About this Research Topic
Critical Care Medicine is a team sport and requires collaboration not only between different health care professionals but also between different specialties. While specialization and sub-specialization are common and required in modern medicine due to the increasing knowledge and complexity of care, solid knowledge is fundamental for optimal patient care. This becomes most evident in critical care medicine, where patients’ lives are at stake and management decisions are crucial for patient survival.
Critical care medicine and its practice differ around the globe. In some countries, anesthesiologists are the main providers, while in others, there may be dedicated intensivists or chest physicians who are in charge of the organization of the intensive care unit. In academic centers, many departments run their own ICUs: These may be internists (nephrologists, cardiologists), cardiovascular surgeons, neurologists, or anesthesiologists. They all have special expertise and view on patients and their critical illnesses. With the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and hyperinflammatory syndromes, immunological treatments have gained attractiveness in critical care. In this regard, solid knowledge of new immunological drugs is emerging.
With this research topic, we aim to gather insights from many (sub)specialties and invite authors from the fields of anesthesiology/critical care, internal medicine, neurology, or surgery to contribute their original research data, expert reviews, perspectives, or exceptional case reports to this research topic. Topics we are especially interested to include:
A global approach to multidisciplinary critical care
Immunology in critically ill patients
Extracorporeal treatments in critical care medicine
Data on new molecular and immunological treatments in critical care
Training in critical care across countries
Multidisciplinary Critical Care and COVID-19
Keywords: Critical Care medicine, Multidisciplinary, Internal medicine, Neurology
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