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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087157/the-association-of-blood-urea-nitrogen-levels-with-mortality-in-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Mustafa A Tatlisu, Adnan Kaya, Muhammed Keskin, Sahin Avsar, Mehmet Bozbay, Kiymet Tatlisu, Mehmet Eren
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of BUN levels with in-hospital and long-term adverse clinical outcomes in acute pulmonary embolism (APE) patients treated with tissue-plasminogen activator (t-PA). METHODS: This retrospective study included 252 consecutive confirmed APE patients treated with t-PA. An admission BUN of 34.5 mg/dL was identified through an ROC analysis as an optimal cutoff value to predict the in-hospital mortality with 85% sensitivity and 91% specificity (AUC: 0...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069320/mild-induced-hypothermia-for-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-after-decompressive-craniectomy
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Chunhai Tang, Yun Bao, Min Qi, Lizhi Zhou, Fan Liu, Jian Mao, Qingmei Lei, Songtao Qi, Binghui Qiu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of mild induced hypothermia for intracranial hypertension in patients with traumatic brain injury after decompressive craniectomy. METHODS: A total of 60 adults with intracranial pressure (ICP) of more than 20 mm Hg after decompressive craniectomy were randomly assigned to standard care (control group) or hypothermia (32°C-35°C) plus standard care. Then, ICP, cerebral perfusion pressure, Glasgow Outcome Scale score, and complications were assessed...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063297/higher-glucose-variability-in-type-1-than-in-type-2-diabetes-patients-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Marjolein K Sechterberger, Sigrid C J van Steen, Esther M N Boerboom, Peter H J van der Voort, Rob J Bosman, Joost B L Hoekstra, J Hans DeVries
PURPOSE: Although the course of disease of type 1 and type 2 diabetes differs, the distinction is rarely made when patients are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Here, we report patient- and admission-related characteristics in relation to glycemic measures of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes admitted to the ICU. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed of 1574 patients with diabetes admitted between 2004 and 2011 to our ICU...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088009/cardiac-output-and-systemic-vascular-resistance-clinical-assessment-compared-with-a-noninvasive-objective-measurement-in-children-with-shock
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Asma Razavi, Christopher J L Newth, Robinder G Khemani, Fernando Beltramo, Patrick A Ross
PURPOSE: To evaluate physician assessment of cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance in patients with shock compared with an ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM). To explore potential changes in therapy decisions if USCOM data were available using physician intervention answers. STUDY DESIGN: Double-blinded, prospective, observational study in a tertiary hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Forty children (<18years) admitted with shock, requiring ongoing volume resuscitation or inotropic support...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082053/a-description-of-the-event-manager-role-in-resuscitations-a-qualitative-study-of-interviews-and-focus-groups-of-resuscitation-participants
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Katherine L Taylor, Christopher S Parshuram, Susan Ferri, Briseida Mema
PURPOSE: Communication during resuscitation is essential for the provision of coordinated, effective care. Previously, we observed 44% of resuscitation communication originated from participants other than the physician team leader; 65% of which was directed to the team, exclusive of the team leader. We called this outer-loop communication. METHODS: This institutional review board-approved qualitative study used grounded theory analysis of focus groups and interviews to describe and define outer-loop communication and the role of "event manager" as an additional "leader...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069319/effect-of-ulinastatin-combined-with-thymosin-alpha1-on-sepsis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-chinese-and-indian-patients
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REVIEW
Dadong Liu, Zongying Yu, Jiangtao Yin, Yikun Chen, Hao Zhang, Fan Xin, Haiyan Fu, Bing Wan
PURPOSE: To assess the effects of urinary trypsin inhibitor (UTI) ulinastatin combined with thymosin alpha1 (Tα1) on sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The meta-analysis included 8 randomized controlled trials (N=1112 patients) on UTI-based therapy for sepsis published before July 10, 2016. Two investigators independently extracted data and assessed the quality of each study. The short-term mortality rate, duration of mechanical ventilator and vasopressor use, length of intensive care unit stay, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score, and differences in inflammatory cytokines (interleukin [IL]-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor α) were assessed using statistical software...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104546/dying-in-intensive-care-units-of-india-commentaries-on-policies-and-position-papers-on-palliative-and-end-of-life-care
