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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922256/statins-in-critical-care-to-give-or-not-to-give
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Amr S Omar, Samy Hanoura, Haifa M Aljanubi, Ahmed Mahfouz
Owing to statin's immune modulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic and endothelial function actions, they are widely used in the critical care settings in diverse disease scenarios. We aim to explore the evidence to globalize the utilization of statins in the intensive care practice for different indications. We carried out a search of the PubMed, Cochrane and EMBASE databases up to January 2016. We included review articles, meta-analyses, and original trials on the effects of statin therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU) combining the following MESH terms: 'satins', 'intensive care, 'cardiac surgery', 'sepsis', 'acute respiratory distress syndrome' 'pneumonia', subarachnoid hemorrhage', traumatic brain injury and 'critical illness'...
December 6, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921061/acute-liver-failure-secondary-to-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-during-pregnancy
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Jeanne-Marie Giard, Kerry A Decker, Jennifer C Lai, Ryan M Gill, Aaron C Logan, Oren K Fix
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a syndrome of excessive immune activation that mimics and occurs with other systemic diseases. A 35-year-old female presented with signs of viral illness at 13 weeks of pregnancy and progressed to acute liver failure (ALF). We discuss the diagnosis of HLH and Kikuchi-Fujimoto (KF) lymphadenitis in the context of pregnancy and ALF. HLH may respond to comorbid disease-specific therapy, and more toxic treatment can be avoided.
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920657/disseminated-histoplasmosis-a-challenging-differential-diagnostic-consideration-for-suspected-malignant-lesions-in-the-digestive-tract
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Bernhard Doleschal, Therese Rödhammer, Oleksiy Tsybrovskyy, Karl J Aichberger, Franz Lang
Histoplasmosis is well characterized as an endemic fungal disease restricted to certain areas of the USA. In Middle Europe, most patients present with acute pulmonary symptoms after travelling to endemic areas. Here, we want to illustrate the case of a 67-year-old man who presented with persistent oral ulcers, hoarseness, dysphagia, diarrhea, and weight loss to our Department of Otorhinolaryngology in December 2014. He was a retired construction worker and had a history of soil-disruptive activities in Africa and Middle and South America during employment...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920416/re-evaluating-the-inhibition-of-stress-erosions-revise-a-protocol-for-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Waleed Alhazzani, Gordon Guyatt, John C Marshall, Richard Hall, John Muscedere, Francois Lauzier, Lehana Thabane, Mohammed Alshahrani, Shane W English, Yaseen M Arabi, Adam M Deane, Tim Karachi, Bram Rochwerg, Simon Finfer, Nick Daneman, Nicole Zytaruk, Diane Heel-Ansdell, Deborah Cook, On Behalf Of
INTRODUCTION: Clinicians routinely administer stress ulcer prophylaxis to mechanically ventilated patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), most commonly prescribing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). However, the incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding from stress ulceration is low and recent observational studies suggest these agents may increase infections. Therefore, a large randomized clinical trial (RCT) is needed to inform modern practice. The aim of this multicenter pilot trial is to determine the feasibility of performing a large RCT to investigate the efficacy and safety of withholding intravenous pantoprazole...
