Are daily chest radiographs and arterial blood gas tests required in ICU patients on mechanical ventilation?
Although routine testing is common, it has low diagnostic yield and is unlikely to alter patient management.
Should clinicians abandon the aPTT for monitoring heparin therapy in favor of anti-Xa assays?
The Clinical Picture
The patient, who has COPD, will require lifelong antifungal treatment.
No, it should be done only in certain situations, for example, if pneumothorax is suspected.
Depending on the circumstances, options are observation, thoracentesis, an indwelling catheter, and chemical pleurodesis.
Prevention, preserved ejection fraction, hypertension, iron, sleep apnea, and acute decompensation.
Symptoms to Diagnosis
The patient’s many problems include ventricular tachycardia, requiring an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator and amiodarone.
Hospitalized patients with pneumonia who develop a complicated effusion or empyema need one.
Cognitive decline, psychiatric disturbances, and physical weakness can persist 1 year or longer.
Although 70% of ICU patients survive hospitalization, the mortality rate 1 year after discharge may exceed 50%.