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Journal of Critical Care

Righab Hamdan, Pierre Nassar, Ali Zein, Mohamad Issa, Hassan Mansour, Mohamad Saab
Peripartum cardiomyopathy remains a challenging obstetric and cardiologic emergency. We report 5 interesting cases of peripartum cardiomyopathy with different clinical courses, with 3 patients requiring left ventricular assist device implantation. One patient underwent pump explantation and aortic balloon valvuloplasty postsurgery. Two patients improved with the medical treatment alone without the need of assistance. We will review main important related issues.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Christos Lazaridis
Shock is a systemic form of acute circulatory failure leading to cellular dysoxia and death. Such a state of aerobic metabolism failure also underlies neuronal cell death in severe traumatic brain injury. It is becoming increasingly recognized that ischemic hypoxia is not the sole mechanism and that multiple alternate cooperating mechanisms may be responsible for compromising neuronal oxidative metabolism. These different mechanisms can be usefully understood via analysis of the classic subdivisions of tissue hypoxia...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Arun Kanmanthareddy, Patricia J Erwin, Dennis J Esterbrooks, Lee E Morrow
BACKGROUND: The data evaluating the role of statins in delirium prevention in the intensive care unit are conflicting and limited. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of literature from 1975 to 2015. All English-language adult studies evaluating delirium incidence in statin and statin nonusers were included and studies without a control group were excluded. Mantel-Haenszel model was used to calculate pooled risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Sharukh Lokhandwala, Lars W Andersen, Sunil Nair, Parth Patel, Michael N Cocchi, Michael W Donnino
PURPOSE: Lactate reduction, a common method of risk stratification, has been variably defined. Among patients with an initial lactate >4mmol/L, we compared mortality prediction between a subsequent lactate ≥4mmol/L to a <10% and <20% decrease between initial and subsequent lactate values. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a single-center retrospective study of patients presenting to the emergency department with an initial lactate ≥4mmol/L and suspected infection...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Folafoluwa O Odetola, Renee R Anspach, Yong Y Han, Sarah J Clark
PURPOSE: To investigate the decision making underlying transfer of children with respiratory failure from level II to level I pediatric intensive care unit care. METHODS: Interviews with 19 eligible level II pediatric intensive care unit physicians about a hypothetical scenario of a 2-year-old girl in respiratory failure: RESULTS: At baseline, indices critical to management were as follows: OI (53%), partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood (Pao2)/Fio2 (32%), and inflation pressure (16%)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Hong Xu, Bingbing Chen, Xiaoping Ni, Hui Jin, Linhai Shen, Lingya Wei, Lei Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Huub L A van den Oever, Mirja van Dam, Esther van 't Riet, Frank G A Jansman
INTRODUCTION: Many patients with intentional drug overdose (IDO) are admitted to a medium (MC) or intensive care unit (IC) without ever requiring MC/IC related interventions. The objective of this study was to develop a decision tool, using parameters readily available in the emergency room (ER) for patients with an IDO, to identify patients requiring admission to a monitoring unit. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study among cases of IDO with drugs having potentially acute effects on neurological, circulatory or ventilatory function, admitted to the MC/IC unit between 2007 and 2013...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Jorge Jordan, Pau Miro-Martinez, Borja Vargas, Manuel Varela-Entrecanales, David Cuesta-Frau
Body temperature monitoring provides health carers with key clinical information about the physiological status of patients. Temperature readings are taken periodically to detect febrile episodes and consequently implement the appropriate medical countermeasures. However, fever is often difficult to assess at early stages, or remains undetected until the next reading, probably a few hours later. The objective of this article is to develop a statistical model to forecast fever before a temperature threshold is exceeded to improve the therapeutic approach to the subjects involved...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Dawid L Staudacher, Wolfgang Gold, Paul M Biever, Christoph Bode, Tobias Wengenmayer
PURPOSE: For circulatory support, venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is dependent on sufficient venous drainage ensured by fluid therapy. Volume overload however is linked to poor prognosis. This study therefore evaluates volume therapy in VA-ECMO. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report data of a single center registry of all patients after VA-ECMO implantation treated between 2010 and 2015. RESULTS: A total of 195 patients were included in this registry with a medium age of 58...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Peter G Brindley, Matthew J Douma
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September 27, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Susan R Wilcox
