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Pediatric Intensive Care Therapy

Fabio de Araujo Motta, Libera Maria Dalla-Costa, Marisol Dominguez Muro, Andrea Lenzi, Gledson Luiz Picharski, Marion Burger
BACKGROUND: Candida species are the primary cause of invasive fungal infection in hospitalized children. There are few data on risk factors for postoperative candidemia in pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. This study aimed to identify risk factors for candidemia in patients with congenital heart defects who underwent cardiac surgery. METHODS: This was a case-control study conducted in patients admitted to a pediatric cardiology intensive care unit from January 2006 to December 2013...
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Folafoluwa O Odetola, Renee R Anspach, Yong Y Han, Sarah J Clark
PURPOSE: To investigate the decision making underlying transfer of children with respiratory failure from level II to level I pediatric intensive care unit care. METHODS: Interviews with 19 eligible level II pediatric intensive care unit physicians about a hypothetical scenario of a 2-year-old girl in respiratory failure: RESULTS: At baseline, indices critical to management were as follows: OI (53%), partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood (Pao2)/Fio2 (32%), and inflation pressure (16%)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Julie C Fitzgerald, Scott L Weiss, Niranjan Kissoon
OBJECTIVE: To review important articles in the field of pediatric shock and pediatric septic shock published subsequent to the Fifth Edition of the Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. DATA SOURCES: The U.S. National Library of Medicine PubMed ( was searched for combination of the term "pediatric" and the following terms: "sepsis, septic shock, shock, antibiotics, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and steroid." The abstract lists generated by these searches were screened for potential inclusion...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Carolina López, Andrés José Alcaraz, Blanca Toledo, Lucía Cortejoso, Maite Augusta Gil-Ruiz
OBJECTIVE: Patients in PICUs frequently present hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis secondary to loop diuretic treatment, especially those undergoing cardiac surgery. This study evaluates the effectiveness of acetazolamide therapy for metabolic alkalosis in PICU patients. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: A tertiary care children's hospital PICU. PATIENTS: Children receiving at least a 2-day course of enteral acetazolamide...
September 29, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Laurence Ducharme-Crevier, Michele G Mills, Priya M Mehta, Craig M Smith, Mark S Wainwright
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study was to characterize changes in cerebral blood flow measured using transcranial Doppler in children with central nervous system infections. We hypothesized that children with central nervous system infections have abnormal cerebral blood flow, associated with a greater frequency of complications and poor neurological outcome. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, retrospective study of children admitted to the neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit with central nervous system infection and undergoing transcranial Doppler as part of routine care between March 2011 and July 2015...
September 4, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Ariel Brandwein, Kavita Patel, Myriam Kline, Peter Silver, Sandeep Gangadharan
OBJECTIVES: Patients with obstructive airway disease have varying degrees of pulsus paradoxus that correlate with illness severity. Pulsus paradoxus can be measured using plethysmography. We investigated whether plethysmograph (pleth) variability on admission to the pediatric emergency department (ED) could predict patient disposition. We hypothesized that patients with a larger pleth variability would have a higher likelihood of being admitted to a general pediatrics unit or the intensive care unit (ICU)...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Pilar Anton-Martin, Michael Papacostas, Elisabeth Lee, Paul A Nakonezny, Michael L Green
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is associated with an increased risk of mortality in patients admitted to the intensive care unit. Children requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support represent an extremely ill subset of this population. There is a lack of data on the impact of nutrition state on survival in this cohort. We examined the association between being underweight and in-hospital mortality among children supported with ECMO. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This article reports on an observational retrospective cohort study performed among neonatal and pediatric patients supported with ECMO in a tertiary children's hospital from May 1996 through June 2013...
October 13, 2016: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Başak Akyıldız, Serkan Özsoylu, Mehmet Adnan Öztürk, Abdullah İnci, Önder Düzlü, Alparslan Yıldırım
Bee venom is a complex substance which acts in different ways; local or systemic anaphylaxis associated with IgE and direct toxic effects of the large volume of injected venom. We report a 10- year-old boy who was the vulnerable of 5989 honey bee attacks. To the best of our knowledge, this case had the ultimate number of honey bee stings in the literature, until now. He was admitted to pediatric intensive care unit after 3 hours of incident. Plasmapheresis was started to remove circulating venom that can cause many systemic side effects...
