Top 10 Most-Read Critical Care Articles on Medscape

Lauri R. Graham; Laurie Scudder, DNP, PNP


December 15, 2010

What did critical care professionals read on Medscape during 2010?

We took a quick look back and discovered that, overwhelmingly, readers were intensely interested in clinical news that directly affected day-to-day care of patients. Additionally, like all healthcare professionals, you closely followed the ongoing battles over healthcare reform and Medicare. In order to provide the most up-to-date information about these important stories, we have provided a link to our Healthcare Reform Resource Center in our list of must-read content from 2010.

The top 10 most important articles, as determined by how many of our members chose to read them, are provided below. If you missed these important articles, please take a minute to review them and see what your colleagues are reading.

Here are the highlights from the Medscape Top 10 for Critical Care in 2010:

  1. New Brain Death Guidelines Issued
    Updated for the first time in 15 years, new American Academy of Neurology guidelines provide step-by-step instructions for determining brain death in adults.

  2. Dopamine or Norepinephrine for Shock?
    The age-old question of which drug is better for shock continues to stimulate study and debate.

  3. Controversies in the Treatment of Sepsis
    This article discusses the controversial roles of intensive insulin therapy, corticosteroids, and activated protein C in the treatment of sepsis.

  4. Tigecycline Linked to Increased Mortality Risk
    The increased mortality risk is most evident in patients treated for hospital-acquired pneumonia and particularly ventilator-associated pneumonia, which is an unapproved indication.

  5. FDA Again Warns Against IV Administration of Nimodipine
    The FDA again reminded clinicians that nimodipine should be given only by mouth or through a feeding tube and never by IV administration, a method that could be fatal.

  6. High vs Low Positive End-Expiratory Pressure in Ventilatory Management of Adults
    A meta-analysis of existing research reveals which patients might benefit from lower positive end-expiratory pressure levels.

  7. Management of Bleeding Following Major Trauma: an Updated European Guideline
    This evidence-based approach for managing bleeding in trauma patients makes the GRADE.

  8. Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy
    Is procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy ready for prime time?

  9. A Cost-Minimization Analysis of Dexmedetomidine Compared With Midazolam For Long-Term Sedation In The Intensive Care Unit
    In this study, the use of dexmedetomidine for long-term sedation saved $9679 per ICU patient compared to midazolam.

  10. Healthcare Reform Resource Center
    The evolving debate was chronicled by Medscape throughout 2010. Bookmark this page so that you'll have access to the latest information as it becomes available.


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