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Reyhan Dedeoglu, Levent Saltık, Sezen Ugan Atik, Ayşe Güler Eroglu
For a newborn, surgical correction has been the primary treatment of native coarctation at most centers; however, there has been an increased use of balloon angioplasty (BA). The anterograde transvenous (AT) technique is another alternative way for coarctation (AoC) angioplasty in low weight patients with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). Four, 5-day-old to 7-month-old, infants weighing 2500, 2700, 2800, and 3400g, respectively presented to emergency unit (EU) with cyanosis, tachypnea, and loss of weight...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Sandeep Gangadharan, Gunjan Tiyyagura, Marcie Gawel, Barbara M Walsh, Linda L Brown, Megan Lavoie, Khoon-Yen Tay, Marc A Auerbach
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore pediatric emergency department (PED) and general emergency department (GED) providers' perceptions on caring for critically ill infants and children. METHODS: This study utilized qualitative methods to examine the perceptions of emergency department providers caring for critically ill infants and children. Teams of providers participated in 4 in situ simulation cases followed by facilitated debriefings. Debriefings were recorded and professionally transcribed...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Anna-Barbara Schlüer
While the problem of Pressure Ulcers (PU) in adults has received a great deal of attention, far less is known about PUs in neonates and children. The overall health status of children is generally better and multi-morbidity is limited to a small percentage of patients, like very low term neonates (born before 32 weeks of gestation age), newborns with congenital abnormalities, genetic disorders, perinatal distress syndrome or children with a limited immunity. Survival rates of both critically and chronically ill neonates, infants and children have improved dramatically in recent years, introducing new challenges for medical and nursing care...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Tissue Viability
N Laventhal, A A E Verhagen, T W R Hansen, E Dempsey, P G Davis, G A Musante, A Wiles, W Meadow, A Janvier
OBJECTIVE: Ethically and legally, assertions that resuscitation is in a patient's best interest should be inversely correlated with willingness to forego intensive care (and accept comfort care) at the surrogate's request. Previous single country studies have demonstrated a relative devaluation of neonates when compared with other critically ill patients. STUDY DESIGN: In this international study, physicians in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway and the United States were presented with eight hypothetical vignettes of incompetent critically ill patients of different ages...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
D Ayoub, L R Lopetuso, F Chamseddine, A Dajani, K Lahiri, H Mahmoud, M S Miqdady, G Zirizzotti, M A Sultan, F Franceschi, A Gasbarrini
OBJECTIVE: Gastroenteritis represents with respiratory tract infection the most common infectious disease syndrome of humans in developing countries. Gut microbiota regional variation and dysbiosis play a crucial role in triggering and worsening this devastating GI disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: With this manuscript, we want to explore and emphasize the critical aspect of acute gastroenteritis in Middle-East Countries and its correlation with the clinical aspect of gut microbiota modification and intestinal homeostasis...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Jennifer G Jetton, Mark Sorenson
Both acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are seen more frequently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as advances in supportive care improve the survival of critically ill infants as well as those with severe, congenital kidney and urinary tract anomalies. Many aspects of the infant's care, including fluid balance, electrolyte and mineral homeostasis, acid-base balance, and growth and nutrition require close monitoring by and collaboration among neonatologists, nephrologists, dieticians, and pharmacologists...
October 6, 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Manoj Kumar Sahu, Anuradha Singal, Ramesh Menon, Sarvesh Pal Singh, Alka Mohan, Mala Manral, Divya Singh, V Devagouru, Sachin Talwar, Shiv Kumar Choudhary
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Adequate nutritional supplementation in infants with cardiac malformations after surgical repair is a challenge. Critically ill infants in the early postoperative period are in a catabolic stress. The mismatch between estimated energy requirement (EER) and the intake in the postoperative period is multifactorial, predisposing them to complications such as immune deficiency, more infection, and growth failure. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and efficacy of enriched breast milk feed on postoperative recovery and growth of infants after open heart surgery...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Leticia Yañez, Pamela Lama, Carolina Rivacoba, Juanita Zamorano, Maria Angélica Marinovic
: Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID) are congenital disorders secondary to an impaired immune response. Infections, autoimmune disorders, atopy, and lymphoproliferative syndromes are commonly associated with this disorder. OBJECTIVE: To present and discuss 3 infants diagnosed with PID. CLINICAL CASES: The cases are presented of three patients with PID diagnosed during their first admission to a Paediatric Intensive Critical Care Unit...
September 27, 2016: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Yan Sun, Carolina B López
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes mild to severe respiratory illness in humans and is a major cause of hospitalizations of infants and the elderly. Both the innate and the adaptive immune responses contribute to the control of RSV infection, but despite successful viral clearance, protective immunity against RSV re-infection is usually suboptimal and infections recur. Poor understanding of the mechanisms limiting the induction of long-lasting immunity has delayed the development of an effective vaccine...
September 26, 2016: Vaccine
Kathryn Browning Carmo, Tracey Lutz, Andrew Berry, Martin Kluckow, Nick Evans
AIM: To determine the role of clinician performed ultrasound (CPU) during the retrieval and transport of critically ill term and near term newborns. METHODS: A neonatologist with portable ultrasound accompanied a sample of newborn retrievals to perform cardiac and cerebral ultrasound before and after transportation. RESULTS: A total of fifty-five babies were studied. Median birthweight: 3350 g (2220-5030 g). CPU led to a change in the planned receiving hospital in ten babies...
September 15, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Antonio Del Vecchio, Caterina Franco, Flavia Petrillo, Gabriele D'Amato
Based on small studies and not on statistically valid clinical trials, guidelines for neonatal transfusions remain controversial and practices vary greatly. Premature infants and critically ill neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) often require blood transfusions and extremely preterm neonates receive at least one red blood cell transfusion during their hospital stay. Transfusions to neonates convey both benefits and risks and consequently it is imperative to establish specific guidelines to improve practice and avoid unnecessary transfusions...
