CE/CME Questions and Objectives

Compared to private practitioners, use of a hospitalist teaching service with active participation of medical residents resulted in:

a. a significant increase in length of stay.

b. lower costs for patients > 65 years of age.

c. a higher subspecialty consultation rate.

d. a significant increase in ICU costs.

e. All of the above


When rinse-free alcohol gel dispensers were mounted inside and outside patient rooms, ICU personnel:

a. used gel dispensers inside the room more frequently.

b. used gel dispensers outside the room more frequently.

c. did not change rates of compliance with hand antisepsis.

d. improved short-, but not long-term compliance with hand antisepsis.

e. None of the above


Advantages of percutaneous dilational tracheostomy over traditional surgical tracheostomy performed in the operating room include:

a. shorter procedure time.

b. significantly lower mortality.

c. faster weaning from ventilatory support.

d. lower incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

e. All of the above


Out of 200 patients with the acute respiratory distress syndrome, how many survived to leave the hospital?

a. 39

b. 72

c. 98

d. 132

e. 179


According to the principles discussed in the "ICU philosophy" essay by Crawford, Sir William Osler would most likely have practiced which of the following specialties?

a. Endocrinology

b. Infectious disease

c. Oncology

d. Pulmonary medicine

e. Intensive care medicine


CME/CE Objectives

After reading each issue of Critical Care Alert, readers will be able to do the following:

Identify the particular clinical, legal, or scientific issues related to critical care.

Describe how those issues affect nurses, health care workers, hospitals, or the health care industry in general.

Cite solutions to the problems associated with those issues.