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REVIEW
Jaydeep Sengupta, Suhita Chopra Chatterjee
PURPOSE: This study critically examines the available policy guidelines on integration of palliative and end-of-life care in Indian intensive care units to appraise their congruence with Indian reality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six position statements and guidelines issued by the Indian Society for Critical Care Medicine and the Indian Association of Palliative Care from 2005 till 2015 were examined. The present study reflects upon the recommendations suggested by these texts...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087158/echocardiographic-approach-to-cardiac-tamponade-in-critically-ill-patients
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REVIEW
Peter McCanny, Frances Colreavy
Cardiac tamponade should be considered in a critically ill patient in whom the cause of haemodynamic shock is unclear. When considering tamponade, transthoracic echocardiography plays an essential role and is the initial investigation of choice. Diagnostic sensitivity of transthoracic echocardiography is dependent on image quality, and in some cases a transoesophageal approach may be required to confirm the diagnosis. Knowledge of the pathophysiology and echocardiographic features of cardiac tamponade are essential for the practicing Intensivist...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082138/interhospital-transfers-of-the-critically-ill-time-spent-at-referring-institutions-influences-survival
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Tarik Hanane, Samuel Wiles, Mourad H Senussi, Xiaozhen Han, Xiao-Feng Wang, R Duncan Hite, Jorge A Guzman
OBJECTIVE: To determine if the length of stay at a referring institution intensive care unit (ICU) before transfer to a tertiary/quaternary care facility is a risk factor for mortality. DESIGN: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients transferred to our ICU from referring institution ICUs over a 3-year period. Logistical regression analysis was performed to determine which factors were independently associated with increased mortality. The primary outcomes were ICU and hospital mortality...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065726/the-author-s-reply-to-early-goal-directed-therapy-is-not-equivalent-to-goal-oriented-therapy-or-protocol-directed-therapy-from-xianshi-zhou-guanghua-tang-fanwei-wu
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LETTER
Min Hur, Sun-Kyung Park, Su Rin Shin, Won Ho Kim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 24, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063753/advancing-neuroscience-research-in-brain-death-an-ethical-obligation-to-society
#11
LETTER
Mohamed Y Rady, Joseph L Verheijde
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 24, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063752/early-goal-directed-therapy-is-not-equivalent-to-goal-oriented-therapy-or-protocol-directed-therapy
#12
LETTER
Xianshi Zhou, Guanghua Tang, Fanwei Wu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 24, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043721/effect-of-daily-use-of-electronic-checklist-on-physical-rehabilitation-consultations-in-critically-ill-patients
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Rashid Ali, Patrick J Cornelius, Vitaly Herasevich, Ognjen Gajic, Rahul Kashyap
RATIONALE: In intensive care unit (ICU) practice, great emphasis is placed on the functional stabilization of the major organ systems, sometimes at the expense of physical rehabilitation. Checklists have shown to be an effective tool for standardizing care models. Our aim was to the study the effect of the use of an electronic checklist on occupational therapy/physical therapy (OT-PT) consults in critically ill patients. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of all adults admitted for the first time in an academic medical ICU in year 2014 was conducted...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012425/circadian-disruption-of-icu-patients-a-review-of-pathways-expression-and-interventions
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REVIEW
Anna Korompeli, Olav Muurlink, Nadia Kavrochorianou, Theodoros Katsoulas, George Fildissis, George Baltopoulos
Intensive care unit patients typically exhibit pathologic wakefulness, poor quality of daytime sleep, nocturnal sleep fragmentation, and sleep patterns that feature the absence of slow wave sleep and rapid eye movement. This article offers a review of the existing literature examining circadian desynchronization in critically ill patients, highlighting contributing factors identified by scholars, and circadian abnormalities observed in these patients. It discusses potential implications for clinical practice and suggests avenues of future research...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011420/perspectives-of-patients-and-family-members-regarding-psychological-support-using-intensive-care-diaries-an-exploratory-mixed-methods-study
