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Special Topic: Shock/ Mechanical circulatory support


About This Topic

Shock is a life-threatening condition of circulator failure, causing inadequate oxygen delivery to meet cellular metabolic needs and oxygen consumption requirements. Shock may occur due to heart failure, myocardial infarction, trauma, sepsis, allergic reaction, poisoning, or other causes. Shock is reversible at the initial stage while rapidly become irreversible, leading to death. Thus, it is very important that the clinician immediately identify the etiology of shock and initiate effective therapy.


Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) offers life-saving treatment options for critical patients with cardiogenic shock, myocardial infarction, endocarditis, cardiopulmonary failure, sepsis and so on. MCS has a potential role in improving survival and quality of life. Several MCS devices have been applied in clinical practice such as ventricular assist devices, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), and the temporary total artificial heart.


The present article collection aims to publish high-quality research articles on various topics related to Shock/ Mechanical circulatory support and is expected to be in Volume 3 Issue 2 in June 2023.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Etiology and pathophysiology of shock
  • Advancement in the treatment of shock
  • Classification of shock
  • Hypovolemic shock
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Obstructive shock
  • Distributive shock
  • Basic research in shock
  • Application of MCS in patients
  • ECMO
  • IABP
  • Ventricular assist devices (Impella, Tandem-Heart)


Submission Guideline

During the submission of your manuscript for this Topic, please indicate it in Cover Letter (or Comments step in the submission system).

Article types are original articles, reviews, case reports, meta-analysis, comments, methodologies, perspectives/viewpoints, editorials, images, news, communications, letters to the editor, etc.

All submissions deemed suitable to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production and be published online and in a regular issue. Please note that Shandong University will pay to make the article open access, and the authors do NOT have to pay the article processing charge (APC) by 2025.

Submission deadline for the Special Topic on Shock/ Mechanical circulatory support: February 15, 2023.

Please ensure you read the Instruction for Authors before writing your manuscript.​

If you have any questions, please contact the Editorial Office of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine: [email protected]

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