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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702263/factors-associated-with-the-incidence-and-severity-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-adult-critically-ill-patients
#1
Péricles A D Duarte, Gustavo Elias Leichtweis, Luiza Andriolo, Yasmim A Delevatti, Amaury C Jorge, Andreia C Fumagalli, Luiz Claudio Santos, Cecilia K Miura, Sergio K Saito
BACKGROUND: Acute Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is common in critically ill patients, with significant morbidity and mortality; however, its incidence and severity in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) from low-income countries are poorly studied. Additionally, impact of vasoactive drugs on its incidence and severity is still not understood. This study aimed to assess epidemiology and risk factors for acute new-onset AF in critically ill adult patients and the role of vasoactive drugs. METHOD: Cohort performed in seven general ICUs (including cardiac surgery) in three cities in Paraná State (southern Brazil) for 45 days...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584667/melatonin-secretion-pattern-in-critically-ill-patients-a-pilot-descriptive-study
#2
Yuliya Boyko, René Holst, Poul Jennum, Helle Oerding, Miki Nikolic, Palle Toft
Critically ill patients have abnormal circadian and sleep homeostasis. This may be associated with higher morbidity and mortality. The aims of this pilot study were (1) to describe melatonin secretion in conscious critically ill mechanically ventilated patients and (2) to describe whether melatonin secretion and sleep patterns differed in these patients with and without remifentanil infusion. Eight patients were included. Blood-melatonin was taken every 4th hour, and polysomnography was carried out continually during a 48-hour period...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555164/brain-multimodality-monitoring-a-new-tool-in-neurocritical-care-of-comatose-patients
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REVIEW
Nudrat Tasneem, Edgar A Samaniego, Connie Pieper, Enrique C Leira, Harold P Adams, David Hasan, Santiago Ortega-Gutierrez
Neurocritical care patients are at risk of developing secondary brain injury from inflammation, ischemia, and edema that follows the primary insult. Recognizing clinical deterioration due to secondary injury is frequently challenging in comatose patients. Multimodality monitoring (MMM) encompasses various tools to monitor cerebral metabolism, perfusion, and oxygenation aimed at detecting these changes to help modify therapies before irreversible injury sets in. These tools include intracranial pressure (ICP) monitors, transcranial Doppler (TCD), Hemedex™ (thermal diffusion probe used to measure regional cerebral blood flow), microdialysis catheter (used to measure cerebral metabolism), Licox™ (probe used to measure regional brain tissue oxygen tension), and continuous electroencephalography...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409028/impact-of-delayed-admission-to-the-intensive-care-unit-from-the-emergency-department-upon-sepsis-outcomes-and-sepsis-protocol-compliance
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Michael Agustin, Lori Lyn Price, Augustine Andoh-Duku, Peter LaCamera
Rationale. The impact of emergency department length of stay (EDLOS) upon sepsis outcomes needs clarification. We sought to better understand the relationship between EDLOS and both outcomes and protocol compliance in sepsis. Methods. We performed a retrospective observational study of septic patients admitted to the ICU from the ED between January 2012 and December 2015 in a single tertiary care teaching hospital. 287 patients with severe sepsis and septic shock were included. Study population was divided into patients with EDLOS < 6 hrs (early admission) versus ≥6 hours (delayed admission)...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265468/the-benefit-of-neuromuscular-blockade-in-patients-with-postanoxic-myoclonus-otherwise-obscuring-continuous-electroencephalography-ceeg
#5
Christopher R Newey, Alejandro Hornik, Meziane Guerch, Anantha Veripuram, Sushma Yerram, Agnieszka Ardelt
Introduction. Myoclonus status epilepticus is independently associated with poor outcome in coma patients after cardiac arrest. Determining if myoclonus is of cortical origin on continuous electroencephalography (CEEG) can be difficult secondary to the muscle artifact obscuring the underlying CEEG. The use of a neuromuscular blocker can be useful in these cases. Methods. Retrospective review of CEEG in patients with postanoxic myoclonus who received cisatracurium while being monitored. Results. Twelve patients (mean age: 53...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250986/severe-tuberculosis-requiring-intensive-care-a-descriptive-analysis
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Raquel Pacheco Duro, Paulo Figueiredo Dias, Alcina Azevedo Ferreira, Sandra Margarida Xerinda, Carlos Lima Alves, António Carlos Sarmento, Lurdes Campos Dos Santos
Background. This study aims to describe the characteristics of tuberculosis (TB) patients requiring intensive care and to determine the in-hospital mortality and the associated predictive factors. Methods. Retrospective cohort study of all TB patients admitted to the ICU of the Infectious Diseases Department of Centro Hospitalar de São João (Porto, Portugal) between January 2007 and July 2014. Comorbid diagnoses, clinical features, radiological and laboratory investigations, and outcomes were reviewed. Univariate analysis was performed to identify risk factors for death...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994886/does-obesity-predispose-medical-intensive-care-unit-patients-to-venous-thromboembolism-despite-prophylaxis-a-retrospective-chart-review
