Robert Fromm, MD; Kalpalatha Guntupalli, MD
Fromm R, Guntupalli K. Update in Critical Care Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:974-980. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-12-200012190-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(12):974-980.
The intensive care unit (ICU) is among the most expensive and technology-driven areas of the hospital and is the place where severely ill medical and surgical patients converge. Although advances in the machinery for cardiac and respiratory support helped create intensive care medicine, low-technology innovations are adding benefits today. The following studies from 1999 illustrate how relatively simple ideas and solutions in the ICU can reduce mortality and complication rates and save costs.
This year's Update in Critical Care Medicine highlights important literature that will lead to changes in the management of critically ill patients. Other articles discussed here are equally important because they reinforce key principles. We have chosen papers that are clinically useful and should be of interest to general internists and other specialists.
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