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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.

EDITOR'S PICK - THE FUTURE OF INTENSIVE CARE: DELIRIUM SHOULD NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE

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.

EDITOR'S PICK - THE ABCDE APPROACH TO DIFFICULT WEANING FROM VENOARTERIAL EXTRACORPOREAL MEMBRANE OXYGENATION

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. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE FUTURE OF INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE

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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CALL FOR PAPERS: PERSONALIZED MEDICINE IN THE ICU

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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COVID-19 UPDATES

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

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


2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Critical Care. 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.

CALL FOR PAPERS: CARDIAC ARREST

In this thematic series for Critical Care, the focus is on important recent developments and state-of-the art practice in the field of cardiac arrest.

Cardiac arrest is a major public health problem. Many thousands of people have a cardiac arrest each year worldwide, many of whom will be admitted to the ICU, where urgent and appropriate treatment is essential to their survival. Mortality rates remain high, however, and keeping up-to-date with the very latest clinical practice evidence is crucial for the ICU physician to ensure optimum patient management.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: HOW THE COVID-CRISIS CHANGED OUR LIVES IN THE ICU

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

Articles

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

  1. Authors: R. M. Bateman, M. D. Sharpe, J. E. Jagger, C. G. Ellis, J. Solé-Violán, M. López-Rodríguez, E. Herrera-Ramos, J. Ruíz-Hernández, L. Borderías, J. Horcajada, N. González-Quevedo, O. Rajas, M. Briones, F. Rodríguez de Castro, C. Rodríguez Gallego, F. Esen…

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
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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

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

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.

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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