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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290130/the-choosing-wisely-initiative-in-infectious-diseases
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Clara Lehmann, Reinhard Berner, Johannes R Bogner, Oliver A Cornely, Katja de With, Susanne Herold, Winfried V Kern, Sebastian Lemmen, Mathias W Pletz, Bernhard Ruf, Bernd Salzberger, Hans Jürgen Stellbrink, Norbert Suttorp, Andrew J Ullmann, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Norma Jung
OBJECTIVE: "Choosing Wisely" is a growing international campaign aiming at practice changes to improve patient health and safety by both, conduct of essential and avoidance of unnecessary diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic procedures. The goal is to create an easily recognizable and distributable list ("Choosing Wisely items") that addresses common over- and underuse in the management of infectious diseases. METHODS: The German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI) participates in the campaign "Klug Entscheiden" by the German Society of Internal Medicine...
March 13, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219190/-efficacy-and-safety-of-procalcitonin-guidance-in-reducing-the-duration-of-antibiotic-treatment-of-sepsis-patients
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X L Xu, F D Yan, J Q Yu, Q H Chen, H Lin, R Q Zheng
Objective: To assesse the efficacy and safety of procalcitonin-guided antibiotic treatment of sepsis patients in intensive care units (ICU). Methods: A prospective, randomised, controlled trial was gone in ICU of Northern Jiangsu People's Hospital.Between January 2013 and December 2015.One hundred and fifty-six patients assessed for eligibility were randomly assigned to the procalcitonin-guided group (PCT group, 79) or to regular antibiotic group (RAT group, 77). Patients who received antibiotics for presumed infection according to principle of antimicrobial usage...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158976/the-role-of-serum-procalcitonin-in-establishing-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-pleural-infection
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Giles Dixon, Adriana Lama-Lopez, Oliver J Bintcliffe, Anna J Morley, Clare E Hooper, Nick A Maskell
BACKGROUND: Bacterial pleural infection requires prompt identification to enable appropriate investigation and treatment. In contrast to commonly used biomarkers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and white cell count (WCC), which can be raised due to non-infective inflammatory processes, procalcitonin (PCT) has been proposed as a specific biomarker of bacterial infection. The utility of PCT in this role is yet to be validated in a large prospective trial. This study aimed to identify whether serum PCT is superior to CRP and WCC in establishing the diagnosis of bacterial pleural infection...
February 3, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149576/duration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Gabor Zilahi, Mary Aisling McMahon, Pedro Povoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches
There are certain well defined clinical situations where prolonged therapy is beneficial, but prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy is associated with increased resistance, medicalising effects, high costs and adverse drug reactions. The best way to decrease antibiotic duration is both to stop antibiotics when not needed (sterile invasive cultures with clinical improvement), not to start antibiotics when not indicated (treating colonization) and keep the antibiotic course as short as possible. The optimal duration of antimicrobial treatment for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is unknown, however, there is a growing evidence that reduction in the length of antibiotic courses to 7-8 days can minimize the consequences of antibiotic overuse in critical care, including antibiotic resistance, adverse effects, collateral damage and costs...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143877/procalcitonin-to-guide-antibiotic-administration-in-copd-exacerbations-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Alexander G Mathioudakis, Victoria Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou, Alexandru Corlateanu, Jørgen Vestbo
Challenges in the differentiation of the aetiology of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) have led to significant overuse of antibiotics. Serum procalcitonin, released in response to bacterial infections, but not viral infections, could possibly identify AECOPD requiring antibiotics. In this meta-analysis we assessed the clinical effectiveness of procalcitonin-based protocols to initiate or discontinue antibiotics in patients presenting with AECOPD.Based on a prospectively registered protocol, we reviewed the literature and selected randomised or quasi-randomised trials comparing procalcitonin-based protocols to initiate or discontinue antibiotics versus standard care in AECOPD...
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114931/procalcitonin-guided-diagnosis-and-antibiotic-stewardship-revisited
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REVIEW
Ramon Sager, Alexander Kutz, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
Several controlled clinical studies have evaluated the potential of the infection biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) to improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with bacterial infections and its influence on decisions regarding antibiotic therapy. Most research has focused on lower respiratory tract infections and critically ill sepsis patients. A clinical utility for PCT has also been found for patients with urinary tract infections, postoperative infections, meningitis, and patients with acute heart failure with possible superinfection (i...
