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  1. Content type: Review

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) are major problems of public health in intensive care units (ICUs), occurring in 15% of critically ill patients. Among the facto...

    Authors: Nathalie De Freitas Caires, Alexandre Gaudet, Lucie Portier, Anne Tsicopoulos, Daniel Mathieu and Philippe Lassalle

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:280

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  2. Content type: Research

    Recent randomized trials have not found that polymyxin B hemoperfusion (PMX-HP) improves outcomes for patients with sepsis. However, it remains unclear whether the therapy could provide benefit for highly sele...

    Authors: Nattachai Srisawat, Somkanya Tungsanga, Nuttha Lumlertgul, Chalermchai Komaenthammasophon, Sadudee Peerapornratana, Nicha Thamrongsat, Khajohn Tiranathanagul, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa, Somchai Eiam-Ong, Kriang Tungsanga and John A. Kellum

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:279

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  3. Content type: Research

    The continuous administration of opioids in critical care patients is a common therapy for the tolerance of mechanical ventilation. Opioid choice has a crucial impact on the length of mechanical ventilation. O...

    Authors: Daniel A Klaus, Albert M de Bettignies, Rudolf Seemann, Claus G Krenn and Georg A Roth

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:267

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  4. Content type: Research

    Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are associated with increased mortality, hospital length of stay, and cost. Antimicrobial treatment guidelines for CLABSIs are primarily based on expert...

    Authors: Luis E Huerta, George E Nelson, Thomas G Stewart and Todd W Rice

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:266

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    The Editorial to this article has been published in Critical Care 2018 22:303

  5. Content type: Review

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a clinical entity that acutely affects the lung parenchyma, and is characterized by diffuse alveolar damage and increased pulmonary vascular permeability. Currentl...

    Authors: M Consuelo Bachmann, Caio Morais, Guillermo Bugedo, Alejandro Bruhn, Arturo Morales, João B Borges, Eduardo Costa and Jaime Retamal

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:263

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  6. Content type: Review

    Sepsis is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is characterized by a dysregulated immune response to infections that results in life-threatening organ dysfunction and even death. ...

    Authors: Ghada Ankawi, Mauro Neri, Jingxiao Zhang, Andrea Breglia, Zaccaria Ricci and Claudio Ronco

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:262

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    The Letter to this article has been published in Critical Care 2019 23:14

  7. Content type: Letter

    Subsequent bloodstream infections (sBSI) occur with a delay after removal of the intravascular catheter (IVC) whose tip revealed microbial growth. Here we describe the epidemiology of sBSI in the intensive car...

    Authors: Niccolò Buetti, Elia Lo Priore, Rami Sommerstein, Andrew Atkinson, Andreas Kronenberg and Jonas Marschall

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:259

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  8. Content type: Review

    Measurement of arterial pressure is one of the most basic elements of patient management. Arterial pressure is determined by the volume ejected by the heart into the arteries, the elastance of the walls of the...

    Authors: S. Magder

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:257

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  9. Content type: Research

    Research on acute kidney injury (AKI) has focused on identifying early biomarkers. However, whether AKI could be diagnosed in the absence of the classic signs of clinical AKI and whether the condition of subcl...

    Authors: Fang Fang, Xiaohan Hu, Xiaomei Dai, Sanfeng Wang, Zhenjiang Bai, Jiao Chen, Jian Pan, Xiaozhong Li, Jian Wang and Yanhong Li

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:256

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  10. Content type: Research

    Despite aggressive application of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), there is no consensus on diuretic therapy when discontinuation of CRRT i...

    Authors: Junseok Jeon, Do Hee Kim, Song In Baeg, Eun Jeong Lee, Chi Ryang Chung, Kyeongman Jeon, Jung Eun Lee, Wooseong Huh, Gee Young Suh, Yoon-Goo Kim, Dae Joong Kim, Ha Young Oh and Hye Ryoun Jang

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:255

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  11. Content type: Research

    Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a severe complication of cirrhosis and is defined by organ failure and high rates of short-term mortality. Patients with ACLF are managed with multiorgan support in the...

