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Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351143/nutrition-in-the-icu-new-trends-versus-old-fashioned-standard-enteral-feeding
#1
Kristine W A C Koekkoek, Arthur R H van Zanten
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The narrative review aims to summarize the relevant studies from the last 2 years and provide contextual information to understand findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent ICU studies have provided insight in the pathophysiology and time course of catabolism, anabolic resistance, and metabolic and endocrine derangements interacting with the provision of calories and proteins.Early provision of high protein intake and caloric overfeeding may confer harm...
January 18, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351142/worldwide-end-of-life-practice-for-patients-in-icus
#2
Wai-Tat Wong, Jason Phua, Gavin M Joynt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Published data and practice recommendations on end-of-life (EOL) generally reflect Western practice frameworks. Understanding worldwide practices is important because improving economic conditions are promoting rapid expansion of intensive care services in many previously disadvantaged regions, and increasing migration has promoted a new cultural diversity previously predominantly unicultural societies. This review explores current knowledge of similarities and differences in EOL practice between regions and possible causes and implications of these differences...
January 18, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351145/recent-evidence-on-early-mobilization-in-critical-ill-patients
#3
Kristina Fuest, Stefan J Schaller
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the benefits of early mobilization and summarize the results of most recent clinical studies examining early mobilization in critically ill patients followed by a presentation of recent developments in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Early mobilization of ICU patients, defined as mobilization within 72 h of ICU admission, is still uncommon. In medical and surgical critically ill patients, mobilization is well tolerated even in intubated patients...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351144/cardiac-dysfunction-in-critical-illness
#4
Allison Dalton, Sajid Shahul
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sepsis and septic shock are prevalent conditions that are likely to increase in prevalence in the future. Given the high mortality and morbidity associated with sepsis and sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction, we must continue to make advances in knowledge of the complex physiologic interactions and how we may target specific mediators for potential therapeutic options in the future. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple biomarkers have been discovered, which when assayed in sepsis-induced cardiomyopathy predict morbidity and mortality...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341963/role-of-the-anesthesiologist-intensivist-outside-the-icu-opportunity-to-add-value-for-the-hospital-or-an-unnecessary-distraction
#5
Suzanne Bennett, Erin Grawe, Courtney Jones, Sean A Josephs, Maggie Mechlin, William E Hurford
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Given the extremely expensive nature of critical care medicine, it seems logical that intensivists should play an active role in designing efficient systems of care. The true value of intensivists, however, is not well defined. RECENT FINDINGS: Anesthesiologists have taken key roles in improving patient safety in the operating room. Anesthesia-related mortality rates have decreased from 20 deaths per 100 000 anesthetics in the early 1980s to less than one death per 100 000 currently...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341962/withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapy
#6
Barbara G Jericho
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to examine literature relating to the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy (WLST). RECENT FINDINGS: Discussions regarding end-of-life issues in adults and children are not occurring comprehensively. Discussions relating to the WLST in the pediatric population varies by institution and may vary by race, age, health insurance, diagnosis, and severity of illness. Completing advance directives prior to placement of life-sustaining treatments is not consistent practice...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334497/deep-vein-thrombosis-and-venous-thromboembolism-in-trauma
#7
Keith J Ruskin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus are major causes of hospital-related morbidity and mortality, and are recognized as complications in patients with traumatic injury. Despite the significant morbidity and mortality associated with DVTs, prophylaxis and treatment are still not well understood and remain the subject of research and debate. RECENT FINDINGS: Elements of the patient's history and physical examination, along with thromboelastography, can be used to predict patients who are at greatest risk of DVT and venous thromboembolism (VTE)...
January 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334496/oxygen-in-the-critically-ill-friend-or-foe
#8
Elisa Damiani, Abele Donati, Massimo Girardis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the potential harmful effects of hyperoxia and summarize the results of most recent clinical studies evaluating oxygen therapy in critically ill patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Excessive oxygen supplementation may have detrimental pulmonary and systemic effects because of enhanced oxidative stress and inflammation. Hyperoxia-induced lung injury includes altered surfactant protein composition, reduced mucociliary clearance and histological damage, resulting in atelectasis, reduced lung compliance and increased risk of infections...
January 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334495/the-ethics-of-interventional-procedures-for-patients-too-ill-for-surgery
#9
Caroline G Kan, Michael Nurok
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Minimally invasive interventional procedures are increasingly popular options for patients who are high-risk candidates for open surgical procedures. It is unclear how to proceed in the rare circumstance of a complication during an interventional procedure, where addressing the complication would require exposing the patient to the full risk that was being avoided with the minimally invasive technique. This review provides recommendations on how to approach this paradoxical scenario...
