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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806783/the-utilization-of-critical-care-ultrasound-to-assess-hemodynamics-and-lung-pathology-on-icu-admission-and-the-potential-for-predicting-outcome
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Wanhong Yin, Yi Li, Xueying Zeng, Yao Qin, Dong Wang, Tongjuan Zou, Ling Su, Yan Kang
AIM: Critical care ultrasound (CCUS) has been used by many Intensive Care Units(ICUs) worldwide, so as to guiding the diagnosis and the treatment. However, none of the publications currently systematically describe the utilization of CCUS to analyze the characteristics of hemodynamics and lung pathology upon the new admission to ICU and its potential role in patients' prognosis prediction. In this retrospective clinical study, we have demonstrated and analyzed the characteristics of hemodynamics and lung pathology assessed by CCUS and investigated its potential to predict patient outcome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806562/zika-virus-induced-neurological-critical-illness-in-latin-america-severe-guillain-barre-syndrome-and-encephalitis
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Sebastián U Ugarte, Angel Ricardo V Arenas, Bruno C Alvarez, Angela Cubides, Angélica F Luna, Max Arroyo-Parejo, Cayri E Acuña, Agamenón V Quintero, Orlando Ch Villareal, Oscar S Pinillos, Elías Vieda, Manuel Bello, Susana Peña, Carmelo Dueñas-Castell, Gloria M V Rodriguez, Jorge L M Ranero, Rosa L M López, Sandra G Olaya, José C Vergara, Ana Tandazo, Juan P S Ospina, Igor M Leyton Soto, R A Fowler, John C Marshall
Zika virus (ZIKAV) is classically described as causing minor symptoms in adult patients, however neurologic complications have been recognized. The recent outbreak in Central and South America has resulted in serious illness in some adult patients. We report adult patients in Latin America diagnosed with ZIKAV infection admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs). METHODS: Multicenter, prospective case series of adult patients with laboratory diagnosis of ZIKAV in 16 ICUs in 8 countries. RESULTS: Between December 1st 2015 and April 2nd 2016, 16 ICUs in 8 countries enrolled 49 critically ill patients with diagnosis of ZIKAV infection...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806561/delirium-and-exposure-to-psychoactive-medications-in-critically-ill-adults-a-multi-centre-observational-study
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Lisa D Burry, David R Williamson, Sangeeta Mehta, Marc M Perreault, Ioanna Mantas, Ranjeeta Mallick, Dean A Fergusson, Orla Smith, Eddy Fan, Sebastien Dupuis, Margaret Herridge, Louise Rose
PURPOSE: Investigate the relationship between psychoactive drugs and delirium. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective observational study of 520 critically ill adult patients admitted ≥24h to 6 intensive care units (ICUs). Data were collected on psychoactive drug exposure, use of sedation administration strategies, and incident delirium (Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist score≥4). RESULTS: Delirium was detected in 260 (50%) patients, median (IQR) duration 2 (1-5) days, and time to onset 3 (2-5) days...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805132/evaluation-of-the-decisional-fatigue-scale-among-surrogate-decision-makers-of-the-critically-ill
#4
Ronald L Hickman, Grant A Pignatiello, Sadia Tahir
Intense emotional distress and impaired information processing have been implicated in reducing a surrogate decision maker's ability to formulate informed health care decisions for a critically ill patient. The heightened intensity of negative emotions, mental effort, and impaired judgment is consistent with the manifestation of decision fatigue. The aim of this article is to describe the validity and reliability of the Decision Fatigue Scale (DFS) among surrogate decision makers of the critically ill. A convenience sample of 101 surrogate decision makers were administered the DFS and a battery of psychosocial instruments at two time points...
