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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718341/diagnostic-yield-and-outcomes-of-computed-tomography-of-the-head-in-critically-ill-nontrauma-patients
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Fabian Finkelmeier, Sophie Walter, Kai-Henrik Peiffer, Anjali Cremer, Andrea Tal, Thomas Vogl, Stefan Zeuzem, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Jörg Bojunga, Harald Farnik
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography of the head (HCT) is a widely used diagnostic tool, especially for emergency and trauma patients. However, the diagnostic yield and outcomes of HCT for patients on medical intensive care units (MICUs) are largely unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all head CTs from patients admitted to a single-center MICU during a 5-year period for CT indications, diagnostic yield, and therapeutic consequences. Uni- and multivariate analyses for the evaluation of risk factors for positive head CT were conducted...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717513/unexpected-intensive-care-transfer-of-admitted-patients-with-severe-sepsis
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Gabriel Wardi, Arvin R Wali, Julian Villar, Vaishal Tolia, Christian Tomaszewski, Christian Sloane, Peter Fedullo, Jeremy R Beitler, Matthew Nolan, Daniel Lasoff, Rebecca E Sell
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe sepsis generally respond well to initial therapy administered in the emergency department (ED), but a subset later decompensate and require unexpected transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU). This study aimed to identify clinical factors that can predict patients at increased risk for delayed transfer to the ICU and the association of delayed ICU transfer with mortality. METHODS: This is a nested case-control study in a prospectively collected registry of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock at two EDs...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716451/multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-lower-respiratory-tract-infections-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prevalence-and-risk-factors
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Trang D Trinh, Evan J Zasowski, Kimberly C Claeys, Abdalhamid M Lagnf, Shravya Kidambi, Susan L Davis, Michael J Rybak
Intensive care unit (ICU) admission is a risk for multidrug-resistant (MDR) Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but factors specific to critically ill pneumonia patients are not fully characterized. Objective was to determine risk factors associated with MDR P. aeruginosa pneumonia among ICU patients. This was a retrospective case-control study of P. aeruginosa pneumonia in the ICU; cystic fibrosis and colonizers were excluded. Risk factors included comorbid conditions and prior healthcare exposure (anti-pseudomonal antibiotics, hospitalizations, nursing home, P...
June 19, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716363/clinical-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-of-patients-with-severe-influenza-receiving-intravenous-peramivir-salvage-therapy-in-intensive-care-units
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Ching-Yuan Yeh, Fu-Der Wang, Yu-Chung Chuang, Chia-Jui Yang, Shiang-Fen Huang, Wen-Sung Weng, Chun-Hsin Liaw, Wang-Huei Sheng
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated patients with severe influenza who receive intravenous peramivir for salvage therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data from 71 patients with severe influenza who received intravenous peramivir therapy in the intensive care units of three medical centers between 2012 and 2016. All patients received oseltamivir or zanamivir before the administration of peramivir. RESULTS: A total of 44 men and 27 women with a median age of 55 years were enrolled...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716359/predictors-of-polymyxin-b-treatment-failure-in-gram-negative-healthcare-associated-infections-among-critically-ill-patients
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Bahiah Ismail, Mohd Nazri Shafei, Azian Harun, Saedah Ali, Mahamarowi Omar, Zakuan Zainy Deris
BACKGROUND: With increasing prevalence and spread of multidrug resistant Gram-negative infections, parenteral polymyxins resurged in clinical practice. The primary aim of the study was to determine the predictors of treatment failure and in-hospital mortality among critically ill patients treated with polymyxin B. METHODS: Demographic data, underlying diseases, procedures and details on polymyxin B therapy were retrospectively analyzed in a cohort of 84 patients who received intravenous polymyxin B in an intensive care unit from 2010 to 2014...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715122/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-telephone-and-face-to-face-delivered-counseling-intervention-for-smoking-cessation-in-dutch-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Nadine Berndt, Lilian Lechner, Aart Mudde, Hein De Vries, Catherine Bolman
Intensive behavioral counseling interventions combined with nicotine replacement therapy have increased smoking abstinence rates in cardiac patients, but little is known about their feasibility when initiated upon hospital admission and continued post-discharge. The current study was an evaluation of the use, appreciation, and fidelity of two post-discharge counseling interventions designed for cardiac patients to quit smoking that differed in their delivery mode. In a controlled trial with cross-over randomization at the cardiac unit level, hospitalized smokers in eight cardiac units of eight Dutch hospitals were assigned either telephone counseling (n = 223) or nurse-administered face-to-face counseling (n = 157) using the Ask-Advise-Refer strategy...
