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: 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. This review by de Jong et al. evaluates recent insights into the identity of the cellular and biochemical players from the gut that have key roles in the pathogenic turn of events that derange the systemic inflammatory homeostasis.


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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 article: communicating with conscious and mechanically ventilated critically ill patients: a systematic review

Ventilator-dependent patients in the ICU often experience difficulties with communication, due to intubation. This systematic review by ten Hoorn et al. summarizes the current evidence on communication methods with mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU, and goes on to develop an algorithm for communication with these patients, based on current evidence.

Featured article: antibiotic dosing in obesity: a BIG challenge

When almost 60% of the world’s population is predicted to be overweight by 2030, dosing regimens that are developed and tested in non-obese patients will be inappropriate for the future use of drugs. The authors of this study discuss whether we should no longer accept the “one-size-fits-all” mentality of antibiotic dosing and accept that individuals may in fact need to be dosed individually.

Society information

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).

Thematic series

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 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


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.

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