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J Marin-Corral, C Climent, R Muñoz, M Samper, I Dot, C Vilà, J R Masclans, A Rodriguez, I Martin-Loeches, F Álvarez-Lerma
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of the recommendations of the SEMICYUC (2012) on severe influenza A. DESIGN: A prospective multicenter observational study was carried out. SETTING: ICU. PATIENTS: Patients infected with severe influenza A (H1N1) from the GETGAG/SEMICYUC registry. INTERVENTIONS: Analysis of 2 groups according to the epidemic period of the diagnosis (2009-2011; 2013-2015). VARIABLES: Demographic, temporal, comorbidities, severity, treatments, mortality, late diagnosis and place of acquisition...
March 17, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Verónica Giubergia, María J Ramirez Farías, Verónica Pérez, Adriana González, Nancy Crespi, Nora Fridman, Claudio Castaños
INTRODUCTION: Severe asthma accounts for 5-7% of all asthma cases. The World Health Organization proposed a follow-up protocol to classify cases into severe, treatment-resistant asthma (STRA) or severe, difficult-to-control asthma (SDCA). OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical, functional, and therapeutic characteristics of patients with STRA or SDCA. METHODS: Cross-sectional, observational, and analytical study to assess the diagnosis, the extent of control (clinical and functional), comorbidities, treatment adherence, inhalation technique, and environmental factors in patients with severe asthma...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Catia Cilloniz, Miquel Ferrer, Adamanthia Liapikou, Carolina Garcia-Vidal, Albert Gabarrus, Adrian Ceccato, Jorge Puig de La Bellacasa, Francesco Blasi, Antoni Torres
Question: To assess the incidence, characteristics, aetiology, risk factors and mortality of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in ICU patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) using the Berlin definition. Methods: We prospectively enrolled consecutive mechanically-ventilated ICU adults with CAP over 20 years, compared with mechanically-ventilated patients without ARDS. The main outcome was 30-day mortality. Results: Among 5,334 patients hospitalized with CAP, 930 (17%) were admitted to the ICU, and 432 required mechanical ventilation; 125 (29%) cases met the Berlin ARDS criteria...
March 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Sophie Vincent, Nicholas Czuzoj-Shulman, Andrea R Spence, Haim A Abenhaim
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and neonatal respiratory-related outcomes among women who underwent an elective cesarean section (CS). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s 2009-2013 period linked birth/infant death dataset. Women who had elective CSs at term were categorized by their pre-pregnancy BMI as normal, overweight, obese or morbidly obese...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Ludovic Gerard, Thomas Bidoul, Diego Castanares-Zapatero, Xavier Wittebole, Valérie Lacroix, Antoine Froidure, Delphine Hoton, Pierre-François Laterre
OBJECTIVES: Approximately half of the patients undergoing lung biopsy for nonresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome exhibit another histologic pattern than diffuse alveolar damage, with some of the pathologies characterized by a potential response to corticosteroids. This study aimed to assess whether open lung biopsy performed in the ICU for nonresolving acute respiratory distress syndrome was able to identify steroid-sensitive diseases and whether patients with a steroid-sensitive pathology experienced different clinical courses and outcomes...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Gretchen L Sacha, Simon W Lam, Abhijit Duggal, Heather Torbic, Stephanie N Bass, Sarah C Welch, Robert S Butler, Seth R Bauer
BACKGROUND: Vasopressin is often utilized for hemodynamic support in patients with septic shock. However, the most appropriate patient to initiate therapy in is unknown. This study was conducted to determine factors associated with hemodynamic response to fixed-dose vasopressin in patients with septic shock. METHODS: Single-center, retrospective cohort of patients receiving fixed-dose vasopressin for septic shock for at least 6 h with concomitant catecholamines in the medical, surgical, or neurosciences intensive care unit (ICU) at a tertiary care center...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
G Ortiz, M Garay, D Mendoza, P Cardinal-Fernández
INTRODUCTION: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an inflammatory lung disorder, and its pathological hallmark is diffuse alveolar damage (DAD). Given that open lung biopsy (OLB) can sometimes result in severe side effects, it is rarely performed in patients with ARDS. AIM: The aims of this study were to describe: (a) the rate of treatment change associated with the histological result; and (b) the incidence of side effects induced by OLB. DESIGN AND PATIENTS: A retrospective, single-center, descriptive observational study was carried out in Hospital Santa Clara (Bogotá, Colombia) from February 2007 to January 2014...
