According to the Dutch physician Herman Boerhaave, we should 'keep the head cool, the feet warm and the bowels open.' In 1724 Boerhaave also described oesophageal rupture. Dr Catherine Baldwin tells us more about this eponymous syndrome.
Which American President was thought to have died from epiglottitis? Dr Catherine Baldwin answers this, as well as all your other questions about this condition.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is an acute inflammatory/ post infectious polyneuropathy. Dr Abhinav Bhansali outlines its management in the ICU.
One of the ESKAPE pathogens, MDR Acinetobacter is bad news for ICM. Dr Kristyn Dyer tells us why, and what we can do about it.
Dr Lisa Grimes outlines the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of DKA.
What is delirium? who is at risk in the ICU? and how can we assess/manage delirious patients? Dr Mark Jeffrey explains.
What are splenunculi? and how commonly do they occur? Dr Daniel Gearon tells us more.
First described in Far East Prisoners of War during WW2, refeeding syndrome describes a series of metabolic and biochemical changes that occur as a consequence of reintroducing feeding after a period of starvation or fasting. Dr Ruby Groome tells us more.
Need help understanding HELLP? Dr Toby Humphrey outlines a clinical case and reviews the incidence, classification and management of the syndrome.
We measure lactate routinely in the ICU. Dr James Melhorn outlines the causes and significance of an elevated reading.