Celebrating Critical Care's 20th Anniversary

New Content Item2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Critical Care. To celebrate, we have put together a page to celebrate the great milestones of the journal, including a timeline, opinions from those in the field, links to some of our most popular articles and more. 

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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.

Editor's Pick: Obesity and survival in critically ill patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome: a paradox within the paradox

New Content ItemObesity is associated with an increased risk of death in the general population, but in specific disease conditions a decrease in mortality has been reported. The obesity paradox in acute respiratory distress syndrome patients has been investigated in two recent meta-analyses. In this Editorial, Lorenzo Ball et al. examine the findings of these studies.


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Featured article: Effect of an automated notification system for deteriorating ward patients on clinical outcomes

New Content ItemA delayed response to the clinical deterioration of ward patients is common. In this study by Subbe et al., deployment of an electronic automated advisory vital signs monitoring and notification system to signal clinical deterioration in ward patients was associated with significant improvements in key patient-centered clinical outcomes.

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

Thematic series

The future of critical care
Edited by Jean-Louis Vincent

Physiology of the circulation
Edited by Sheldon Magder

Echography in critically ill patients
Edited by Daniel De Backer

Pyrexia in the ICU
Edited by Lui Forni

Acute Kidney Injury
Edited by Michael Joannidis

Neurocritical care
Edited by Fabio Silvio Taccone

Antibiotic resistance in the ICU
Edited by Steven Opal

Latest podcast: ARDS - detection, outcomes and prognoses

What is ARDS, how is it detected and what are the outcomes? In this podcast, we talk to Professor Laurent Brochard, Editorial Board member of Critical Care, about this and more. Listen here to find out more!


Featured supplements

37th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM 2017)
Brussels, Belgium 21-24 March 2017

Sepsis 2016 Paris
Paris, France 6-8 December 2016

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

Sepsis 2016
Agra, India 5-6 February 2016

Expedited peer review

We recognise that scientifically sound, high quality manuscripts are often turned away from broad-scope "high-impact" journals based on the issue of "general interest." Critical Care will consider rapid publication of such manuscripts if they are submitted together with the original peer reviewer reports, letter of rejection, and a rebuttal. Please also mention this in your cover letter.

Additional peer review may be necessary and the final decision will be made by the Editor.

Video abstract: The digestive tract as the origin of systemic inflammation

Failure of gut homeostasis is an important factor in the pathogenesis and progression of systemic inflammation, which can culminate in multiple organ failure and fatality. In this review, de Jong et el. examine the cellular and biochemical players in the gut which lead to this.