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Critical Care Medicine

Frédéric J Baud, Mohamad K Haidar, Romain Jouffroy, Jean-Herlé Raphalen, Lionel Lamhaut, Pierre Carli
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the magnitude of lactic acidosis in response to cyanide poisoning compared with the secondary response caused by cardiovascular shock. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control observational study. SETTING: University Hospital of Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris. SUBJECTS: Patients admitted for suspicion of cyanide poisoning or drug overdose. Medical charts provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris of patients between January 1988 and December 2015...
March 14, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Timothy E Sweeney, Tej D Azad, Michele Donato, Winston A Haynes, Thanneer M Perumal, Ricardo Henao, Jesús F Bermejo-Martin, Raquel Almansa, Eduardo Tamayo, Judith A Howrylak, Augustine Choi, Grant P Parnell, Benjamin Tang, Marshall Nichols, Christopher W Woods, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Stephen F Kingsmore, Larsson Omberg, Lara M Mangravite, Hector R Wong, Ephraim L Tsalik, Raymond J Langley, Purvesh Khatri
OBJECTIVES: To find and validate generalizable sepsis subtypes using data-driven clustering. DESIGN: We used advanced informatics techniques to pool data from 14 bacterial sepsis transcriptomic datasets from eight different countries (n = 700). SETTING: Retrospective analysis. SUBJECTS: Persons admitted to the hospital with bacterial sepsis. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A unified clustering analysis across 14 discovery datasets revealed three subtypes, which, based on functional analysis, we termed "Inflammopathic, Adaptive, and Coagulopathic...
March 13, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Si-Huei Lee, Tzu-Chun Hsu, Meng-Tse Gabriel Lee, Christin Chihh-Ting Chao, Wan-Chien Lee, Chi-Cheng Lai, Chien-Chang Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the sepsis incidence, mortality rates, and primary sites of infection among adult, elderly, and octogenarian patients with sepsis. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: The entire health insurance claims data of Taiwan, which enrolled 99.8% of the 23 million Taiwanese population. PATIENTS: Sepsis patients were identified by International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification codes for both infection and organ dysfunction from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2012...
March 10, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Thomas Uray, Andrew Lamade, Jonathan Elmer, Tomas Drabek, Jason P Stezoski, Amalea Missé, Keri Janesko-Feldman, Robert H Garman, Niel Chen, Patrick M Kochanek, Cameron Dezfulian
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac arrest etiology may be an important source of between-patient heterogeneity, but the impact of etiology on organ injury is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that asphyxial cardiac arrest results in greater neurologic injury than cardiac etiology cardiac arrest (ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest), whereas ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest results in greater cardiovascular dysfunction after return of spontaneous circulation. DESIGN: Prospective observational human and randomized animal study...
March 10, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Jaime Retamal, Daniel Hurtado, Nicolás Villarroel, Alejandro Bruhn, Guillermo Bugedo, Marcelo Britto Passos Amato, Eduardo Leite Vieira Costa, Göran Hedenstierna, Anders Larsson, João Batista Borges
OBJECTIVE: It is known that ventilator-induced lung injury causes increased pulmonary inflammation. It has been suggested that one of the underlying mechanisms may be strain. The aim of this study was to investigate whether lung regional strain correlates with regional inflammation in a porcine model of acute respiratory distress syndrome. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of CT images and positron emission tomography images using [F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose. SETTING: University animal research laboratory...
March 9, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Troels Munch, Christian Fynbo Christiansen, Lars Pedersen, Henrik Toft Sørensen
OBJECTIVES: Compare all-cause mortality following nonsurgical ICU admission for opioid users with nonusers. DESIGN: Nationwide register-based cohort study. SETTING: All 43 ICUs in Denmark (7,028,668 citizens cumulatively during the study period). The Danish National Health Service provides universal healthcare, guaranteeing equal access to healthcare along with partial reimbursement for prescribed drugs. PATIENTS: All 118,388 nonsurgical patients admitted to an ICU from 2005 to 2014...