September 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Veronica Mardegan, Elena Priante, Elisabetta Lolli, Paola Lago, Eugenio Baraldi
Heated, humidified high-flow delivered by nasal cannulae (HHHFNC) is increasingly used for noninvasive respiratory support in preterm infants and critically ill children due to its perceived effectiveness and ease of use. Evidence from randomized controlled trials suggests that HHHFNC and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) are equally effective as postextubation support in preterm infants. HHHFNC is also used for weaning preterm infants from CPAP. Data on HHHFNC used as the primary support for treating respiratory distress syndrome are conflicting...
September 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
T Hang Nghiem-Rao, Allison F Dahlgren, Deepti Kalluri, Yumei Cao, Pippa M Simpson, Shailendra B Patel
BACKGROUND: Premature and critically ill infants receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) are at risk for dyslipidemia, and altered cholesterol levels in early life may contribute to later cardiovascular risk. Data regarding plasma cholesterol response to TPN in young infants are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To determine the changes in plasma cholesterol levels during the first week of life in infants receiving TPN and a comparison group of infants who did not receive TPN during routine care...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Adam Sutherland, Elizabeth Jemmett, Stephen Playfor
INTRODUCTION: Fluid overload of 10% at 48 hrs (100 ml/kg additional fluid) is strongly associated with morbidity in critically ill children.1 Contributors include fluid resuscitation, acute kidney injury, and administration of intravenous drugs. Acute Kidney Injury has been observed to be more prevalent in infants.2 Drug infusions are historically prepared according to bodyweight to run at large volumes to facilitate end-of-bed calculation and administration. We report the impact of using standardised concentrations on fluid overload in critically ill children in a tertiary general PICU...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Mohammed Altamimi, Imti Choonara, Helen Sammons
BACKGROUND: Inter-individual variation in pharmacokinetics in children is an area where there has been little research. We wished to determine the extent of inter-individual variation in the clearance of theophylline in paediatric patients of different ages. METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed using the following databases; Embase (1974 to January 2013), Medline (1946 to January 2013), CINAHL (1937 to January 2013), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970 to January 2013) and the Cochrane Library...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Yu-Cheng Wang, Oi-Wa Chan, Ming-Chou Chiang, Peng-Hong Yang, Shih-Ming Chu, Jen-Fu Hsu, Ren-Huei Fu, Reyin Lien
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is often considered a life-saving measure in critically ill neonates. The smallest and least mature infants tend to receive the largest amount of transfusions. RBC transfusion itself has also been suggested as an independent risk factor of poor clinical outcome in critical patients. Our aim is to study if there are associations between RBC transfusion and in-hospital mortality, short-term morbidities, and late neurodevelopmental outcome in extremely low birth weight (ELBW) preterm infants...
July 5, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Alejandro A Floh, Julie Slicker, Steven M Schwartz
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this review are to discuss the challenges of delivering adequate nutrition to children with congenital heart disease, including pre- and postoperative factors and the role of enteral and parenteral nutrition, as well as the evidence supporting current practices. DATA SOURCE: MEDLINE and PubMed. CONCLUSION: Providing adequate nutritional support is paramount for critically ill infants with congenital heart disease, a population at particular risk for malnutrition...
August 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Annie Janvier, John Lantos, Judy Aschner, Keith Barrington, Beau Batton, Daniel Batton, Siri Fuglem Berg, Brian Carter, Deborah Campbell, Felicia Cohn, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Dan Ellsbury, Avroy Fanaroff, Jonathan Fanaroff, Kristy Fanaroff, Sophie Gravel, Marlyse Haward, Stefan Kutzsche, Neil Marlow, Martha Montello, Nathalie Maitre, Joshua T Morris, Odd G Paulsen, Trisha Prentice, Alan R Spitzer
For parents, the experience of having an infant in the NICU is often psychologically traumatic. No parent can be fully prepared for the extreme stress and range of emotions of caring for a critically ill newborn. As health care providers familiar with the NICU, we thought that we understood the impact of the NICU on parents. But we were not prepared to see the children in our own families as NICU patients. Here are some of the lessons our NICU experience has taught us. We offer these lessons in the hope of helping health professionals consider a balanced view of the NICU's impact on families...
September 2016: Pediatrics
Hugh Simon Lam, Tony Sit, Chi Lok Chau, Yuk Him Tam, Hon Ming Cheung, Samuel Po Shing Wong, Pak Cheung Ng
OBJECTIVES: To assess preferences of health care workers (HCWs) and parents of term and preterm infants to adverse health outcomes, and how perceived surgical mortality influences decision-making. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 536 participants (157 HCWs, 201 parents of term infants, and 178 parents of preterm infants) were recruited to take part in a structured interview. Preferences related to treatment of a critically ill preterm infant with necrotizing enterocolitis were measured by health state rank permutation analysis and pivotal risk analysis...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
G Lovero, O De Giglio, O Montagna, G Diella, F Divenuto, M Lopuzzo, S Rutigliano, N Laforgia, G Caggiano, M T Montagna
BACKGROUND: Candidemia has become an increasingly important problem in infants hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). Candida species are the third most common agents of late-onset infections in critically ill neonates and they are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. In this study we evaluated the epidemiology of Candida bloodstream infections in the NICU of an Italian university hospital during a 15-year period. Our specific aims were to analyze the change in species distribution and the vitro susceptibility of these yeasts to fluconazole (FCZ) and amphotericin B (AmB)...
July 2016: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
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