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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202833/-emergency-decompressive-craniotomy-in-the-emergency-room-was-effective-in-severe-acute-subdural-hematoma-treatment-two-case-reports
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Naoto Shiomi, Tadashi Echigo, Hideki Oka, Masahiro Nozawa, Michiko Okada, Shiho Hiraizumi, Fumitaka Kato, Hirokazu Koseki, Yoichi Hashimoto, Akihiko Hino
The outcome of severe acute subdural hematoma is unfavorable. In particular, patients with levels of consciousness of Glasgow Coma Scale(GCS)3 or 4 tend to be refractory to treatment. Decompressive craniotomy should be promptly performed to remove hematoma. However, if an operating room is not immediately available, emergency burr hole surgery is sometimes performed in the emergency room(primary care room)prior to craniotomy. A previous study has reported that the interval from injury to surgery influences the outcome of severe acute subdural hematoma...
February 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190602/prevention-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-intensive-care-units
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S Mas-Font, J Ros-Martinez, C Pérez-Calvo, P Villa-Díaz, S Aldunate-Calvo, E Moreno-Clari
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a growing concern in Intensive Care Units. The advanced age of our patients, with the increase in associated morbidity and the complexity of the treatments provided favor the development of AKI. Since no effective treatment for AKI is available, all efforts are aimed at prevention and early detection of the disorder in order to establish secondary preventive measures to impede AKI progression. In critical patients, the most frequent causes are sepsis and situations that result in renal hypoperfusion; preventive measures are therefore directed at securing hydration and correct hemodynamics through fluid perfusion and the use of inotropic or vasoactive drugs, according to the underlying disease condition...
February 9, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190429/the-scope-of-neurology-of-critical-illness
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E F M Wijdicks
Critical illness increases the probability of a neurologic complication. There are many reasons to consult a neurologist in a critically ill patient and most often it is altered alertness with no intuitive plausible explanation. Other common clinical neurologic problems facing the intensive care specialist and consulting neurologist in everyday decisions are coma following prolonged cardiovascular surgery, newly perceived motor asymmetry, seizures or other abnormal movements, and generalized muscle weakness...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187026/an-algorithmic-approach-to-the-suspected-septic-wrist
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Jeffrey R Claiborne, Leslie G Branch, Michael Reynolds, Anthony J Defranzo
An acutely painful, erythematous wrist can be due to a variety of pathologic processes, including crystalline arthropathy, infection, trauma, osteoarthritis, and systemic disease. The broad differential diagnosis of the inflamed wrist and nonspecific clinical findings make accurate diagnosis challenging. There is no published clinical or laboratory criterion that reliably differentiates septic wrist arthritis from a sterile inflammatory arthropathy. For septic joint patients, long-term results are notably poorer in patients with a delay in treatment, therefore establishing evidenced-based guidelines deserves attention...
February 10, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160951/an-interprofessional-team-approach-to-decreasing-surgical-site-infection-after-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery
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Nicole J Jones, Chloe D Villavaso
The incidence of surgical site infections (SSIs) has a significant negative impact on health care. SSIs are associated with increased mortality, cost, readmissions, and prolonged length of stay. Although recent data show a 17% decrease in the incidence of SSIs among acute care hospitals in the United States, mortality related to SSIs remains clinically significant. The interprofessional team is a critical structure in evaluating surgical practices and outcomes and new evidence-based practices to direct education, interventions, and communication of SSI prevention strategies...
March 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151799/survival-healthcare-utilization-and-end-of-life-care-among-older-adults-with-malignancy-associated-bowel-obstruction-comparative-study-of-surgery-venting-gastrostomy-or-medical-management
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Elizabeth J Lilley, John W Scott, Joel E Goldberg, Christy E Cauley, Jennifer S Temel, Andrew S Epstein, Stuart R Lipsitz, Brittany L Smalls, Adil H Haider, Angela M Bader, Joel S Weissman, Zara Cooper
OBJECTIVE: To compare survival, readmissions, and end-of-life care after palliative procedures compared with medical management for malignancy-associated bowel obstruction (MBO). BACKGROUND: MBO is a late complication of intra-abdominal malignancy for which surgeons are frequently consulted. Decisions about palliative treatments, which include medical management, surgery, or venting gastrostomy tube (VGT), are hampered by the paucity of outcomes data relevant to patients approaching the end of life...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146230/a-framework-to-improve-surgeon-communication-in-high-stakes-surgical-decisions-best-case-worst-case
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Lauren J Taylor, Michael J Nabozny, Nicole M Steffens, Jennifer L Tucholka, Karen J Brasel, Sara K Johnson, Amy Zelenski, Paul J Rathouz, Qianqian Zhao, Kristine L Kwekkeboom, Toby C Campbell, Margaret L Schwarze
Importance: Although many older adults prefer to avoid burdensome interventions with limited ability to preserve their functional status, aggressive treatments, including surgery, are common near the end of life. Shared decision making is critical to achieve value-concordant treatment decisions and minimize unwanted care. However, communication in the acute inpatient setting is challenging. Objective: To evaluate the proof of concept of an intervention to teach surgeons to use the Best Case/Worst Case framework as a strategy to change surgeon communication and promote shared decision making during high-stakes surgical decisions...
