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How I See It
Q-and-A with Dr. Clifford Deutschman
Two key challenges in 2013 for critical care medicine in the developed world will be ensuring adequate staffing and implementing proven clinical approaches, says Dr. Clifford Deutschman, the 2012 president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Read the full interview, including his thoughts on the potential solutions to these challenges and the possible opportunities for improving the delivery of critical care.
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These are the stories read and shared most by Critical Care SmartBrief readers in 2012
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Industry Forecast
Do you support the trend toward an increased use of telemedicine, including tele-ICUs?
46%   Yes, I think it improves access to care.
27%   Maybe, it depends on how it plays out.
23%   No, I think it can compromise care quality.
6%   I don't know.
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Do you feel your organization and colleagues promote a good sense of interdisciplinary teamwork?
47%   Sometimes we pull together as a team and sometimes the process breaks down.
29%   Yes, all professionals in my group are treated with respect and work closely to optimize patient care.
22%   No, we have a lot of work to do to make sure everyone is valued and heard.
4%   I don't know.
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Does your organization plan to invest more in technology in 2013?
67%   Yes
15%   No
12%   Maybe
8%   I don't know
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What do you see as the main challenges in critical care medicine?
49%   Staffing/workload
23%   Care coordination
19%   Patient safety, including infection control
12%   Drug shortages
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Smartest Quotes
These are the quotes Critical Care SmartBrief readers shared most in 2012
Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
-- Charles F. Kettering,
American inventor
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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
-- Henry David Thoreau,
American author and poet
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A man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
-- Mark Twain,
American writer
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Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.
-- Arabic proverb
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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
-- André Gide,
French author
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It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
American poet
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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
-- James Baldwin,
American writer
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Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
-- Winston Churchill,
British prime minister
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Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
-- Og Mandino,
American author
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