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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932651/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-ecmo-and-the-critical-cardiac-patient
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REVIEW
David A Baran
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review is to summarize the basics of veno-arterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as it is utilized for critically ill cardiac patients. RECENT FINDINGS: ECMO may be instituted in a variety of health care settings, from the emergency room to the operating room. The types of patients who may benefit from ECMO are reviewed in detail. The complications of ECMO are reviewed, including access-related issues and hematologic and neurologic problems...
2017: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932559/pupillary-abnormalities-in-non-selected-critically-ill-patients-an-observational-study
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Philippe Portran, Martin Cour, Romain Hernu, Sylvie de la Salle, Laurent Argaud
BACKGROUND: Repeated pupillary examination is a key element of neurologic surveillance in intensive care units (ICU). However, in non-selected critically ill patients, the clinical interest of monitoring pupillary diameter and light reflex is poorly documented. We aimed to determine the prevalence and the etiologies of pupillary abnormalities (PAs) in this ICU patient population. METHODS: We performed a prospective, observational study in a medical university affiliated ICU over a 6-month period...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929324/stress-ulcer-prophylaxis-in-neurocritical-care
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Jeffrey F Barletta, Alicia J Mangram, Joseph F Sucher, Victor Zach
Stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP) with acid-suppressive drug therapy is widely utilized in critically ill patients following neurologic injury for the prevention of clinically important stress-related gastrointestinal bleeding (CIB). Data supporting SUP, however, largely originates from studies conducted during an era where practices were vastly different than what is considered routine by today's standard. This is particularly true in neurocritical care patients. In fact, the routine provision of SUP has been challenged due to an increasing prevalence of adverse drug events with acid-suppressive therapy and the perception that CIB rates are sparse...
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925974/if-you-build-it-they-will-come-initial-experience-with-a-multi-disciplinary-pediatric-neurocritical-care-follow-up-clinic
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Cydni N Williams, Aileen Kirby, Juan Piantino
Pediatric Neurocritical Care diagnoses account for a large proportion of intensive care admissions. Critical care survivors suffer high rates of long-term morbidity, including physical disability, cognitive impairment, and psychosocial dysfunction. To address these morbidities in Pediatric Neurocritical Care survivors, collaboration between Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Critical Care created a multidisciplinary follow-up clinic providing specialized evaluations after discharge. Clinic referrals apply to all Pediatric Neurocritical Care patients regardless of admission severity of illness...
September 19, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922669/a-critical-commentary-on-the-2017-agnp-consensus-guidelines-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-in-neuropsychopharmacology
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Jose de Leon
In 2004, 2011, and 2017, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie (AGNP), a group of German-speaking psychiatric researchers and psychiatrists, published successive versions of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) expert group consensus guidelines. The 2017 version has as a major strength its encyclopedic nature, including 1358 references. The guideline has 3 major sections: 1) theoretical aspects of TDM, 2) drug concentration levels in blood to guide neuropsychopharmacotherapy, and 3) practical aspects of TDM in psychiatry and neurology...
September 18, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916353/outcomes-of-adults-with-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-after-implementation-of-the-2010-resuscitation-guidelines
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Chih-Hung Wang, Chien-Hua Huang, Wei-Tien Chang, Min-Shan Tsai, Ping-Hsun Yu, Yen-Wen Wu, Wen-Jone Chen
BACKGROUND: The 2015 guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are based on an update of the 2010 guidelines with minor revisions. It is important to assess the 2010 guidelines to ensure their efficacy, which may help promote widespread adoption of the 2015 guidelines. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study in a single center that evaluated patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) between 2006 and 2014. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate associations between independent variables and outcomes...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913813/pharmacotherapy-pearls-for-emergency-neurological-life-support
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Gretchen M Brophy, Theresa Human
The appropriate use of medications during Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is essential to optimize patient care. Important considerations when choosing the appropriate agent include the patient's organ function and medication allergies, potential adverse drug effects, drug interactions and critical illness and aging pathophysiologic changes. Critical medications used during ENLS include hyperosmolar therapy, anticonvulsants, antithrombotics, anticoagulant reversal and hemostatic agents, anti-shivering agents, neuromuscular blockers, antihypertensive agents, sedatives, vasopressors and inotropes, and antimicrobials...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913754/emergency-neurological-life-support-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Rachel Garvin, Halinder S Mangat
Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes substantial morbidity and mortality, and is a leading cause of death in both the developed and developing world. The need for a systematic evidence-based approach to the care of severe TBI patients within the emergency setting has led to its inclusion as an Emergency Neurological Life Support topic. This protocol was designed to enumerate the practice steps that should be considered within the first critical hours of neurological injury from severe TBI.