February 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144059/epidemiological-profile-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-patients-a-tertiary-care-experience
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Rahul Magazine, Shobitha Rao, Bharti Chogtu, Ramkumar Venkateswaran, Hameed Aboobackar Shahul, Umesh Goneppanavar
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is seen in critically ill patients. Its etiological spectrum in India is expected to be different from that seen in western countries due to the high prevalence of tropical infections. AIM: To study the epidemiological profile of ARDS patients. SETTING: A tertiary care hospital in Karnataka, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 150 out of the 169 ARDS patients diagnosed during 2010-2012...
January 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118414/copeptin-predicts-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Konstantin A Krychtiuk, Maria C Honeder, Max Lenz, Gerald Maurer, Johann Wojta, Gottfried Heinz, Kurt Huber, Walter S Speidl
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients admitted to a medical intensive care unit exhibit a high mortality rate irrespective of the cause of admission. Besides its role in fluid and electrolyte balance, vasopressin has been described as a stress hormone. Copeptin, the C-terminal portion of provasopressin mirrors vasopressin levels and has been described as a reliable biomarker for the individual's stress level and was associated with outcome in various disease entities. The aim of this study was to analyze whether circulating levels of copeptin at ICU admission are associated with 30-day mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107096/implementation-of-an-aggressive-enteral-nutrition-protocol-and-the-effect-on-clinical-outcomes
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Daniel Dante Yeh, Catrina Cropano, Sadeq A Quraishi, Eva Fuentes, Haytham M A Kaafarani, Jarone Lee, Yuchiao Chang, George Velmahos
BACKGROUND: Macronutrient deficiency in critical illness is associated with worse outcomes. We hypothesized that an aggressive enteral nutrition (EN) protocol would result in higher macronutrient delivery and fewer late infections. METHODS: We enrolled adult surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients receiving >72 hours of EN from July 2012 to June 2014. Our intervention consisted of increasing protein prescription (2.0-2.5 vs 1.5-2.0 g/kg/d) and compensatory feeds for EN interruption...
January 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105617/-establishment-of-prediction-model-of-acute-gastrointestinal-injury-classification-of-critically-ill-patients-based-on-digital-gastrointestinal-sounds-monitoring
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Yan Wang, Jianrong Wang, Weiwei Liu, Guangliang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To develop the prediction model of acute gastrointestinal injury (AGI) classification of critically ill patients. METHODS: The binary channel gastrointestinal sounds (GIS) monitor system was used to gather and analyze the GIS of 60 consecutive critically ill patients who were admitted in Critical Care Medicine of PLA General Hospital from April 2015 to November 2015 (patients with chronic gastrointestinal disease or history of gastrointestinal surgery were excluded)...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103931/developing-a-framework-to-guide-the-de-adoption-of-low-value-clinical-practices-in-acute-care-medicine-a-study-protocol
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Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Daniel J Niven, Jamie M Boyd, Henry T Stelfox
BACKGROUND: Healthcare systems have difficulty incorporating scientific evidence into clinical practice, especially when science suggests that existing clinical practices are of low-value (e.g. ineffective or harmful to patients). While a number of lists outlining low-value practices in acute care medicine currently exist, less is known about how best to initiate and sustain the removal of low-value clinical practices (i.e. de-adoption). This study will develop a comprehensive list of barriers and facilitators to the de-adoption of low-value clinical practices in acute care facilities to inform the development of a framework to guide the de-adoption process...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052526/effectiveness-of-a-multi-layer-foam-dressing-in-preventing-sacral-pressure-ulcers-for-the-early-acute-care-of-patients-with-a-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-comparison-with-the-use-of-a-gel-mattress
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Andréane Richard-Denis, Cynthia Thompson, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
Individuals with spinal cord injury are at risk of sacral pressure ulcers due to, among other reasons, prolonged immobilisation. The effectiveness of a multi-layer foam dressing installed pre-operatively in reducing sacral pressure ulcer occurrence in spinal cord injured patients was compared to that of using a gel mattress, and stratified analyses were performed on patients with complete tetraplegia and paraplegia. Socio-demographic and clinical data were collected from 315 patients admitted in a level-I trauma centre following a spinal cord injury between April 2010 and March 2016...
