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G van Niekerk, S Adams, H Rode
BACKGROUND: Since 2003 we have used the scalp as a donor site for split skin grafts (SSGs) in major burns when there was a shortage of conventional donor areas. However, we seen a high incidence of complications, contrary to international experience. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the results and complications related to the scalp as a donor site and to determine whether there is an association between our specific patient population and the complications encountered...
March 13, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Florian Lamping, Thomas Jack, Nicole Rübsamen, Michael Sasse, Philipp Beerbaum, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Martin Boehne, André Karch
BACKGROUND: Since early antimicrobial therapy is mandatory in septic patients, immediate diagnosis and distinction from non-infectious SIRS is essential but hampered by the similarity of symptoms between both entities. We aimed to develop a diagnostic model for differentiation of sepsis and non-infectious SIRS in critically ill children based on routinely available parameters (baseline characteristics, clinical/laboratory parameters, technical/medical support). METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial conducted at a German tertiary-care pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)...
March 15, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Jaime Fernández-Sarmiento, Joseph A Carcillo, Claudia M Salinas, Edgar F Galvis, Paula A López, Andrés Jagua-Gualdrón
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate adherence to the sepsis bundle before and after an educational strategy and its impact on hospital stay. DESIGN: A prospective, analytic, before-and-after study of children with severe sepsis and septic shock who presented to the emergency department. SETTING: Carried out from January to December 2014 in the emergency department of a quaternary care hospital. PATIENTS: Of a total of 19,836 children who presented to the emergency department, 4,383 had an infectious pathology, with 203 of these showing severe sepsis and septic shock (124 pre intervention, and 79 post intervention)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Solenn Remy, Karine Kolev-Descamps, Morgane Gossez, Fabienne Venet, Julie Demaret, Etienne Javouhey, Guillaume Monneret
BACKGROUND: While the process of sepsis-induced immunosuppression is now well described in adults, very little information is available on immune functions in pediatric sepsis. The current study investigated this in children with septic shock by performing immunomonitoring, including both innate (monocyte human leukocyte antigen-DR, mHLA-DR, expression) and adaptive immunity (lymphocyte subsets count), as well as cytokine concentrations (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1Ra, TNF-α, IFN-γ). Subsequent objectives were to assess the associations between inflammatory response, potential immunosuppression and secondary acquired infection occurrence...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Elliot Long, Franz E Babl, Ed Oakley, Bennett Sheridan, Trevor Duke
OBJECTIVES: Fluid bolus therapy is the initial recommended treatment for acute circulatory failure in sepsis, yet it is unknown whether this has the intended effect of increasing cardiac index. We aimed to describe the effect of fluid bolus therapy on cardiac index in children with sepsis. DESIGN: A prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: The Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. PATIENTS: A convenience sample of children meeting international consensus criteria for sepsis with acute circulatory failure...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Nusrat S Shommu, Craig N Jenne, Jaime Blackwood, Ari R Joffe, Dori-Ann Martin, Graham C Thompson, Hans J Vogel
Various limitations hinder the timely and accurate diagnosis of appendicitis in pediatric patients. The present study aims to investigate the potential of metabolomics and cytokine profiling for improving the diagnosis of pediatric appendicitis. Serum and plasma samples were collected from pediatric patients for metabolic and inflammatory mediator analyses respectively. Targeted metabolic profiling was performed using Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Flow Injection Analysis Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry and targeted cytokine/chemokine profiling was completed using a multiplex platform to compare children with and without appendicitis...
2018: PloS One
Rachel Levene, Elza Pollak-Christian, Ashish Garg, Michael Keenaghan
Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a congenital cardiac malformation that is well understood. Despite being well characterized, CoA is a commonly missed congenital heart disease (CHD) during the newborn period. We report a full-term nine-day-old male who presented to the pediatric emergency department (ED) with isolated tachypnea. After an initial sepsis workup, subsequent investigations revealed critical CoA. Because the primary workup focused on sepsis, there was a significant delay in prostaglandin E1 (PGE1 ) initiation...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
John Rene Labib, Sally Kamal Ibrahem, Hala Mohamed Sleem, Mohamed M Ismail, Shaimaa A M Abd El Fatah, Marwa Rashad Salem, Amaal A Abdelaal, Hadeel Al-Hanafi
Early identification of acute lung injury (ALI) in pediatric patients at risk of mortality is important for improving outcome.Assessment of soluble form of receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) as a valid biomarker for diagnosis of ALI among critically ill, pediatric patients in addition to correlating levels of sRAGE and different outcomes of those patients.A Hospital-based case-control study was conducted in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) at Cairo University Hospital, along a period of 6 months...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wei Li, Xianfen Cheng, Linying Guo, Hongri Li, Chunrong Sun, Xiaodai Cui, Qi Zhang, Guowei Song
We assessed the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) level and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) among Chinese children.This observational study examined children aged 3 days to 14 years (n = 1582) from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in 2009 to 2011. There were 797 children in the CAP group and 785 controls. The CAP group was divided into 2 groups: a pneumonia group and pneumonia-induced sepsis group. The serum 25(OH)D level was estimated using micro whole blood chemiluminescence...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Irene A Stafford, Eliza Rodrigue, Alexandra Berra, Wesley Adams, Asha J Heard, Joseph L Hagan, Shawn J Stafford
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a leading cause of newborn gastrointestinal emergencies, affecting 1-3 per 1000 live births. Although NEC has been linked to a microbial etiology, associations with maternal intrapartum and resultant newborn early-onset invasive Group B streptococcus (EO-GBS) have been weakly defined. OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to determine the relationship between EO-GBS and NEC. STUDY DESIGN: Data from 2008 to 2015 were collected from pediatric records with ICD diagnosis codes consistent with all stages of NEC, with the exception of neonatal EO-GBS data (only available 2011-2015)...
