine whether the cumulative evidence supports or refutes outcomes benefits for vasopressin when used for adult cardiac arrest. After a limited search involving PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane registry, […]

In an online article of The New England Journal of Medicine, Casaer et al present data from a prospective, randomized, controlled, parallel-group, multicenter trial conducted in Belgium. The Early Parenteral Nutrition Completing Enteral Nutrition in Adult Critically Ill Patients (EPaNIC) investigators sought to assess outcomes between patients treated with parenteral nutrition (PN) within 2 days […]

In the July issue of Critical Care Medicine, Fragou et al present data from a prospective, unblinded, single-center randomized trial examining the use of real-time ultrasound for cannulation of the subclavian vein. The study included 401 patients receiving mechanical ventilation who required subclavian central venous cannulation (SCV). Patients were being treated at a tertiary multidisciplinary […]

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In the June 1, 2011 Journal of American Medical Association, Lilly and colleagues report a prospective, unblinded single-institution study where implementation of a tele-ICU intervention was associated with reduced adjusted odds of mortality and reduced hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, as well as improved adherence to best practices and lower rates […]

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