November 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920394/blood-transfusion-delay-and-outcome-in-county-hospitals-in-kenya
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Julius Thomas, Philip Ayieko, Morris Ogero, Susan Gachau, Boniface Makone, Wycliffe Nyachiro, George Mbevi, Mercy Chepkirui, Lucas Malla, Jacquie Oliwa, Grace Irimu, Mike English
Severe anemia is a leading indication for blood transfusion and a major cause of hospital admission and mortality in African children. Failure to initiate blood transfusion rapidly enough contributes to anemia deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. This article examines delays in accessing blood and outcomes in transfused children in Kenyan hospitals. Children admitted with nonsurgical conditions in 10 Kenyan county hospitals participating in the Clinical Information Network who had blood transfusion ordered from September 2013 to March 2016 were studied...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920178/animal-models-of-chikungunya-virus-infection-and-disease
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Nicole N Haese, Rebecca M Broeckel, David W Hawman, Mark T Heise, Thomas E Morrison, Daniel N Streblow
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a reemerging alphavirus that causes acute febrile illness and severe joint pain in humans. Although acute symptoms often resolve within a few days, chronic joint and muscle pain can be long lasting. In the last decade, CHIKV has caused widespread outbreaks of unprecedented scale in the Americas, Asia, and the Indian Ocean island regions. Despite these outbreaks and the continued expansion of CHIKV into new areas, mechanisms of chikungunya pathogenesis and disease are not well understood...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919919/subjective-well-being-and-training-load-predict-in-season-injury-and-illness-risk-in-female-youth-soccer-players
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Andrew Watson, Stacey Brickson, Alison Brooks, Warren Dunn
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of training load (TL) and well-being on injury and illness risk in youth soccer players. METHODS: Throughout a 20-week season, 75 female adolescent soccer players reported mood, fatigue, stress, soreness, sleep quality, sleep hours, TL, injuries and illnesses. Well-being measures were recorded from -3 (worst) to +3 (best). TL was expressed as daily, weekly and monthly, as well as an acute:chronic workload ratio (weekly divided by monthly)...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919622/workplace-aggression-as-cause-and-effect-emergency-nurses-experiences-of-working-fatigued
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Lisa A Wolf, Cydne Perhats, Altair M Delao, Paul R Clark
INTRODUCTION: Emergency nursing requires acute attention to detail to provide safe and effective care to potentially unstable or critically ill patients; this requirement may be significantly impaired by physical and mental fatigue. There is a lack of evidence regarding the effects of fatigue caused by factors other than a sleep deficit (e.g., emotional exhaustion). Fatigue affects nurses' ability to work safely in the emergency care setting and potentially impacts their health and quality of life outside of work...
December 2, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919451/gastrostomy-tube-placement-an-opportunity-for-establishing-patient-centered-goals-of-care
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Christopher M McGreevy, Sri Ram Pentakota, Omar Mohamed, Kevin Sigler, Anne C Mosenthal, Ana Berlin
BACKGROUND: Surgeons and other health care providers are frequently consulted for gastrostomy tube placement in seriously ill patients at risk of outcomes poorly aligned with patient goals. Palliative care assessments have been recommended to guide decision-making in this setting. We aimed to characterize patient-centered outcomes and define the extent of unmet palliative care need in patients receiving gastrostomy tubes. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of all adult, nontrauma inpatients who underwent gastrostomy tube placement over 16 months at an urban academic medical center...
December 2, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919158/maximal-pericoronary-adipose-tissue-thickness-is-associated-with-hypertension-in-nonobese-patients-with-acute-or-chronic-illness
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Shinhae Chang, Wangjin Lee, Byounggyu Kwag, Yun Hee Chung, In Sook Kang
Background/Aims: Recent studies have shown an association of epicardial fat thickness with diabetes and hypertension (HTN) in asymptomatic populations. However, there is lack of information as to whether there is similar association between pericoronary adipose tissue (PAT) and HTN in the patients who have acute or chronic illness. Methods: This study included 214 nonobese patients hospitalized with acute or chronic noncardiogenic illness. PAT thicknesses were measured from fat tissues surrounding left and right coronary arteries in enhanced, chest computed tomography scans, yielding the maximal PAT value from left and right coronary arteries was used for analysis...
December 6, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919115/febrile-infection-related-epilepsy-syndrome-clinical-review-and-hypotheses-of-epileptogenesis
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Andreas van Baalen, Annamaria Vezzani, Martin Häusler, Gerhard Kluger
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES, AERRPS, or DESC) is one of the most severe, mostly irreversible, and presumably immune-mediated epileptic encephalopathies affecting healthy children. Refractory status epilepticus or a cluster of seizures start a few days after the onset of an acute febrile illness; however, encephalitis cannot be proved. Sequelae of FIRES are drug-resistant epilepsy and neuropsychological impairments occurring without latency. Clinical knowledge is limited because FIRES is sporadic and extremely rare...
