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Critical Connections Archives

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Critical Connections was launched in 2003. For access to articles published before 2017, please contact Melissa Nielsen.

2019 - November - Hot Topics in Critical Care

Stop My Dad’s Suffering: Bridging the Gap Between Comfort Care and Euthanasia
Review this case study and analysis about bridging the gap between comfort care and euthanasia. 
Growth in PICUs Prompts Updated Guidance on Levels and Practice of Care
Read about the set of updated recommendations that define new categories for ascending levels of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) care for infants and children by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
What to Do When a Payer Audits Your Documentation
Learn what to do when a payer audits your documentation. 
Clinical Considerations in Managing the IVIG Shortage
Discover clinical considerations in managing the IVIG shortage. 
May I Have Your Attention, Please? Renewed Focus on Medication Automation
The medication use process in hospitals is often complex; however, technology and automation have made medication use more efficient and have enhanced safety. Learn about automated dispensng cabinets in this Critical Connections article. 
Emerging Strategies and Hot Topics in Hospital-Acquired Infection
Review the latest emerging strategies and hot topics for preventing hospital-acquired infection.
The Importance of Good Sleep in the ICU
Poor sleep can adversely affect patients’ psychological well-being. Read about the importance of good sleep in the ICU. 
The Impact of Opioids on the Delivery of Critical Care in the 21st Century
Find out the impact of opioids on critical care delivery in the 21st century. 
Using Quality Improvement Strategies to Address Burnout and Promote a Healthy Work Culture
Learn different quality improvement strategies to address burnout and promote a healthy work culture. 
Big Data Is a Big Deal: Two experts in the field share their perspective ahead of their presentations at the 49th Critical Care Congress.
Two experts in the field share their perspective ahead of their presentations at the 49th Critical Care Congress.
President’s Message: Hot Topics in Critical Care
Learn about hot topics in critical care from the SCCM President.