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Satoko Noguchi, Junichi Saito, Tomoyuki Kudo, Eiji Hashiba, Kazuyoshi Hirota
Background: We have reviewed four cases of Kawasaki disease treated with plasma exchange with 5% albumin in electrolyte-balanced solution, according to the recommended guidelines for Kawasaki disease in the intensive care unit, as their responses to intravenous immunoglobulin therapy were poor. Case presentation: The four cases were aged between 5 months and 3 years and weighted between 6.4 and 15.6 kg. The plasma levels of C-reactive protein were significantly decreased after plasma exchange ( p  < 0...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Fabiola Fuchs, Martin Robausch
BACKGROUND: The topic of "medical oversupply at the end-of-life" is being discussed intensively internationally. The aim of this paper is to present the data of end-of-life care in one region in Austria (Lower Austria). METHODS: The data basis for the end-of-life indicators was the routine data (secondary data analysis) of the Lower Austrian District Health Insurance Fund (NÖGKK) from 2015. The basic population consisted of persons with inpatient hospitalization with a cancer diagnosis...
March 13, 2018: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Samuel Romero, Amparo Sempere, Inés Gómez-Seguí, Elena Román, Andrés Moret, Rosa Jannone, Iván Moreno, Santiago Mendizábal, Jordi Espí, Ana Peris, Rafael Carbonell, José Cervera, Javier Pemán, Santiago Bonanad, Javier de la Rubia, Isidro Jarque
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The term thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) involves a heterogeneous group of diseases that can be overwhelming or invalidating, with an acute development, characterised by microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia and thrombocytopaenia. Its management during its initial hours is essential to improving the prognostic of these patients. The aim of this review is to give recommendations about the optimisation of TMA initial treatment and to accelerate the aetiological diagnosis...
March 10, 2018: Medicina Clínica
Maureen Campion, Gail Scully
Appropriate antimicrobial therapy is essential to ensuring positive patient outcomes. Inappropriate or suboptimal utilization of antibiotics can lead to increased length of stay, multidrug-resistant infections, and mortality. Critically ill intensive care patients, particularly those with severe sepsis and septic shock, are at risk of antibiotic failure and secondary infections associated with incorrect antibiotic use. Through the initiation of active empiric antibiotic therapy based upon local susceptibilities, daily evaluation of signs and symptoms of infection and narrowing of antibiotic therapy when feasible, providers can streamline the treatment of common intensive care unit (ICU) infections...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
John Pham, Talal Asif, Majdi S Hamarshi
Methicillin-resistant S taphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was previously considered a purely nosocomial pathogen. However, community-acquired MRSA has recently emerged as an important cause of severe necrotizing community-acquired pneumonia (CA-MRSA) in previously healthy individuals. This new pathogen exhibits antibiotic resistance and is linked to extended hospital stay and higher mortality. CA-MRSA has presented new therapeutic challenges due to high vancomycin treatment failure and lack of specificity of clinical findings...
January 3, 2018: Curēus
Ashok Kumar Singh, Aditya Shukla, R Bajwa, Roshni Agrawal, Neha Srivastwa
Pulmonary nocardiosis is a rare disease, which mainly affects immunocompromised hosts such as uncontrolled diabetics; HIV patients; and patients on immunosuppressive therapies such as anticancer drugs, systemic steroids, and transplant recipients. The diagnosis is often missed and delayed, resulting in inappropriate treatment and thus higher mortality. We are reporting a case of pulmonary nocardiosis with acute presentation in an immune-competent host, who presented with community-acquired pneumonia to the Intensive Care Unit...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Demosthenes Makris, Efi Petinaki, Vasssiliki Tsolaki, Efstratios Manoulakas, Konstantinos Mantzarlis, Olimpia Apostolopoulou, Dimitrios Sfyras, Epaminondas Zakynthinos
Background: Retrospective studies have reported good clinical success rates using colistin as monotherapy to treat Acinetobacter baumannii ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), comparable to that obtained with colistin combined with other antibiotics. However, inadequate penetration into the pulmonary parenchyma for colistin has been shown in animal models. Aim: The aim of the study was to study prospectively the outcome, measured as clinical response and survival, of intravenously administered colistin versus colistin combined with high-dose ampicillin-sulbactam in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients with multiresistant A...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Tania Gutiérrez Panchana, Viviane Hidalgo Cabalín
BACKGROUND: The use of measurement instruments has become a major issue in physical therapy, but their use in daily practice is rare. The aim of this paper is to describe adherence to standardized assessments by physical therapists using a complexity-based model for categorizing rehabilitation (CMCR) at the Clínica Alemana of Santiago, an acute hospital in Chile. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used 145,968 participant records that were stored in the inpatient database between July 2011 and December 2015...
