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: Promoting early identification of sepsis in hospitalized patients with nurse-led protocols

Sepsis remains a leading cause of mortality in critically ill patients worldwide. In this Editorial, Ruth Kleinpell explores recent studies exploring the impact of nurse-led sepsis screening interventions in improving early recognition of patients with sepsis.


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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: Hemodynamic monitoring in the era of evidence-based medicine

New Content ItemIn this editorial, Saugel et al. discuss how the lack of formal evidence showing that haemodynamic monitoring (HM) can improve patient outcome may be explained by  shortcomings of the EBM methodology in the field, as well as by HM itself.

Featured article: The inflammatory response to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

New Content ItemExtracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a technology capable of providing short-term mechanical support to the heart, lungs or both. In this article, Millar et al. review the pathophysiology of the inflammatory response to ECMO, highlighting the complex interactions between arms of the innate immune response, the endothelium and coagulation.

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!

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Featured supplements

Sepsis 2016 Paris
Paris, France 6-8 December 2016

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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