February 24, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Sibel Akpinar Tekgunduz, Abdurrahman Kara, Ikbal Oz Bozkaya, Adnan Cagli, Namık Yasar Ozbek
The use of therapeutic plasma exchange in the pediatric age group is mostly based on retrospective, single-center experiences. The decision to implement apheresis in pediatric patients is usually adopted from the results of studies on adult patients. In order to expand the limited data on pediatric TPE in general and non-hematooncological disorders in particular, we retrospectively evaluated TPE experience in pediatric patients who underwent the procedure for reasons other than hematooncological disorders. A total of 160 sessions in 34 patients (21 females and 13 males) with a median age of 7 (1-17) were analyzed...
February 21, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Lvlin Chen, Tiangui Li, Fang Fang, Yu Zhang, Andrew Faramand
BACKGROUND: Hyperglycemia is prevalent in patients in the pediatric intensive care unit. The purpose of this study was to describe the benefits and risks of tight glucose control (TGC) in critically ill children. METHODS: A systemic review and meta-analysis of the literature was carried out on randomized controlled trials of TGC in critically ill children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. The databases searched were Medline, Embase, and CENTRAL databases until May 1, 2017...
March 4, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Yeter Düzenli Kar, Zeynep Canan Özdemir, Özcan Bör
Aim: Febrile neutropenia is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in hematology-oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy. The objective of this study was to evaluate febrile neutropenic episodes in children with malignancy. Material and Methods: Sixty-eight children who received chemotherapy for malignancy between 2010 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. The demographic characteristics, laboratory data, infection foci, and frequency of microorganisms grown in culture were examined...
December 2017: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
Laura S Peterson, Cecilia Gállego Suárez, Hannah E Segaloff, Cameron Griffin, Emily T Martin, Folafoluwa O Odetola, Kanakadurga Singer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of overweight and obesity on outcomes and resource use among patients with sepsis in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of clinical characteristics, resource use, and mortality among children 0 to 20 years of age admitted to the C.S. MottChildren's Hospital PICU (University of Michigan) between January 2009 and December 2015, with a diagnostic code for sepsis at admission (based on International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision- Clinical Modification codes) and with weight and height measurements at PICU admission...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Jessica K Signoff, Julie C Fitzgerald, David T Teachey, Fran Balamuth, Scott L Weiss
OBJECTIVES: Some children with sepsis exhibit a sustained hyperinflammatory response that can trigger secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis/macrophage activation syndrome. Although hypofibrinogenemia is a shared feature of sepsis and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, there are no data about fibrinogen as a biomarker to identify children with sepsis/secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis/macrophage activation syndrome overlap. We hypothesized that hypofibrinogenemia is associated with poor outcomes and secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis/macrophage activation syndrome and has utility as a screening biomarker for this sepsis phenotype...
February 21, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Heitor Pons Leite, Lúcio Flávio Peixoto de Lima, José Augusto de A C Taddei, Ângela Tavares Paes
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that low blood thiamine concentrations in malnourished critically ill children are associated with higher risk of 30-d mortality. METHODS: Prospective cohort study in 202 consecutively admitted children who had whole blood thiamine concentrations assessed on admission and on days 5 and 10 of intensive care unit (ICU) stay. The primary outcome variable was 30-d mortality. Mean blood thiamine concentrations within the first 10 d of ICU stay, age, sex, malnutrition, C-reactive protein concentration, Pediatric Index of Mortality 2 score, and severe sepsis/septic shock were the main potential exposure variables for outcome...
April 2018: Nutrition
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Rachel Mlotha-Mitole, Emily J Ciccone, Alyssa E Tilly, Jennie M Montijo, Hans-Joerg Lang, Michelle Eckerle
BACKGROUND: Death audits have been used to describe pediatric mortality in under-resourced settings, where record keeping is often a challenge. This information provides the cornerstone for the foundation of quality improvement initiatives. Malawi, located in sub-Saharan Africa, currently has an Under-5 mortality rate of 64/1000. Kamuzu Central Hospital, in the capital city Lilongwe, is a busy government referral hospital, which admits up to 3000 children per month. A study published in 2013 reported mortality rates as high as 9%...
February 21, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
William T Davis, Shawn R Gilbert
BACKGROUND: The incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pediatric osteomyelitis has risen and been associated with a more severe clinical course than methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infections. National databases have been underutilized to describe these trends. We compared demographics, clinical course, and outcomes for patients with MRSA versus MSSA osteomyelitis. METHODS: We queried the 2009 and 2012 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids Inpatient Database for discharge records with diagnosis codes for osteomyelitis and S...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Stefanie G Ames, Billie S Davis, Derek C Angus, Joseph A Carcillo, Jeremy M Kahn
OBJECTIVES: With continued attention to pediatric sepsis at both the clinical and policy levels, it is important to understand the quality of hospitals in terms of their pediatric sepsis mortality. We sought to develop a method to evaluate hospital pediatric sepsis performance using 30-day risk-adjusted mortality and to assess hospital variation in risk-adjusted sepsis mortality in a large state-wide sample. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using administrative claims data...
February 15, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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