March 12, 2018: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Antonella Cotoia, Lucia Mirabella, Sabrina Altamura, Rachele Villani, Flavia Marchese, Giuseppe Ferrara, Karim Mariano, Tullo Livio, Gilda Cinnella
BACKGROUND: Sepsis caused by complicated intra-abdominal infection is associated with high mortality. Loss of endothelial barrier integrity, inflammation, and impaired cellular oxygen have been shown to be primary contributors to sepsis. To date, little is known regarding the pathway for the mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) from the bone marrow in sepsis whereas stromal-cell-derived factor 1a (SDF-1a) and hypoxia inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) seem to have a role in the EPC response to hypoxic microenvironments...
March 12, 2018: Trials
Hoon Suk Park, Joonsung Choi, Hyung Wook Kim, Jun Hyun Baik, Cheol Whee Park, Young Ok Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Dong Chan Jin
PURPOSE: The exchange from a non-tunneled hemodialysis catheter to a tunneled one over a guidewire using a previous venotomy has been reported to be safe. However, some concerns that it may increase infection risk prevent its clinical application. This approach seems particularly useful for acute kidney injury patients requiring initial renal replacement therapy, in whom we frequently worry about the choice of non-tunneled versus tunneled catheters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From March 2012 to February 2016, 88 cases to receive the over-the-guidewire exchange method from a non-tunneled to a tunneled catheter and 521 cases to receive de novo tunneled catheter placement from the hemodialysis vascular access cohort were compared retrospectively...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
H R Touw, K L Parlevliet, M Beerepoot, P Schober, A Vonk, J W Twisk, P W Elbers, C Boer, P R Tuinman
Postoperative pulmonary complications are common after cardiothoracic surgery and are associated with adverse outcomes. The ability to detect postoperative pulmonary complications using chest X-rays is limited, and this technique requires radiation exposure. Little is known about the diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound for the detection of postoperative pulmonary complications after cardiothoracic surgery, and we therefore aimed to compare lung ultrasound with chest X-ray to detect postoperative pulmonary complications in this group of patients...
March 12, 2018: Anaesthesia
Konstantinos Tigkiropoulos, Fragiska Sigala, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Demetrios Moris, Konstantinos Filis, Nikolaos Melas, Dimitrios Karamanos, Christos Kontogiannis, Ioannis Lazaridis, Nikolaos Saratzis
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is the second most common cause of death in trauma patients. Nowadays, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has become the treatment of choice due to lower rates of mortality, paraplegia and stroke. However, concerns have been raised whether graft implantation is related to the development of hypertension in the postoperative period. OBJECTIVES: To report short- and long-term outcomes of patients undergoing TEVAR for BTAIs at a tertiary hospital as well as investigate post-implant hypertension...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Giancarlo Ripabelli, Manuela Tamburro, Giuliana Guerrizio, Incoronata Fanelli, Romeo Flocco, Massimiliano Scutellà, Michela L Sammarco
Antimicrobial-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae represent a global public health concern. K. pneumoniae strains isolated during 2010 and 2014-2016 within a single hospital of Molise Region, Central Italy, were analyzed testing antimicrobial susceptibility, clonality by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD)-PCR, and prevalence of carbapenem resistance genes by PCR. Forty isolates (23 wild-type in 2010 and 17 non-wild-type in 2014-2016) were collected from hospitalized patients (65...
