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Pain in critical care

Jennifer Bido, Roya Ghazinouri, Jamie E Collins, Desirée Diez Portela, Luis Alcantara, Thomas S Thornhill, Jeffrey N Katz
BACKGROUND: Medical missions to low and middle-income countries are increasingly frequent, with an estimated 6,000 trips sponsored by U.S. organizations accounting for approximately 200,000 surgical cases and $250 million in costs annually. However, these missions have received little critical evaluation. This paper describes the research program Operation Walk (Op-Walk) Boston, and proposes an evaluation model for similar surgical missions. METHODS: We propose an evaluation model, borrowing from the work of Donabedian and enriched by evidence from our research program...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Rosechelle M Ruggiero
The entity of chronic critical illness (CCI) has shown a rise in the past decades for popularity and prevalence. CCI is loosely defined as the group of patients who require the intensive care setting for weeks to months; its hallmark is prolonged mechanical ventilation. The outcomes of chronically critically ill patients have been dismal and have not improved over time; 1-year survival hovers at approximately 50%. Given the high mortality, prognostic variables are important when making medical decisions. CCI encompasses a syndrome that includes altered pathophysiology across a variety of organ systems...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Kurt F Heiss, Mehul V Raval
For over 20 years enhanced recovery protocols (ERPs) have been used to decrease the physiologic stress and inflammation of surgery using evidence-based principles. ERPs include optimizing patient preparation, creating less trauma using minimally invasive anesthetic and surgical techniques, and regular audit of outcomes. A critical aspect of ERPs is patient engagement in all phases of care, which facilitates effective team function and focused oversight of patient flow through the system. Counseling extends beyond traditional review of surgical risks and benefits, by creating clear daily patient goals, establishing pain management plans, optimizing nutrition, and defining criteria for discharge...
April 2018: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Regina Wing Shan Sit, Keith Kwok Wai Chan, Benjamin Hon Kei Yip, Daisy Dexing Zhang, Kenneth Dean Reeves, Ying Ho Chan, Vincent Chi Ho Chung, Samuel Yeung Shan Wong
INTRODUCTION: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common, disabling and costly medical condition. The patellofemoral joint is a critical source of pain in individuals with KOA, and coexistence of patellofemoral osteoarthritis (PFOA) and tibiofemoral osteoarthritis (TFOA) is sometimes observed. The identification of subgroups with PFOA and customised interventions to correct underlying pathomechanics is beneficial for individuals with KOA. This study aims to evaluate whether a clinic-based patella mobilisation therapy (PMT) leads to significant improvement in pain, physical function and quality of life of individuals with KOA...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Erica Sood, Allison Karpyn, Abigail C Demianczyk, Jennie Ryan, Emily A Delaplane, Trent Neely, Aisha H Frazier, Anne E Kazak
OBJECTIVE: To inform pediatric critical care practice by examining how mothers and fathers experience the stress of caring for a young child with congenital heart disease and use hospital and community supports. DESIGN: Qualitative study of mothers and fathers of young children with congenital heart disease. SETTING: Tertiary care pediatric hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. SUBJECTS: Thirty-four parents (20 mothers, 14 fathers) from diverse backgrounds whose child previously underwent cardiac surgery during infancy...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Fadilah S Abdul Wahid, Nor Azimah Ismail, Wan Fariza Wan Jamaluddin, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Mohamad Mohamad Azim Mohamad Idris, Nai Ming Lai
BACKGROUND: Revascularisation therapy is the curent gold standard of care for critical limb ischaemia (CLI), although a significant proportion of patients with CLI either are not fit for or do not respond well to this procedure. Recently, novel angiogeneic therapies such as the use of autologous cell-based therapy (CBT) have been examined, but the results of individual trials were inconsistent. OBJECTIVE: To pool all published studies that compared the safety and efficacy of autologous CBT derived from different sources and phenotypes with non cell-based therapy (NCT) in CLI patients...