July 17, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713659/a-descriptive-report-of-early-mobilization-for-critically-ill-ventilated-patients-with-cancer
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Amanda Weeks, Claudine Campbell, Prabalini Rajendram, Weiji Shi, Louis Voigt
BACKGROUND: Early mobilization protocols have been successfully implemented to improve function in critically ill patients; however, no study has focused on the oncology population. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the feasibility of early mobilization and describe the rehabilitation interventions and discharge outcomes in a cohort of critically ill patients with cancer. DESIGN: Retrospective review. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with cancer who participated in occupational and physical therapy while on mechanical ventilation utilizing an institutional early mobilization protocol from June 2010 - July 2011, was completed...
July 2017: Rehabilitation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711678/linezolid-in-liver-failure-exploring-the-value-of-the-maximal-liver-function-capacity-limax-test-in-a-pharmacokinetic-pilot-study
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Sebastian G Wicha, Otto R Frey, Anka C Roehr, Johann Pratschke, Martin Stockmann, Rawan Alraish, Tilo Wuensch, Magnus Kaffarnik
BACKGROUND: Patients in the intensive care unit frequently require antibiotic treatment. Liver impairment possesses substantial challenges for dose selection in these patients. The aim of the present pilot study was to assess the novel maximal liver function capacity (LiMAx test) in comparison to conventional liver function markers as covariates of drug clearance in liver failure using linezolid as model drug. METHODS: 28 patients with different degrees of liver failure were recruited and LiMAx test, plasma, dialysis and urine sampling was performed under linezolid steady-state therapy (600 mg BID)...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711371/extubation-to-high-flow-nasal-cannula-in-critically-ill-surgical-patients
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Navpreet K Dhillon, Eric J T Smith, Ara Ko, Megan Y Harada, Danielle Polevoi, Richard Liang, Galinos Barmparas, Eric J Ley
BACKGROUND: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is increasingly used to reduce reintubations in patients with respiratory failure. Benefits include providing positive end expiratory pressure, reducing anatomical dead space, and decreasing work of breathing. We sought to compare outcomes of critically ill surgical patients extubated to HFNC versus conventional therapy. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted in the surgical intensive care unit of an academic center during August 2015 to February 2016...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711292/perioperative-stroke-after-cerebral-aneurysm-clipping-risk-factors-and-postoperative-impact
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Ahmed I Kashkoush, Brian T Jankowitz, Chris Nguyen, Paul A Gardner, Daniel A Wecht, Robert M Friedlander, Yue-Fang Chang, Miguel Habeych, Donald Crammond, Jeffrey Balzer, Parthasarathy D Thirumala
Stroke is a devastating complication after intracranial aneurysm clipping. Understanding the risk factors that prognosticate perioperative stroke may help to identify patients that would benefit from neuroprotective therapy. This study assesses patient-specific independent predictors of perioperative stroke in relation to surgical aneurysm clipping. Additionally, this study evaluates the postoperative complications of stroke. We performed a retrospective chart review of 437 patients with ruptured and unruptured intracranial aneurysms, which underwent surgical clipping from 2006 to 2013...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710219/comparison-of-propofol-and-dexmedetomidine-infused-overnight-to-treat-hyperactive-and-mixed-icu-delirium-a-protocol-for-the-basel-prodex-clinical-trial
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Alexa Hollinger, Katrin Ledergerber, Stefanie von Felten, Raoul Sutter, Stephan Rüegg, Lukas Gantner, Sibylle Zimmermann, Andrea Blum, Luzius A Steiner, Stephan Marsch, Martin Siegemund
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Delirium is a neurobehavioural disturbance that frequently develops particularly in the intensive care unit (ICU) population. It was first described more than half a century ago, where it was already discovered as a state that might come along with serious complications such as prolonged ICU and hospital stay, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. However, in most cases, there is still lack of proof for causal relationship. Its presence frequently remains unrecognised due to suggested predominance of the hypoactive form...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709439/enhanced-antimicrobial-de-escalation-for-pneumonia-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-a-cross-over-study
