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 […]

In June 1998 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was charged with examining the current state of healthcare in the United States, and thus the Quality of Health Care in America project was initiated. The objective of the IOM’s quality initiative was to develop a strategy for improving healthcare over the next 10 years.  To accomplish […]

Upon returning from India, I had a number of meetings with SCCM staff to help me get back ‘in the loop’ with our operational activities.  From these meetings, I was struck how our online capabilities continue to grow and develop.  For the first time this year, the MCCKAP exam will be offered online, providing almost […]

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