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Critical Care Career and Resource Center

Welcome to the Critical Care Career and Resource Center! Here you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in your industry, find links to organizations and associations, and more. Of course, you're only a few clicks away from finding the perfect critical care employment opportunity, too.

Gene sequencing diagnostic tool for critically ill patients

Source: University of California San Francisco

Scientists out of the University of California San Francisco have developed a revolutionary new gene sequencing test, called metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS), that can diagnose critically ill patients faster and more effectively than standard clinical methods. The mNGS test can detect nearly all possible pathogens present in the spinal fluid of patients and is especially promising in diagnosing and guiding treatment for inflammatory neurological conditions such as meningitis and encephalitis.

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Examining cognitive impairments from the ICU

Source: Western University

Patients with no known brain-related injuries may still suffer a level of cognitive decline simply from their time in the ICU. While a specific condition may not directly involve the brain, certain complications such as infection, inflammation and trouble breathing affect brain function. Researchers believe these findings can shift how ICU patients are treated while in the hospital as well as in follow-up outpatient visits.

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