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J Liu, Y Li, Y Cai, Z C Jin
Objective: To investigate the predictive value of elevated serum S100B level in patients with multiple traumas combined delirium for the clinical prognosis prior to intensive care unit (ICU) discharge. Methods: One hundred seventy-nine patients with multiple traumas diagnosed as delirium after admission over 48 hours to the Department of Critical Care Medicine, People's Hospital Affiliated to Jiangsu University from January 2013 to December 2016 were divided into two groups according to the level of serum S100B measured prior to the ICU discharge: high S100B group (≥0...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
John W Wax, Amy W An, Nicole Kosier, Timothy E Quill
Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) is a deliberate, self-initiated attempt to hasten death in the setting of suffering refractory to optimal palliative interventions or prolonged dying that a person finds intolerable. Individuals who consider VSED tend to be older, have a serious but not always imminently terminal illness, place a high value on independence, and have significant illness burden. VSED can theoretically be performed independent of clinician assistance and therefore avoids many of the ethical and legal concerns associated with physician-assisted dying or other palliative measures of last resort, However, VSED is an intense process fraught with new sources of somatic and emotional suffering for individuals and their caregivers, so VSED is best supervised by an experienced, well-informed clinician who can provide appropriate pre-intervention assessment, anticipatory guidance, medical treatment of symptoms, and emotional support...
March 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Mary Judith Berry
The advances in perinatal medicine over the last 20 years are unprecedented. Babies born at extremes of gestational age and birthweight are now able to benefit from innovation in intensive care and many survive into adulthood. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 11, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Frank Edelmann, Christoph Knosalla, Klaus Mörike, Christiane Muth, Peggy Prien, Stefan Störk
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is the most common reason for hospital admissions in Germany. For the National Disease Management Guideline (NDMG) on CHF, a multidisciplinary expert panel revised the chapters on drug therapy, invasive therapy, and care coordination, following the methods of evidence-based medicine. METHODS: Recommendations are based on international guideline adaptations or systematic literature search. They were developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel, approved in a formal consensus procedure, and tested in open consultation, as specified by the requirements for S3 guidelines...
February 23, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Maira Rezende Formenton, Marco Aurélio Amador Pereira, Denise Tabacchi Fantoni
Massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular in human and animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Wider application of the technique led to research efforts aimed at providing scientific support to anecdotal beneficial effects, particularly pain relief. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy alters dopamine and serotonin levels, decreases noradrenaline levels, and modulates the immune system. Psychological effects such as reduction of stress and anxiety, with improvement of depressive patients, have been reported in humans...
December 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
Muhammad Irfan Farooque
Training in Emergency medicine for nearly 5 years, I thought the finish line was getting near and becoming a consultant was just down the corner. I was enjoying work, getting better every day and well appreciated by peers. But little did I know that life had other plans. I ended up in an emergency department presenting with status epilepticus preceded by vague ongoing symptoms lasting for 2 months. I was intubated and transferred to Intensive care and did not receive a formal diagnosis which still remains a mystery...
March 10, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Volker Gebhardt, Vera Zawierucha, Oliver Schöffski, Anke Schwarz, Christel Weiss, Marc D Schmittner
BACKGROUND: Both general and spinal anaesthesia with short-acting local anaesthetics are suitable and reliable for knee arthroscopy as an ambulatory procedure. Chloroprocaine (CP) 1% seems to be the ideal spinal local anaesthetic for this indication. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare spinal anaesthesia using CP 1% with general for outpatient knee arthroscopy with regard to procedure times, occurrence of pain, patient satisfaction and recovery, and also costs...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Jaimin S Shah, Susan Hosseini Nasab, Neil Chappell, Han-Yang Chen, Amy Schutt, Hector Mendez-Figueroa
PURPOSE: To investigate whether twin pregnancies conceived by different forms of fertility treatments are associated with adverse neonatal outcomes and to examine the difference in maternal and obstetrical characteristics between patients. METHODS: Our study was a retrospective analysis of twin pregnancies conceived by fertility treatments from a prospectively collected database. Treatments were stratified into two groups: group 1 (ART) consisted of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and group 2 (non-ART) included intrauterine insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction (OI)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Xuan-Mei Piao, Young Joon Byun, Wun-Jae Kim, Jayoung Kim
Precision medicine is designed to tailor treatments for individual patients by factoring in each person's specific biology and mechanism of disease. This paradigm shifted from a "one size fits all" approach to "personalized and precision care" requires multiple layers of molecular profiling of biomarkers for accurate diagnosis and prediction of treatment responses. Intensive studies are also being performed to understand the complex and dynamic molecular profiles of bladder cancer. These efforts involve looking bladder cancer mechanism at the multiple levels of the genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, lipidome, metabolome etc...