August 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804862/oncological-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prognosis-decision-making-therapies-and-end-of-life-care
#5
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/28804482/risk-factors-for-intensive-care-unit-admission-in-patients-with-autoimmune-encephalitis
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Gayane Harutyunyan, Larissa Hauer, Martin W Dünser, Tobias Moser, Slaven Pikija, Markus Leitinger, Helmut F Novak, Wolfgang Aichhorn, Eugen Trinka, Johann Sellner
BACKGROUND: Prevention and early recognition of critical illness in patients with autoimmune encephalitis (AE) is essential to achieve better outcome. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate risk factors for intensive care unit (ICU) admission and its prognostic impact in patients with AE. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A reclassification of patients hospitalized between 2011 and 2016 revealed 17 "definite" and 15 "probable" AE cases. Thirteen patients (41%) developed critical illness and required ICU admission...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803661/daily-bathing-strategies-and-cross-transmission-of-multidrug-resistant-organisms-impact-of-chlorhexidine-impregnated-wipes-in-a-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-endemic-intensive-care-unit
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Jesus Ruiz, Paula Ramirez, Esther Villarreal, Monica Gordon, Inmaculada Saez, Alfonso Rodríguez, María Jesús Castañeda, Álvaro Castellanos-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Health-care associated infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in critical care units. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)-impregnated wipes in the daily bathing of patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) to prevent cross-transmission and colonization by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) METHODS: Prospective cohort study with an intervention of 11 months. The intervention consisted of using CHG-impregnated wipes for the daily bathing of patients on mechanical ventilation or colonized by MDROs...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803549/comparative-gut-microbiota-and-resistome-profiling-of-intensive-care-patients-receiving-selective-digestive-tract-decontamination-and-healthy-subjects
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Elena Buelow, Teresita D J Bello González, Susana Fuentes, Wouter A A de Steenhuijsen Piters, Leo Lahti, Jumamurat R Bayjanov, Eline A M Majoor, Johanna C Braat, Maaike S M van Mourik, Evelien A N Oostdijk, Rob J L Willems, Marc J M Bonten, Mark W J van Passel, Hauke Smidt, Willem van Schaik
BACKGROUND: The gut microbiota is a reservoir of opportunistic pathogens that can cause life-threatening infections in critically ill patients during their stay in an intensive care unit (ICU). To suppress gut colonization with opportunistic pathogens, a prophylactic antibiotic regimen, termed "selective decontamination of the digestive tract" (SDD), is used in some countries where it improves clinical outcome in ICU patients. Yet, the impact of ICU hospitalization and SDD on the gut microbiota remains largely unknown...
August 14, 2017: Microbiome
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
#9
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/28802877/declining-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients-with-cirrhosis-in-australia-and-new-zealand-between-2000-and-2015
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Avik Majumdar, Michael Bailey, William M Kemp, Rinaldo Bellomo, Stuart K Roberts, David Pilcher
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Few studies have described the outcomes of patients with cirrhosis receiving intensive care unit (ICU) admission at a population level. We aimed to describe trends in the mortality of such patients in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and to investigate the relationship with associated organ failures. METHODS: We studied patients admitted to 172 ICUs on a non-elective basis, with and without cirrhosis between January 1(st) 2000 and December 31(st) 2015 as recorded by the ANZ Intensive Care Society Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation Adult Patient Database...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802288/efficacy-and-safety-of-pectin-supplemented-enteral-nutrition-in-intensive-care-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fengchan Xi, Xingwei Xu, Shanjun Tan, Tao Gao, Jialiang Shi, Yanxi Kong, Wenkui Yu, Jieshou Li, Ning Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Enteral nutrition (EN) can improve clinical outcomes as an important treatment in critically ill patients. However, when patients suffer from gastrointestinal function disorders, intestinal intolerance occurs and EN administration may be delayed and even fails to perform. Pectin, a structural heteropolysaccharide, could protect gastrointestinal function from disorders in many gastrointestianl diseases. The present study aimed to determine whether pectin-supplemented EN was safe and improved clinical outcomes in intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801519/xor-inhibition-with-febuxostat-accelerates-pulmonary-endothelial-barrier-recovery-and-improves-survival-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-murine-sepsis
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Mahendra Damarla, Laura F Johnston, Gigi Liu, Li Gao, Lan Wang, Lidenys Varela, Todd M Kolb, Bo S Kim, Rachel L Damico, Paul M Hassoun
Sepsis is a leading cause of death among patients in the intensive care unit, resulting from multi-organ failure. Activity of xanthine oxidoreductase (XOR), a reactive oxygen species (ROS) producing enzyme, is known to be elevated in nonsurvivors of sepsis compared to survivors. We have previously demonstrated that XOR is critical for ventilator-induced lung injury. Using febuxostat, a novel nonpurine inhibitor of XOR, we sought to determine the role of XOR inhibition in a murine model of sepsis-induced lung injury and mortality...