    Authors: Cornelius Engelmann, Karen Louise Thomsen, Nekisa Zakeri, Mohammed Sheikh, Banwari Agarwal, Rajiv Jalan and Rajeshwar P. Mookerjee

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:254

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  12. Content type: Research

    This study investigated changes in plasma level of soluble endothelial protein C receptor (sEPCR) in association with outcome in patients with septic shock. We explored sEPCR for early sepsis prognosis assessm...

    Authors: Agnès Chapelet, Yohann Foucher, Nathalie Gérard, Christophe Rousseau, Olivier Zambon, Cédric Bretonnière, Jean-Paul Mira, Béatrice Charreau and Christophe Guitton

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:251

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  13. Content type: Research

    High noise levels in the intensive care unit (ICU) are a well-known problem. Little is known about the effect of noise on sleep quality in ICU patients. The study aim is to determine the effect of noise on sub...

    Authors: Koen S. Simons, Eva Verweij, Paul M. C. Lemmens, Sam Jelfs, Munhum Park, Peter E. Spronk, Johannes P. C. Sonneveld, Hilde-Marieken Feijen, Marijke S. van der Steen, Armin G. Kohlrausch, Mark van den Boogaard and Cornelis P. C. de Jager

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:250

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  14. Content type: Research

    Ischemic stroke causes brain inflammation, which we postulate may result in lung damage. Several studies have focused on stroke-induced immunosuppression and lung infection; however, the possibility that strok...

    Authors: Cynthia S. Samary, Alane B. Ramos, Lígia A. Maia, Nazareth N. Rocha, Cíntia L. Santos, Raquel F. Magalhães, Amanda L. Clevelario, Pedro M. Pimentel-Coelho, Rosália Mendez-Otero, Fernanda F. Cruz, Vera L. Capelozzi, Tatiana P. T. Ferreira, Thea Koch, Marcelo Gama de Abreu, Claudia C. dos Santos, Paolo Pelosi…

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:249

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  15. Content type: Research

    Previous studies have identified critical roles of IL-27 in the pathological mechanisms of sepsis, and blockade of IL-27 may be a promising alternative therapy for sepsis. The purpose of this study was to eval...

    Authors: Junbing He, Quanfu Zhang, Wenying Zhang, Feng Chen, Tian Zhao, Yao Lin, Jia Li, Yansong Liu, Yuchun Liu and Yiming Shao

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:248

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  16. Content type: Research

    Percutaneous tracheostomy (PT) is a common procedure in critical care medicine. No definite clinical practice guidelines recommended on the choice of the direction of skin incision, vertical or transverse for ...

    Authors: Sung Yoon Lim, Won Gun Kwack, Youlim Kim, Yeon Joo Lee, Jong Sun Park, Ho Il Yoon, Jae Ho Lee, Choon-Taek Lee and Young-Jae Cho

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:246

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  17. Content type: Research

    The use of in vivo videomicroscopy at the bedside has demonstrated microcirculatory flow disturbances in sepsis. The ability of in vivo videomicroscopy to detect changes in the prevalence of rolling and adhere...

    Authors: Bjorn K. Fabian-Jessing, Michael J. Massey, Michael R. Filbin, Peter C. Hou, Henry E. Wang, Hans Kirkegaard, Donald M. Yealy, William C. Aird, John A. Kellum, Derek C. Angus and Nathan I. Shapiro

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:240

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  18. Content type: Viewpoint

    Nutritional support continues to receive much attention as a possible intervention to prevent loss of lean tissue mass, promote recovery and re-establish proper immune function in critical care patients. Yet t...

    Authors: Gustav van Niekerk, Tanja Davis, Willem de Villiers and Anna-Mart Engelbrecht

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:231

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  19. Content type: Research

    Concepts for optimizing mechanical ventilation focus mainly on modifying the inspiratory phase. We propose flow-controlled expiration (FLEX) as an additional means for lung protective ventilation and hypothesi...

