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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.


Patients with severe ARDS may benefit from VV ECMO support. Nevertheless, the mortality of these patients remains very high and surviving patients are often severely compromised even after discharge. No surprise that future quality of life is often the major concern for relatives and ICU teams. Despite of this, there are limited information about long-term survival and long-term quality of life of these patients. J. Rilinger et al., in this study, provide the first insights.


Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) is a rare form of stroke generally occurring in younger patients (typically < 50 years old), predominantly women. Incidence is about 5–16 cases per 1 million people per year. CVST has been reported in COVID-19 patients associated with thrombocytopenia.  
G.P. Castelli et al. here report signs and symptoms related to thromboembolism in a patient  recently vaccinated vs  SARS-CoV-2. 


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

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

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


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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HOW I...

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


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

Celebrating Critical Care's 20th Anniversary

2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Critical Care. To celebrate, we put together a page to celebrate the great milestones of the journal, including a timeline, opinions from those in the field, links to some of our most popular articles and more. 

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The Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2021

Editor: Jean-Louis Vincent 

Do not miss the 2021 Volume!

Video Abstract: The digestive tract as the origin of systemic inflammation

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Latest Supplements

40th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Meeting abstracts
Volume 24 Supplement 1
Brussels, Belgium | 15-18 March 2020

39th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

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

38th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Meeting abstracts
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

Meeting abstracts
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

Personalized medicine 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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