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Keroulay Estebanez Roque, Teresa Tonini, Enirtes Caetano Prates Melo
This study sought to evaluate the occurrence of adverse events and their impacts on length of stay and mortality in an intensive care unit (ICU). This is a prospective study carried out in a teaching hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cohort included 355 patients over 18 years of age admitted to the ICU between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012. The process we used to identify adverse events was adapted from the method proposed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. We used a logistical regression to analyze the association between adverse event occurrence and death, adjusted by case severity...
October 20, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Edna Aparecida Bussotti, Maria Teresa Meireles Leite, Adriana Cristina da Cunha Alves, Kellen Cristensen
Objective: to describe online training experience aimed at professionals working in the public health service in 27 Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, and to reflect concerning the training process and possible improvements in this process. Method: this is an experience report study about the online training with multidisciplinary content, planned from the situational diagnosis of 27 institutions. The training target set was 10 participants per institution and per module, including the following topics: Indicators of Quality as a Management Tool, Hand Hygiene, Patient Safety, Intravenous Therapy and Patients' Chart Record...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Gabriella da Silva Rangel Ribeiro, Rafael Celestino da Silva, Márcia de Assunção Ferreira
Objective: to identify the causes of adverse events affecting clients resulting from the use of equipment in intensive care services; to point out the main recommendations for clinical practice to minimize these events and, then, discuss the implications to nursing care. Method: integrative and descriptive review on the SciELO, Medline, LILACS, and PubMed databases. Articles were selected based on the inclusion criteria and the structured instrument was applied...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Ana Paula Morais de Carvalho Macedo, Clara Maria Faria Simães Mendes, Analisa Lia Silva Candeias, Marco Paulo Rodrigues Sousa, Louíse Viecili Hoffmeister, Maria Isabel Gomes Sousa Lage
Objective: to describe the process of adaptation and validation of the Nursing Activities Score to the Portuguese context. Method: this was a pilot study of adaptation and validation of the Nursing Activities Score with a sample consisting of 67 patients hospitalized in the intensive care units of three Portuguese hospitals. The construct validity was assessed through factor analysis procedures and the internal consistency of the items was measured through the Cronbach's alpha coefficient...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Xiurong Yu, Hongying Sun, Xiangyun Lin, Xiuxiang Liu
BACKGROUND Breast feeding can enhance preterm infants' neurodevelopmental outcome, regulate immune function development. This study aims to develop breastfeeding evaluation indicators system in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and to provide theoretical basis for all-round evaluation of breast feeding quality for hospitalized preterm infants. MATERIAL AND METHODS This study was performed based on Avedis Donabedian's theory of medical care quality. Preterm infant breast feeding evaluation indicators system frame was initially formed by using literature review, clinical on-spot observation and expert consultation methods...
October 26, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Isabel Benavente-Fernandez, Manuel Lubián-Gutierrez, Gema Jimenez-Gomez, Alfonso M Lechuga-Sancho, Simon P Lubián-López
AIM: Post-haemorrhagic ventricular dilatation is monitored by conventional two-dimensional ultrasound. The aims of this study were to determine the volume of the lateral ventricles using three-dimensional ultrasound in preterm infants with post-haemorrhagic ventricular dilatation and evaluate the relationship between volume and linear measurements. METHODS: Serial two-dimensional ultrasounds and three-dimensional ultrasounds were performed on preterm infants with post-haemorrhagic ventricular dilatation admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Puerta del Mar Hospital, Cádiz, Spain, from January 2013 to December 2014...
October 26, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Amit Mukerji, Prakesh S Shah, Sandesh Shivananda, Wendy Yee, Brooke Read, John Minski, Ruben Alvaro, Christoph Fusch
AIM: To evaluate practice variation with respect to non-invasive respiratory support (NRS) use across Canadian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). METHODS: A web-based survey was sent to all site investigators of the 30 level 3 NICUs participating in the Canadian Neonatal Network. The survey inquired about the use of five commonly described NRS modes. In addition, the presence and adherence to local guidelines were ascertained. Descriptive analyses were performed to identify variations in practice...