January 4, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000127/intensive-care-unit-admission-for-patients-in-the-interact2-ich-blood-pressure-treatment-trial-characteristics-predictors-and-outcomes
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Katja E Wartenberg, Xia Wang, Paula Muñoz-Venturelli, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Pablo M Lavados, Craig S Anderson, Thompson Robinson
BACKGROUND: Wide variation exists in criteria for accessing intensive care unit (ICU) facilities for managing patients with critical illnesses such as acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). We aimed to determine the predictors of admission, length of stay, and outcome for ICU among participants of the main Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction in Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage Trial (INTERACT2). METHODS: INTERACT2 was an international, open, blinded endpoint, randomized controlled trial of 2839 ICH patients (<6 h) and elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) allocated to receive intensive (target SBP <140 mmHg within 1 h) or guideline-recommended (target SBP <180 mmHg) BP-lowering treatment...
December 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956843/lung-protective-mechanical-ventilation-strategies-in-cardiothoracic-critical-care-a-retrospective-study
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Vasileios Zochios, Matthew Hague, Kimberly Giraud, Nicola Jones
A body of evidence supports the use of low tidal volumes in ventilated patients without lung pathology to slow progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to ventilator associated lung injury. We undertook a retrospective chart review and tested the hypothesis that tidal volume is a predictor of mortality in cardiothoracic (medical and surgical) critical care patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Independent predictors of mortality in our study included: type of surgery, albumin, H(+), bilirubin, and fluid balance...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942344/acute-care-trauma-surgeon-s-role-in-obstetrical-gynecologic-emergencies-the-obcat-alert
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Seong K Lee, Eddy H Carrillo, Andrew Rosenthal, Rafael Sanchez, Chauniqua Kiffin, Dafney L Davare
BACKGROUND: Overwhelming hemorrhage or other intra-abdominal complications may be associated with obstetrical or gynecologic (OB/GYN) procedures and may require the surgical training of an Acute Care/Trauma Surgeon. The OB Critical Assessment Team (OBCAT Alert) was developed at our institution to facilitate a multidisciplinary response to complex OB/GYN cases. We sought to review and characterize the Acute Care/Trauma Surgeon's role in these cases. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all emergency consults during an OB/GYN case at our institution from 2008 to 2015...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942052/critical-incidents-in-paediatric-anaesthesia-a-prospective-analysis-over-a-1-year-period
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Raylene Dias, Nandini Dave, Swapna Chiluveru, Madhu Garasia
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Critical incident reporting helps to identify errors and formulate preventive strategies. Many countries have existing national reporting systems. Such a system is yet to be established in India. We aimed to study the incidence of critical events in the paediatric operation theatre (OT) of our institute. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of all children receiving anaesthesia in paediatric OT over a period of 1 year. They were monitored intraoperatively as well as postoperatively, and critical incidents were noted in terms of date and time of incident, location (OT/post-anaesthesia care unit, clinical category, age of patient, degree of patient harm resulting from the incident, description of what happened and duration of surgery...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940454/acute-traumatic-coagulopathy-pathophysiology-and-resuscitation
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J W Simmons, M F Powell
Acute Traumatic Coagulopathy occurs immediately after massive trauma when shock, hypoperfusion, and vascular damage are present. Mechanisms for this acute coagulopathy include activation of protein C, endothelial glycocalyx disruption, depletion of fibrinogen, and platelet dysfunction. Hypothermia and acidaemia amplify the endogenous coagulopathy and often accompany trauma. These multifactorial processes lead to decreased clot strength, autoheparinization, and hyperfibrinolysis. Furthermore, the effects of aggressive crystalloid administration, haemodilution from inappropriate blood product transfusion, and prolonged surgical times may worsen clinical outcomes...
December 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931029/selective-necrosectomy-for-infected-pancreatic-necrosis
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Ola Ahmed, Claire L Donohoe, Daragh B Murphy, Brian J Marsh, John Conneely, Gerry P McEntee
BACKGROUND: Until recently, a diagnosis of infected pancreatic necrosis (IPN) warranted necrosectomy, which was associated with high morbidity and mortality rates greater than 20%. Preoperative percutaneous drainage delayed the need for necrosectomy with improved outcomes. METHODS: In 2008, this institution changed its approach to the management of such cases opting instead for percutaneous drainage with selective deferred necrosectomy. A total of 38 consecutive patients with IPN from January 2008 to December 2014 were included...
December 9, 2016: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925048/resting-energy-expenditure-in-critically-ill-patients-evaluation-methods-and-clinical-applications
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Ana Cláudia Soncini Sanches, Cassiana Regina de Góes, Marina Nogueira Berbel Bufarah, André Luiz Balbi, Daniela Ponce
Patients on intensive care present systemic, metabolic, and hormonal alterations that may adversely affect their nutritional condition and lead to fast and important depletion of lean mass and malnutrition. Several factors and medical conditions can influence the energy expenditure (EE) of critically ill patients, such as age, gender, surgery, serious infections, medications, ventilation modality, and organ dysfunction. Clinical conditions that can present with EE change include acute kidney injury, a complex disorder commonly seen in critically ill patients with manifestations that can range from minimum elevations in serum creatinine to renal failure requiring dialysis...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
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