Major publications in the critical care pharmacotherapy literature: January-December 2014. Journal Article

Authors: Day, SA; Cucci, M; Droege, ME; Holzhausen, JM; Kram, B; Kram, S; Pajoumand, M; Parker, CR; Patel, MK; Peitz, GJ; Poore, A; Turck, CJ; Van Berkel, MA; Wong, A; Zomp, A; Rech, MA
Article Title: Major publications in the critical care pharmacotherapy literature: January-December 2014.
Abstract: PURPOSE: Nine recently published articles and one guideline with important implications for critical care pharmacy practice are summarized. SUMMARY: The Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Literature Update (CCPLU) group includes more than 40 experienced critical care pharmacists across the United States. Group members monitor 29 peer-reviewed journals on an ongoing basis to identify literature relevant to pharmacy practice in the critical care setting. After evaluation by CCPLU group members, selected articles are chosen for summarization and distribution to group members nationwide based on applicability to practice, relevance, and study design and strength. Hundreds of relevant articles were evaluated by the group in 2014, of which 114 were summarized and disseminated to CCPLU group members. From among those 114 publications, 10 deemed to be of particularly high utility to the critical care practitioner were selected for inclusion in this review for their potential to change practice or reinforce current evidence-based practice. One of the selected articles presents updated recommendations on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF); the other 9 address topics such as albumin replacement in patients with severe sepsis, use of enteral statins for acute respiratory distress syndrome, fibrinolysis for patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism, the use of unfractionated heparin versus bivalirudin for primary percutaneous coronary intervention, and early protocol-based care for septic shock. CONCLUSION: There were many important additions to the critical care pharmacotherapy literature in 2014, including a joint guideline for the management of AF and reports of clinical trials.
Journal Title: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy : AJHP : Official Journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
ISSN: 1535-2900; 1079-2082
Publisher: Unknown  
Date Published: 2015