The PRoFeSs score―which includes the Charlson score, as well as levels of day 3 lactate, day 1 and day 3 procalcitonin, day 3 D-dimer, and day 1 brain-type natriuretic peptide―can identify severe community-acquired pneumonia patients at high risk of poor outcomes 5 days after ICU admission, a recent study has found.
Treatment with corticosteroids (CS) plus intravenous cyclophosphamide (IVCY) for a first episode of idiopathic acute exacerbation (AE) does not significantly improve short-term survival as compared with CS monotherapy in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a study has found.
Prolonged mechanical ventilation (MV) increases the risk of extubation failure in ICU patients, according to a recent Singapore study. Other independent risk factors include advanced age, high respiratory rate and low arterial pH.
On 8 August, the first town hall held by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with members of the pharmacy profession took place in Putrajaya. Over 500 pharmacists from across the country and from different areas of practice—community and hospital, public and private, academy and industry—converged to fill the auditorium for the chance to engage in direct dialogue with MOH.