October 26, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Mirjana Cihoric, Line Toft Tengberg, Morten Bay-Nielsen, Nicolai Bang Foss
BACKGROUND: With current literature quoting mortality rates up to 45%, emergency high-risk abdominal surgery has, compared with elective surgery, a significantly greater risk of death and major complications. The Surgical Apgar Score (SAS) is predictive of outcome in elective surgery, but has never been validated exclusively in an emergency setting. METHODS: A consecutive prospective single-center cohort study of 355 adults undergoing emergency high-risk abdominal surgery between June 2013 and May 2014 is presented...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Kimberly Howard-Quijano, Ali Salem, Charles Barkulis, Einat Mazor, Jennifer C Scovotti, Jonathan K Ho, Richard J Shemin, Tristan Grogan, David Elashoff, Aman Mahajan
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography-based speckle-tracking strain imaging is an emerging modality to assess left ventricular function. The aim of this study was to investigate the change in left ventricular systolic function after cardiac surgery with 3-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking strain imaging and to determine whether preoperative 3D strain is an independent predictor of acute and long-term clinical outcomes after aortic valve, mitral valve, and coronary artery bypass grafting operations...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Daria Galimberti, Alberto Milani, Lorenzo Maschio, Chiara Castiglioni
Density functional theory calculations with periodic boundary conditions are exploited to study the infrared spectrum of crystalline polyethylene. Spectral changes lead by the intermolecular packing in the orthorhombic three-dimensional crystal are discussed by means of a careful comparison with calculations carried out for an isolated polymer chain in the all-trans conformation, described as an ideal one-dimensional crystal. The results are analyzed in the framework of the "oligomer approach" through the modelling of the IR spectrum of n-alkanes of different lengths...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Simone M C Spoorenberg, Stefan M T Vestjens, Ger T Rijkers, Bob Meek, Coline H M van Moorsel, Jan C Grutters, Willem Jan W Bos
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of four biomarkers, YKL-40, chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 18 (CCL18), surfactant protein-D (SP-D) and CA 15-3, in patients admitted with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). These markers have been studied extensively in chronic pulmonary disease, but in acute pulmonary disease their prognostic value is unknown. METHODS: A total of 289 adult patients who were hospitalized with CAP and participated in a randomized controlled trial were enrolled...
October 26, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Michael D Daubs, Darrel S Brodke, Prokopis Annis, Brandon D Lawrence
Study Design Retrospective case series. Objective To describe the perioperative complications (0 to 90 days) associated with pedicle subtraction osteotomies (PSOs) performed at a tertiary spine center by two experienced spine surgeons who recently adopted the technique. Methods We reviewed all 65 patients (47 women and 18 men; mean age 60 years, range 24 to 80) who underwent a PSO at our institution. Descriptive data and analysis of complications were limited to the perioperative time (within 90 days of surgery)...
November 2016: Global Spine Journal
M Lima Serrano, M I González Méndez, F M Carrasco Cebollero, J S Lima Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Pressure ulcers represent a significant problem for patients, professionals and health systems. Their reported incidence and prevalence are significant worldwide. Their character iatrogenic states that its appearance is preventable and its incidence is an indicator of scientific and technical quality both in primary care and specialized care. The aim of this review was to identify risk factors associated with the occurrence of pressure ulcers in critically ill patients. METHODOLOGY: The PRISMA Declaration recommendations have been followed and adapted to studies identifying risk factors...
