The results call into question the value of serial troponin T testing in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, the study authors said.
Receiving a transfusion was associated with higher risk of ICU-acquired infection and severe hypoxemia among the study cohort of French ICU patients with sepsis.
Patients who were randomized to corticosteroids had a shorter duration of IV antibiotics than those on placebo, but they also had more hyperglycemia and readmissions, according to a meta-analysis.
The results may reassure the public, policymakers, and clinicians that the signal of quality from the hospital-wide readmission measure is valid and can be used as a means to benchmark performance, the authors said.
The College noted that there are arguments on both sides of the issue but concluded that the ethical arguments against legalization of physician-assisted suicide “remain the most compelling.”
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