Aims and scope

Critical Care is a high-quality, peer-reviewed, international clinical medical journal. Critical Care aims to improve the care of critically ill patients by acquiring, discussing, distributing, and promoting evidence-based information relevant to intensivists. Critical Care aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the intensive care field.


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Featured podcast: why we should all know more about sepsis

What is sepsis and why is sepsis awareness in the general public and healthcare staff critically important? In this podcast, we talk to Professor Jean-Louis Vincent, Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care, about this and more. Listen here to find out more!

Featured article: antibiotic strategies in the era of multidrug resistance

Antibiotic-resistant microorganisms are emerging at an alarming rate and threaten adequate antibiotic coverage of ICU patients. The causes are multifactorial, but it is well known that the emergence of antibiotic resistance is highly correlated with selective pressure resulting from inappropriate use of these drugs. The authors of this study discuss the mechanisms of development of resistance, and highlight some of the key issues related to antibiotic management and possible approaches to prevent further development of resistance.

Featured article: the intensive care infection score – a novel marker for the prediction of infection and its severity

Predicting infection and infection severity is very difficult in the critically ill. This study investigates whether a novel, simple biomarker derived from five blood-cell derived parameters that characterize the innate immune response in routine blood samples, the intensive care infection score (ICIS), could be helpful. The authors compared the predictive value of the ICIS with white blood cell count (WBC), C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT).

Society affiliation

Critical Care is affiliated with The International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM).

ISICEM is held every March and is organised by the Departments of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine of Erasme University Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, in association with the Belgian Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (SIZ).

Featured series

Pyrexia in the ICU
Thematic Series
Edited by Lui Forni

Acute Kidney Injury
Thematic series
Edited by Michael Joannidis

Neurocritical care
Thematic series
Edited by Fabio Silvio Taccone

Antibiotic resistance in the ICU
Thematic series
Edited by Steven Opal

Editor profile

Prof Jean-Louis Vincent, Editor-in-Chief

Prof Vincent is Professor of intensive care at the University of Brussels, and intensivist in the Department of Intensive Care at the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels. He is President of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) and a Past-President of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SIZ), the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), the European Shock Society (ESS), and the International Sepsis Forum (ISF). He is member of the Royal Medical Academy of Belgium.

Featured collection

Featured supplements

36th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM)
Brussels, Belgium  15-18 March 2016

Sepsis 2016
Agra, India 5-6 February 2016