February 28, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
G Umberto Meduri, Lisa Bridges, Reed A C Siemieniuk, Mehmet Kocak
OBJECTIVES: In the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network randomized controlled trial, methylprednisolone treatment was associated with increased return to mechanical ventilation with partial loss of early improvements. We hypothesize a causal relationship between protocol-driven rapid discontinuation of methylprednisolone post extubation and return to mechanical ventilation. To explore this possibility, we investigated the timing that events occurred in each treatment arm during active treatment intervention (efficacy) and after stopping therapy...
February 9, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Esther Barreiro
Skeletal muscle weakness is common in the intensive care units (ICU). Approximately 50% of patients under mechanical ventilation for more than 7 days show signs of ICU-acquired muscle weakness. In these patients, muscle weakness may be the result of axonal polyneuropathy, myopathy or a combination of both. The commonest risk factors in patients with ICU-acquired weakness (AW) are the severity and duration of the systemic inflammatory response, duration of the stay in the ICU and of mechanical ventilation, hyperglycemia, hypoalbuminemia, parenteral nutrition, and administration of corticosteroids and of neuromuscular blocking agents...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Paul Ellis Marik, Ashleigh Long
We report the case of a 45-year-old Caucasian woman with a history of psoriasis, admitted to our Medical intensive care unit following the acute onset of diffuse rash and progressive dyspnoea and hypoxaemia requiring escalating respiratory support (continuous positive airway pressure of 10 cm H2 O). Her chest X-ray was consistent with findings of non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema. Echocardiogram was normal. Dermatology considered her skin lesions to be consistent with psoriasis vulgaris with pustular flare. In the absence of an identifiable cause for her respiratory failure, she was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome due to her psoriatic flare...
February 2, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Elnaz Zanganeh, Hossein Zarrinfar, Fariba Rezaeetalab, AbdolMajid Fata, Mohammad Tohidi, Mohammadjavad Najafzadeh, Majid Alizadeh, Seyedmojtaba Seyedmousavi
Non-fumigatus Aspergillus species are the leading cause of Aspergillus infections in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. In a prospective study between 2015 and 2016, a total of 150 bronchoalveolar (BAL) specimens was collected from patients suspected to pulmonary aspergillosis (PA) underlying immunodeficiencies in Mashhad, Northeastern Iran, located in the Middle East. All Aspergillus strains were phylogenetically identified at the species level by PCR-sequencing of partial β-tubulin gene. Overall, Aspergillus species were isolated from 20 specimens originating from 10 (50%) patients with cancer, 5 (25%) patients receiving corticosteroid therapy, 3 (15%) organ transplant recipients and 2 (10%) patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU)...
January 31, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Matthew D Haslam, Sarka Lisonkova, Dianne Creighton, Paige Church, Junmin Yang, Prakesh S Shah, K S Joseph, Anne Synnes
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of variations in the definition of severe neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) on the incidence of severe NDI and the association with risk factors using the Canadian Neonatal Follow-Up Network cohort. STUDY DESIGN: Literature review of severe NDI definitions and application of these definitions were performed in this database cohort study. Infants born at 23-28 completed weeks of gestation between 2009 and 2011 (n = 2187) admitted to a Canadian Neonatal Network neonatal intensive care unit and assessed at 21 months' corrected age were included...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Anne Maree Kelly, Anna Holdgate, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) is a common presentation to emergency departments (ED) but data regarding its epidemiology and outcomes are scarce. We describe the epidemiology, clinical features, treatment and outcome of patients treated for AECOPD in ED. METHODS: This was a planned sub-study of patients with an ED diagnosis of AECOPD identified in the Asia, Australia and New Zealand Dyspnoea in Emergency Departments (AANZDEM) study...
