2009 Patient-related risk factors for postoperative adverse events [Review]

Moonesinghe SR, Mythen MG, Grocott MP.
Curr Opin Crit Care. 2009 Aug;15(4):320-7.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The risk of adverse outcome in patients undergoing major surgery is affected both by cardiorespiratory fitness, and the presence and severity of comorbidities. Accurate risk stratification is essential for the identification of patients who may benefit from specific perioperative management strategies or from an augmented level of perioperative care. Risk stratification techniques include risk prediction models, assessment of functional capacity and novel biochemical markers. This review examines the evidence for the use of these different techniques in perioperative patients.

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2009 The future of critical care [Review]

Amaral AC, Rubenfeld GD.
Curr Opin Crit Care. 2009 Aug;15(4):308-13.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will examine the current scenario of critical care medicine and describe trends for the future.

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2009 Chest compression-only cardiocerebral resuscitation [Review]

Recommended by Dr SHUM Hoi Ping, ICU, PYNEH, on 31 May 2009
Nagao, Ken. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2009 Jun;15(3):189-97


Conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by bystanders with chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth ventilation has been documented to save life. Nevertheless, despite four decades of promulgation, it is a serious problem that the majority of bystanders are unwilling or unable to perform conventional CPR. I review the efficacy of chest compression-only cardiocerebral resuscitation (CCR) for all adult patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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