March 13, 2018: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
P J Secombe, R Sutherland, R Johnson
Adequate cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an important predictor of survival, however, obesity provides a significant physical barrier to thoracic compressions. This study explores the effect of morbid obesity on compression adequacy. We performed a prospective randomised controlled crossover study, assessing the adequacy of thoracic compressions on a manikin modified to emulate a morbidly obese patient. Participants recruited from critical care departments were randomised to perform continuous compressions for two minutes on each manikin...
March 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Jacob M Drew, Jonathan Neilio, Lisa Kunze
Perioperative care of the total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patient has evolved considerably over the past decade. Among the changes driving this evolution toward shorter hospitalization and accelerated rehabilitation have been regional anesthesia, peripheral nerve blockade, and multimodal analgesia protocols. These complementary techniques are increasingly supported by scientific evidence, though considerable uncertainty persists regarding the optimal combination of strategies. Continued refinement of technique and critical evaluation is trending toward greater characterization of the comparative effectiveness of myriad options...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Bart Morlion, Flaminia Coluzzi, Dominic Aldington, Magdalena Kocot-Kepska, Joseph Pergolizzi, Ana Cristina Mangas, Karsten Ahlbeck, Eija Kalso
OBJECTIVE: Pain is one of the most common reasons for an individual to consult their primary care physician, with the majority of chronic pain being treated in the primary care setting. However, many primary care physicians/non-pain medicine specialists lack enough awareness, education and skills to manage pain patients appropriately, and there is currently no clear, common consensus/formal definition of `pain chronification'. METHODS: This article, based on an international Change Pain Chronic Advisory Board meeting which was held in Wiesbaden, Germany, in October 2016, provides primary care physicians/non-pain medicine specialists with a narrative overview of pain chronification, including underlying physiological and psychosocial processes, predictive factors for pain chronification, a brief summary of preventive strategies, and the role of primary care physicians and non-pain medicine specialists in the holistic management of pain chronification...
March 7, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Sara Smith, Jane Hunt
Reflection can help nurses make sense of their clinical surroundings and understand risks, challenges and opportunities. Learning the art required for reflective practice begins as a student when critical reflection is particularly important during practice placements. A suitable reflective framework is provided by Rolfe et al ( 2011 ). Adopting this framework, this article draws on the placement experiences of a second-year undergraduate children's nursing student in an acute setting, caring for a toddler with 13% partial and full-thickness burns...
March 7, 2018: Nursing Children and Young People
Toshihiro Fukui
Background: Both acute aortic dissection and ruptured aortic aneurysm are leading causes of death in cardiovascular disease. These life-threatening conditions have recently been categorized as acute aortic syndrome. This review describes the etiology, clinical presentation, and therapeutic options for acute aortic syndrome including acute aortic dissection and ruptured aortic aneurysm. Main body: Several diagnostic tools for detecting these critical conditions have been developed including computed tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and laboratory tests...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Yahya Shehabi, Rinaldo Bellomo, Suhaini Kadiman, Lian Kah Ti, Belinda Howe, Michael C Reade, Tien Meng Khoo, Anita Alias, Yu-Lin Wong, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Colin McArthur, Ian Seppelt, Steven A Webb, Maja Green, Michael J Bailey
OBJECTIVES: In the absence of a universal definition of light or deep sedation, the level of sedation that conveys favorable outcomes is unknown. We quantified the relationship between escalating intensity of sedation in the first 48 hours of mechanical ventilation and 180-day survival, time to extubation, and delirium. DESIGN: Harmonized data from prospective multicenter international longitudinal cohort studies SETTING:: Diverse mix of ICUs. PATIENTS: Critically ill patients expected to be ventilated for longer than 24 hours...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Alexander W Forsyth, Regina Barzilay, Kevin S Hughes, Dickson Lui, Karl A Lorenz, Andrea Enzinger, James A Tulsky, Charlotta Lindvall
CONTEXT: Clinicians document cancer patients' symptoms in free-text format within electronic health record visit notes. Although symptoms are critically important to quality of life and often herald clinical status changes, computational methods to assess the trajectory of symptoms over time are woefully underdeveloped. OBJECTIVES: To create machine learning algorithms capable of extracting patient-reported symptoms from free-text electronic health record notes...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Drayton A Hammond, Laura Baumgartner, Craig Cooper, Elisabeth Donahey, Serena A Harris, Jessica M Mercer, Mandy Morris, Mona K Patel, Angela M Plewa-Rusiecki, Alia A Poore, Ryan Szaniawski, Deanna Horner