March 9, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Anne L Donovan, J Matthew Aldrich, A Kendall Gross, Denise M Barchas, Kevin C Thornton, Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Michael A Gropper, Angela K M Lipshutz
OBJECTIVES: We describe the importance of interprofessional care in modern critical care medicine. This review highlights the essential roles played by specific members of the interprofessional care team, including patients and family members, and discusses quality improvement initiatives that require interprofessional collaboration for success. DATA SOURCES: Studies were identified through MEDLINE search using a variety of search phrases related to interprofessional care, critical care provider types, and quality improvement initiatives...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Walter A Boyle, David J Murray, Mary Beth Beyatte, Justin G Knittel, Paul W Kerby, Julie Woodhouse, John R Boulet
OBJECTIVES: Develop a standardized simulation method to assess clinical skills of ICU providers. DESIGN: Simulation assessment. SETTING: Simulation laboratory. SUBJECTS: Residents, Critical Care Medicine fellows, acute care nurse practitioner students. INTERVENTIONS: Performance scoring in scenarios from multiple Critical Care Medicine competency domains. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Three-hundred eighty-four performances by 48 participants were scored using checklists (% correct) and holistic "global" ratings (1 [unprepared] to 9 [expert])...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Meghan B Spyres, Aaron B Skolnik, Elizabeth C Moore, Richard D Gerkin, Angela Padilla-Jones, Anne-Michelle Ruha
OBJECTIVES: This study compares maintenance with clinical- and laboratory-triggered (as-needed [PRN]) antivenom dosing strategies with regard to patient-centered outcomes after rattlesnake envenomation. DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study of adult rattlesnake envenomations treated at a regional toxicology center. Data on demographics, envenomation details, antivenom administration, length of stay, and laboratory and clinical outcomes were compared between the PRN and maintenance groups...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Ludovic Gerard, Thomas Bidoul, Diego Castanares-Zapatero, Xavier Wittebole, Valérie Lacroix, Antoine Froidure, Delphine Hoton, Pierre-François Laterre
OBJECTIVES: Approximately half of the patients undergoing lung biopsy for nonresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome exhibit another histologic pattern than diffuse alveolar damage, with some of the pathologies characterized by a potential response to corticosteroids. This study aimed to assess whether open lung biopsy performed in the ICU for nonresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome was able to identify steroid-sensitive diseases and whether patients with a steroid-sensitive pathology experienced different clinical courses and outcomes...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Jennifer A Muszynski, Ron W Reeder, Mark W Hall, Robert A Berg, Thomas P Shanley, Christopher J L Newth, Murray M Pollack, David Wessel, Joseph Carcillo, Rick Harrison, Kathleen L Meert, J Michael Dean, Tammara Jenkins, Robert F Tamburro, Heidi J Dalton
OBJECTIVES: To determine RBC transfusion practice and relationships between RBC transfusion volume and mortality in infants and children treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a multicenter prospective observational study. SETTING: Eight pediatric institutions within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network...
March 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Jill R Cherry-Bukowiec, Milo Engoren, Arek Wiktor, Krishnan Raghavendran, Lena M Napolitano
OBJECTIVE: Because anemia of inflammation is common in ICU patients and hepcidin is the key regulator of iron homeostasis, we examined time-dependent changes in hepcidin, erythropoietin, iron, and inflammatory markers in surgical ICU patients with anemia. DESIGN: Prospective single-center clinical noninterventional study. SETTING: Surgical ICUs; U.S. university hospital. PATIENTS: One hundred surgical adult ICU patients...
March 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Jenny Skytte Larsson, Vitus Krumbholz, Anders Enskog, Gudrun Bragadottir, Bengt Redfors, Sven-Erik Ricksten
OBJECTIVE: Data on renal hemodynamics, function, and oxygenation in early clinical septic shock are lacking. We therefore measured renal blood flow, glomerular filtration rate, renal oxygen consumption, and oxygenation in patients with early septic shock. DESIGN: Prospective comparative study. SETTING: General and cardiothoracic ICUs. PATIENTS: Patients with norepinephrine-dependent early septic shock (n = 8) were studied within 24 hours after arrival in the ICU and compared with postcardiac surgery patients without acute kidney injury (comparator group, n = 58)...
