From Medscape Drugs & Diseases - Critical Care

  • See which topics resonated most with healthcare professionals in 2018, along with key aspects on new related studies and infographics on essential information.
  • Care for organ donors and transplant recipients extends beyond surgical teams. Are you able to correctly answer all five of these donation- and transplantation-related questions?
  • People who chronically abuse alcohol are at increased risk for cirrhosis, GI bleeding, pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, trauma, mental health disorders, and a wide variety of cancers. Learn more about the potentially devastating complications of excessive, long-term alcohol use.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of VTE significantly reduce morbidity and mortality. Are you familiar with the presentation and treatment of venous thromboembolism? Test yourself with this short quiz.
  • From outbreaks of Legionnaires disease to the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant disorders, community-acquired infections have become an increasing focus in the healthcare community and in the media.
  • A 70-year-old man presents to the ED with generalized abdominal pain and a 4-day history of progressive distention. He has not had a bowel movement in 2 days. What is the diagnosis?
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the US. Learn more about recognizing its variable presentation and instituting effective and urgent treatment.
  • Skin rashes are common patient complaints. Although many symptoms overlap, there are identifiable factors for each disease. Can you identify these rashes?
  • A 33-year-old man is brought to the ED with altered mental status. The patient has a very high temp and has admitted to using cocaine. What is the potentially life-threatening finding on the ECG?
  • 2018 guidelines by the Society of Critical Care Medicine for Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU.
  • 2018 guidelines on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis by the American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, Japanese Respiratory Society, and Latin American Thoracic Society.
  • 2018 guidelines by the National Consensus Project on palliative care.
  • With more combinations of drugs possible than ever before, avoiding preventable drug interactions is crucial. See whether you can recognize potentially dangerous combinations with this short quiz.
  • A 45-year-old woman is presented to the emergency department as priority 1 unresponsive. Her boyfriend found her foaming at the mouth and unresponsive. What's the cause?
  • New and updated guidelines by the WSES provide recommendations on management of large bowel perforation, obstructive left colon carcinoma, and obstructive right colon carcinoma.
  • New and updated guidelines by the AHA/ACC provide recommendations on management of congenital heart disease in adults.
  • New position statement from the American Diabetes Association provides recommendations on management of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents.
  • New clinical practice guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of disorders of consciousness, including minimally conscious state, posttraumatic vegetative state, and unresponsive wakefulness syndrome.
  • Do you know key aspects of atrial fibrillation, including important elements of the etiology, presentation, workup, and treatment? Refresh and assess your knowledge with this quick quiz.
  • Fiberoptic intubation (FOI) is the gold standard for managing difficult airways. Awake FOI preserves the respiratory drive and maintains spontaneous ventilation. Learn about AFOI indications, approaches, airway preparation, and more.
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