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: 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 article: management of bleeding in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulants

Recently, a new generation of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) with a greater specificity towards activated coagulation factors was introduced based on encouraging results for efficacy and safety in clinical studies. This study discusses the initial limitation of these new drugs; the absence of an adequate strategy to reverse the effect if a bleeding event occurs or an urgent invasive procedure has to be carried out.

Featured article: probiotic and synbiotic therapy in critical illness

Critical illness is characterized by a loss of commensal flora and an overgrowth of potentially pathogenic bacteria, leading to a high susceptibility to nosocomial infections. Probiotics are living non-pathogenic microorganisms, which may protect the gut barrier, attenuate pathogen overgrowth, decrease bacterial translocation and prevent infection. The purpose of this updated systematic review is to evaluate the overall efficacy of probiotics and synbiotic mixtures on clinical outcomes in critical illness.

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 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

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

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.

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