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: the pathophysiological basis and consequences of fever

Raised core temperature and fever has numerous causes, and has been linked to increased survival in sepsis. However, if heat generation exceeds heat loss and the core temperature rises above that set by the hypothalamus, the individual is at increased risk of short and long-term dysfunction and, in a lot of cases, death. This narrative review outlines the pathophysiology of pyrogenic and non-pyrogenic fever, concentrating primarily on the pathophysiology of non-septic causes.

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Featured article: increasing survival after admission to UK critical care units following cardiopulmonary resuscitation

There have been numerous development and improvements to post-resuscitation care in recent years. The authors of this study investigated trends in patient outcomes and characteristics following admission to ICU in the UK, following cardiopulmonary resuscitation during 2004-2014. They found that risk-adjusted hospital mortality following admission to ICU after cardiac arrest decreased significantly during the period 2004–2014.

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

Echography in critically ill patients
Thematic series
Edited by Daniel De Backer

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


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.