#7
Bradley J Peters, Ross A Dierkhising, Kristin C Mara
Background. Obesity is a significant issue in the critically ill population. There is little evidence directing the dosing of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis within this population. We aimed to determine whether obesity predisposes medical intensive care unit patients to venous thromboembolism despite standard chemoprophylaxis with 5000 international units of subcutaneous heparin three times daily. Results. We found a 60% increased risk of venous thromboembolism in the body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m(2) group compared to the BMI < 30 kg/m(2) group; however, this difference did not reach statistical significance...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830088/impact-of-a-local-low-cost-ward-based-response-system-in-a-canadian-tertiary-care-hospital
#8
Andrea Blotsky, Louay Mardini, Dev Jayaraman
Background. Medical emergency teams (METs) or rapid response teams (RRTs) facilitate early intervention for clinically deteriorating hospitalized patients. In healthcare systems where financial resources and intensivist availability are limited, the establishment of such teams can prove challenging. Objectives. A low-cost, ward-based response system was implemented on a medical clinical teaching unit in a Montreal tertiary care hospital. A prospective before/after study was undertaken to examine the system's impact on time to intervention, code blue rates, and ICU transfer rates...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822386/correlation-between-arterial-lactate-and-central-venous-lactate-in-children-with-sepsis
#9
Jaime Fernández Sarmiento, Paula Araque, María Yepes, Hernando Mulett, Ximena Tovar, Fabio Rodriguez
Introduction. Lactate is an important indicator of tissue perfusion. The objective of this study is to evaluate if there are significant differences between the arterial and central venous measurement of lactate in pediatric patients with sepsis and/or septic shock. Methods. Longitudinal retrospective observational study. Forty-two patients were included between the age of 1 month and 17 years, with a diagnosis of sepsis and septic shock, who were admitted to the intensive care unit of a university referral hospital...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800179/clinical-characteristics-and-short-term-outcomes-of-hiv-patients-admitted-to-an-african-intensive-care-unit
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Arthur Kwizera, Mary Nabukenya, Agaba Peter, Lameck Semogerere, Emmanuel Ayebale, Catherine Katabira, Samuel Kizito, Cecilia Nantume, Ian Clarke, Jane Nakibuuka
Purpose. In high-income countries, improved survival has been documented among intensive care unit (ICU) patients infected with human immune deficiency virus (HIV). There are no data from low-income country ICUs. We sought to identify clinical characteristics and survival outcomes among HIV patients in a low-income country ICU. Materials and Methods. A retrospective cohort study of HIV infected patients admitted to a university teaching hospital ICU in Uganda. Medical records were reviewed. Primary outcome was survival to hospital discharge...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795857/potentially-preventable-deaths-by-intensive-care-medicine-in-mongolian-hospitals
#11
Naranpurev Mendsaikhan, Tsolmon Begzjav, Ganbold Lundeg, Martin W Dünser
Purpose. To evaluate the portion of hospitalized patients dying without prior intensive care unit (ICU) admission and assess whether death could have been prevented by intensive care. Methods. In this prospective, observational, multicenter study, data of adults dying in and outside the ICU in 5 tertiary and 14 secondary hospitals were collected during six months. A group of experts categorized patients dying without prior ICU admission as whether their death was potentially preventable or not. Results. 617 patients died (72...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721991/abnormal-admission-chest-x-ray-and-mews-as-icu-outcome-predictors-in-a-sub-saharan-tertiary-hospital-a-prospective-observational-study
#12
Hannington Ssemmanda, Tonny Stone Luggya, Clare Lubulwa, Zeridah Muyinda, Pascal Kwitonda, Humphrey Wanzira, Joseph Ejoku
Background. Critical care in Uganda is a neglected speciality and deemed costly with limited funding/prioritization. We studied admission X-ray and MEWS as mortality predictors of ICU patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Materials and Methods. We did a cross-sectional study in Mulago Hospital ICU and 87 patients for mechanical ventilation were recruited with mortality as the outcome of interest. Chest X-ray results were the main independent variable and MEWS was also gotten for all patients. Results. We recruited 87 patients; most were males (60...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703807/the-development-of-intensive-care-unit-acquired-hypernatremia-is-not-explained-by-sodium-overload-or-water-deficit-a-retrospective-cohort-study-on-water-balance-and-sodium-handling
#13
