Faculty from the Department of Critical Care Medicine contributed to three of the most discussed and downloaded articles from the journal Critical Care in 2014. One paper, senior-authored by Dr. John Kellum with Dr. Ali Al-Khafaji listed as a contributing author, garnered a tremendous amount of attention; it received mention from four news outlets, two blogs, and was shared over Twitter to an audience of almost 10,000 users. The paper, “Discovery and validation of cell cycle arrest biomarkers in human acute kidney injury,” was published on February 6, 2013, and was first-authored by Dr. Kianoush Kashani from the Mayo Clinic, with contributing authorship from nearly forty additional physicians.
Another article, first-authored by Dr. Chris Seymour with Dr. Derek Angus as senior author, was also named as one of the “Top Social Articles of 2014.” The article, titled “Prehospital intravenous access and fluid resuscitation in severe sepsis: an observational cohort study,” was shared by 66 accounts on Twitter—including that of Dr. J. Christopher Farmer, current president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine—to a combined audience of nearly 36,000 followers. Contributing authors hailed from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Emergency Medicine, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington, among others. It was originally published in the September 27, 2014 issue of Critical Care.
Another article, senior-authored by Dr. Kellum, was also one of the “Top Downloaded Articles” from last year, having been accessed over 30,000 times. This review, titled “Diagnosis, evaluation, and management of acute kidney injury: a KDIGO summary (Part 1),” was originally published in February 2013.
Our faculty’s contribution to two out of Critical Care’s five most shared articles, and one of the five most downloaded articles, considered alongside recent recognition of CCM’s leadership in TBI and sepsis research, can be regarded as yet another significant achievement for our research enterprise.