Critical Care and Shock


The Medical Emergency Team and prevention of sudden cardiac death: where is the data?

Traditionally, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been the main tool for treating victims of cardiac arrest. This therapeutic modality has been known for millennia, and despite its widespread use for the last five decades, it has had only few modifications. The popular belief that CPR is an effective approach for patients with cardiopulmonary arrest has been supported by television medical drama series that always show CPR as a medical icon.

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Therapeutic hypothermia in the year 2010: it is about time!

The use of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in clinical medicine is no longer a rarity. Since the modern inception of this technique by Fay in the 1940s, TH has been used for a variety of clinical scenarios. (1,2) TH has gained significant popularity as a brain-protection strategy in victims of sudden cardiac death in whom return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) has been obtained with coma.

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Hypertensive Emergencies: Time for Guidelines

Hypertension remains the “silent killer”. Over 72 million Americans suffer from this condition and it is estimated that as many as 1 billion people worldwide may have it [1]. Critical care clinicians are likely to encounter patients with this malady. Indeed, one percent of patients with essential hypertension (HTN) will develop at some point in their life a hypertensive crisis [2].

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Information Exchange in Critical Care for a Better Future

In the year 2008, knowledge and technology develop continually in every field of our lives, and, with no exception, in critical care medicine as well. This continuous growth is implicit in our daily activities. We could not imagine our lives today without it. Nowadays, as health care professionals, we surely do not want a fever to last for one week before we can make a diagnosis of typhoid fever for our patients. We can use some simple tests instead and institute prompt therapy.

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Pulmonary: A New Section

We proudly would like to inform readers of Critical Care and Shock that starting with this issue, there will be a new section called PULMONARY

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From the Editor

Already one year ago the terribly sad news of Dr Iqbal Mustafa sudden death hurt us, a few days before the opening of the Bali

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