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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782388/glasgow-coma-scale-score-fluctuations-are-inversely-associated-with-a-nirs-based-index-of-cerebral-autoregulation-in-acutely-comatose-patients
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Ryan J Healy, Andres Zorrilla-Vaca, Wendy Ziai, Marek A Mirski, Charles W Hogue, Romergryko Geocadin, Batya Radzik, Caitlin Palmisano, Lucia Rivera-Lara
BACKGROUND: The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is an essential coma scale in critical care for determining the neurological status of patients and for estimating their long-term prognosis. Similarly, cerebral autoregulation (CA) monitoring has shown to be an accurate technique for predicting clinical outcomes. However, little is known about the relationship between CA measurements and GCS scores among neurological critically ill patients. This study aimed to explore the association between noninvasive CA multimodal monitoring measurements and GCS scores...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779827/zika-virus-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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Gisele Sampaio Silva, Guy A Richards, Tim Baker, Jorge Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Pravin Amin
Zika fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), an RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus. ZIKV can be transmitted by bites from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, sexual activity, blood transfusion and from mother to fetus during pregnancy and delivery. A total of 50 territories and countries in the Americas had reported ZIKV infections. For those with symptoms, the presentation is similar to dengue fever with body aches, joint pain, fatigue, malaise, fever and conjunctivitis lasting up to seven days...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768359/case-report-of-gastric-distension-due-to-superior-mesenteric-artery-syndrome-mimicking-hollow-viscus-perforation-considerations-in-critical-care-ultrasound
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Yan-Mei Feng, Dong Wan, Rui Guo
RATIONALE: Critical care ultrasound identifies the signs of free intraperitoneal air and echogenic free fluid always indicates hollow viscus perforation (HVP) and needs immediate surgical interventions. However, in rare cases, these classic signs may also mislead proper clinical decisions. We report perforated viscus associated large peritoneal effusion with initial critical care ultrasound findings, whereas computed tomography (CT) examination confirmed a giant stomach due to superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS)...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763271/adults-with-developmental-disabilities-a-comprehensive-approach-to-medical-care
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Clarissa Kripke
Developmental disabilities are attributable to a cognitive impairment, physical impairment, or both. They manifest during the developmental period from birth to early adulthood, and are likely to continue indefinitely. The life expectancy of most persons with developmental disabilities now approaches that of the general population. According to the neurodiversity model of care, developmental disability is accepted as a valued part of human neurologic diversity. The social model focuses on improving participation in society with accommodations such as adaptive equipment or improvements to the social and physical environment...
May 15, 2018: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741717/influenza-associated-acute-necrotizing-encephalopathy-in-siblings
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Ashley Howard, Timothy M Uyeki, Jaime Fergie
Encephalopathy is an important complication associated with influenza, most frequently observed in young children, with a wide range of severity. The most severe category of influenza-associated encephalopathy (IAE) is acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE), characterized by high frequency of neurologic sequelae and fatal outcomes. We report two young siblings who developed fever and seizures with altered mental status. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus infection was identified in upper respiratory tract specimens from both patients, and neuroimaging revealed bilateral inflammatory lesions, consistent with acute necrotizing encephalopathy...
May 4, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741076/monitoring-of-hospital-acquired-pneumonia-in-patients-with-severe-brain-injury-on-first-access-to-intensive-neurological-rehabilitation-first-year-of-observation
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Gianfranco Beghi, Antonio De Tanti, Paolo Serafini, Chiara Bertolino, Antonietta Celentano, Graziella Taormina
Nosocomial or hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) is an illness contracted during a hospital stay, generally with onset 48 hours or more after admission to hospital, or within 14 days of discharge from hospital. HAP is divided into subgroups: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), accounting for 86% of hospital acquired pneumonia, and stroke-associated pneumonia (SAP). The incidence of SAP in neurological intensive care units (NICUs) is 4.1-56.6%, in medical intensive care units (MICUs) it is 17-50%, in stroke units it is 3...
May 9, 2018: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737259/refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Madhan Shanmugasundaram, Kapildeo Lotun
Refractory out of hospital cardiac arrest is a common problem that is associated with poor overall survival rates and neurological outcomes. There are various definitions that have been used but the most accepted one is cardiac arrest that requires more than 10 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts or more than 3 defibrillation attempts. There have been different pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies that were studied in these patients. None of the antiarrhythmic or vasopressor medications have been consistently shown to improve survival or neurological outcomes in this subset of patients...
May 7, 2018: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732423/predicting-critical-care-unit-level-complications-after-long-segment-fusion-procedures-for-adult-spinal-deformity
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Rafael De la Garza-Ramos, Jonathan Nakhla, Yaroslav Gelfand, Murray Echt, Aleka N Scoco, Merritt D Kinon, Reza Yassari
Background: To identify predictive factors for critical care unit-level complications (CCU complication) after long-segment fusion procedures for adult spinal deformity (ASD). Methods: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database [2010-2014] was reviewed. Only adult patients who underwent fusion of 7 or more spinal levels for ASD were included. CCU complications included intraoperative arrest/infarction, ventilation >48 hours, pulmonary embolism, renal failure requiring dialysis, cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, unplanned intubation, septic shock, stroke, coma, or new neurological deficit...