March 2018: Investigative and Clinical Urology
Roberta Rossini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Giuseppe Musumeci, Giulia Masiero, Emanuele Barbato, Paolo Calabrò, Davide Capodanno, Sergio Leonardi, Maddalena Lettino, Ugo Limbruno, Alberto Menozzi, U O Alfredo Marchese, Francesco Saia, Marco Valgimigli, Walter Ageno, Anna Falanga, Antonio Corcione, Alessandro Locatelli, Marco Montorsi, Diego Piazza, Andrea Stella, Antonio Bozzani, Alessandro Parolari, Roberto Carone, Dominick J Angiolillo
Perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy in patients treated with coronary stents undergoing surgery remains poorly defined. Importantly, surgery represents a common reason for premature treatment discontinuation, which is associated with an increased risk in mortality and major adverse cardiac events. However, maintaining antithrombotic therapy to minimize the incidence of perioperative ischemic complications may increase the risk of bleeding complications. Although guidelines provide some recommendations with respect to the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy, these have been largely developed according to the thrombotic risk of the patient and a definition of the hemorrhagic risk specific to each surgical procedure, key to defining the trade-off between ischemia and bleeding, is not provided...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
D J Brewster, C P Nickson, J J Gatward
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
D J Brewster, C P Nickson, J J Gatward, M Staples, F Hawker
This study aimed to determine whether airway education should be introduced to the continuing professional development (CPD) program for College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) Fellows. A random representative sample of 11 tertiary intensive care units (ICUs) was chosen from the list of 56 units accredited for 12 or 24 months of CICM training. All specialist intensive care Fellows (n=140) currently practising at the eleven ICUs were sent the questionnaire via email. Questionnaire data collection and post-collection data analysis was used to determine basic respondent demographics, frequency of certain airway procedures in the past 12 months, confidence with advanced airway practices in ICU, participation in airway education in the past three years, knowledge of can't intubate, can't oxygenate (CICO) algorithms, preference for certain airway equipment/techniques, and support for required airway education as a component of the CICM CPD program...
March 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
K B Greenland
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Ben McNaughten, Caroline Hart, Stephen Gallagher, Carol Junk, Patricia Coulter, Andrew Thompson, Thomas Bourke
AIM: Differences in the gaze behaviour of experts and novices are described in aviation and surgery. This study sought to describe the gaze behaviour of clinicians from different training backgrounds during a simulated paediatric emergency. METHODS: Clinicians from four clinical areas undertook a simulated emergency. Participants wore SMI (SensoMotoric Instruments) eye tracking glasses. We measured the fixation count and dwell time on predefined areas of interest and the time taken to key clinical interventions...
March 7, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Naomi Rahimi-Levene, Tomer Ziv-Baran, Victoria Peer, Ahuva Golik, Abraham Kornberg, Ronit Zeidenstein, Maya Koren-Michowitz
BACKGROUND: Transfusion guidelines advocate restrictive rather than liberal use of red blood cells (RBC) and are based mostly on randomized trials in intensive care and surgical departments. We aimed to study RBC transfusion practice in the medical patients' population. METHODS: The data in this study were collected from patients over the age of 18 years admitted to an Internal Medicine department between 2009 and 2014 who received at least one unit of packed red blood cells (RBC)...
2018: PloS One
J-M Wattier
A major symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain with a wide range of intensity, rhythm, type, and expression, without clearly established relationship between pain and the disease. Endometriosis-associated pain has physical, psychological/behavioral and social consequences with a significant impact on patient quality-of-life in relation with the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain. Pain assessment in all of its dimensions, as well as assessing the consequences of pain is therefore a crucial part of therapeutic management...
March 3, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Tamorah R Lewis, Elaine L Shelton, Sara L Van Driest, Prince J Kannankeril, Jeff Reese
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a frequent, complex, and difficult to treat clinical syndrome among preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. In addition to known clinical risk factors, there are emerging data about genetic predisposition to PDA in both animal and human models. Clinical response and toxicity from drugs used to treat PDA are highly variable. Developmental and genetic aspects of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics influence exposure and response to pharmacologic therapies. Given the variable efficacy and toxicity of known drug therapies, novel therapeutic targets for PDA treatment offer the promise of precision medicine...
February 24, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Tristan Monchal, Amina Ndiaye, Blandine Gadegbeku, Etienne Javouhey, Olivier Monneuse
Objective Road traffic accidents (RTA) are the first cause of abdominopelvic injuries (API). The objective of this study was to describe the characteristics and severity of API due to traffic accidents in a large French trauma registry and to identify risk factors for API. Methods All victims from the French Rhône registry of victims of RTA were analyzed from 1996 to 2013. This registry contained data that were issued over a 20-year period from 245 medical departments, from prehospital care until re-adaptation, and forensic medicine departments...
March 6, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
Toshihiro Fukui
Background: Both acute aortic dissection and ruptured aortic aneurysm are leading causes of death in cardiovascular disease. These life-threatening conditions have recently been categorized as acute aortic syndrome. This review describes the etiology, clinical presentation, and therapeutic options for acute aortic syndrome including acute aortic dissection and ruptured aortic aneurysm. Main body: Several diagnostic tools for detecting these critical conditions have been developed including computed tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and laboratory tests...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Sajan Patel, Alvin Rajkomar, James D Harrison, Priya A Prasad, Victoria Valencia, Sumant R Ranji, Michelle Mourad
BACKGROUND: Audit and feedback improves clinical care by highlighting the gap between current and ideal practice. We combined best practices of audit and feedback with continuously generated electronic health record data to improve performance on quality metrics in an inpatient setting. METHODS: We conducted a cluster randomised control trial comparing intensive audit and feedback with usual audit and feedback from February 2016 to June 2016. The study subjects were internal medicine teams on the teaching service at an urban tertiary care hospital...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
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