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January 19, 2009

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In Brief
A nationwide recall of a single lot of hydromorphone hydrochloride 2 mg tablets has been issued due to potential for oversized tablets and possible overdosage. More

Study finds that administering antibiotics before admission to ICU decreases death rate. More

Inhaled corticosteroids used to treat COPD do not improve the rate of survival for COPD patients after one year, but do increase risk of pneumonia for these patients. More

  One of the core components of supporting critically ill patients is the use of mechanical ventilation. Update your knowledge of pulmonary physiology and be sure you Know the Facts of Mechanical Ventilation. More
  Adequate and appropriate sedation for patients in the ICU is often challenging because choice of agents and dosing must be individualized to the patient. Both under- and oversedation have been associated with negative outcomes. Be sure to read Sedation Management in the Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Patient. More
  Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare, but life-threatening disease in which patients present with worsening dyspnea, fatigue, syncope, and chest pain. Take some time to read about Advances in Prostanoid Infusion Therapy for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. More
  Self-administered analgesics have the potential for overdose as many of these drugs are not only found alone, but also in combination products. Learn to recognize and treat acute toxicity by reading Over-the-Counter Overdoses: A Review of Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Aspirin Toxicity in Adults. More
  ATN can lead to a lifelong need for renal replacement therapy or even be life-threatening. Review the causes, signs and symptoms, preventive strategies, management, and more by reading Managing Acute Tubular Necrosis. More

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