October 22, 2016: Medicina Intensiva
Joanne Elizabeth Hegarty, Jane Elizabeth Harding, Gregory David Gamble, Caroline Anne Crowther, Richard Edlin, Jane Marie Alsweiler
BACKGROUND: Neonatal hypoglycaemia is common, affecting up to 15% of newborns, and can cause brain damage. Currently, there are no strategies, beyond early feeding, to prevent neonatal hypoglycaemia. Our aim was to determine a dose of 40% oral dextrose gel that will prevent neonatal hypoglycaemia in newborn babies at risk. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled dose-finding trial of buccal dextrose gel to prevent neonatal hypoglycaemia at two hospitals in New Zealand...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
Kyle Mock, Jessica Keeley, Ashkan Moazzez, David S Plurad, Brant Putnam, Dennis Y Kim
The population of the United States is predicted to age dramatically over the next few decades; as such older patients will comprise an increasing proportion of the injured populations. Due to multiple comorbidities and frailty, the old and very old are at greater risk for mortality than younger patients. To identify predictors of inhospital mortality in these patients, we performed a retrospective cohort study at our Level 1 trauma center. Between April 2009 and October 2014, we identified 193 trauma patients aged 80 years and older admitted to the intensive care unit...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Alexander C Schwed, Monica M Boggs, Drew Watanabe, David S Plurad, Brant A Putnam, Dennis Y Kim
Consensus is lacking for ideal management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) with intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). Patients are often monitored in the intensive care unit (ICU) without additional interventions. We sought to identify admission variables associated with a favorable outcome (ICU admission for 24 hours, no neurosurgical interventions, no complications or mortality) to divert these patients to a non-ICU setting in the future. We reviewed all patients with mTBI [Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) = 13-15] and concomitant ICH between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2015...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Son Nguyen, Allen Zhu, William Toppen, Adeel Ashfaq, Jessica Davis, Richard Shemin, Abie H Mendelsohn, Peyman Benharash
Although the true incidence of postoperative dysphagia after cardiac surgery is unknown, it has been reported to occur in 3 to 21.6 per cent of patients. Historically, dysphagia has been associated with increased surgical complications and prolonged hospital stay. This study aimed to evaluate the costs and outcomes associated with dysphagia after cardiac surgery. Patients undergoing nonemergent, nontransplant cardiac operations between June 2013 and June 2014 were eligible for inclusion. Independent predictors of cost were identified through a multivariate linear regression model...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Megan Johnson, Kenji Inaba, Saskya Byerly, Erika Falsgraf, Lydia Lam, Elizabeth Benjamin, Aaron Strumwasser, Jean-Stephane David, Demetrios Demetriades
Intraosseous (IO) needle placement is an alternative for patients with difficult venous access. The purpose of this retrospective study was to examine indications and outcomes associated with IO use at a Level 1 trauma center (January 2008-May 2015). Data points included demographics, time to insertion, intravenous (IV) access points, indications, infusions, hospital and intensive care unit length of stay, and mortality. Of 68 patients with IO insertion analyzed (63.2% blunt trauma, 29.4% penetrating trauma, and 7...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Ara Ko, Megan Y Harada, Eric J T Smith, Michael Scheipe, Rodrigo F Alban, Nicolas Melo, Daniel R Margulies, Eric J Ley
Elderly trauma patients may be at increased risk for underassessment and inadequate pain control in the emergency department (ED). We sought to characterize risk factors for oligoanalgesia in the ED in elderly trauma patients and determine whether it impacts outcomes in elderly trauma patients. We included elderly patients (age ≥55 years) with Glasgow Coma Scale scores 13 to 15 and Injury Severity Score (ISS) ≥9 admitted through the ED at a Level I trauma center. Patient characteristics and outcomes were compared between those who reported pain and received analgesics medication in the ED (MED) and those who did not (NO MED)...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Stephanie Lacefield Lewis
BACKGROUND: The survival rate for infants born with life-threatening problems has improved greatly over the last few decades. Nevertheless, infants still die in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) every day. Despite existing standards of care, some aspects of end-of-life care (EOLC) are still not delivered consistently. Little is known about how NICU nurses' individual experiences affect EOLC. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore, through lived and told stories, the affective, interactional, and meaning-related responses that NICU nurses have while caring for dying infants and their families...
October 24, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
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