Editorial

With our minds wide open: Let us foster the young academic spirit in critical care!

November 24, 2022

In this last issue of the Netherlands Journal of Critical Care (NJCC) in 2022, Ronald Akkerman and colleagues from the Leiden University Medical Center review…

Forecast with eyes wide open – a perspective on the upcoming winter

September 22, 2022

Since the onset of the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many patients have become infected. In addition, many have been admitted to intensive care…

Task substitution in the ICU

July 1, 2022

Every year, approximately 65,000 to 75,000 patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in the Netherlands.[1] These patients have complex care needs and often…

Organ donation after euthanasia in the Netherlands: valuable or costly?

May 1, 2022

It has been 10 years since the first organ donation after euthanasia (ODE) was performed in the Netherlands. Since then, many procedures have been carried…

Pandemics then, now and yet to come

March 1, 2022

A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease which has spread across a substantial part of the world and affects a large number of…

Yet another COVID-19 special

January 4, 2022

Almost a year ago, the Netherlands Journal of Critical Care published a special  COVID-19 edition. In the editorial of that issue I wrote ‘Hopefully, the…

Deciding on ICU admission

November 1, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the number of patients in need of intensive care was enormous and…

Promoting sleep in Dutch intensive care Units: are we still using the ‘wrong’ medication?

September 1, 2021

Sleep is an essential aspect of human life, and evidence is growing that deprivation of sleep leads to an increase in adverse outcomes,[1] for example…

Transfusion of a disillusion? When well-meant clinical intuition meets individualised physiology

July 1, 2021

We all realise that blood transfusions can be beneficial but may also potentially harm our patients. Generally accepted restrictive transfusion thresholds for red blood cells…

Early warning score to detect deterioration in the hospital: role of staffing and alarm fatigue?

May 1, 2021

Patients who experience severe adverse events such as cardiopulmonary arrest, unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and death during their hospital stay show signs of…