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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140950/development-of-clinical-process-measures-for-pediatric-burn-care-understanding-variation-in-practice-patterns
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Lewis E Kazis, Robert L Sheridan, Gabriel D Shapiro, Austin F Lee, Matthew H Liang, Colleen M Ryan, Jeffrey C Schneider, Martha Lydon, Marina Soley-Bori, Lily A Sonis, Emily C Dore, Tina Palmieri, David Herndon, Walter Meyer, Petra Warner, Richard Kagan, Frederick J Stoddard, Michael Murphy, Ronald G Tompkins
BACKGROUND: There has been little systematic examination of variation in pediatric burn care clinical practices and its effect on outcomes. As a first step, current clinical care processes need to be operationally defined. The highly specialized burn care units of the Shriners Hospitals for Children system present an opportunity to describe the processes of care. The aim of this study was to develop a set of process-based measures for pediatric burn care and examine adherence to them by providers in a cohort of pediatric burn patients...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132515/acute-kidney-injury-in-the-critically-ill
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REVIEW
Robert A Maxwell, Christopher Michael Bell
Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs frequently in the surgical intensive care unit and results in significant morbidity and mortality. AKI needs to be identified early and underlying causes treated or eliminated. Sepsis, major surgery such as coronary artery bypass, and hypovolemia are the most common causes and patients with underlying comorbidities have increased susceptibility. Treatment should begin by ensuring that patients are adequately resuscitated and all contributing causes are replaced or eliminated...
December 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29088951/update-on-critical-care-for-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-the-setting-of-polytrauma
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John K Yue, Ethan A Winkler, Jonathan W Rick, Hansen Deng, Carlene P Partow, Pavan S Upadhyayula, Harjus S Birk, Andrew K Chan, Sanjay S Dhall
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) often occurs in patients with concurrent traumatic injuries in other body systems. These patients with polytrauma pose unique challenges to clinicians. The current review evaluates existing guidelines and updates the evidence for prehospital transport, immobilization, initial resuscitation, critical care, hemodynamic stability, diagnostic imaging, surgical techniques, and timing appropriate for the patient with SCI who has multisystem trauma. Initial management should be systematic, with focus on spinal immobilization, timely transport, and optimizing perfusion to the spinal cord...
November 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049115/an-evidence-based-approach-to-the-prescription-opioid-epidemic-in-orthopedic-surgery
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REVIEW
Ellen M Soffin, Seth A Waldman, Roberta J Stack, Gregory A Liguori
Orthopedic surgery is associated with significant perioperative pain. Providing adequate analgesia is a critical component of patient care and opioids play a vital role in the acute postoperative setting. However, opioid prescribing for patients undergoing orthopedic procedures has recently been identified as a major contributor to the current opioid epidemic. As opioid usage and related morbidity and mortality continue to rise nationwide, opioid-prescribing practices are under increased scrutiny. Here, we update the evidence base and recommendations behind a set of interventions developed at the Hospital for Special Surgery to address the national epidemic at the local level...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041985/simplified-prognostic-model-for-critically-ill-patients-in-resource-limited-settings-in-south-asia
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Rashan Haniffa, Mavuto Mukaka, Sithum Bandara Munasinghe, Ambepitiyawaduge Pubudu De Silva, Kosala Saroj Amarasiri Jayasinghe, Abi Beane, Nicolette de Keizer, Arjen M Dondorp
BACKGROUND: Current critical care prognostic models are predominantly developed in high-income countries (HICs) and may not be feasible in intensive care units (ICUs) in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Existing prognostic models cannot be applied without validation in LMICs as the different disease profiles, resource availability, and heterogeneity of the population may limit the transferability of such scores. A major shortcoming in using such models in LMICs is the unavailability of required measurements...
October 17, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035926/damage-control-surgery-current-state-and-future-directions
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Daniel Benz, Zsolt J Balogh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Damage control surgery (DCS) represents a staged surgical approach to the treatment of critically injured trauma patients. Originally described in the context of hepatic trauma and postinjury-induced coagulopathy, the indications for DCS have expanded to the management of extra abdominal trauma and to the management of nontraumatic acute abdominal emergencies. Despite being an accepted treatment algorithm, DCS is based on a limited evidence with current concerns of the variability in practice indications, rates and adverse outcomes in poorly selected patient cohorts...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018173/a-pilot-study-of-surgical-telementoring-for-leg-fasciotomy
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Max Talbot, E J Harvey, G K Berry, R Reindl, H Tien, D J Stinner, G Slobogean
INTRODUCTION: Acute extremity compartment syndrome requires rapid decompression. In remote locations, distance, weather and logistics may delay the evacuation of patients with extremity trauma beyond the desired timeline for compartment release. The aim of this study was to establish the feasibility of performing telementored surgery for leg compartment release and to identify methodological issues relevant for future research. METHODS: Three anaethetists and one critical care physician were recruited as operators...