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913708/emergency-neurological-life-support-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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J Claude Hemphill, Arthur Lam
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a subset of stroke due to spontaneous bleeding within the parenchyma of the brain. It is potentially lethal, and survival depends on ensuring an adequate airway, proper diagnosis, and early management of several specific issues such as blood pressure, coagulopathy reversal, and surgical hematoma evacuation for appropriate patients. ICH was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) protocol because intervention within the first hours may improve outcome, and it is critical to have site-specific protocols to drive care quickly and efficiently...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913605/emergency-neurological-life-support-status-epilepticus
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Jan Claassen, Joshua N Goldstein
Patients with prolonged or rapidly recurring convulsions lasting more than 5 min should be considered to be in status epilepticus (SE) and receive immediate resuscitation. Although there are few randomized clinical trials, available evidence and experience suggest that early and aggressive treatment of SE improves patient outcomes, for which reason this was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol. The current approach to the emergency treatment of SE emphasizes rapid initiation of adequate doses of first line therapy, as well as accelerated second line anticonvulsant drugs and induced coma when these fail, coupled with admission to a unit capable of neurological critical care and electroencephalography monitoring...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906147/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-from-waterpipe-smoking-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Lars Eichhorn, Dirk Michaelis, Michael Kemmerer, Björn Jüttner, Kay Tetzlaff
OBJECTIVE: Waterpipe smoking may increasingly account for unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious health hazard with high morbidity and mortality. We aimed at identifying waterpipe smoking as a cause for carbon monoxide poisoning in a large critical care database of a specialty care referral center. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included patients with a history of exposure to waterpipe smoking and carbon monoxide blood gas levels >10% or presence of clinical symptoms compatible with CO poisoning admitted between January 2013 and December 2016...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895231/software-related-recalls-of-health-information-technology-and-other-medical-devices-implications-for-fda-regulation-of-digital-health
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Jay G Ronquillo, Diana M Zuckerman
Policy Points: Medical software has become an increasingly critical component of health care, yet the regulation of these devices is inconsistent and controversial. No studies of medical devices and software assess the impact on patient safety of the FDA's current regulatory safeguards and new legislative changes to those standards. Our analysis quantifies the impact of software problems in regulated medical devices and indicates that current regulations are necessary but not sufficient for ensuring patient safety by identifying and eliminating dangerous defects in software currently on the market...
September 2017: Milbank Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890007/medical-training-and-the-brain-death-exam-a-single-institution-s-experience
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Ahmed Kashkoush, Amy Weisgerber, Kiruba Dharaneeswaran, Nitin Agarwal, Lori Shutter
BACKGROUND: Clinicians may have limited opportunities to perform neurological determination of death (NDD; brain death) certification during their training. This study aims to evaluate the level of resident exposure to the brain death exam at a large volume donor hospital. METHODS: In March 2014, we adapted a dual-physician model for NDD certification at our institution to improve resident education regarding NDD. To evaluate the incidence of resident exposure, we collected examiner information from all brain death exams conducted between January 2014 and July 2015...