August 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801406/speak-up-culture-in-an-intensive-care-unit-in-hong-kong-a-cross-sectional-survey-exploring-the-communication-openness-perceptions-of-chinese-doctors-and-nurses
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George Wing Yiu Ng, Jack Kwok Hung Pun, Eric Hang Kwong So, Wendy Wai Hang Chiu, Avis Siu Ha Leung, Yuk Han Stone, Chung Ling Lam, Sarah Pui Wa Lai, Rowlina Pui Wah Leung, Hing Wah Luk, Anne Kit Hung Leung, Kin Wah Au Yeung, Kang Yiu Lai, Diana Slade, Engle Angela Chan
OBJECTIVES: Despite growing recognition of the importance of speaking up to protect patient safety in critical care, little research has been performed in this area in an intensive care unit (ICU) context. This study explored the communication openness perceptions of Chinese doctors and nurses and identified their perceptions of issues in ICU communication, their reasons for speaking up and the possible factors and strategies involved in promoting the practice of speaking up. DESIGN: A mixed-methods design with quantitative and sequential qualitative components was used...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801177/uses-and-misuses-of-sodium-bicarbonate-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#15
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/28800982/pain-measurement-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-after-cardiac-surgery-comparison-of-the-behavioral-pain-scale-bps-and-the-critical-care-pain-observation-tool-cpot
#16
Saskia Rijkenberg, Willemke Stilma, Robert J Bosman, Nardo J van der Meer, Peter H J van der Voort
OBJECTIVES: The Behavioral Pain Scale (BPS) and Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) are behavioral pain assessment tools for sedated and unconscious critically ill patients. The aim of this study was to compare the reliability, internal consistency, and discriminant validation of the BPS and the CPOT simultaneously in mechanically ventilated patients after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: A prospective, observational cohort study. SETTING: A 20-bed closed-format intensive care unit with mixed medical, surgical, and cardiac surgery patients in a teaching hospital in Amsterdam, The Netherlands...
August 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800865/contemporary-reviews-in-critical-care-medicine-anaphylaxis
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REVIEW
Daniel LoVerde, Onyinye I Iweala, Ariana Eginli, Guha Krishnaswamy
Anaphylaxis is a systemic, life threatening disorder triggered by mediators released by mast cells and basophils activated via allergic (IgE-mediated) or non-allergic (non-IgE-mediated) mechanisms. It is a rapidly evolving, multisystem process involving the integumentary, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems. Anaphylaxis and angioedema are serious disorders that can lead to fatal airway obstruction and culminate in cardiorespiratory arrest resulting in hypoxemia and/or shock. Often, these disorders can be appropriately managed in an outpatient setting...
August 8, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800804/intensive-care-and-its-discontents-psychiatric-illness-in-the-critically-ill
#18
REVIEW
Ali M Hashmi, Jin Y Han, Vishal Demla
Critically ill patients can develop a host of cognitive and psychiatric complaints during their intensive care unit (ICU) stay, many of which persist for weeks or months following discharge from the ICU and can seriously affect their quality of life, including their ability to return to work. This article describes some common psychiatric problems encountered by clinicians in the ICU, including their assessment and management. A comprehensive approach is needed to decrease patient suffering, improve morbidity and mortality, and ensure that critically ill patients can return to the highest quality of life after an ICU stay...
September 2017: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800520/a-modified-delphi-process-to-identify-clinical-and-research-priorities-in-patient-and-family-centred-critical-care
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Simon J W Oczkowski, Selena Au, Amanda Roze des Ordons, Marlyn Gill, Melissa L Potestio, Orla Smith, Tasnim Sinuff, Henry T Stelfox, Alison E Fox-Robichaud
PURPOSE: To identify elements which enable patient and family centred care (PFCC) in the intensive care unit (ICU) and priorities for PFCC research. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We engaged a panel of multidisciplinary stakeholders in a modified Delphi process. Items generated from a literature review and panelist suggestions were rated in 3 successive rounds on a scale from 1 to 7. Median score was used to rate each item's priority, with 5 or more indicating "essential priority," 4 or 5 "moderate priority" and 3 or less "low priority...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800404/does-propofol-sedation-contribute-to-overall-energy-provision-in-mechanically-ventilated-critically-ill-adults-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Jennifer Hastings, Emma J Ridley, Oliver Bianchet, Owen Roodenburg, Bianca Levkovich, Carlos Scheinkestel, David Pilcher, Andrew Udy
BACKGROUND: Propofol sedation is common in critically ill patients, providing energy of 1.1 kcal/mL when administered as a 1% solution. We aimed to determine the proportion of energy administered as propofol on days 1-5 in the intensive care unit (ICU) and any association with outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective observational study in a quaternary ICU from January-December 2012. Inclusion criteria were length of stay (LOS) ≥5 days, age ≥18 years, and provision of mechanical ventilation (MV) for ≥5 days...
August 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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