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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.


In the ideal intensive care unit (ICU) of the future, all patients are free from delirium, a syndrome of brain dysfunction frequently observed in critical illness and associated with worse ICU-related outcomes and long-term cognitive impairment. Although screening for delirium requires limited time and effort, this devastating disorder remains underestimated during routine ICU care. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a catastrophic reduction in delirium monitoring, prevention, and patient care. Katarzyna Kotfis, Irene van Diem-Zaal, Shawniqua Williams Roberson et al. suggest that good sedation practices should be complemented by novel ICU design and connectivity.


Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) has been increasingly applied in patients with cardiogenic shock in recent years. Nevertheless, many patients cannot be successfully weaned from VA ECMO support and 1-year mortality remains high. A systematic approach could help to optimize clinical management in favor of weaning by identifying important factors in individual patients. Christiaan L. Meuwese, Daniel Brodie & Dirk W. Donker provide an overview of pivotal factors that potentially prevent successful weaning of VA ECMO. G.P. Castelli et al. here report signs and symptoms related to thromboembolism in a patient  recently vaccinated vs  SARS-CoV-2. 


This new Thematic Series focus on all aspects related to the future of Intensive Care Medicine, including but not limited to: organization, staffing, monitoring systems, new therapies, future organ support systems, ethical aspects.

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After so many negative randomized, controlled trials, that have evaluated a number of simplified therapeutic interventions that could be applied to large patient populations, people are turning their interest back to personalized medicine. This new Thematic Series will share thoughts based on scientific data and help the clinician to individualize the different aspects of the patient management.

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This will be a series of commentaries focused on a particular aspect that changed in our ICU: the way we make rounds, we allow family presence, we monitor patients, we use echo techniques and apply renal replacement therapy, etc. These comments should bring some guidance to others to improve quality of care.

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We are proud to celebrate Critical Care's 25th Anniversary

On this occasion, we are looking back at the great journal’s  milestone achievements, highlighting a selection of the most impactful contents from the past 25 years and some authoritative opinions from the closest collaborators who contributed to the journal success.

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25 Years of Critical Care

Go through a special selection of 25 Critical Care influential contributions, one per each publication year, starting from the very beginning of our journal's prestigious history.

Critical Care strongly encourages Authors of Research articles and Review articles to submit a Graphical Abstract.

A graphical abstract is a figure that clearly and succinctly conveys the main message of your research (paper). 

The goal of a graphical abstract is to attract readers' attention to the article and encourage them to read the whole paper, but also promote interdisciplinary scholarship and help readers quickly identify which papers are most relevant to their research interests.

See the journal Submission Guidelines for more info on how to prepare a Graphical Abstract
Research articles
Review articles


We collect here all most recent research updates on COVID-19 epidemics published in the journal to make them easily discoverable to the research community

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What are the most challenging critical care issues? 
See how they can be best approached and managed

Announcing In Review

Critical Care, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service during the submission process will be able to:

- Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
- Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
- Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

See the full range of benefits in choosing In Review and how to opt in here and how the platform looks like here


Editorial | 06 August 2019
Is this patient really “(un)stable”? How to describe cardiovascular dynamics in critically ill patients
Jean-Louis Vincent, Maurizio Cecconi and Bernd Saugel

Research | 01 August 2019
Vitamin A deficiency in critically ill children with sepsis
Xuepeng Zhang, Kaiying Yang, Linwen Chen, Xuelian Liao, Liping Deng, Siyuan Chen and Yi Ji

Letter | 30 July 2019
Vitamin C administration in the critically ill: a summary of recent meta-analyses
Anitra C. Carr

Research | 24 July 2019
Association of sublingual microcirculation parameters and endothelial glycocalyx dimensions in resuscitated sepsis​​​​​​​
Alexandros Rovas, Laura Mareen Seidel, Hans Vink, Timo Pohlkötter, Hermann Pavenstädt, Christian Ertmer, Michael Hessler and Philipp Kümpers

Editorial | 04 July 2019
How I manage intracranial hypertension​​​​​​​
Chiara Robba and Giuseppe Citerio

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Latest Supplements

41st International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2022

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Volume 26 Supplement 1
Brussels, Belgium | 22-25 March 2022

40th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2021

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Volume 25 Supplement 1
Brussels, Belgium | 31 August-3 September 2021

40th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2020 - Part 2

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Volume 24 Supplement 2
eISICEM 2020 | 15-18 September 2020

40th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

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Volume 24 Supplement 1
Brussels, Belgium | 24-27 March 2020

39th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

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Volume 23 Supplement 2
Brussels, Belgium | 19-22 March 2019

38th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

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Volume 22 Supplement 1
Brussels, Belgium | 20-23 March 2018

Future of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) 2016

Volume 21 Supplement 3

9th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine for Latin America

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Volume 21 Supplement 2
São Paulo, Brazil | June 14-17 2017

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.

Thematic Series

The future of Intensive Care Medicine

Edited by Prof Jean-Louis Vincent

Personalized medicine in the ICU

Edited by Prof Jean-Louis Vincent

How the COVID crisis changed our lives in the ICU

Edited by Prof Jean-Louis Vincent

How I...

Edited by Prof Jean-Louis Vincent

Acute Stroke Management

Edited by Prof Marek Mirski

Influenza: A Decade After the 2009 Pandemic

Edited by Prof Adrienne Randolph


Edited by Prof Lui Forni


Edited by Prof Jerry Nolan

The future of critical care

Edited by Prof Jean-Louis Vincent

Physiology of the circulation

Edited by Prof Sheldon Magder

Echography in critically ill patients

Edited by Prof Daniel De Backer

Pyrexia in the ICU

Edited by Prof Lui Forni

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)

Edited by Prof Michael Joannidis

Neurocritical care

Edited by Prof Fabio Taccone

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.

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