March 9, 2018: Current Microbiology
Lynn DeBar, Lindsay Benes, Allison Bonifay, Richard A Deyo, Charles R Elder, Francis J Keefe, Michael C Leo, Carmit McMullen, Meghan Mayhew, Ashli Owen-Smith, David H Smith, Connie M Trinacty, William M Vollmer
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is one of the most common, disabling, and expensive public health problems in the United States. Interdisciplinary pain management treatments that employ behavioral approaches have been successful in helping patients with chronic pain reduce symptoms and regain functioning. However, most patients lack access to such treatments. We are conducting a pragmatic clinical trial to test the hypothesis that patients who receive an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial intervention, the Pain Program for Active Coping and Training (PPACT), at their primary care clinic will have a greater reduction in pain impact in the year following than patients receiving usual care...
March 6, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Vita Boyar
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to report on our experience with a portable, single-use negative pressure wound therapy device used in combination with activated active Leptospermum honey (ALH) in the treatment of colonized or infected, dehisced, thoracic wounds in neonates with complex congenital heart disease. DESIGN: Retrospective, descriptive study. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: We reviewed medical records of 18 neonates and reported on findings from 11; the remaining 7 were not included secondary to incomplete records, transfer to a different institution prior to wound healing, or death...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Rafael Uña Orejón, Estrella Mateo Torres, Iván Huercio Martínez, Cristina Jofré Escudero, Juan Gómez Rivas, Jesús Díez Sebastián, Maria Prado Ureta Tolsada
OBJECTIVE: The enhanced recovery after surgery program (ERAS) has become the base of perioperative management in various surgical specialties. However, limited data are available for radical cystectomy. METHODS: We have analyzed 124 patients undergoing radical cystectomy. For retrospective analysis, the patients were divided into two groups:Group A (n=72) included patients whose surgery was performed before the introduction of the ERAS protocol; and Group B (n=52) included patients who were treated following the items included in the ERAS protocol...
March 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Peter J Watkinson, Vicki S Barber, J Duncan Young
BACKGROUND: Observational and interventional studies in patients with both acute medical conditions and long-standing diabetes have shown that improved blood glucose control confers a survival advantage or reduces complication rates. Policies of "tight" glycaemic control were rapidly adopted by many general intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide in the mid 00's, even though the results of the studies were not generalizable to mixed medical/surgical ICUs with different intravenous feeding policies...
March 8, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Junma Xu, Jie Zhao, Xiaomin Jia, Gang Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the role of early continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in bundle treatment of severe pneumonia. METHODS: Seventy severe pneumonia patients admitted to respiratory intensive care unit (RICU) of Second Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical University from January 2013 to June 2017 were enrolled. The patients were randomly divided into routine treatment group and CRRT treatment group, with 35 patients in each group. All patients were treated with bundle therapy, and those in CRRT treatment group was treated with CRRT daily on the basis of conventional bundle therapy...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
X Huang, L Weng, L Yi, M Li, Y Y Feng, Y Tian, J G Xia, Q Y Zhan, B Du
Objective: To investigate the clinical manifestations and prognostic factors of hospital death in connective tissue disease patients with acute respiratory failure caused by pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) admitted to two medical intensive care units(MICU). Methods: A retrospective review was conducted for all connective tissue disease (CTD) patients with acute respiratory failure from PCP in MICU of 2 academic medical centers between 2010 and 2015. The patients were divided into survivors and non-survivors. Demographic and clinical data, including laboratory, radiological and microbiological findings, as well as therapy, clinical course, mortality and prognostic factors of hospital mortality were included in the analysis...
March 12, 2018: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Frank Schwab, Christine Geffers, Michael Behnke, Petra Gastmeier
OBJECTIVE: Mortality due to intensive care unit (ICU) acquired primary blood stream infections (PBSI) is related primarily to patient co-morbidities, types of pathogens and quality of care. The objective of this study is to determine the impact of various types of pathogen on ICU mortality. METHODS: Data from the German National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System of patients with PBSI from 2006 to 2015 was used for this analysis. A BSI is primary when the pathogen recognized is not related to an infection on another site...
2018: PloS One
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