Volume 17 Supplement 1

Critical Care: A selective look back and a glimpse forward


Edited by John J Marini

The supplement was proposed by Fresenius Kabi based on presentations from the 'Future of critical care medicine (FCCM) 2012: Today's practice and a look to the future' symposium. Articles were commissioned by the journal, were independently prepared by the authors and have been peer reviewed by the journal. The Supplement Editor declares that they have no competing interests. Publication of this supplement was supported by Fresenius Kabi.

Future of critical care medicine (FCCM) 2012: Today's practice and a look to the future.

Cebu, Philippines

12-13 January 2013

  1. Review

    Mechanical ventilation: past lessons and the near future

    The ability to compensate for life-threatening failure of respiratory function is perhaps the signature technology of intensive care medicine. Unchanging needs for providing effective life-support with minimiz...

    John J Marini

    Critical Care 2013 17(Suppl 1):S1

    Published on: 12 March 2013

  2. Review

    Critical care - where have we been and where are we going?

    The first ICUs were established in the late 1950s and the specialty of critical care medicine began to develop. Since those early days, huge improvements have been made in terms of technological advances and u...

    Jean-Louis Vincent

    Critical Care 2013 17(Suppl 1):S2

    Published on: 12 March 2013

  3. Review

    Advancing critical care: time to kiss the right frog

    The greatest advances in critical care over the past two decades have been achieved through doing less to the patient. We have learnt through salutary experience that our burgeoning Master-of-the-Universe capa...

    Mervyn Singer

    Critical Care 2013 17(Suppl 1):S3

    Published on: 12 March 2013

  4. Review

    Rational fluid management in today's ICU practice

    Intravenous fluid therapy has evolved significantly over time. From the initial report of the first intravenous administration of sodium-chloride-based solution to the development of goal-directed fluid therap...

    Karsten Bartels, Robert H Thiele and Tong J Gan

    Critical Care 2013 17(Suppl 1):S6

    Published on: 12 March 2013

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Critical Care 2013 17:S10

  5. Review

    The evolution of nutrition in critical care: how much, how soon?

    Critical care is a very recent advance in the history of human evolution. Prior to the existence of ICU care, when the saber-tooth tiger attacked you had but a few critical hours to recover or you died. Mother...

    Paul E Wischmeyer

    Critical Care 2013 17(Suppl 1):S7

    Published on: 12 March 2013

  6. Review

    Our favorite unproven ideas for future critical care

    The future of critical care medicine will be shaped not only by the evidence-validated foundations of science, but also by innovations based on unproven and, in many cases, untested concepts and thoughtful vis...

    John J Marini, Jean-Louis Vincent, Paul Wischmeyer, Mervyn Singer, Luciano Gattinoni, Can Ince and Tong Joo Gan

    Critical Care 2013 17(Suppl 1):S9

    Published on: 12 March 2013