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Clinical Considerations in Managing the IVIG Shortage

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), first approved for use in the 1980s, is an essential treatment used in a wide variety of clinical specialties including neurology, hematology, immunol...

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The Importance of Good Sleep in the ICU

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Critically ill patients commonly experience severe sleep disruption and deprivation. Excessive sleep fragmentation, reduced REM sleep, and loss of normal circadian rhythm are common.

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The Impact of Opioids on the Delivery of Critical Care in the 21st Century

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Opioids impact critical care in multiple ways. Not only do they form the backbone of managing pain and sedation in the intensive care unit (ICU), the burgeoning opioid epidemic also fe...

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Emerging Strategies and Hot Topics in Hospital-Acquired Infection

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections . 

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Big Data Is a Big Deal

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Two experts in the field share their perspective ahead of their presentations at the 49th Critical Care Congress.

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Does My Documentation Tell the Story in Critical Care?

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . In critical care, documentation requirements are not spelled out in as much detail as they are for non-critical care, which prompts the question, What do I need to document to support billing ...

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Navigating a Child's Care When Parents Are Resistant to the Care Plan

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . A collaborative relationship between parents and the medical team is established and maintained in the vast majority of pediatric cases, particularly when patient-focused, family-centered init...

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Early Identification of Sepsis: The Journey Since the Sepsis on the Wards Collaborative

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections.  AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA, had a unique opportunity to impact the care provided to patients with sepsis in partnership with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s (...

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Building a Case for Tele-Critical Care to Improve Quality

This article was originally published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Telemedicine in critical care has been intensely watched and widely debated in the literature.

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SCCM's Family Engagement Collaborative: Building Teams for Success

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . In 2016, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – Intensive Care Unit (PCOR-ICU) Collaborative, bringing multiprofessional ICU clinicians t...

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Creating a Culture of Caring: An ICU Patient Profile

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The world of Rana Awdish, MD, changed on the last day of her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It was 2008, and Dr. Awdish, who was seven...

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The ICU Liberation Bundle: An Emphasis on Nonpharmacologic Interventions

This article was first published in the August 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The ICU Liberation Bundle (formerly the ABCDEF Bundle) represents the blueprint for implementing the ICU liberation initiative within intensive care units (ICUs) around the world that aims to ...

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Coding Corner: Revisiting Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Services

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Coding Corner addresses the continuing changes in coding and billing.  Neonatal and pediatric critical care coding guidelines have been modified over the years, but the definitions re...

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Drug Shortages: Peripheral Vasopressors: Friend or Foe?

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The Drug Shortages column addresses recent events and issues related to drug shortages. Hemodynamic emergencies are common in the critical care arena. Once fluid resuscitation fails t...

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Enhancing Diversity and Professional Development Through Mentorship

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of  Critical Connections . Fostering diversity is an ideal that we strive to achieve in our profession. However, if asked to recall specific examples from the past year in which we have actively participated in...

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Perspectives on Mentorship

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . As an experienced provider who has changed roles several times, I have several perspectives on the role of mentorship in the development of a practitioner. Early in my career, despite...

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The Role of Mentorship for Women in Critical Care Medicine

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . As recognition grows about the disparities that exist for women in the workplace, it creates an opportunity to discuss ways to advance and support women in critical care. In this art...

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Mentorship During Fellowship: A Real-World Experience

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . Mentorship programs have a proven and well-established benefit for professional development. In 2018, the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Postgraduate and Fellowship Educat...

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Exploring Ethics: How to Deal with Challenging Family Situations

"How to Deal with Challenging Family Situations" was published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections . The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care pra...

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ICU Capacity Strain: The Need for Standardization of Definitions

"ICU Capacity Strain: The Need for Standardization of Definitions" was published in the June/July 2018 issue of  Critical Connections . There is an increasing appreciation in the medical community that capacity of the intensive care unit (ICU) is a vital issue in regard to pa...

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