January 24, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099644/use-of-biomarkers-in-pediatric-sepsis-literature-review
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Vanessa Soares Lanziotti, Pedro Póvoa, Márcio Soares, José Roberto Lapa E Silva, Arnaldo Prata Barbosa, Jorge Ibrain Figueira Salluh
Despite advances in recent years, sepsis is still a leading cause of hospitalization and mortality in infants and children. The presence of biomarkers during the response to an infectious insult makes it possible to use such biomarkers in screening, diagnosis, prognosis (risk stratification), monitoring of therapeutic response, and rational use of antibiotics (for example, the determination of adequate treatment length). Studies of biomarkers in sepsis in children are still relatively scarce. This review addresses the use of biomarkers in sepsis in pediatric patients with emphasis on C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, interleukins 6, 8, and 18, human neutrophil gelatinase, and proadrenomedullin...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045978/cord-blood-acute-phase-reactants-predict-early-onset-neonatal-sepsis-in-preterm-infants
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Leena B Mithal, Hannah L Palac, Ram Yogev, Linda M Ernst, Karen K Mestan
BACKGROUND: Early onset sepsis (EOS) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants, yet diagnosis remains inadequate resulting in missed cases or prolonged empiric antibiotics with adverse consequences. Evaluation of acute phase reactant (APR) biomarkers in umbilical cord blood at birth may improve EOS detection in preterm infants with intrauterine infection. METHODS: In this nested case-control study, infants (29.7 weeks gestation, IQR: 27.7-32...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024740/impact-of-procalcitonin-guided-therapy-for-hospitalized-community-acquired-pneumonia-on-reducing-antibiotic-consumption-and-costs-in-japan
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Akihiro Ito, Tadashi Ishida, Hironobu Tokumasu, Yasuyoshi Washio, Akio Yamazaki, Yuhei Ito, Hiromasa Tachibana
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the usefulness of procalcitonin-guided therapy in hospitalized community-acquired pneumonia patients to reduce antibiotic duration and costs without worsening prognosis. METHODS: 352 hospitalized community-acquired pneumonia patients in an observational cohort study in which procalcitonin was measured three times serially, on admission (Day 1) and 2-3 days (Day 3) and 6-8 days (Day 7) after admission, between October 2010 and February 2016 were reviewed retrospectively...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987397/prophylactic-versus-clinically-driven-antibiotics-in-comatose-survivors-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-randomized-pilot-study
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Suada Filekovic Ribaric, Matjaz Turel, Rihard Knafelj, Vojka Gorjup, Rade Stanic, Primoz Gradisek, Ognjen Cerovic, Tomislav Mirkovic, Marko Noc
AIM: To investigate benefits of prophylactic antibiotics in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). METHODS: Patients without evidence of tracheobronchial aspiration on admission bronchoscopy were randomized to prophylactic Amoxicillin-Clavulanic acid 1.2g every 8h (P) or clinically-driven antibiotics (C) administered if signs of infection developed during initial 7days of intensive care unit (ICU) stay. RESULTS: Among 83 patients enrolled between September 2013 and February 2015, tracheobronchial aspiration was documented in 23 (28%)...
February 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929242/community-acquired-pneumonia-in-adults-diagnosis-and-management
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Alexander Kaysin, Anthony J Viera
Community-acquired pneumonia is a leading cause of death. Risk factors include older age and medical comorbidities. Diagnosis is suggested by a history of cough, dyspnea, pleuritic pain, or acute functional or cognitive decline, with abnormal vital signs (e.g., fever, tachycardia) and lung examination findings. Diagnosis should be confirmed by chest radiography or ultrasonography. Validated prediction scores for pneumonia severity can guide the decision between outpatient and inpatient therapy. Using procalcitonin as a biomarker for severe infection may further assist with risk stratification...
November 1, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911257/individualized-antibiotic-therapy-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Gürdal Yilmaz, Sedat Salyan, Firdevs Aksoy, İftihar Köksal
The optimal duration of the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is still the subject of debate. While 1 week treatment has been reported as possibly sufficient, patients generally receive antibiotic therapy for 10 to 14 days. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether length of treatment in patients with VAP can be reduced with an individualized therapeutic strategy. The study was performed prospectively with patients diagnosed with VAP in our hospital's intensive care units between 1 January and 31 December 2015...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857510/the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-serum-procalcitonin-for-bacteremia-in-critically-ill-children
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Marianne E Nellis, Steven Pon, Ashley E Giambrone, Nana E Coleman, Jonathan Reiss, Elizabeth Mauer, Bruce M Greenwald
BACKGROUND: Bacterial sepsis is frequently encountered in children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and requires early recognition and treatment. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a serum biomarker with a high sensitivity to predict bacteremia in critically-ill adults. This study sought to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of PCT for bacteremia in febrile children in the PICU. METHODS: This retrospective observational study used data from children admitted to the PICU from October 2010 to October 2012...