March 2018: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726966/pattern-of-dengue-virus-infections-in-adult-patients-from-sri-lanka
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Umesh Jayarajah, Pradeep K de Silva, Priyankara Jayawardana, Upul Dissanayake, Aruna Kulatunga, Harshini Fernando, Lakshika Perera, Vibhavee Kannangara, Champika Udayangani, Ranga Peiris, Shuaib Faizer, Pamodh Yasawardene, Ishan de Zoysa, Suranjith L Seneviratne
Background: Sri Lanka experienced its largest dengue epidemic in 2017. This study describes the disease pattern of adult dengue patients from two hospitals in Sri Lanka. Methods: Demographic, clinical and investigation findings of adult dengue patients admitted to the two hospitals from June to August 2017 were collected and analysed. Results: A total of 1167 patients (777 males [66.2%], mean age 32.9 y) were studied. There were 775 (66.4%) patients with dengue fever (DF), 334 (28...
May 2, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713734/advances-in-critical-care-management-of-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Anders Aneman, Nicholas Brechot, Daniel Brodie, Frances Colreavy, John Fraser, Charles Gomersall, Peter McCanny, Peter Hasse Moller-Sorensen, Jukka Takala, Kamen Valchanov, Michael Vallely
Cardiac surgery has been evolving to include minimally invasive, hybrid and transcatheter techniques. Increasing patient age and medical complexity means that critical care management needs to adapt and evolve. Recent advances have occurred in several areas, including ventilation, haemodynamics and mechanical circulatory support, bleeding and coagulation, acute kidney injury, and neurological management. This narrative review describes standard care, recent advances, and future areas of research in the critical care management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
April 30, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713209/adoption-of-the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-neonatal-hyperbilirubinemia-guidelines-and-its-effect-on-blood-exchange-transfusion-rate-in-a-tertiary-care-center-in-amman-jordan
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Manar Al-Lawama, Eman Al-Rimawi, Rawan Al-Shibi, Eman Badran
Introduction: Severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia can cause mortality and serious morbidities. When phototherapy fails, neonates with severe hyperbilirubinemia should undergo double volume blood exchange transfusion (BET). As this procedure carries a significant risk of mortality and morbidity, adopting guidelines for the treatment of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is critical to avoid hyperbilirubinemia toxicity and also the complication of an unindicated procedure. Methods: This study investigated the causes, complications, and trend of BET rate in our unit over a 13-year period...
2018: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712529/cost-effectiveness-development-for-the-postoperative-care-of-craniotomy-patients-a-safe-transitions-pathway-in-neurological-surgery
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Joseph A Osorio, Michael M Safaee, Jennifer Viner, Sujatha Sankaran, Sarah Imershein, Ezekiel Adigun, Gabriela Weigel, Mitchel S Berger, Michael W McDermott
OBJECTIVE The authors' institution is in the top 5th percentile for hospital cost in the nation, and the neurointensive care unit (NICU) is one of the costliest units. The NICU is more expensive than other units because of lower staff/patient ratio and because of the equipment necessary to monitor patient care. The cost differential between the NICU and Neuro transitional care unit (NTCU) is $1504 per day. The goal of this study was to evaluate and to pilot a program to improve efficiency and lower cost by modifying the postoperative care of patients who have undergone a craniotomy, sending them to the NTCU as opposed to the NICU...
May 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29703972/critically-ill-allogenic-hsct-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-of-mortality
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Colombe Saillard, Michael Darmon, Magali Bisbal, Antoine Sannini, Laurent Chow-Chine, Marion Faucher, Etienne Lengline, Norbert Vey, Didier Blaise, Elie Azoulay, Djamel Mokart
Outcome of patients undergoing allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) has improved. To investigate if this improvement can be transposed to the ICU setting, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess short-term mortality of critically ill allo-HSCT patients admitted to the ICU and to identify prognostic factors of mortality. Public-domain electronic databases, including Medline via PubMed and the Cochrane Library were searched. All full-text articles written-English studies published from 2006 to 2016, including allo-HSCT adults transferred to the ICU were included...
April 27, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29702712/development-of-a-neuronicu-with-a-broader-focus-on-all-newborns-at-risk-of-brain-injury-the-first-2-years
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Krisa P Van Meurs, Elisabeth S Yan, Kathi S Randall, Valerie Y Chock, Alexis S Davis, Cecelia S Glennon, Catherine L Clark, Courtney J Wusthoff, Sonia L Bonifacio
OBJECTIVE:  Many critically ill neonates have an existing brain injury or are at risk of neurologic injury. We developed a "NeuroNICU" (neurologic neonatal intensive care unit) to better provide neurologically focused intensive care. STUDY DESIGN:  Demographic and clinical variables, services delivered, and patient outcomes were recorded in a prospective database for all neonates admitted to the NeuroNICU between April 23, 2013, and June 25, 2015. RESULTS:  In total, 546 neonates were admitted to the NeuroNICU representing 32% of all NICU admissions...
