Retraction note to: Intensive Care Med (2000) 26: 1181–1192

The Editor-in-Chief has retracted this article [1] because a number of studies included in this review [2, 3, 4] (originally cited as references 98, 128, 129) have since been retracted. Consequently, this has rendered the content of the review unreliable.

Author Joachim Boldt has not responded to any correspondence from the publisher about this retraction.