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Tracy Trupka, Kristen Fisher, Scott T Micek, Paul Juang, Marin H Kollef
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are commonly administered to hospitalized patients with infiltrates for possible bacterial pneumonia, often leading to unnecessary treatment and increasing the risk for resistance emergence. Therefore, we performed a study to determine if an enhanced antibiotic de-escalation practice could improve antibiotic utilization in mechanically ventilated patients with suspected pneumonia cared for in an academic closed intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: This was a prospective cross-over trial comparing routine antibiotic management (RAM) and enhanced antimicrobial de-escalation (EAD) performed within two medical ICUs (total 34 beds) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, an academic referral center...
July 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707029/-traumatized-relatives-of-intensive-care-patients
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REVIEW
A Niecke, G Schneider, C S Hartog, G Michels
Relatives are not only visitors in the intensive care unit, but provide support and care for patients at the end of life, and serve as an important source of information for clinicians. They are confronted, often unexpectedly and unprepared, with life-threatening illness, death and dying and life-threatening decisions to limit therapy. Thus, they are often substantially burdened themselves and are in need of support. It is undisputed that communication with relatives can have an adaptive or also traumatic influence on the experience gained...
July 13, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706860/targeted-temperature-management-in-neurological-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Sombat Muengtaweepongsa, Winchana Srivilaithon
Targeted temperature management (TTM) shows the most promising neuroprotective therapy against hypoxic/ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). In addition, TTM is also useful for treatment of elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). HIE and elevated ICP are common catastrophic conditions in patients admitted in Neurologic intensive care unit (ICU). The most common cause of HIE is cardiac arrest. Randomized control trials demonstrate clinical benefits of TTM in patients with post-cardiac arrest. Although clinical benefit of ICP control by TTM in some specific critical condition, for an example in traumatic brain injury, is still controversial, efficacy of ICP control by TTM is confirmed by both in vivo and in vitro studies...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705675/use-of-evidence-based-recommendations-in-an-antibiotic-care-bundle-for-the-intensive-care-unit
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Nico T Mutters, Giulia De Angelis, Giovanni Restuccia, Francesca Di Muzio, Jeroen Schouten, Marlies Hulscher, Massimo Antonelli, Evelina Tacconelli
PURPOSE: To drive decisions on antibiotic therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU), we developed an antibiotic care bundle (ABC-Bundle) with evidence-based recommendations (EBRs) for antibiotic prescriptions. METHODS: We conducted a 3-step prospective study. First, a systematic review of the literature reporting EBRs for antibiotic usage in the ICU was performed. Second, we developed an ABC-Bundle through a 2-round, RAND-modified Delphi method with an international expert panel, including the most relevant EBRs on a 9-point Likert scale...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704817/outcome-of-preterm-neonates-with-a-birth-weight-1-500-g-with-severe-hypoxemic-respiratory-failure-rescued-by-inhaled-nitric-oxide-therapy-and-high-frequency-oscillatory-ventilation
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Atoosa Golfar, Jagmeet Bhogal, Barbara Kamstra, Ann Hudson-Mason, Mosarrat Qureshi, Georg M Schmölzer, Po-Yin Cheung
BACKGROUND: Despite being an experimental therapy in preterm neonates, inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is used as a rescue therapy when high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) and other conventional therapies fail. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the outcomes of very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) neonates with hypoxemic respiratory failure (HRF) who had received iNO after maximal conventional therapies. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed preterm neonates (<33 weeks of gestation with a birth weight <1,500 g) who had all received HFOV and then iNO from March 1, 2009 to April 1, 2014 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital...
