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: Precision medicine for all?

All of medicine aspires to be precise, where a greater understanding of individual data will lead to personalized treatment and improved outcomes. The field of critical care may be tempted to envision that complex, acute syndromes could bend to a reductionist philosophy—where single mutations could identify and target our critically ill patients for treatment. In this review, Christopher W. Seymour et al. map out the challenges and opportunities for a precision medicine approach to critical illness


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Featured article: The future of mechanical ventilation: lessons from the present and the past

Editor's PickIn this review, Gattinoni et al. examine the current problems associated with mechanical ventilation and discuss ways to improve its safety by limiting tissue damage. They then devise a potential pathway towards ‘improved’ mechanical ventilation for a future patient.

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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 supplements

37th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM 2017)
Brussels, Belgium 21-24 March 2017

Sepsis 2016 Paris
Paris, France 6-8 December 2016

36th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM 2016)
Brussels, Belgium  15-18 March 2016

Sepsis 2016
Agra, India 5-6 February 2016


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Thematic series

The future of critical care
Edited by Jean-Louis Vincent

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: The future of critical care

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What does the future hold for the field of critical care medicine? How does the discipline differ from when Critical Care launched 20 years ago? In this podcast, Prof Jean-Louis Vincent introduces the new thematic series for the journal, The future of critical care, and answers the questions you asked us on Twitter.

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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.

Celebrating Critical Care's 20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Critical Care. To celebrate, we have 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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Video abstract: The digestive tract as the origin of systemic inflammation

Failure of gut homeostasis is an important factor in the pathogenesis and progression of systemic inflammation, which can culminate in multiple organ failure and fatality. In this review, de Jong et el. examine the cellular and biochemical players in the gut which lead to this.