January 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324488/storage-injury-and-blood-transfusions-in-trauma-patients
#10
Peter M Spieth, Haibo Zhang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of the present review was to concisely summarize recent studies and current knowledge about effects of red blood cell storage injury in trauma patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite a pathophysiological rationale for older packed red blood cells (PRBCs) being associated with adverse events in the host organism, recent large clinical trials failed to show negative effects of transfusion with older PRBCs on clinically relevant outcomes in mixed patient population...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324487/renal-replacement-therapy-in-critically-ill-patients-who-when-why-and-how
#11
Melanie Meersch, Alexander Zarbock
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The increasing incidence of acute kidney injury has the immediate effect of a growing need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). Shedding light on the questions of who, when, why, and how RRT should be performed is difficult to accomplish because of ambiguous study results, poor quality evidence, and low standardization. RECENT FINDINGS: Critically ill patients are exposed to multiple factors known to deteriorate kidney function. Especially severe fluid overload is strongly associated with worse outcome and may be considered as a trigger for initiating RRT...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324486/fibrinolysis-and-antifibrinolytic-treatment-in-the-trauma-patient
#12
Lewis S Gall, Ross A Davenport
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The role of antifibrinolytics in trauma haemorrhage and early coagulopathy remains controversial with respect to patient selection, dosage, timing of treatment, and risk of thrombotic complications. This review presents our current understanding of the mechanisms of fibrinolysis in trauma, diagnostic evaluation, and the evidence base for treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: Excessive fibrinolysis following severe injury is a major component of acute traumatic coagulopathy and contributes to the high mortality from trauma haemorrhage...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206698/surgery-and-discontinuation-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-current-perspectives
#13
Nikola Bradic, Zdenko Povsic-Cevra
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current article reviews the current evidence for continuing or discontinuing angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) during the perioperative period. RECENT FINDINGS: In patients undergoing treatment of hypertension with ACEIs or ARBs, there are both benefits associated with continuing these medications during the perioperative period and higher risk for perioperative hypotension and its complications...
December 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206695/drug-induced-sleep-endoscopy-from-obscure-technique-to-diagnostic-tool-for-assessment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-for-surgical-interventions
#14
Joshua H Atkins, Jeff E Mandel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Provide a practical update on drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) for anesthesia providers, which can also serve as a reference for those preparing to establish a DISE program. RECENT FINDINGS: New developments in surgical approaches to OSA and the growing global incidence of the condition have stimulated increased interest and demand for drug-induced sleep endoscopy. New techniques include transoral robotic surgery and hypoglossal nerve stimulation...
December 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120927/improve-postoperative-sleep-what-can-we-do
#15
Xian Su, Dong-Xin Wang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We reviewed evidences regarding occurrence, risk factors, harmful effects, prevention, and management of sleep disturbances in patients after surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: Normal sleep is important to maintain physical and mental health. Sleep disturbances frequently occur in patients after surgery. Factors associated with the development of postoperative sleep disturbances include old age, preoperative comorbidity, type of anesthesia, severity of surgical trauma, postoperative pain, environment stress, as well as other factors leading to discomfort of patients...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120932/an-update-on-preoperative-assessment-and-preparation-of-surgical-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#16
Poorna Madhusudan, Jean Wong, Arun Prasad, Elena Sadeghian, Frances F Chung
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is a high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the surgical population, however, a significant proportion of patients are undiagnosed. The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) has issued recent guidelines for preoperative assessment and preparation of patients with known or suspected OSA. The purpose of this review is to highlight key points in the new guidelines and explore the possibilities of different strategies in optimizing patients with OSA preoperatively...
November 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227290/postoperative-thrombocytopenia-why-you-should-consider-antiplatelet-therapy
#17
Andres O Raso Vasquez, Miklos D Kertai, Manuel L Fontes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review addresses the role of platelets in perioperative ischemic complications involving the brain, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract, and long-term survival in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Importantly, findings of several recent clinical studies will be discussed with emphasis on platelet activation and leukocyte inflammatory responses as important mediators of vascular microthrombosis and ischemic injury. RECENT FINDINGS: Our recent findings suggest that in some patients, the hemostatic balance during and after surgery may shift toward a hypercoagulable state and contribute to acute organ failure...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227289/perioperative-steroid-therapy-where-s-the-evidence
#18
Leon Freudzon
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Review of historical and current evidence of adrenal suppression in patients on chronic glucocorticoid therapy during perioperative period, and discussion of current recommendations for perioperative stress dose steroid administration. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence suggests low incidence of perioperative adrenal insufficiency in patients receiving chronic glucocorticoid therapy. Recent studies show no difference in survival or hemodynamic sequella by withholding perioperative stress steroids; however, these studies are limited in size and universal applicability...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206697/perioperative-pulmonary-thromboembolism-current-concepts-and-treatment-options
#19
David M Ruohoniemi, Akhilesh K Sista, Charles F Doany, Paul M Heerdt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Anesthesiologists are familiar with pulmonary emboli prophylaxis paradigms and many have witnessed acute intraoperative embolization. Clinicians must balance conservative anticoagulation and aggressive intervention in perioperative submassive pulmonary emboli, yet the bulk of the literature excludes surgery as a relative contraindication. This review will summarize the current treatment options for acute pulmonary emboli, drawing attention to special considerations in perioperative submassive pulmonary emboli, and discuss right ventricular monitoring to improve assessment of intervention efficacy...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206696/the-perioperative-significance-of-systemic-arterial-diastolic-hypertension-in-adults
#20
Daniel I Asher, Edwin G Avery
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension affects approximately one third of the U.S. population and is the most common preventable medical reason that surgical cases are postponed or cancelled. However, subtypes of hypertension and their perioperative risks are poorly studied and understood. We will review the natural history and pathophysiology of essential hypertension and discuss the perioperative significance of diastolic blood pressure elevation. RECENT FINDINGS: There is evidence that elevated preoperative diastolic blood pressures are associated with an increased perioperative risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events and increased postoperatively 30-day mortality...
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