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Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908342/an-introduction-to-the-most-complex-disease-in-emergency-medicine
#1
EDITORIAL
Jack Perkins, Michael E Winters
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908341/severe-sepsis-care-in-the-emergency-department
#2
EDITORIAL
Amal Mattu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908340/end-points-of-sepsis-resuscitation
#3
REVIEW
John C Greenwood, Clinton J Orloski
Resuscitation goals for the patient with sepsis and septic shock are to return the patient to a physiologic state that promotes adequate end-organ perfusion along with matching metabolic supply and demand. Ideal resuscitation end points should assess the adequacy of tissue oxygen delivery and oxygen consumption, and be quantifiable and reproducible. Despite years of research, a single resuscitation end point to assess adequacy of resuscitation has yet to be found. Thus, the clinician must rely on multiple end points to assess the patient's overall response to therapy...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908339/vasopressors-and-inotropes-in-sepsis
#4
REVIEW
Leeanne Stratton, David A Berlin, John E Arbo
Vasopressor and inotropes are beneficial in shock states. Norepinephrine is considered the first-line vasopressor for patients with sepsis-associated hypotension. Dobutamine is considered the first-line inotrope in sepsis, and should be considered for patients with evidence of myocardial dysfunction or ongoing signs of hypoperfusion. Vasopressor and inotrope therapy has complex effects that are often difficult to predict; emergency providers should consider the physiology and clinical trial data. It is essential to continually reevaluate the patient to determine if the selected treatment is having the intended result...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908338/fluid-resuscitation-in-severe-sepsis
#5
REVIEW
Rob Loflin, Michael E Winters
Since its original description in 1832, fluid resuscitation has become the cornerstone of early and aggressive treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock. However, questions remain about optimal fluid composition, dose, and rate of administration for critically ill patients. This article reviews pertinent physiology of the circulatory system, pathogenesis of septic shock, and phases of sepsis resuscitation, and then focuses on the type, rate, and amount of fluid administration for severe sepsis and septic shock, so providers can choose the right fluid, for the right patient, at the right time...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908337/source-identification-and-source-control
#6
REVIEW
Zeke P Oliver, Jack Perkins
Identifying sources of infection and establishing source control is an essential component of the workup and treatment of sepsis. Investigation with history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging can in identifying sources of infection. All organ systems have the potential to develop sources of infection. However, there are inherent difficulties presented by some that require additional diligence, namely, urinalysis, chest radiographs, and intraabdominal infections. Interventions include administration of antibiotics and may require surgical or other specialist intervention...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908336/appropriate-antibiotic-therapy
#7
REVIEW
Michael G Allison, Emily L Heil, Bryan D Hayes
Prescribing antibiotics is an essential component of initial therapy in sepsis. Early antibiotics are an important component of therapy, but speed of administration should not overshadow the patient-specific characteristics that determine the optimal breadth of antimicrobial therapy. Cultures should be drawn before antibiotic therapy if it does not significantly delay administration. Combination antibiotic therapy against gram-negative infections is not routinely required, and combination therapy involving vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam is associated with an increase in acute kidney injury...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908335/the-past-present-and-future-of-the-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-quality-measure-sep-1-the-early-management-bundle-for-severe-sepsis-septic-shock
#8
REVIEW
Jeremy S Faust, Scott D Weingart
SEP-1, the new national quality measure on sepsis, resulted from an undertaking to standardize care for severe sepsis and septic shock regardless of the size of the emergency department where the patient is being treated. SEP-1 does not necessarily follow the best current evidence available. Nevertheless, a thorough understanding of SEP-1 is crucial because all hospitals and emergency providers will be accountable for meeting the requirements of this measure. SEP-1 is the first national quality measure on early management of sepsis care...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908334/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-management-of-sepsis
#9
REVIEW
Michael S Pulia, Robert Redwood, Brian Sharp
Sepsis represents a unique clinical dilemma with regard to antimicrobial stewardship. The standard approach to suspected sepsis in the emergency department centers on fluid resuscitation and timely broad-spectrum antimicrobials. The lack of gold standard diagnostics and evolving definitions for sepsis introduce a significant degree of diagnostic uncertainty that may raise the potential for inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing. Intervention bundles that combine traditional quality improvement strategies with emerging electronic health record-based clinical decision support tools and rapid molecular diagnostics represent the most promising approach to enhancing antimicrobial stewardship in the management of suspected sepsis in the emergency department...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908333/pitfalls-in-the-treatment-of-sepsis
#10
REVIEW
Lars-Kristofer N Peterson, Karin Chase
