Major publications in the critical care pharmacotherapy literature: 2019

J Crit Care. 2021 Apr:62:197-205. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2020.12.018. Epub 2020 Dec 27.


Purpose: To summarize selected meta-analyses and trials related to critical care pharmacotherapy published in 2019.

Materials and methods: The Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Literature Update (CCPLU) Group screened 36 journals monthly for impactful articles and reviewed 113 articles during 2019 according to Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluations (GRADE) criteria.

Results: Articles with a 1A grade, including three clinical practice guidelines, six meta-analyses, and five original research trials are reviewed here from those included in the monthly CCPLU. Clinical practice guidelines on the use of polymyxins and antiarrhythmic drugs in cardiac arrest as well as meta-analyses on antipsychotic use in delirium, stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP), and vasoactive medications in septic shock and cardiac arrest were summarized. Original research trials evaluated delirium, sedation, neuromuscular blockade, SUP, anticoagulation reversal, and hemostasis.

Conclusion: This clinical review and expert opinion provides summary and perspectives of clinical practice impact on influential critical care pharmacotherapy publications in 2019.

Keywords: Cardiac arrest; Critical care; Drug therapy; Guideline; Review; Septic shock.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care
  • Humans
  • Peptic Ulcer*
  • Shock, Septic*