Referral to an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center and Mortality Among Patients With Severe 2009 Influenza A (H1N1): participating in the SWIFT study, Dr J Hunter

Caring for the Critically Ill Patient
JAMA. Published online October 5, 2011. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1471

Referral to an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center and Mortality Among Patients With Severe 2009 Influenza A(H1N1)

Context Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can support gas exchange in patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), but its role has remained controversial. ECMO was used to treat patients with ARDS during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

Objective To compare the hospital mortality of patients with H1N1-related ARDS referred, accepted, and transferred for ECMO with matched patients who were not referred for ECMO.

The authors acknowledge the support of NHS Specialised Services of the UK Department of Health for supporting increased capacity to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for adult patients during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic and are indebted to the relevant staff at all of the hospitals participating in the SwiFT study.

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World Mental Health Day: 10/10/12

World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012

The 10 October 2011 is World Mental Health Day, an event celebrated all around the world.  World Mental Health Day aims to get us all talking openly about mental illnesses and the treatment and preventions that are available to us all.

It is thought that 154 million people around the world suffer from depression, so it’s likely that you or someone you know will be affected by mental illness during your lifetime.

There is a display at Macclesfield District General Hospital along the canteen corridor and the list below provides just a small selection of the books available in our library.

  • The Guide to Mental Health for Nurses in primary care
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 : training sets
  • What are the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?
  • The health of the nation key area handbook: mental illness
  • Oxfordhandbook of mental health nursing
  • ABC of mental health
  • Introducing mental health : a practical guide
  • Managing crisis and risk in mental health nursing
  • Biological aspects of mental health nursing
  • Forget me not: mental health services for older people

Limited availability: BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care journal

We are pleased to announce that BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care is currently free of charge (via NHS Athens).  It isn’t yet known how long this offer will last, so take advantage of it while you can!

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care was launched in April and is highly relevant to clinicians, researchers and other healthcare workers in all clinical services where supportive and palliative care is practiced.

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