November 2015: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Katherine E McQueen, Dana W Clark
OBJECTIVES: To determine if the incidence of nephrotoxicity is higher in pediatric patients treated with the combination of vancomycin and piperacillin-tazobactam, compared to patients treated with vancomycin alone. Secondary objectives were to determine if admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), higher serum vancomycin trough concentrations (>15 mg/L), or receipt of other nephrotoxic agents were related to the development of nephrotoxicity. METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center, cohort study of 79 patients treated with vancomycin and 106 patients treated with vancomycin and pipracillin/tazobacatam (TZP)...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
Wanli Li, Xinjiang An, Mingyu Fu, Chunli Li
Pneumonia refers to lung inflammation caused by different pathogens or other factors, and is a common pediatric disease occurring in infants and young children. It is closely related to the anatomical and physiological characteristics of infants and young children and is more frequent during winter and spring, or sudden changes in temperature. Pneumonia is a serious disease that poses a threat to children's health and its morbidity and mortality rank first, accounting for 24.5-65.2% of pediatric inpatients...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Edward Stenehjem, Adam L Hersh, Xiaoming Sheng, Peter Jones, Whitney R Buckel, James F Lloyd, Stephen Howe, R Scott Evans, Tom Greene, Andrew T Pavia
BACKGROUND:  Antibiotic use and misuse is driving drug resistance. Much of US healthcare takes place in small community hospitals (SCHs); 70% of all US hospitals have <200 beds. Antibiotic use in SCHs is poorly described. We evaluated antibiotic use using data from the National Healthcare and Safety Network antimicrobial use option from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. METHODS:  We used Intermountain Healthcare's monthly antibiotic use reports for 19 hospitals from 2011 to 2013...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Jennifer Y Lo, L LuAnn Minich, Lloyd Y Tani, Jacob Wilkes, Qian Ding, Shaji C Menon
Management guidelines for refractory Kawasaki disease (KD) are vague. We sought to assess practice variation and identify factors associated with large/complex coronary artery aneurysms (LCAA) and resource utilization in refractory KD. This retrospective cohort study identified patients aged ≤18 years with KD (2004 to 2014) using the Pediatric Health Information System. Refractory KD was defined as receiving >1 dose of intravenous immunoglobulin. Demographics, medications, concomitant infections, length of stay (LOS), and charges were collected...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Fang Zheng, Hui Zha, Dandan Yang, Jun Deng, Zhiquan Zhang
The relationship among (1,3)-β-D-glucans (BG), galactomannan (GM), and the risk of developing invasive fungal infections (IFI) has been observed in adult ICU and in children with hematological malignancies. Only scant data evaluated the value of BG/GM assays for diagnosis of IFI in patients with nonhematological diseases in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). In this study, we assessed the diagnostic value of these markers for IFI in PICU. The records of 230 patients were retrospectively evaluated. Out of 117 patients (7 proven, 23 probable, and 87 cases without evidence of IFI) performed GM and BG assays...
September 23, 2016: Mycopathologia
Jordan A Holmes, Bhishamjit S Chera, David J Brenner, Igor Shuryak, Adam K Wilson, Misty Lehman-Davis, David V Fried, Vivek Somasundaram, Jun Lian, Tim Cullip, Lawrence B Marks
PURPOSE: To quantify the risk of radiation-induced second malignancies (SMN) in pediatric patients receiving craniospinal irradiation (CSI) either with 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (Conv CSI) or tomotherapy helical intensity modulated radiation therapy (Tomo CSI). METHODS AND MATERIALS: A novel predictive model that accounts for short- and long-term carcinogenesis was incorporated into our institutional treatment planning system to quantify the lifetime risk of SMN in incidentally irradiated organs...
July 8, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Karl O A Yu, Adrienne G Randolph, Anna A Agan, Wai-Ki Yip, Edward Truemper, Scott Weiss, Kate Ackerman, Adam Schwarz, John Guiliani, Mark W Hall, Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
BACKGROUND:  Development of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia after a respiratory viral infection is frequently fatal in children. In mice, S. aureus α-toxin directly injures pneumocytes and increases mortality, whereas α-toxin blockade mitigates disease. The role of α-toxin in pediatric staphylococcal-viral co-infection is unclear. METHODS:  We enrolled children across 34 North American pediatric intensive care units with acute respiratory failure and suspected influenza infection...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
İlker Devrim, Rana İşgüder, Hasan Ağın, Gökhan Ceylan, Yüce Ayhan, Özlem Sara Sandal, Ferhat Sarı, Ahu Kara, Mine Düzgöl, Gamze Gülfidan, Nuri Bayram
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the correlation of caspofungin E-tests with the prognosis and response to caspofungin therapy of Candida parapsilosis complex bloodstream infections in children hospitalized in a pediatric intensive care unit. METHODS: All children who had C. parapsilosis complex bloodstream infections and who were treated with caspofungin were included in this retrospective study. For each patient, the following parameters, including all consecutive blood and central venous catheter (CVC) cultures, the duration between diagnosis and CVC removal, mortality rate, relapses of the C...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Kevin M Valentine, Ajit A Sarnaik, Hitesh S Sandhu, Ashok P Sarnaik
OBJECTIVE: To describe the utility of high frequency jet ventilation (HFJV) as a rescue therapy in patients with respiratory failure secondary to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) that was refractory to conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV). DESIGN: Descriptive study by retrospective review. SETTING: Pediatric intensive care unit at a tertiary care children's hospital. PATIENTS: Infants on mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure due to RSV...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Ashley E J Rogers, Kristen M Eisenman, Susan A Dolan, Kristin M Belderson, Jocelyn R Zauche, Suhong Tong, Jane Gralla, Joanne M Hilden, Michael Wang, Kelly W Maloney, Samuel R Dominguez
BACKGROUND: Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) are a source of high morbidity and mortality in children with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). PROCEDURE: To understand the epidemiology and risk factors associated with the development of CLABSI in children with AML. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients with AML over a 5-year period between 2007 and 2011 at the Children's Hospital Colorado. Cases and controls were classified on the basis of the presence of a CLABSI as defined by the National Healthcare Safety Network...
September 12, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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
G F Yan, C M Zhang, X Y Hong, Y Wang, C F Liu, P F Zhang, L Xiang, G F Wen, Z H Yang, X Xu, S Y Qian, G P Lu
OBJECTIVE: To review the use of non-open chest extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in China. METHOD: The survey was conducted in 28 tertiary hospitals in China mainland from March to October 2015. All children <18 years of age have been supported with non-open chest ECMO in PICU were reviewed.Patient demographics, diagnosis, indication for ECMO, details of ECMO support, complications, and patient survival were analyzed...
September 2016: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
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