Critical Care - Volume 15, issue 1

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Electronic ISSN
1466-609X
Print ISSN
1364-8535

Abstract

Organ donation offers opportunities for people in critical care units to help save the lives of other patients. It is not always easy, however, to handle the transition from treating a patient to preserving a potential donor, and organ donation consistently provokes ethical questions in critical

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011

Abstract

Introduction

The performance of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and C-reactive protein (CRP) to predict clinical outcomes in ICU patients is unimpressive. We aimed to assess the prognostic value of NT-proBNP, CRP or the combination of both in unselected medical ICU patients.</

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011

Abstract

Introduction

The aim of this study was to evaluate factors influencing short- and long-term survival in medical patients aged 80 and over following admission to an intensive care unit.

Methods

All patients aged 80 years or over and admitted between 2001 and 2006 were included in this study. S

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011

Abstract

Heparin is the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant for continuous renal replacement therapy. There is, however, increasing evidence questioning its safety, particularly in the critically ill. Heparin mainly confers its anticoagulant effect by binding to antithrombin. Heparin binds to numerous

Journal: Critical Care, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011