Sepsis is a challenging, dynamic, pathophysiology requiring expertise in diagnosis and management. Controversy exists as to the most sensitive early indicators of sepsis and sepsis severity. Patients presenting to the emergency department often lack complete history or clinical data that would point to optimal management. Awareness of these potential knowledge gaps is important for the emergency provider managing the septic patient. Specific areas of management including the initiation and management of mechanical ventilation, the appropriate disposition of the patient, and consideration of transfer to higher levels of care are reviewed...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908332/prehospital-sepsis-care
#11
REVIEW
Jerrilyn Jones, Benjamin J Lawner
Prehospital care providers are tasked with the delivery of time-sensitive care, and emergency medical services (EMS) systems must match patients to appropriate clinical resources. Modern systems are uniquely positioned to recognize and treat patients with sepsis. Interventions such as administration of intravenous fluid and transporting patients to the appropriate level of definitive care are linked to improved patient outcomes. As EMS systems refine their protocols for the recognition and stabilization of patients with suspected or presumed sepsis, EMS providers need to be educated about the spectrum of sepsis-related presentations and treatment strategies need to be standardized...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908331/sepsis-resuscitation-in-resource-limited-settings
#12
REVIEW
Brian Meier, Catherine Staton
Our evolving understanding of the physiologic processes that lead to sepsis has led to updated consensus guidelines outlining priorities in the recognition and treatment of septic patients. However, an enormous question remains when considering how to best implement these guidelines in settings with limited resources, which include rural US emergency departments and low- and middle-income countries. The core principles of sepsis management should be a priority in community emergency departments. Similarly, cost-effective interventions are key priorities in low- and middle-income countries; however, consideration must be given to the unique challenges associated with such settings...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908330/sepsis-in-special-populations
#13
REVIEW
Matthew P Borloz, Khalief E Hamden
Sepsis is recognized by the presence of physiologic and laboratory changes that reflect the inflammatory response to infection on cellular and systemic levels. Comorbid conditions, such as cirrhosis, end-stage renal disease, and obesity, alter patients' susceptibility to infection and their response to it once present. Baseline changes in vital signs and chronic medications often mask clues to the severity of illness. The physiologic, hematologic, and biochemical adjustments that accompany pregnancy and the puerperium introduce similar challenges...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908329/pediatric-sepsis
#14
REVIEW
Melanie K Prusakowski, Audrey P Chen
Pediatric sepsis is distinct from adult sepsis in its definitions, clinical presentations, and management. Recognition of pediatric sepsis is complicated by the various pediatric-specific comorbidities that contribute to its mortality and the age- and development-specific vital sign and clinical parameters that obscure its recognition. This article outlines the clinical presentation and management of sepsis in neonates, infants, and children, and highlights some key populations who require specialized care.
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908328/the-new-usual-care
#15
REVIEW
Jared Radbel, Daniel Boutsikaris
Recent literature continues to refine which components of the early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) algorithm are necessary. Given it utilizes central venous pressure, continuous central venous oxygen saturation, routine blood transfusions, and inotropic medications, this algorithm can be timely, invasive, costly, and potentially harmful. New trials highlight early recognition, early fluid resuscitation, appropriate antibiotic treatment, source control, and the application of a multidisciplinary evidence-based approach as essential components of current sepsis management...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908327/ready-for-prime-time-biomarkers-in-sepsis
#16
REVIEW
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
Sepsis is a common condition managed in the emergency department. Current diagnosis relies on physiologic criteria and suspicion of a source of infection using history, physical examination, laboratory studies, and imaging studies. The infection triggers a host response with the aim to destroy the pathogen, and this response can be measured. A reliable biomarker for sepsis should assist with earlier diagnosis, improve risk stratification, or improve clinical decision making. Current biomarkers for sepsis include lactate, troponin, and procalcitonin...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908326/defining-and-diagnosing-sepsis
#17
REVIEW
Michael C Scott
Sepsis is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome that encompasses infections of many different types and severity. Not surprisingly, it has confounded most attempts to apply a single definition, which has also limited the ability to develop a set of reliable diagnostic criteria. It is perhaps best defined as the different clinical syndromes produced by an immune response to infection that causes harm to the body beyond that of the local effects of the infection.
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741999/neurologic-emergencies-making-the-diagnosis-and-treating-the-life-threats
#18
EDITORIAL
Jonathan A Edlow, Michael K Abraham
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741998/neurologic-emergencies
#19
Amal Mattu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741997/neuro-ophthalmology-in-emergency-medicine
#20
J Stephen Huff, Everett W Austin
Understanding the anatomy and physiology of the eye, the orbit, and the central connections is key to understanding neuro-ophthalmologic emergencies. Anisocoria is an important sign that requires a systematic approach to avoid misdiagnosis of serious conditions, including carotid dissection (miosis) and aneurysmal third nerve palsy (mydriasis). Ptosis may be a sign of either Horner syndrome or third nerve palsy. An explanation should be pursued for diplopia since the differential diagnosis ranges from the trivial to life-threatening causes...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
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