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Critical Care Alert – October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

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  • A Novel Prediction Tool for Hypoxemia During ICU Intubation

    The authors of this retrospective analysis of data from two prospective randomized trials of tracheal intubation created a new risk score calculator to identify patients who may develop severe hypoxemia during this procedure.

  • Should We Use Early Physical Therapy for Respiratory Muscles?

    Mechanically ventilated patients undergoing inspiratory muscle training demonstrated significant increases in both maximum inspiratory and expiratory muscle pressures; the training was associated with reduced weaning duration of 2.3 days.

  • Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle

    When the Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle was used to identify patients with severe sepsis or patients in septic shock, delays in lactate measurements for patients with abnormal lactate levels were associated with delayed initiation of antibiotic therapy and increased mortality.

  • Metabolic Acidosis in the ICU

    Sodium bicarbonate therapy for severe metabolic acidemia did not affect a primary composite outcome of all-cause mortality at 28 days and at least one organ failure at day 7. However, in an a priori-defined stratum of patients with acute kidney injury, sodium bicarbonate therapy decreased 28-day mortality and the primary outcome.