Weakness is common in critically ill patients, associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation and increased mortality. Corticosteroids and neuromuscular blockade (NMB) administration have been implicated as etiologies of acquired weakness in the intensive care unit. Medical literature since the 1970s is replete with case reports and small case series of patients with weakness after receiving high-dose corticosteroids, prolonged NMB, or both. Several risk factors for weakness appear in the early literature, including large doses of steroids, the dose and duration of NMB, hyperglycemia, and the duration of mechanical ventilation...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Panagis Galiatsatos
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September 22, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Paulo Eugênio Silva, Nicolas Babault, João Batista Mazullo, Tamires Pereira de Oliveira, Bárbara Letícia Lemos, Vitor Oliveira Carvalho, Joao Luiz Quagliotti Durigan
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) protocol based on neuromuscular excitability and applied in numerous muscle groups of critical ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a prospective observational study using an NMES applied daily and bilaterally into 5 muscle groups in lower limbs for 3 consecutive days. The characteristics of NMES were 90 contractions per muscle, pulse width equal to chronaxie, and a pulse frequency of 100 Hz...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
David W Nauen
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptor autoimmune encephalitis can arise in the setting of ovarian teratoma and often responds to resection. When it occurs in the absence of tumor, failure to respond to treatment may be more likely, and affected patients often require intensive care. To further understand the mechanisms and potential management, we present findings from an autopsy conducted on a young woman who died of refractory autoimmune encephalitis of this type. Rituximab was administered 70 days before death, and both 37 and 14 days before death, CD19(+) lymphocytes were only 0...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Ivan Rocha Ferreira Da Silva, Joao Antonio Gomes, Ari Wachsman, Gabriel Rodriguez de Freitas, Jose Javier Provencio
PURPOSE: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is associated with high morbidity and mortality, but currently no single clinical method or ancillary test can reliably predict which subset of patients will develop delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). The aim of this study was to find hematologic derangements and clinical factors present during the first 7 days after bleeding that could help identify patients at risk for development of DCI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Databank analysis of patients with SAH admitted between 2010 and 2012 in a single center...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Hesham R Omar, Mehdi Mirsaeidi, Gerardo Bosco, Kevin Morgan, Prachiti Dalvi, Engy Helal, Devanand Mangar, Enrico M Camporesi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 18, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Lioudmila V Karnatovskaia, Margaret M Johnson, Travis J Dockter, Ognjen Gajic
PURPOSE: Survivors of critical illness are frequently unable to return to their premorbid level of psychocognitive functioning following discharge. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the burden of psychological trauma experienced by patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) as perceived by clinicians to assess factors that can impede its recognition and treatment in the ICU. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two distinct role-specific Web-based surveys were administered to critical care physicians and nurses in medical and surgical ICUs of 2 academic medical centers...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Xiulu Ruan, Jin Jun Luo, Alan David Kaye
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 14, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Barret Rush, Kali Romano, Mohammad Ashkanani, Robert C McDermid, Leo Anthony Celi
OBJECTIVE: There have been suggestions that patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) have a better outcome when treated in high-volume centers. Much of the published literature on the subject is limited by an inability to control for severity of SAH. METHODS: This is a nationwide retrospective cohort analysis using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). The NIS Subarachnoid Severity Scale was used to adjust for severity of SAH in multivariate logistic regression modeling...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Johan Larsson, Theis Skovsgaard Itenov, Morten Heiberg Bestle
PURPOSE: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common and serious complication in patients requiring mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit. The aims of this study were to identify models used to predict mortality in VAP patients and to assess their prognostic accuracy. METHODS: The PubMed and EMBASE were searched in February 2016. We included studies in English that evaluated models' ability to predict the risk of mortality in patients with VAP...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
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