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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806281/ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-due-to-chryseobacterium-indologenes
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Vicente S Antonello, Priscila Daht, Janaína Polli, Milton Gross, Maurício Colvero
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) represents one of the most common nosocomial infections in neonatal intensive care units, increasing morbidity and mortality, and associated costs. The authors report the case of a neonatal patient with VAP secondary to Chryseobacterium indologenes and a review of the literature. . The most effective empiric treatment for C. indologenes infection remains unclear due to limited data in the literature, and therefore, therapy should be adjusted in accordance with the result of the susceptibility profile...
August 10, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804862/oncological-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prognosis-decision-making-therapies-and-end-of-life-care
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Ewelina Biskup, Fengfeng Cai, Marcus Vetter, Stephan Marsch
The effectiveness of intensive care unit (ICU) care for cancer patients remains controversial. Advances in antitumour and supportive care led to major improvements in outcomes of oncological patients in the ICU. Improved cancer therapies and supportive management of organ dysfunctions have contributed to improved survival rates. As a consequence, the number of cancer patients requiring ICU admission is rising. Frequently, cancer patients have a poor performance status and are vulnerable. It is a heterogeneous population, where the nature and curability of the neoplasm and the severity of critical illness cause a plethora of issues about ICU admissions...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803772/perioperative-statins-do-not-prevent-acute-kidney-injury-after-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#3
Bing-Cheng Zhao, Pu Shen, Ke-Xuan Liu
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether perioperative statins reduce the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. SETTING: Perioperative management in hospitals that perform cardiac surgery. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery. INTERVENTIONS: PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library databases were searched for randomized trials...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803505/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-an-hiv-positive-man-with-severe-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-secondary-to-pneumocystis-and-cytomegalovirus-pneumonia
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Deirdre Morley, Almida Lynam, Edmund Carton, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Gerard Sheehan, Niamh Lynn, Serena O'Brien, Fiona Mulcahy
The management of critically ill human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients is challenging; however, intensive care unit-related mortality has declined significantly in recent years. There are 10 case reports in the literature of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) use in HIV-positive patients, of whom seven survived to hospital discharge. We describe a 33-year-old Brazilian man who presented with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia and severe hypoxic respiratory failure. He developed refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and was commenced on veno-venous ECMO...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803496/management-of-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-intensive-care-unit-state-of-the-art
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Alberto Enrico Maraolo, Marco Cascella, Silvia Corcione, Arturo Cuomo, Salvatore Nappa, Guglielmo Borgia, Francesco Giuseppe De Rosa, Ivan Gentile
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is one of the most important causes of healthcare-related infections among Gram-negative bacteria. The best therapeutic approach is controversial, especially for multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains as well as in the setting of most severe patients, such as in the intensive care unit (ICU). Areas covered: This article addresses several points. First, the main microbiological aspects of PA, focusing on its wide array of resistance mechanisms. Second, risk factors and the worse outcome linked to MDR-PA infection...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802556/randomized-sham-controlled-trials-in-endoscopy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-adverse-events
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REVIEW
Allison R Schulman, Violeta Popov, Christopher C Thompson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sham procedures in endoscopy are used with the intention of controlling for placebo response, potentially allowing more precise evaluation of treatment effect. Nevertheless, this type of study may impose significant risk without potential benefit for those in the sham group. The aim of the current study is to systematically review and analyze the endoscopic literature to assess the safety of sham controls. METHODS: MEDLINE and Embase databases were searched for endoscopic sham procedures for all dates through July 2017...
August 9, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802334/has-quality-improvement-really-improved-outcomes-for-babies-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Alan R Spitzer
During the past decade, the emergence of outcome measurement and quality improvement in the neonatal intensive care unit, far more than the introduction of new research approaches or novel therapies, has had a profound effect on improving outcomes for premature neonates. Collection of outcome data, review of those data, and strategies to identify and resolve problems using continuous quality improvement methods can dramatically improve patient outcomes. It is likely that further initiatives in quality improvement will continue to have additional beneficial effects for the neonate...