March 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Nora Luethi, Luca Cioccari, Peter Biesenbach, Luca Lucchetta, Hidetoshi Kagaya, Rhys Morgan, Francesca Di Muzio, Barbara Presello, Duaa Gaafar, Alison Hay, Marco Crisman, Roisin Toohey, Hollie Russell, Neil J Glassford, Glenn M Eastwood, Elif I Ekinci, Adam M Deane, Rinaldo Bellomo, Johan Mårtensson
OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility, biochemical efficacy, and safety of liberal versus conventional glucose control in ICU patients with diabetes. DESIGN: Prospective, open-label, sequential period study. SETTING: A 22-bed mixed ICU of a tertiary hospital in Australia. PATIENTS: We compared 350 consecutive patients with diabetes admitted over 15 months who received liberal glucose control with a preintervention control population of 350 consecutive patients with diabetes who received conventional glucose control...
March 3, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Monica S Vavilala, Nophanan Chaikittisilpa, Frederick P Rivara, Nancy R Temkin, Abhijit V Lele, Edward F Gibbons, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar
OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of early myocardial workload on in-hospital mortality following isolated severe traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Data from the National Trauma Databank, a multicenter trauma registry operated by the American College of Surgeons, from 2007 to 2014. PATIENTS: Adult patients with isolated severe traumatic brain injury (defined as admission Glasgow Coma Scale < 8 and head Abbreviated Injury Score ≥ 4)...
March 3, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
James A Tumlin, Raghavan Murugan, Adam M Deane, Marlies Ostermann, Laurence W Busse, Kealy R Ham, Kianoush Kashani, Harold M Szerlip, John R Prowle, Azra Bihorac, Kevin W Finkel, Alexander Zarbock, Lui G Forni, Shannan J Lynch, Jeff Jensen, Stew Kroll, Lakhmir S Chawla, George F Tidmarsh, Rinaldo Bellomo
OBJECTIVE: Acute kidney injury requiring renal replacement therapy in severe vasodilatory shock is associated with an unfavorable prognosis. Angiotensin II treatment may help these patients by potentially restoring renal function without decreasing intrarenal oxygenation. We analyzed the impact of angiotensin II on the outcomes of acute kidney injury requiring renal replacement therapy. DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of the Angiotensin II for the Treatment of High-Output Shock 3 trial...
March 3, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Nita Khandelwal, Catherine L Hough, Lois Downey, Ruth A Engelberg, Shannon S Carson, Douglas B White, Jeremy M Kahn, Derek M Jones, Mary D Key, Wen Reagan, Laura S Porter, J Randall Curtis, Christopher E Cox
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the experience of financial stress for patients who survive critical illness or their families. Our objective was to describe the prevalence of financial stress among critically ill patients and their families, identify clinical and demographic characteristics associated with this stress, and explore associations between financial stress and psychologic distress. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a randomized trial comparing a coping skills training program and an education program for patients surviving acute respiratory failure and their families...
March 2, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
A Shaun Rowe, Scott K Dietrich, John W Phillips, Kaci E Foster, Joshua R Canter
OBJECTIVES: To compare the international normalized ratio normalization efficacy of activated prothrombin complex concentrates and 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrates and to evaluate the thrombotic complications in patients treated with these products for warfarin-associated hemorrhage. DESIGN: Retrospective, Multicenter Cohort. SETTING: Large, Community, Teaching Hospital. PATIENTS: Patients greater than 18 years old and received either activated prothrombin complex concentrate or 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate for the treatment of warfarin-associated hemorrhage...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Doaa El Amrousy, Mohamed Elkashlan, Nagat Elshmaa, Ahmed Ragab
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of ultrasound-guided laryngeal air column width difference in predicting postextubation stridor in children. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Single, tertiary care pediatric hospital. PATIENTS: This study was carried out at PICU and surgical ICU, Tanta University Hospital on 400 ventilated children between January 2015 and May 2017. Patients who received mechanical ventilation and met criteria for a weaning trial were included...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Sung Wook Kim, Joo Suk Oh, Jungtaek Park, Hyun Ho Jeong, Ji Hoon Kim, Jung Hee Wee, Sang Hoon Oh, Seung Pill Choi, Kyu Nam Park
OBJECTIVES: The absence of N20 somatosensory evoked potential after cardiac arrest is related to poor outcome. However, discrimination between the low-amplitude and the absence of N20 is challenging. P25 and P30 are short-latency positive peaks with latencies between 25 and 30 ms following N20 (P25/30). P25/30 is evident even with an ambiguous N20 in patients with good outcome. Therefore, we evaluated the predictive value of P25/30 after cardiac arrest. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
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