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Alpha A. Fowler III, M.D., from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and colleagues randomly assigned 167 patients with sepsis and ARDS present for less than 24 hours in seven medical intensive care units to receive either intravenous infusion of vitamin C or placebo (84 and 83 participants, respectively) every six hours for 96 hours. Read More
Delirium is observed in approximately 15% of hospitalised older adults, and it is more common in the critically ill and in those undergoing major surgery, such as heart surgery. Studies have found that blood levels of melatonin, a serotonin-derived hormone, decrease following surgery and are lower in surgical patients who develop delirium. Read More
Palliative care is a type of medical care that helps with symptom management from chronic illnesses, and guides discussions around goals of care with patients. This type of decision-making allows the patients to decide on how they would like to proceed with their medical treatment. Sometimes patients decide that hospice care is the best option for them (Hospice care focuses on the comfort of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms, while to their emotional and spiritual needs). Read More