PURPOSE: To summarize selected meta-analyses and trials related to critical care pharmacotherapy published in 2017. The Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Literature Update (CCPLU) Group screened 32 journals monthly for impactful articles and reviewed 115 during 2017. Two meta-analyses and eight original research trials were reviewed here from those included in the monthly CCPLU. Meta-analyses on early, goal-directed therapy for septic shock and statin therapy for acute respiratory distress syndrome were summarized...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Margareta Nordin, Kristi Randhawa, Paola Torres, Hainan Yu, Scott Haldeman, O'Dane Brady, Pierre Côté, Carlos Torres, Michael Modic, Rajani Mullerpatan, Christine Cedraschi, Roger Chou, Emre Acaroğlu, Eric L Hurwitz, Nadège Lemeunier, Jean Dudler, Anne Taylor-Vaisey, Erkin Sönmez
PURPOSE: The purpose of this systematic literature review was to develop recommendations for the assessment of spine-related complaints in medically underserved areas with limited resources. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and best evidence synthesis of guidelines on the assessment of spine-related complaints. Independent reviewers critically appraised eligible guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation-II criteria. Low risk of bias clinical practice guidelines was used to develop recommendations...
February 28, 2018: European Spine Journal
Ping Yan, Yi Yang, Li Zhang, Fuye Li, Amei Huang, Yanan Wang, Yali Dai, Hua Yao
We aim to analyze the correlated influential factors between work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and nursing practice environment and quality of life and social support.From January 2015 to October 2015, cluster sampling was performed on the nurses from 12 hospitals in the 6 areas in Xinjiang. The questionnaires including the modified Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire, Practice Environment Scale (PES), the Mos 36-item Short Form Health Survey, and Social Support Rating Scale were used to investigate...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Assaf Berger, Rotem Tellem, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Tal Gonen, Ido Strauss
Pain is one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients, and particularly in those who suffer from metastatic or terminal disease. There is great importance in delivering good pain management to these patients in order to alleviate their suffering, improve their functional status and their overall quality of life. In most cases, pain management is based on pharmacotherapy with opioids and other medications. However, there are selected patients for whom pharmacotherapy does not achieve acceptable pain relief or is associated with marked side effects...
February 2018: Harefuah
Ori Barzilai, Charles G Fisher, Mark H Bilsky
Treatment paradigms for patients with spine metastases have evolved significantly over the past decade. Incorporating stereotactic radiosurgery into these paradigms has been particularly transformative, offering precise delivery of tumoricidal radiation doses with sparing of adjacent tissues. Evidence supports the safety and efficacy of radiosurgery as it currently offers durable local tumor control with low complication rates even for tumors previously considered radioresistant to conventional radiation. The role for surgical intervention remains consistent, but a trend has been observed toward less aggressive, often minimally invasive, techniques...
February 22, 2018: Neurosurgery
Nagy Mekhail, Ogi Visnjevac, Gerges Azer, Diana Sue Mehanny, Priya Agrawal, Victor Foorsov
To assess the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for each indication, one must critically assess each specific clinical outcome to identify outcomes that benefit from SCS therapy. To date, a comprehensive review of clinically relevant outcome-specific evidence regarding SCS has not been published. We aimed to assess all randomized controlled trials from the world literature for the purpose of evaluating the clinical outcome-specific efficacy of SCS for the following outcomes: perceived pain relief or change pain score, quality of life, functional status, psychological impact, analgesic medication utilization, patient satisfaction, and health care cost and utilization...
February 23, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Aaron Hanson, Amy L Drendel
Objective: Most children treated in the emergency department (ED) with painful conditions are discharged home to the care of their parents. There is growing evidence that at-home pain management is inadequate. No studies have evaluated the child's report of their at-home pain experience. Our objective was to explore the child's perspective on the pain experience at home after ED discharge. Methods: We performed semistructured interviews with children aged 4 to 14 years discharged from the ED with an arm fracture...
July 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
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