September 7, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887894/interobserver-variation-in-the-diagnosis-of-neurologic-abnormalities-in-the-horse
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W J A Saville, S M Reed, J P Dubey, D E Granstrom, P S Morley, K W Hinchcliff, C W Kohn, T E Wittum, J D Workman
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) relies heavily on the clinical examination. The accurate identification of neurologic signs during a clinical examination is critical to the interpretation of laboratory results. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the level of agreement between board-certified veterinary internists when performing neurologic examinations in horses. ANIMALS: Ninety-seven horses admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at The Ohio State University from December 1997 to June 1998...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877256/medication-and-supplement-use-in-older-people-with-and-without-intellectual-disability-an-observational-cross-sectional-study
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Jure Peklar, Mitja Kos, Máire O'Dwyer, Mary McCarron, Philip McCallion, Rose Anne Kenny, Martin C Henman
INTRODUCTION: Understanding the medication and supplement use of aging people is critical to ensuring that health service providers in primary care can optimise use of these agents. An increasing number of people with different levels of intellectual disability (ID) are living in the community and becoming for the first time substantial users of primary health care services. This, however, brings new challenges that need to be addressed at the primary health care level. We quantified the use of medicines and food supplements and described the associated patterns of morbidity in the two comparable cohorts of aging population with and without intellectual disability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877109/the-efficacy-of-a-viscoelastic-foam-overlay-on-prevention-of-pressure-injury-in-acutely-ill-patients-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kyung Hee Park, Joohee Park
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare a viscoelastic foam overlay (VEFO) to a standard hospital mattress for pressure injury (PI) prevention. We also compared interface pressures (IPs) of the VEFO to our facility's standard hospital mattress. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized controlled trial. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Data analysis was based on 110 participants (55 in each group) who were 19 years or older, had a Braden Scale for Pressure Sore Risk score of 16 or less, and were cared for on a neurology, oncology, or pulmonology inpatient care unit...
September 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872596/survey-of-veterinarians-using-a-novel-physical-compression-squeeze-procedure-in-the-management-of-neonatal-maladjustment-syndrome-in-foals
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Monica Aleman, Kalie M Weich, John E Madigan
Horses are a precocious species that must accomplish several milestones that are critical to survival in the immediate post-birth period for their survival. One essential milestone is the successful transition from the intrauterine unconsciousness to an extrauterine state of consciousness or awareness. This transition involves a complex withdrawal of consciousness inhibitors and an increase in neuroactivating factors that support awareness. This process involves neuroactive hormones as well as inputs related to factors such as cold, visual, olfactory, and auditory stimuli...
September 5, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866263/use-of-multiplex-pcr-based-molecular-diagnostics-in-diagnosis-of-suspected-cns-infections-in-tertiary-care-setting-a-retrospective-study
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Mahendra Javali, Purushottam Acharya, Aneesh Mehta, Aju Abraham John, Rohan Mahale, R Srinivasa
OBJECTIVES: CNS infections like meningitis and encephalitis pose enormous healthcare challenges due to mortality, sequelae and socioeconomic burden. In tertiary setting, clinical, microbiological, cytological and radiological investigations are not distinctive enough for diagnosing microbial etiology. Molecular diagnostics is filling this gap. We evaluated the clinical impact of a commercially available multiplex molecular diagnostic system - SES for diagnosing suspected CNS infections...
August 30, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864072/improvements-in-the-quality-of-advanced-life-support-and-patient-outcome-after-implementation-of-a-standardized-real-life-post-resuscitation-feedback-system
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Pia Hubner, Elisabeth Lobmeyr, Christian Wallmüller, Michael Poppe, Philip Datler, Markus Keferböck, Sebastian Zeiner, Alexander Nürnberger, Andreas Zajicek, Anton Laggner, Fritz Sterz, Patrick Sulzgruber
BACKGROUND: Educational aspects in the training of advanced life support (ALS) represent a key role in critical care management of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and received special attention in guidelines of various international societies. While a positive association of feedback on ALS performance in training conditions is well established, data on the impact of a real-life post-resuscitation feedback on both ALS quality and outcome remain scarce and inconclusive...
August 31, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861407/alterations-in-cerebral-blood-flow-after-resuscitation-from-cardiac-arrest
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REVIEW
Bistra Iordanova, Lingjue Li, Robert S B Clark, Mioara D Manole
Greater than 50% of patients successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest have evidence of neurological disability. Numerous studies in children and adults, as well as in animal models have demonstrated that cerebral blood flow (CBF) is impaired after cardiac arrest. Stages of cerebral perfusion post-resuscitation include early hyperemia, followed by hypoperfusion, and finally either resolution of normal blood flow or protracted hyperemia. At the level of the microcirculation the blood flow is heterogeneous, with areas of no flow, low flow, and increased flow...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
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