October 10, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017656/-development-and-construction-mode-of-critical-care-medicine-22-years-of-development-and-construction-of-intensive-care-units-of-guizhou-medical-university
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Difen Wang, Ying Liu, Jiangquan Fu, Yuanyi Liu, Yumei Cheng, Ying Wang, Liang Li, Ming Liu, Yan Tang, Feng Shen, Xu Liu, Jia Yuan, Xianjun Chen, Hongying Bi, Hongxia Wang, Wei Li, Qimin Chen, Cui Wang
OBJECTIVE: To provide decision-making basis for promoting the rapid and healthy development of critical care medicine/intensive care unit (ICU) through discussing the mode of development and construction of the department of ICU. METHODS: The situations of ICU of Affiliated Hospital of Guizhou Medical University from July 1994 to December 2016 were analyzed and summed up. Data of the situations in different development stages included the location and area of the ward, the number of beds, the number of physicians and nurses, the structure of academic titles and educational levels, the number of patients admitted to ICU per year, the proportion of patients used ventilator per year, the mortality, the mode of the discipline management, the number of medical postgraduates and undergraduates trained in the ICU, the number of teaching hours, the achievements, the number of research projects, the number of published monographs and papers, the number of the multicenter trials that we participated in, the construction of the team, the personal honor, and so on...
October 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988019/acute-intermittent-porphyria-after-right-hemi-colectomy
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Shadi Alshammary, Reem Al Dulaijan, Khaldoon Saleh, Hazem Zakaria, Ahmed Eldamati, Norah Alwakeel, Abdulmohsen Al-Mulhim
INTRODUCTION: Acute intermittent porphyria is a rare autosomal dominant metabolic disease. It is caused by a genetic mutation that results in deficiency of porphobilinogen deaminase enzyme, the third enzyme in heme biosynthesis. Acute intermittent porphyria precipitated by surgery is very rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a 24 year-old woman who developed acute intermittent porphyria five days after right hemi-colectomy. Her presentation included neuro-visceral and psychiatric manifestations, and severe hyponatremia...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986156/technological-aided-assessment-of-the-acutely-ill-patient-the-case-of-postoperative-complications
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C Haahr-Raunkjær, C S Meyhoff, H B D Sørensen, R M Olsen, E K Aasvang
Surgical interventions come with complications and highly reported mortality after major surgery. The mortality may be a result of delayed detection of severe complications due to lower monitoring frequency in the general wards. Several studies have shown that continuous monitoring is superior to the manually intermittent recorded monitoring in terms of detecting abnormal physiological signs. Hopefully improved observations may result in earlier detection and clinical intervention. This narrative review will describe current monitoring possibilities for postoperative patients and how it may prevent complications...
October 3, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981493/acute-abdominal-pain-changes-in-the-way-we-assess-it-over-a-decade
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Kirsten de Burlet, Anna Lam, Peter Larsen, Elizabeth Dennett
AIMS: Acute abdominal pain accounts for 5-10% of all emergency department visits. Rapid and accurate diagnosis is critical to ensure optimal outcomes. In the last decade, increased use of CT scans and the introduction of surgical short stay units has changed the way this group of patients is managed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of these changes on patient management. METHODS: A retrospective clinical study was undertaken including all patients admitted with abdominal pain under general surgery in the years 2004, 2009 and 2014...
October 6, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979986/geographic-diffusion-and-implementation-of-acute-care-surgery-an-uneven-solution-to-the-national-emergency-general-surgery-crisis
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Jasmine A Khubchandani, Angela M Ingraham, Vijaya T Daniel, Didem Ayturk, Catarina I Kiefe, Heena P Santry
Importance: Owing to lack of adequate emergency care infrastructure and decline in general surgery workforce, the United States faces a crisis in access to emergency general surgery (EGS) care. Acute care surgery (ACS), an organized system of trauma, general surgery, and critical care, is a proposed solution; however, ACS diffusion remains poorly understood. Objective: To investigate geographic diffusion of ACS models of care and characterize the communities in which ACS implementation is lagging...
October 4, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967725/testicular-and-thyroid-function-as-survival-predictors-in-the-elderly-patient-candidate-to-surgery
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Antonio Aversa, Andrea Fabbri
The relationship between testosterone deficiency (TD) syndrome and surgical resilience has a great impact in the modern approach to male elderly patients. There is good evidence that low levels of T are a strong marker for cardiovascular risk; also, TD is frequently associated with increased cardiovascular and all-cause mortality especially in cardiac older frail men. Screening for low T should be mandatory in high risk groups candidate to surgery including those with diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity, even though benefits from T-treatment on survival rates are unclear...
July 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966194/open-abdomen-in-trauma-and-critical-care
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Eleanor R Fitzpatrick
The open abdomen technique and temporary abdominal closure after damage control surgery is fast becoming the standard of care for managing intra-abdominal bleeding and infectious or ischemic processes in critically ill patients. Expansion of this technique has evolved from damage control surgery in severely injured trauma patients to use in patients with abdominal compartment syndrome due to acute pancreatitis and other disorders. Subsequent therapies after use of the open abdomen technique and temporary abdominal closure are resuscitation in the intensive care unit and planned reoperation to manage the underlying cause of bleeding, infection, or ischemia...