February 2, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Kristine W A C Koekkoek, Arthur R H van Zanten
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The narrative review aims to summarize the relevant studies from the last 2 years and provide contextual information to understand findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent ICU studies have provided insight in the pathophysiology and time course of catabolism, anabolic resistance, and metabolic and endocrine derangements interacting with the provision of calories and proteins.Early provision of high protein intake and caloric overfeeding may confer harm...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Melissa A Rolfes, F Liaini Gross, Brendan Flannery, Adrienne F A Meyers, Ma Luo, Nathalie Bastien, Robert A Fowler, Jacqueline M Katz, Min Z Levine, Anand Kumar, Timothy M Uyeki
Background: The kinetics of the antibody response during severe influenza are not well documented. Methods: Critically ill patients with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus infection, confirmed by RT-PCR or seroconversion (≥4-fold rise in titers), during 2009-2011 in Canada were prospectively studied. Antibody titers in serially collected sera were determined using hemagglutinin inhibition (HAI) and microneutralization assays. Average antibody curves were estimated using linear mixed effects models and compared by patient outcome, age, and corticosteroid treatment...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Chang Seong Kim, Sung Sun Kim, Eun Hui Bae, Seong Kwon Ma, Soo Wan Kim
RATIONALE: Povidone-iodine is a broad-spectrum antiseptic applied topically to treat wounds and prevent their infection. There have been several case reports of acute kidney injury (AKI) in burn patients after povidone-iodine irrigation and in patients receiving the substance as a sclerotherapy agent for management of lymphocele after renal transplantation. However, biopsy-confirmed AKI after ingestion of povidone-iodine has not previously been described. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 47-year-old man who had apparently ingested povidone-iodine solution and presented with nausea, vomiting, and reduced urine output...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Matthieu Schmidt, Peter Schellongowski, Nicolò Patroniti, Fabio Silvio Taccone, Dinis Reis Miranda, Jean Reuter, Helène Prodanovic, Marc Pierrot, Amandine Dorget, Sunghoon Park, Martin Balik, Alexandre Demoule, Ilaria Alice Crippa, Alain Mercat, Philipp Wohlfarth, Romain Sonneville, Alain Combes
OBJECTIVES: To report outcomes of immunocompromised patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and to identify their pre-ECMO predictors of 6-month mortality and main ECMO-related complications. METHODS: Retrospective multicenter study in 10 international intensive care units (ICUs) with high ECMO-case volumes. Immunocompromised patients, defined as having hematological malignancies, active solid tumor, solid-organ transplant, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or long-term or high-dose corticosteroid or immunosuppressant use, and severe ECMO-treated ARDS from 2008 to 2015 were included Measurements and Main Results: We collected demographics, clinical, ECMO-related complications, ICU- and 6-month-outcome data for 203 patients (median APACHE II 28 [25th ;75th percentile, 20;33]; age 51 [38;59] years, PaO2/FiO2 60 [50;82] mmHg before ECMO) who fulfilled our inclusion criteria...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Anat Stern, Keren Skalsky, Tomer Avni, Elena Carrara, Leonard Leibovici, Mical Paul
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a common and potentially serious illness. Corticosteroids have been suggested for the treatment of different types of infection, however their role in the treatment of pneumonia remains unclear. This is an update of a review published in 2011. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of corticosteroids in the treatment of pneumonia. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group's Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, and LILACS on 3 March 2017, together with relevant conference proceedings and references of identified trials...
December 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Francesco Menzella, Carla Galeone, Mirco Lusuardi, Anna Simonazzi, Claudia Castagnetti, Patrizia Ruggiero, Nicola Facciolongo
Severe asthma affects between 5% and 10% of patients with asthma worldwide and requires best standard therapies at maximal doses, but there is a subgroup of patients refractory to all treatments. We share a case report of a 53-year-old woman with a history of severe allergic asthma that progressively worsened over the years despite the best therapy. She had been hospitalized 35 times, including nine admissions to the respiratory intensive care unit due to severe exacerbations. To rule out other possible diagnoses, several investigations were performed, such as computed tomography scan of the chest and neck, fiberoptic laryngoscopy, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, and complete blood cell count...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Georgina Corbet Burcher, Maria D Picouto, Lorraine C Als, Mehrengise Cooper, Christine M Pierce, Simon Nadel, M Elena Garralda
AIM: To examine the association between corticosteroid use in paediatric intensive care units (PICU) and subsequent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHODS: The subjects were children aged 8-16 years admitted to PICU with sepsis, meningoencephalitis (ME) and other disorders. Illness information was extracted from case notes; 3-6 months post discharge children completed a PTSD symptom questionnaire (eight-item Impact of Events Scale (IES-8)) assessing intrusion and avoidance symptoms...
November 25, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
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