Most patients in the ICU will become anemic. This chapter explores prevention, evaluation, and treatment of anemia in the ICU. Causes of new-onset anemia in the ICU are distinct from the causes of anemia seen in the outpatient clinic, so the approach should be appropriately tailored to the critical care environment.
SUP-ICU is a massive, modern RCT of stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP) in the ICU. With 3298 patients, it is larger than many meta-analyses of SUP. Its primary mortality endpoint is deeply flawed. However, the study still provides a wealth of information about SUP in the ICU.
A recent post examining the utility of cricoid pressure and how to interpret non-inferiority trials stimulated discussion on Bayesian analysis and the question of whether a formal quantitative analysis is necessary or if an informal qualitative assessment is adequate. A recent reanalysis of the EOLIA trial published in JAMA by Goligher et al1 allows us to […]
Management of severe pancreatitis has remained in a state of controlled chaos and persistent debate for years (mirroring evolution in our treatment of septic shock). This confusion shows no signs of abating in the near future. This chapter explores a reasonable approach to pancreatitis, with the caveat that there is very little evidence available to guide our combat against this challenging foe.