September 2017: Clinics in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801177/uses-and-misuses-of-sodium-bicarbonate-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#8
Amélie Collins, Rakesh Sahni
Over the past several decades, bicarbonate therapy continues to be used routinely in the treatment of acute metabolic acidosis in critically ill neonates despite the lack of evidence for its effectiveness in the treatment of acid-base imbalance, and evidence indicating that it may be detrimental. Clinicians often feel compelled to use bicarbonate since acidosis implies a need for such therapy and thus the justification for its use is based on hearsay rather than science. This review summarizes the evidence and refutes the clinical practice of administering sodium bicarbonate to treat metabolic acidosis associated with several specific clinical syndromes in neonates...
August 8, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799416/evaluating-the-effects-of-chronic-antihypertensives-on-vasopressor-dosing-in-septic-shock
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Joshua M DeMott, Gourang Patel, Ishaq Lat
BACKGROUND: In septic shock, chronic antihypertensive medications are held acutely. Vasopressors are often required to maintain blood pressure. The effect of chronic exposure to antihypertensive therapies on vasopressor dosing in septic shock is not known. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of chronic exposure to antihypertensive therapies, specifically β-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, on cumulative vasopressor dosing in septic shock...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799178/retrospective-cohort-study-shows-that-the-risks-for-retinopathy-of-prematurity-included-birth-age-and-weight-medical-conditions-and-treatment
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Aliaa Adel Ali, Nancy Gomaa, Ahmed Reda Awadein, Huda Hussein Al-Hayouti, Ahmed Hegazy
AIM: This study described the characteristics and risk factors of neonates who developed retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and severe treatable ROP in two Egyptian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study comprised 108 preterm neonates who were screened for ROP after being admitted to the two NICUs run by Cairo University Hospital from June 2014 to May 2015. Patients were examined using digital fundus photography and indirect ophthalmoscopy was performed if ROP was detected...
August 11, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798922/practical-approach-to-the-patient-with-acute-neuromuscular-weakness
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REVIEW
Rajeev Nayak
Acute neuromuscular paralysis (ANMP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness progressing to maximum severity within several days to weeks (less than 4 wk). Bulbar and respiratory muscle weakness may or may not be present. It is a common neurological emergency which requires immediate and careful investigations to determine the etiology because accurate diagnosis has significant impact on therapy and prognosis. Respiratory failure caused by neuromuscular weakness is considered as more critical than lung disease because its development may be insidious or subtle until sudden decompensation leads to life threatening hypoxia...
July 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798896/pregnancy-outcomes-in-hiv-infected-women-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-india
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Vatsla Dadhwal, Aparna Sharma, Kavita Khoiwal, Dipika Deka, Plaboni Sarkar, P Vanamail
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There is conflicting data on the effect of HIV infection as well as antiretroviral therapy (ART) on pregnancy outcome. The objectives of this study were to compare pregnancy outcomes in women with and without HIV infection, and to evaluate the effect of HAART on pregnancy in HIV-infected women. METHODS: This is a prospective case record analysis of 212 HIV-infected women delivering between 2002 and 2015, in a tertiary health care center in India...
2017: International Journal of MCH and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797896/predictors-of-mortality-in-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease-admitted-to-intensive-care-unit-in-bahrain
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Sana Abdulaaziz Al Khawaja, Zainab Mahdi Ateya, Ridha Abdulla Al Hammam
OBJECTIVE: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common genetic blood disorders in Bahrain. However, there is a paucity of data regarding the clinical presentation of SCD patients who require ICU admission. This study aimed to describe the epidemiological data of SCD patients admitted to the ICU and to identify predictors of mortality in order to help intensivists identify patients at most risk. METHOD: This study used a retrospective, descriptive, and correlational design...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797895/patterns-of-c-reactive-protein-ratio-predicts-outcomes-in-healthcare-associated-pneumonia-in-critically-ill-patients-with-cancer
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Ligia S C F Rabello, Pedro Póvoa, Jose R Lapa E Silva, Luciano C P Azevedo, Fernando Jose da Silva Ramos, Thiago Lisboa, Marcio Soares, Jorge I F Salluh
PURPOSE: Describe the patterns of C-reactive protein relative changes in response to antibiotic therapy in critically ill cancer patients with healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP) and its ability to predict outcome. METHODS: Secondary analysis of a prospective cohort of critically ill cancer patients with HCAP. CRP was sampled every other day from D0 to D6 of antibiotic therapy. Patients were classified according to an individual pattern of CRP-ratio response: fast - CRP at D4 of therapy was <0...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797491/candidemia-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Oleg Epelbaum, Rachel Chasan