    Authors: Silke Borgmann, Johannes Schmidt, Ulrich Goebel, Joerg Haberstroh, Josef Guttmann and Stefan Schumann

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:245

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  20. Content type: Research

    There is controversy around the prescription of adjunct corticosteroids in patients with fluid-refractory septic shock, and studies provide mixed results, showing benefit, no benefit, and harm. Traditional mea...

    Authors: Matthew N. Alder, Amy M. Opoka and Hector R. Wong

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:244

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    The Editorial to this article has been published in Critical Care 2018 22:318

  21. Content type: Research

    Selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) and selective oropharyngeal decontamination (SOD) reduce colonization with antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (ARGNB), incidence of nosocomial in...

    Authors: E. de Jonge, R. B. P. de Wilde, N. P. Juffermans, E. A. N. Oostdijk, A. T. Bernards, E. H. R. van Essen, E. J. Kuijper, C. E. Visser, J. Kesecioglu and M. J. M. Bonten

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:243

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    The Editorial to this article has been published in Critical Care 2018 22:296

  22. Content type: Research

    The prognosis in refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with ongoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at hospital arrival is often considered dismal. The use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resu...

    Authors: Emilie Gregers, Jesper Kjærgaard, Freddy Lippert, Jakob H. Thomsen, Lars Køber, Michael Wanscher, Christian Hassager and Helle Søholm

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:242

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  23. Content type: Research

    Preparing an antibiotic stewardship program requires detailed information on overall antibiotic use, prescription indication and ecology. However, longitudinal data of this kind are scarce. Computerization of ...

    Authors: Liesbet De Bus, Bram Gadeyne, Johan Steen, Jerina Boelens, Geert Claeys, Dominique Benoit, Jan De Waele, Johan Decruyenaere and Pieter Depuydt

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:241

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  24. Content type: Research

    Commensal microbiota deteriorate in critically ill patients. The preventive effects of probiotic/synbiotic therapy on microbiota and septic complications have not been thoroughly clarified in patients with sep...

    Authors: Kentaro Shimizu, Tomoki Yamada, Hiroshi Ogura, Tomoyoshi Mohri, Takeyuki Kiguchi, Satoshi Fujimi, Takashi Asahara, Tomomi Yamada, Masahiro Ojima, Mitsunori Ikeda and Takeshi Shimazu

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:239

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    The Letter to this article has been published in Critical Care 2019 23:56

    The Editorial to this article has been published in Critical Care 2019 23:46

  25. Content type: Research

    Diaphragm dysfunction develops frequently in ventilated intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Both disuse atrophy (ventilator over-assist) and high respiratory muscle effort (ventilator under-assist) seem to be ...

    Authors: Diana Jansen, Annemijn H. Jonkman, Lisanne Roesthuis, Suvarna Gadgil, Johannes G. van der Hoeven, Gert-Jan J. Scheffer, Armand Girbes, Jonne Doorduin, Christer S. Sinderby and Leo M. A. Heunks

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:238

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  26. Content type: Research

    A reanalysis of the ALBIOS trial suggested that patients with septic shock - defined by vasopressor-dependent hypotension in the presence of severe sepsis (Shock-2) - had a survival benefit when treated with a...

    Authors: Francesco Vasques, Eleonora Duscio, Federica Romitti, Iacopo Pasticci, Pietro Caironi, Jennifer Meessen, Roberto Latini, Massimo Cressoni, Luigi Camporota, Antonio Pesenti, Roberto Fumagalli, Michael Quintel and Luciano Gattinoni

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:237

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  27. Content type: Review

    Antimicrobials are among the most important and commonly prescribed drugs in the management of critically ill patients and beta-lactams are the most common antibiotic class used. Critically ill patient’s patho...

    Authors: Rui Pedro Veiga and José-Artur Paiva

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:233

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  28. Content type: Research

    There is a lack of large-scale epidemiological data on the clinical practice of enteral nutrition (EN) feeding in China. This study aimed to provide such data on Chinese hospitals and to investigate factors as...

