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  • COVID-19 related articles in JINC have been brought together in the Article Collections "COVID-19 & related researches"
  • Check out new Thematic Series "Oxygen administration for critically ill patients". 
  • [Important] JINC now levies partial ACP from authors: As previously announced, from January 2020, authors are charged portion of Article Processing Charge (APC) upon acceptance of their manuscripts.
    Please see here for detailed information and the method of requesting discounted APC.  (4 January 2020)

[Featured Topic] COVID-19 related articles in JINC

New Content Item (3)Vol. 9 No.29 (20 March 2021)
An A-E assessment of post-ICU COVID-19 recovery
Vol. 9 No.23 (5 March 2021)
Predictors of failure with high-flow nasal oxygen therapy in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure: a multicenter observational study

Vol. 9 No.20 (20 February 2021)
The incidence of pulmonary thromboembolism in COVID-19 patients admitted to the intensive care unit: a meta-analysis and meta-regression of observational studies

[Featured Research] A longitudinal change of syndecan-1 predicts risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome and cumulative fluid balance in patients with septic shock: a preliminary study

Yuka Kajita, Tsuguaki Terashima, Hisatake Mori, Md. Monirul Islam, Takayuki Irahara, Masanobu Tsuda, Hideki Kano & Naoshi Takeyama
Vol. 9, Article number: 27 (2021)

endothelial glycocalyx © courtesy of B. van den Berg
The purpose of this study is to investigate the time course of syndecan-1 (Syn-1) plasma levels, the correlation between Syn-1 and organ damage development, and the associations of Syn-1 level with cumulative fluid balance and ventilator-free days (VFD) in patients with septic shock.

Read this article. 

[Featured Research] Association between physical restraint requirement and unfavorable neurologic outcomes in subarachnoid hemorrhage

Kyoko Akiyama, Akihiko Inoue, Toru Hifumi, Kentaro Nakamura, Takuya Taira, Shun Nakagawa, Keisuke Jinno, Arisa Manabe, Sayaka Kinugasa, Hikaru Matsumura, Hajime Shishido, Shota Yokoyama, Tomoya Okazaki, Hideyuki Hamaya, Koshiro Takano, Kazutaka Kiridume, Natsuyo Shinohara, Kenya Kawakita & Yasuhiro Kuroda
Vol. 9, Article number: 24 (2021)

Medical Restraint

The effect of physical restraints on outcomes of critically ill adults remains controversial as no randomized controlled trials have compared its safety and efficacy, and the association between physical restraint requirement and neurological outcome in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) has not been fully examined. The aim of this study was to examine the association between physical restraint requirement and neurological outcomes in patients with SAH.

Read this article. 


JSICM official guidelines

GuidelineJapanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine offers collections of guidelines on the diagnosis and management of a range of conditions that are related to intensive care medicine.

The clinical practice guideline for the management of ARDS in Japan (2017)

The Japanese Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016 (J-SSCG 2016) (2018)

The Japanese Clinical Practice Guideline for acute kidney injury 2016 (2018)

Society affiliation and support of APC

Journal of Intensive Care is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine (JSICM).
In 2021, the Society sponsors 70% of the Journal’s APC for the articles so that the author is charged only 30% of the official APC. The authors who wish to request this sponsorship needs to submit special institutions code during the submission. Please see 'Fees and funding' information section for details.

Pro-Con debate articles

Journal of Intensive Care publish set of articles that discuss given topic from opposing standpoints. 

Topic 1:
Acute glycemic control in diabetics. How sweet is optimal? 

Pro:  Sweeter is better in diabetes
Con: Just as sweet as in nondiabetic is better

Topic 2: 
Aggressive fluid management in the critically ill patients.

Pro:  fluids should be aggressively managed in critically ill patients
Con: “aggressive” may lead to “excessive”

Topic 3:
Is Anti-coagulation therapy effective for septic DIC?

Pro:  A question is “what are the optimal targets for anticoagulant therapies?”
Con:  Should we treat sepsis-induced DIC with anticoagulants?

Thematic Series Collections

See list of all article collections

Oxygen administration for critically ill patients
This thematic series offers four narrative reviews offering latest information on Oxigen administration for critically ill patients, aiming to help readers  determine the optimal target and methods.

Nutrition in Intensive care
This thematic series focuses on basic nutritional therapy with selection of papers reviewing appropriate evaluation of calorie requirement, enteral integrity and enteral tolerance in “Critical Care Nutrition”. 

Neurocritical Care revisited
The second Thematic Series on Neurocritical Care puts together selection of reviews providing different aspects and latest insight into Neurocritical Care.

Cardiovascular intensive care
This thematic series presents 5 review articles providing latest understandings on the management of patients with severe CVD. 

Current overview in pediatric critical care
In this thematic series, the authors review the current management of pediatric sepsis, pediatric organ transplantation, pediatric cardiac surgery and more.

Trauma-induced coagulopathy and critical bleeding
In this thematic series, the authors examine the pathophysiology of trauma-induced coagulopathy and discuss the novel therapeutic strategies for the management of patients with severe trauma.

Point-of-care ultrasound
In this thematic series, the authors review various clinical studies on point-of-care ultrasound, which were carried out based on the ideas of “extraction”, “creation” and “integration”.

Organ dysfunction in sepsis
In this thematic series, the authors review the pathophysiology of organ dysfunction in sepsis. The role of two main pathomechanisms of organ dysfunction, DIC and endothelial cell dysfunction, are also discussed.

Neurocritical care
In this thematic series, the role of monitoring is highlighted to guide the treatment and therapeutic intervention tailored for the pathophysiologic degree of brain injury.

Fluid management
In this thematic series, the principal and practical matters underlying fluid therapy are highlighted to allow intensivists around the world to better understand and manage such primary and consistent intervention as fluid therapy in critically ill patients.

Editors' profiles

Hiroshi Morisaki, Editor-in-Chief

New Content ItemProfessor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Morisaki also serves as the Director of the Intensive Care Center, Keio University Hospital. His professional interests include intensive care and perioperative medicine.

Nobuaki Shime, Deputy Editor

Shime_ssProfessor and Chair of the Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Medical School, Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan.
Dr. Shime also serves as a Director of the Advanced Emergency and Critical Care Center and Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Head, Hiroshima University Hospital.

Aims and scope

Journal of Intensive Care is an open access journal encompassing all aspects of intensive care medicine, such as intensive and critical care, trauma and surgical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, acute and emergency medicine, perioperative medicine, resuscitation, infection control and organ dysfunction. In addition, the journal encourages submissions considering the different cultural aspects of intensive care practice.

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