Candidemia presents several challenges to the intensive care unit (ICU) community. Recognition and treatment of this infection is frequently delayed, with dramatic clinical deterioration and death often preceding the detection of Candida in blood cultures. Identification of individual patients at the highest risk for developing candidemia remains an imperfect science; the role of antifungal therapy before culture diagnosis is yet to be fully defined in the ICU. The absence of well-established molecular techniques for early detection of candidemia hinders efforts to reduce the heavy clinical and economic impact of this infection...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796408/use-of-the-anion-gap-and-intermittent-hemodialysis-following-continuous-hemodiafiltration-in-extremely-high-dose-acute-on-chronic-lithium-poisoning-a-case-report
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Yohei Komaru, Ryota Inokuchi, Yoshihiro Ueda, Masaomi Nangaku, Kent Doi
A 35-year-old woman intentionally took 40,000 mg of lithium carbonate, and she was transferred to our hospital with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. She was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder 10 years ago and was receiving oral lithium therapy. Blood test results on arrival were remarkable for a negative anion gap of -2.1 and later, the serum lithium level turned out to be as high as 15.4 mEq/L. Intubation was required because of disrupted consciousness, and continuous hemodiafiltration (CHDF) was immediately started in the intensive care unit to obtain constant removal of lithium...
August 10, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795665/-relationship-between-blood-lactate-level-and-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-diabetic-sepsis
#17
Yimei Liu, Minjie Ju, Simeng Pan, Hongyu He, Zhe Luo, Zhunyong Gu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic value of blood lactate (Lac) level in sepsis patients with or without diabetes. METHODS: 106 patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Zhongshan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University from April 2015 to November 2016 were enrolled. The patients with age > 18 years and the length of hospital stay > 24 hours were included. Records including blood Lac, serum creatinine (SCr), white blood cell count (WBC), platelet count (PLT), sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) on the first day of admission; minimum oxygen index (PaO2/FiO2) in 3 days after admission; mechanical ventilation, whether there was a history of diabetes, usage of biguanides, etiology control treatment, usage of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) were collected...
August 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792784/improved-pain-control-in-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-by-introducing-low-dose-oral-methadone-in-addition-to-ongoing-opioid-treatment
#18
Per Fürst, Staffan Lundström, Pål Klepstad, Sara Runesdotter, Peter Strang
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is often not well controlled and there is a need for improved treatment strategies. Methadone exhibits unique properties among opioids and recent reports show promising results from adding a low dose of methadone to regular opioid therapy. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of oral low-dose methadone added to regular scheduled opioids in terminally ill patients with complex cancer-related pain. DESIGN: This was a retrospective chart review...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792509/regional-citrate-anticoagulation-for-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-pediatric-patients-with-liver-failure
#19
Keila Rodriguez, Poyyapakkam R Srivaths, Leyat Tal, Mary N Watson, Alyssa A Riley, Ryan W Himes, Moreshwar S Desai, Michael C Braun, Ayse Akcan Arikan
Pediatric liver failure patients frequently develop multiple organ failure and require continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) as part of supportive therapy in the pediatric intensive care unit. While many centers employ no anticoagulation for fear of bleeding complications, balanced coagulation disturbance predisposes these patients to clotting as well as bleeding, making maintenance of longer circuit life to deliver adequate dialysis clearance challenging. Regional citrate anticoagulation (RCA) is an attractive option as it avoids systemic anticoagulation, but since citrate metabolism is impaired in liver failure, concerns about toxicity has limited its use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791567/the-oxygen-reserve-index-ori-a-new-tool-to-monitor-oxygen-therapy
#20
REVIEW
T W L Scheeren, F J Belda, A Perel
Supplemental oxygen is administered in the vast majority of patients in the perioperative setting and in the intensive care unit to prevent the potentially deleterious effects of hypoxia. On the other hand, the administration of high concentrations of oxygen may induce hyperoxia that may also be associated with significant complications. Oxygen therapy should therefore be precisely titrated and accurately monitored. Although pulse oximetry has become an indispensable monitoring technology to detect hypoxemia, its value in assessing the oxygenation status beyond the range of maximal arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2 ≥97%) is very limited...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
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