July 14, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702342/pulmonary-manifestation-of-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-case-reports-and-review-of-the-literature
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Fatehi Elzein, Nazik Mohammed, Najoud Ali, Abdelkarim Bahloul, Abeer Albadani, Nisreen Alsherbeeni
Pulmonary complications, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), are well described in P. falciparum (PF) and to a lesser extent in other malaria species. In non-endemic areas, malaria diagnosis may be overlooked; if a thorough travel history is not obtained on all patients with acute febrile illness. Three patients with malaria associated respiratory distress were admitted to our intensive care unit. The diagnosis was delayed; however, all patients received artesunate and intensive therapy with a satisfactory outcome...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702304/oral-versus-intravenous-clarithromycin-in-moderate-to-severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-an-observational-study
#18
Nikolas Rae, Aran Singanayagam, Stuart Schembri, James D Chalmers
OBJECTIVES: British Thoracic Society guidelines recommend clarithromycin in addition to beta-lactam antibiotics for patients with community-acquired pneumonia and CURB-65 score 2-5. Intravenous therapy is commonly used but there are few data on whether oral therapy is equally effective. METHODS: This observational study used propensity matching to compare two groups of patients with moderate to severe community-acquired pneumonia (CURB-65 score 2-5) treated with oral (n = 226) or intravenous (n = 226) clarithromycin on admission...
2017: Pneumonia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701223/low-dose-immunoglobulin-g-is-not-associated-with-mortality-in-patients-with-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Yusuke Iizuka, Masamitsu Sanui, Yusuke Sasabuchi, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Mineji Hayakawa, Shinjiro Saito, Shigehiko Uchino, Kazuma Yamakawa, Daisuke Kudo, Kohei Takimoto, Toshihiko Mayumi, Takeo Azuhata, Fumihito Ito, Shodai Yoshihiro, Katsura Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi Nakashima, Takayuki Ogura, Eiichiro Noda, Yoshihiko Nakamura, Ryosuke Sekine, Yoshiaki Yoshikawa, Motohiro Sekino, Keiko Ueno, Yuko Okuda, Masayuki Watanabe, Akihito Tampo, Nobuyuki Saito, Yuya Kitai, Hiroki Takahashi, Iwao Kobayashi, Yutaka Kondo, Wataru Matsunaga, Sho Nachi, Toru Miike, Hiroshi Takahashi, Shuhei Takauji, Kensuke Umakoshi, Takafumi Todaka, Hiroshi Kodaira, Kohkichi Andoh, Takehiko Kasai, Yoshiaki Iwashita, Hideaki Arai, Masato Murata, Masahiro Yamane, Kazuhiro Shiga, Naoto Hori
BACKGROUND: The administration of low-dose intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIgG) (5 g/day for 3 days; approximate total 0.3 g/kg) is widely used as an adjunctive treatment for patients with sepsis in Japan, but its efficacy in the reduction of mortality has not been evaluated. We investigated whether the administration of low-dose IVIgG is associated with clinically important outcomes including intensive care unit (ICU) and in-hospital mortality. METHODS: This is a post-hoc subgroup analysis of data from a retrospective cohort study, the Japan Septic Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (JSEPTIC DIC) study...
July 13, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700992/natural-history-of-fetal-lower-urinary-tract-obstruction-with-normal-amniotic-fluid-volume-at-initial-diagnosis
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Mark P Johnson, Enrico Danzer, Jamie Koh, William Polzin, Chris Harman, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Richard Brown, Michael V Zaretsky
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the natural history of lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) with normal midgestational amniotic fluid volumes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 32 consecutive patients with LUTO with normal midgestational amniotic fluid volume followed at 11 North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet) centers from August 2007 to May 2012. Normal amniotic fluid volume was defined as an amniotic fluid index (AFI) of ≥9 cm...
July 13, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
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