International Symposium of Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine, 2013

This is an excellent summary of the International Symposium of Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine, held in Brussels in March 2013.

In order to allow those who were unable to attend the meeting to gain a flavour of the topics covered by the speakers, Dr Ajay Raithatha has created a summary of the key points of the talks supplemented with additional references and reflections.

This is an excellent update for anyone who works in, or has on-call responsibilities for, critical care. For those of you who are predominately anaesthetists, the section on fluids is highly recommended in light numerous publications on the use of fluids (and particularly colloids) in the past 12 months.

The summary is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation which can be downloaded here: ICS_Brussels_2013

 

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Salt is better than sugar

Myburgh JA, Finfer S, Bellomo R et al. Hydroxyethyl starch or saline for fluid resuscitation in intensive care. New England Journal of Medicine 2012; 367: 1901-1911.

RHH Journal Club. November 22nd, 2012. Dr Balaji Kasa

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To evaluate the safety and efficacy of 6% HES (130/0.4) in 0.9% saline as compared to 0.9% saline alone for fluid resuscitation in ICU.

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