    Authors: Juan Xing, Zhongheng Zhang, Lu Ke, Jing Zhou, Bingyu Qin, Hongkai Liang, Xiaomei Chen, Wenming Liu, Zhongmin Liu, Yuhang Ai, Difeng Wang, Qiuhui Wang, Qingshan Zhou, Fusen Zhang, Kejian Qian, Dongpo Jiang…

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:229

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    The Editorial to this article has been published in Critical Care 2018 22:315

  29. Content type: Research

    Although net ultrafiltration (UFNET) is frequently used for treatment of fluid overload in critically ill patients with acute kidney injury, the optimal intensity of UFNET is unclear. Among critically ill patient...

    Authors: Raghavan Murugan, Vikram Balakumar, Samantha J. Kerti, Priyanka Priyanka, Chung-Chou H. Chang, Gilles Clermont, Rinaldo Bellomo, Paul M. Palevsky and John A. Kellum

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:223

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    The Letter to this article has been published in Critical Care 2019 23:20

  30. Content type: Research

    Patients liberated from invasive mechanical ventilation are at risk of extubation failure, including inability to breathe without a tracheal tube (airway failure) or without mechanical ventilation (non-airway ...

    Authors: Samir Jaber, Hervé Quintard, Raphael Cinotti, Karim Asehnoune, Jean-Michel Arnal, Christophe Guitton, Catherine Paugam-Burtz, Paer Abback, Armand Mekontso Dessap, Karim Lakhal, Sigismond Lasocki, Gaetan Plantefeve, Bernard Claud, Julien Pottecher, Philippe Corne, Carole Ichai…

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:236

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  31. Content type: Review

    Sepsis is a major contributor to the global burden of disease. The majority of sepsis cases and deaths are estimated to occur in low and middle-income countries. Barriers to reducing the global burden of sepsi...

    Authors: Kristina E. Rudd, Niranjan Kissoon, Direk Limmathurotsakul, Sotharith Bory, Birungi Mutahunga, Christopher W. Seymour, Derek C. Angus and T. Eoin West

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:232

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  32. Content type: Research

    The open lung approach (OLA) reportedly has lung-protective effects against acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Recently, lowering of the driving pressure (ΔP), rather than improvement in lung aeration...

    Authors: Kentaro Tojo, Tasuku Yoshida, Takuya Yazawa and Takahisa Goto

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:228

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  33. Content type: Research

    For critically ill patients, effective airway management with a high first-attempt success rate for endotracheal intubation is essential to prevent hypoxic complications during securing of the airway. Video gu...

    Authors: Jörn Grensemann, Lars Eichler, Nuowei Wang, Dominik Jarczak, Marcel Simon and Stefan Kluge

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:235

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  34. Content type: Research

    Frailty is a state of vulnerability to poor resolution of homeostasis after a stressor event and is strongly associated with adverse outcomes. Therefore, the assessment of frailty may be an essential part of e...

    Authors: Ralph K. L. So, Jonathan Bannard-Smith, Chris P. Subbe, Daryl A. Jones, Joost van Rosmalen and Geoffrey K. Lighthall

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:227

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  35. Content type: Research

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) has been used to guide mechanical ventilation in ICU patients with lung collapse. Its use in patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases has been rare since obstructions ...

    Authors: Christian Karagiannidis, Andreas D. Waldmann, Péter L. Róka, Tina Schreiber, Stephan Strassmann, Wolfram Windisch and Stephan H. Böhm

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:221

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  36. Content type: Research

    Continuous electroencephalography (cEEG), interpreted by an experienced neurologist, has been reported to be useful in predicting neurological outcome in adult patients post cardiac arrest. Amplitude-integrate...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Sugiyama, Kazuki Miyazaki, Takuto Ishida, Takahiro Tanabe and Yuichi Hamabe

    Citation: Critical Care 2018 22:226

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    The Letter to this article has been published in Critical Care 2018 22:346