M C O van IJzendoorn, H Buter, W P Kingma, G J Navis, E C Boerma
Background. ICU acquired hypernatremia (IAH, serum sodium concentration (sNa) ≥ 143 mmol/L) is mainly considered iatrogenic, induced by sodium overload and water deficit. Main goal of the current paper was to answer the following questions: Can the development of IAH indeed be explained by sodium intake and water balance? Or can it be explained by renal cation excretion? Methods. Two retrospective studies were conducted: a balance study in 97 ICU patients with and without IAH and a survey on renal cation excretion in 115 patients with IAH...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688911/can-transcutaneous-co2-tension-be-used-to-calculate-ventilatory-dead-space-a-pilot-study
#14
Pradeep H Lakshminarayana, Adiba A Geeti, Umer M Darr, David A Kaufman
Dead space fraction (V d/V t) measurement performed using volumetric capnography requires arterial blood gas (ABG) sampling to estimate the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO2). In recent years, transcutaneous capnography (PtcCO2) has emerged as a noninvasive method of estimating PaCO2. We hypothesized that PtcCO2 can be used as a substitute for PaCO2 in the calculation of V d/V t. In this prospective pilot comparison study, 30 consecutive postcardiac surgery mechanically ventilated patients had V d/V t calculated separately using volumetric capnography by substituting PtcCO2 for PaCO2...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642081/response-to-comment-on-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-critically-ill-patients
#15
COMMENT
Mattia Arrigo, Dominique Bettex, Alain Rudiger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27641992/comment-on-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-critically-ill-patients
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COMMENT
Roger Jelliffe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555967/management-of-maternal-cardiac-arrest-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy-a-simulation-based-pilot-study
#17
Jacquelyn Adams, Jose R Cepeda Brito, Lauren Baker, Patrick G Hughes, M David Gothard, Michele L McCarroll, Jocelyn Davis, Angela Silber, Rami A Ahmed
Objective. To evaluate confidence, knowledge, and competence after a simulation-based curriculum on maternal cardiac arrest in an Obstetrics & Gynecologic (OBGYN) residency program. Methods. Four simulations with structured debriefing focusing on high yield causes and management of maternal cardiac arrest were executed. Pre- and post-individual knowledge tests (KT) and confidence surveys (CS) were collected along with group scores of critical performance steps evaluated by content experts for the first and final simulations...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27516901/survey-of-oxygen-delivery-practices-in-uk-paediatric-intensive-care-units
#18
Sainath Raman, Samiran Ray, Mark J Peters
Purpose. Administration of supplemental oxygen is common in paediatric intensive care. We explored the current practice of oxygen administration using a case vignette in paediatric intensive care units (PICU) in the united kingdom. Methods. We conducted an online survey of Paediatric Intensive Care Society members in the UK. The survey outlined a clinical scenario followed by questions on oxygenation targets for 5 common diagnoses seen in critically ill children. Results. Fifty-three paediatric intensive care unit members from 10 institutions completed the survey...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27493799/determinants-of-deescalation-failure-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis-a-prospective-cohort-study
#19
Nawal Salahuddin, Lama Amer, Mini Joseph, Alya El Hazmi, Hassan Hawa, Khalid Maghrabi
Introduction. Deescalation refers to either discontinuation or a step-down of antimicrobials. Despite strong recommendations in the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines (2012) to deescalate, actual practices can vary. Our objective was to identify variables that are associated with deescalation failure. Methods. In this prospective study of patients with sepsis/septic shock, patients were categorized into 4 groups based on antibiotic administration: no change in antibiotics, deescalation, escalation (where antibiotics were changed to those with a broader spectrum of antimicrobial coverage), or mixed changes (where both escalation to a broader spectrum of coverage and discontinuation of antibiotics were carried out)...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27433357/antimicrobial-doses-in-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-a-comparison-of-dosing-strategies
#20
Anna P Kempke, Abbie S Leino, Farzad Daneshvar, John Andrew Lee, Bruce A Mueller
Purpose. Drug dose recommendations are not well defined in patients undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) due to limited published data. Several guidelines and pharmacokinetic equations have been proposed as tools for CRRT drug dosing. Dose recommendations derived from these methods have yet to be compared or prospectively evaluated. Methods. A literature search of PubMed, Micromedex, and Embase was conducted for 40 drugs commonly used in the ICU to gather pharmacokinetic data acquired from patients with acute and chronic kidney disease as well as healthy volunteers...
2016: Critical Care Research and Practice
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