April 27, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701548/global-neurosurgery-the-current-capacity-and-deficit-in-the-provision-of-essential-neurosurgical-care-executive-summary-of-the-global-neurosurgery-initiative-at-the-program-in-global-surgery-and-social-change
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Michael C Dewan, Abbas Rattani, Graham Fieggen, Miguel A Arraez, Franco Servadei, Frederick A Boop, Walter D Johnson, Benjamin C Warf, Kee B Park
OBJECTIVE Worldwide disparities in the provision of surgical care result in otherwise preventable disability and death. There is a growing need to quantify the global burden of neurosurgical disease specifically, and the workforce necessary to meet this demand. METHODS Results from a multinational collaborative effort to describe the global neurosurgical burden were aggregated and summarized. First, country registries, third-party modeled data, and meta-analyzed published data were combined to generate incidence and volume figures for 10 common neurosurgical conditions...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701421/rapid-pacing-for-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-a-case-report
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Hugo Silva, Andreia Fernandes, João Rodrigues, Daniel Brandão, Manuela Vieira, Catarina Celestino
INTRODUCTION: Endovascular aortic interventions are suitable alternatives to open surgery, being less invasive and having lower mortality and complications. Accurate positioning of the stent graft is a critical point because of systolic thrush. Techniques used to prevent it include pharmacological (antihypertensive drugs, nitroglycerin, adenosine) and mechanical methods (temporary caval occlusion by balloon). Rapid Right Ventricular Pacing (RRVP) is an emerging alternative with good patient tolerance and low level of complications...
July 2017: Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia Cardio-torácica e Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29696046/clinical-features-and-outcome-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-in-children
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Jafar Nasiri, Mohamadreza Ghazavi, Omid Yaghini, Mohamad Chaldavi
Objective: There are no reports about the clinical presentations and outcome of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in our region, therefore, we aimed to report some mentioned findings in children diagnosed with GBS in Isfahan, central Iran. Materials & Methods: In this retrospective study, pediatric diagnosed with GBS referred to Imam Hossein Hospital, the Pediatric Referral Center of Isfahan Province, central Iran were enrolled from 2011-2014. The following data were extracted from the medical files of patients; age, gender, early signs and symptoms of GBS, neurological features, sensory and motor and autonomic involvements, sphincter dysfunction, bulbar muscle involvement, respiratory failure, cranial nerve paralysis, delay time from onset to definite diagnosis and management of GBS and the outcome...
2018: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685062/prospective-observational-evaluation-of-sedation-and-pain-management-guideline-adherence-across-new-jersey-intensive-care-units
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Alison Brophy, Maria Cardinale, Liza B Andrews, Justin B Kaplan, Christopher Adams, Yekaterina Opsha, Kimberly A Brandt, Deepali Dixit, Steven F Nerenberg, Julie A Saleh
BACKGROUND: The practice guidelines for the management of pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) from the Society of Critical Care Medicine shifted from primarily focusing on the treatment of anxiety in 2002 to the treatment of pain in 2013. OBJECTIVE: This prospective, observational, multicenter study aimed to assess the degree of practice adherence to the PAD guidelines for ventilated patients in New Jersey intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: Pharmacist investigators at 8 centers designated 4 days at least 10 days apart to evaluate all patients on mechanical ventilation...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681507/spectrum-of-neurological-complications-in-eclampsia-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-india
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Ranju Singh, Nitin Hayaran, Deepika Nagar, Aruna Jain
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia or eclampsia is associated with significant maternal morbidity and mortality, and neurological complications are varied. This prospective observational study sought to collect data and push for early aggressive diagnostic evaluation for neurological complications in eclamptic women. METHODS: The study was conducted in Lady Hardinge Medical College and associated Shrimati Sucheta Kriplani Hospital in New Dehli, India from July 2014 to July 2016...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664874/traumatic-brain-injury-and-infectious-encephalopathy-in-children-from-four-resource-limited-settings-in-africa
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Ericka L Fink, Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim, Rashmi Kumar, Patrick T Wilson, Tigist Bacha, Abenezer Tirsit Aklilu, Tsegazeab Laeke Teklemariam, Shubhada Hooli, Lisine Tuyisenge, Easmon Otupiri, Anthony Fabio, John Gianakas, Patrick M Kochanek, Derek C Angus, Robert C Tasker
OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency, interventions, and outcomes of children presenting with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy in low-resource settings. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Four hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa. PATIENTS: Children age 1 day to 17 years old evaluated at the hospital with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We evaluated the frequency and outcomes of children presenting consecutively over 4 weeks to any hospital department with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy...
April 16, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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