#15
Leanne M Aitken, Janice Rattray, Justin Kenardy, Alastair M Hull, Amanda J Ullman, Robyne Le Brocque, Marion Mitchell, Chelsea Davis, Maria I Castillo, Bonnie Macfarlane
PURPOSE: Diaries summarizing intensive care are routine practice in some countries, although evidence to support diary use is limited. The purpose of this study was to identify whether distress post-intensive care influences patients' and relatives' choice as to whether they would like to receive a diary and what information delivery method is preferred. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Intensive care patients admitted for at least 3 days and their relatives participated in an exploratory mixed methods study...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997877/effects-of-low-dose-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-infusion-on-cardiac-surgery-associated-acute-kidney-injury-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Chieko Mitaka, Tetsu Ohnuma, Takanori Murayama, Fumio Kunimoto, Michio Nagashima, Tetsuhiro Takei, Naoya Iguchi, Makoto Tomita
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) on renal function and medical costs in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) associated with cardiac surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Japanese trial for AKI in Post-cardiovascular surgery patients by ANP (JAPAN) was a prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in 11 hospitals in Japan. Acute kidney injury was defined as an increase in serum creatinine of at least 0...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107738/hyperglycemia-and-glycemic-variability-are-associated-with-the-severity-of-sepsis-in-nondiabetic-subjects
#17
Lukana Preechasuk, Nattakarn Suwansaksri, Nantawan Ipichart, Sathit Vannasaeng, Chairat Permpikul, Apiradee Sriwijitkamol
PURPOSE: The purpose was to compare glucose variability (GV) obtained via continuous glucose monitoring between nondiabetic sepsis patients and healthy subjects and to seek associations between GV and sepsis severity in nondiabetic sepsis patients. METHODS: Nondiabetic sepsis inpatients and healthy controls received a 72-hour continuous glucose monitoring (iPro2, Medtronic) postadmission and post-oral glucose tolerance test, respectively. The mean glucose level (MGL) along with GV represented by standard deviation (SD) and the mean amplitude of glycemic excursion (MAGE) were calculated at 24 and 72 hours...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988069/a-simple-hemodynamic-parameter-to-predict-clinical-worsening-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Ahmad Amin, Arezoo Mohamadifar, Mohammad Sadegh Keshmiri, Behshid Ghadrdoost, Sepideh Taghavi, Nasim Naderi
BACKGROUND: Predicting prognosis is a cornerstone in management of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Hemodynamic parameters are among the robust indicators of right ventricular function and prognosis. In this study we have investigated the association of a simple hemodynamic parameter with clinical worsening in pulmonary arterial hypertension. METHODS AND PATIENTS: 120 patients were enrolled in a single center prospective cohort study after confirmation of precapillary pulmonary hypertension and were followed for an average of 36months on guideline recommended treatment protocols...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038339/noninvasive-ventilation-during-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-patients-with-cancer-trends-in-use-and-outcome
#19
A Neuschwander, V Lemiale, M Darmon, F Pène, A Kouatchet, P Perez, F Vincent, J Mayaux, D Benoit, F Bruneel, A P Meert, M Nyunga, A Rabbat, D Mokart, E Azoulay
PURPOSE: The objectives of our study were to describe the outcome of patients with malignancies treated for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with noninvasive ventilation (NIV) and to evaluate factors associated with NIV failure. METHODS: Post hoc analysis of a multicenter database within 20 years was performed. All patients with malignancies and Berlin ARDS definition were included. Noninvasive ventilation use was defined as NIV lasting more than 1 hour, whereas failure was defined as a subsequent requirement of invasive ventilation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013095/decreased-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-level-is-an-early-prognostic-marker-for-organ-dysfunction-and-death-in-patients-with-suspected-sepsis
#20
Mihai Cirstea, Keith R Walley, James A Russell, Liam R Brunham, Kelly R Genga, John H Boyd
PURPOSE: We sought to determine whether an early high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) measurement at emergency department (ED) admission is prognostic of multiorgan dysfunction syndrome (MODS) and death in a suspected sepsis cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred patients with clinically suspected sepsis were recruited at admission to our tertiary care hospital's ED. Lipids were measured at the time of first ED blood draw. Clinical data were collected via chart review...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
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