Using semi-structured interviews with intensive care unit (ICU) survivors and their family members, investigators identified several ICU processes of care and outcomes after the ICU that were important to this population.
Researchers developed an automated text messaging approach that can monitor patients who have been discharged from the ED. Other investigators have leveraged artificial intelligence to train an algorithm to help emergency clinicians better predict outcomes and manage resources.
The loss of chance doctrine can be a strong tool for plaintiffs to recover damages when a physician’s failure to follow a certain course of treatment resulted in the patient losing the opportunity of a better outcome. It is important to consult with qualified legal counsel in the local jurisdiction to ascertain whether it applies, and with what potential nuances.
In the LOCO2 study, a conservative oxygen strategy with SpO2 goals of 88% to 92% was not shown to improve mortality over a liberal oxygen strategy as hypothesized, but rather was found to have a worrisome signal of increased mortality and increased mesenteric ischemia.
Surgeons can use educationally based decision aids to improve rates of knee arthroplasty utilization among African Americans. The decision aids should include information about pre- and postoperative pain and performance outcomes.
In this randomized, placebo-controlled trial using tranexamic acid to treat patients with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury within two hours of injury, there was no significant difference between treatment groups in either mortality or functional recovery at six months.
This was a multicenter, blinded, parallel-group, randomized trial of mechanically ventilated critically ill patients. Achieving 100% calorie requirements did not change outcomes at six months when compared to a more modest goal of 70% of predicted calorie requirements.