October 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958272/inclusion-of-the-acute-care-surgeon-in-the-difficult-airway-protocol-a-nine-year-experience
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Seong K Lee, Andrew A Rosenthal, Dafney L Davare, Chauniqua Kiffin, Rafael Sanchez, Michael Hurtado, Eddy H Carrillo
An emergency surgical airway is a lifesaving intervention required in the event of airway loss or respiratory failure when conventional endotracheal intubation cannot be performed. The Acute Care Surgery/Trauma Service is a critical component in the angioedema/difficult airway protocol at our institution. We conducted a retrospective review (2007-2016) to analyze the role our service has in managing patients requiring an emergency surgical airway. Cases were analyzed for preexisting conditions, hospital location of procedure, techniques, complications, and mortality...
September 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956316/anesthetic-implications-of-recreational-drug-use
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Pierre Beaulieu
PURPOSE: As the use of recreational drugs increases, the likelihood of an anesthesiologist perioperatively encountering patients using or addicted to these drugs will also increase. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Addicted patients may present for anesthetic care in a variety of circumstances in everyday elective surgeries or in acute or life-saving situations, such as emergency Cesarean delivery or trauma surgery. Therefore, it is important for anesthesiologists to know about the most common illicit drugs being used, their clinical presentation and side effects, and the anesthetic options that are beneficial or detrimental to these patients...
September 27, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946897/undetectable-haptoglobin-is-associated-with-major-adverse-kidney-events-in-critically-ill-burn-patients
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François Dépret, Chloé Dunyach, Christian De Tymowski, Maïté Chaussard, Aurélien Bataille, Axelle Ferry, Nabila Moreno, Alexandru Cupaciu, Sabri Soussi, Mourad Benyamina, Alexandre Mebazaa, Kevin Serror, Marc Chaouat, Jean-Pierre Garnier, Romain Pirracchio, Matthieu Legrand
BACKGROUND: Intravascular haemolysis has been associated with acute kidney injury (AKI) in different clinical settings (cardiac surgery, sickle cell disease). Haemolysis occurs frequently in critically ill burn patients. The aim of this study was to assess the predictive value of haptoglobin at admission to predict major adverse kidney events (MAKE) and AKI in critically ill burn patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, single-centre cohort study in a burn critical care unit in a tertiary centre, including all consecutive severely burned patients (total burned body surface > 20% and/or shock and/or mechanical ventilation at admission) from January 2012 to April 2017 with a plasmatic haptoglobin dosage at admission...
September 26, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945629/critical-care-resource-utilization-and-outcomes-of-children-with-moderate-traumatic-brain-injury
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Theerada Chandee, Vivian H Lyons, Monica S Vavilala, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Nophanan Chaikittisilpa, Arraya Watanitanon, Abhijit V Lele
OBJECTIVES: To characterize admission patterns, critical care resource utilization, and outcomes in moderate pediatric traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: National Trauma Data Bank. PATIENTS: Children under 18 years old with a diagnosis of moderate traumatic brain injury (admission Glasgow Coma Scale score of 9-13) in the National Trauma Data Bank between 2007 and 2014. MEASUREMENT AND MAIN RESULTS: We examined clinical characteristics, critical care resource utilization, and discharge outcomes...
September 22, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939923/-thyroid-emergencies-thyroid-storm-and-myxedema-coma
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REVIEW
C Spitzweg, M Reincke, R Gärtner
Thyroid emergencies are rare life-threatening endocrine conditions resulting from either decompensated thyrotoxicosis (thyroid storm) or severe thyroid hormone deficiency (myxedema coma). Both conditions develop out of a long-standing undiagnosed or untreated hyper- or hypothyroidism, respectively, precipitated by an acute stress-associated event, such as infection, trauma, or surgery. Cardinal features of thyroid storm are myasthenia, cardiovascular symptoms, in particular tachycardia, as well as hyperthermia and central nervous system dysfunction...
October 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935558/immediate-interruption-of-sedation-compared-with-usual-sedation-care-in-critically-ill-postoperative-patients-sos-ventilation-a-randomised-parallel-group-clinical-trial
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Gerald Chanques, Matthieu Conseil, Claire Roger, Jean-Michel Constantin, Albert Prades, Julie Carr, Laurent Muller, Boris Jung, Fouad Belafia, Moussa Cissé, Jean-Marc Delay, Audrey de Jong, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Emmanuel Futier, Grégoire Mercier, Nicolas Molinari, Samir Jaber
BACKGROUND: Avoidance of excessive sedation and subsequent prolonged mechanical ventilation in intensive care units (ICUs) is recommended, but no data are available for critically ill postoperative patients. We hypothesised that in such patients stopping sedation immediately after admission to the ICU could reduce unnecessary sedation and improve patient outcomes. METHODS: We did a randomised, parallel-group, clinical trial at three ICUs in France. Stratified randomisation with minimisation (1:1 via a restricted web platform) was used to assign eligible patients (aged ≥18 years, admitted to an ICU after abdominal surgery, and expected to require at least 12 h of mechanical ventilation because of a critical illness defined by a Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score >1 for any organ, but without severe acute respiratory distress syndrome or brain injury) to usual sedation care provided according to recommended practices (control group) or to immediate interruption of sedation (intervention group)...
October 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
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