November 2016: Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: IDCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734780/-is-procalcitonin-measurement-useful-in-managing-respiratory-tract-infections
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J M Prins, T van der Poll
Better use of current antibiotics is warranted to curb increasing antimicrobial resistance rates. Procalcitonin guidance can safely reduce antibiotic usage when used to initiate or discontinue antibiotics in adult patients with a respiratory tract infection. However, the claimed reductions in antibiotic usage are mainly achieved in patients with acute bronchitis and exacerbations of COPD, conditions for which guidelines already discourage antibiotic treatment. Sequential procalcitonin measurements can also reduce the treatment duration of community-acquired pneumonia from 10-12 to 5-7 days, which is, however, already the recommended treatment duration for in- and outpatients under the current Dutch guidelines...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734774/-procalcitonin-as-biomarker-for-infections
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J C de Jonge, D W de Lange, E A Bij de Vaate, H van Leeuwen, J E Arends
- Inappropriate use of antibiotics in patients without bacterial infection contributes significantly to worldwide antibiotic resistance.- The goal of this review is to summarise evidence from randomised trials investigating the value of the biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) in patients with symptoms of a bacterial infection in the emergency department (ED) and intensive care (IC).- In patients with a lower respiratory infection in the ED, RCTs demonstrate that withholding or shortening of antibiotic treatment in patients with low PCT levels does not lead to a change in clinical outcome...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696986/clinical-effect-and-efficacy-factors-of-modified-piperacillin-tazobactam-dosing-regimens-in-abdominal-tumor-patients-with-post-operative-pneumonia
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Yang Yang, Yang Lu, Xin He, Hongwei Zhao, Donghao Wang, Wanhua Wang
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to observe the clinical efficacy of long-term piperacillin-tazobactam (TZP) infusion and identify the factors affecting its curative effect against pneumonia in patients who had undergone surgery for abdominal tumor. METHODS: The 100 patients were divided into four clinical groups according to the severity of their infection: Simple pneumonia, pneumonia with pleural effusion, pneumonia and atelectasis, and severe pneumonia. Each group of patients was then divided into control and treatment groups using a completely random design...
February 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27684181/influence-of-hospital-characteristics-on-quality-of-care-in-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Katrin Straubhaar, Philipp Schuetz, Claudine Angela Blum, Nicole Nigro, Briel Matthias, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Beat Mueller, Step Study Group
PRINCIPLES: In-hospital care of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) varies across hospitals. Understanding of the underlying factors is the basis for tailored quality improvements. Using data from a randomised controlled Swiss-wide multicentre trial, we compared length of stay (LOS) and other patient outcomes according to (A) the use of a procalcitonin (PCT)-based antibiotic stewardship protocol, (B) institution type (university vs non-university), and (C) historical time period in relation to the introduction of Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) reimbursement (2012)...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27503068/prospective-evaluation-of-septifast-multiplex-pcr-in-children-with-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-under-antibiotic-treatment
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Franziska Gies, Eva Tschiedel, Ursula Felderhoff-Müser, Peter-Michael Rath, Joerg Steinmann, Christian Dohna-Schwake
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobially pre-treated children with systemic inflammation often pose a diagnostic challenge to the physician. We aimed to evaluate the additional use of SeptiFast multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify causative pathogens in children with suspected systemic bacterial or fungal infection. METHODS: Prospective observational study in 39 children with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) under empiric antibiotic treatment. Primary outcome was the rate of positive blood cultures (BC), compared to the rate of positive SeptiFast (SF) results...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27486746/host-biomarkers-for-distinguishing-bacterial-from-non-bacterial-causes-of-acute-febrile-illness-a-comprehensive-review
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Anokhi J Kapasi, Sabine Dittrich, Iveth J González, Timothy C Rodwell
BACKGROUND: In resource limited settings acute febrile illnesses are often treated empirically due to a lack of reliable, rapid point-of-care diagnostics. This contributes to the indiscriminate use of antimicrobial drugs and poor treatment outcomes. The aim of this comprehensive review was to summarize the diagnostic performance of host biomarkers capable of differentiating bacterial from non-bacterial infections to guide the use of antibiotics. METHODS: Online databases of published literature were searched from January 2010 through April 2015...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27471201/pathogen-and-antibiotic-specific-effects-of-prednisone-in-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Sebastian A Wirz, Claudine A Blum, Philipp Schuetz, Werner C Albrich, Christoph Noppen, Beat Mueller, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Philip E Tarr
In a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of hospitalised patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), we demonstrated shorter time to clinical stability (TTCS) with adjunct corticosteroid therapy compared with placebo.We did a pre-planned, exploratory analysis of any association between microbiological diagnosis, antibiotic treatment and procalcitonin level and effect of prednisone on TTCS, mortality, and CAP complications (n=726 participants, enrolled between December 2009 and May 2014)...
October 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
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