December 5, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919006/assessment-of-the-risk-of-foodborne-transmission-and-burden-of-hepatitis-e-in-switzerland
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Alexandra Müller, Lucie Collineau, Roger Stephan, Andrea Müller, Katharina D C Stärk
The objective of this study was i) to quantify the risk of hepatitis E for Swiss consumers by specified pork products and ii) to estimate the total burden of human food-borne hepatitis E in Switzerland. A quantitative risk assessment from slaughter to consumption was carried out according to the Codex Alimentarius framework. In the hazard characterization, assumptions were made due to the lack of a dose-response relationship for oral exposure to hepatitis E virus (HEV). The prevalence of HEV in 160 pig livers of 40 different Swiss fattening farms was examined and determined to be 1...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918902/development-of-an-intensive-care-unit-resource-assessment-survey-for-the-care-of-critically-ill-patients-in-resource-limited-settings
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Aleksandra Leligdowicz, Satish Bhagwanjee, Janet V Diaz, Wei Xiong, John C Marshall, Robert A Fowler, Neill Kj Adhikari
PURPOSE: Capacity to provide critical care in resource-limited settings is poorly understood because of lack of data about resources available to manage critically ill patients. Our objective was to develop a survey to address this issue. METHODS: We developed and piloted a cross-sectional self-administered survey in 9 resource-limited countries. The survey consisted of 8 domains; specific items within domains were modified from previously developed survey tools...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918901/clinical-utility-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-nasal-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-in-critically-ill-patients-with-nosocomial-pneumonia
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Melanie N Smith, Michael J Erdman, Jason A Ferreira, Petra Aldridge, Christopher A Jankowski
PURPOSE: This study investigated the diagnostic performance characteristics of a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay in critically ill patients with nosocomial pneumonia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective, single-center study included adult patients admitted to an intensive care unit with suspected nosocomial pneumonia. Patients must have received an MRSA nasal PCR assay and respiratory culture within predetermined time intervals...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917305/laboratory-diagnosis-for-outbreak-prone-infectious-diseases-after-typhoon-yolanda-haiyan-philippines
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Mariko Saito-Obata, Mayuko Saito, Titus C Tan, Inez Andrea P Medado, Clyde Dapat, Michiko Okamoto, Raita Tamaki, Rowena C Capistrano, Edelwisa Segubre-Mercado, Socorro P Lupisan, Hitoshi Oshitani
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. To identify possible outbreaks of communicable diseases after the typhoon, nasopharyngeal swabs, stool and blood samples were collected from patients who visited the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center due to acute respiratory infection (ARI), acute gastroenteritis (AGE) or other febrile illness (OFI) including suspected dengue fever, between November 28, 2013 and February 5, 2014.   Methods: Samples were tested on-site for selected pathogens using rapid diagnostic tests...
October 21, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917140/can-illness-perceptions-predict-lower-heart-rate-variability-following-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Mary Princip, Marco Scholz, Rebecca E Meister-Langraf, Jürgen Barth, Ulrich Schnyder, Hansjörg Znoj, Jean-Paul Schmid, Julian F Thayer, Roland von Känel
Objective: Decreased heart rate variability (HRV) has been reported to be a predictor of mortality after myocardial infarction (MI). Patients' beliefs and perceptions concerning their illness may play a role in decreased HRV. This study investigated if illness perceptions predict HRV at 3 months following acute MI. Methods: 130 patients referred to a tertiary cardiology center, were examined within 48 h and 3 months following acute MI. At admission, patients' cognitive representations of their MI were assessed using the German version of the self-rated Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Brief IPQ)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916197/peak-creatinine-kinase-level-is-a-key-adjunct-in-the-evaluation-of-critically-ill-trauma-patients
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Saskya Byerly, Elizabeth Benjamin, Subarna Biswas, Jayun Cho, Eugene Wang, Monica D Wong, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: Elevated creatinine kinase (CK) can indicate rhabdomyolysis, a risk factor for acute kidney injury (AKI). We investigated risk factors and clinical significance of peak CK levels. METHODS: Retrospective analysis, adult trauma patients. Logistic regression was used to identify risk factors for elevated CK and AKI. RESULTS: 3240 trauma patients were analyzed; median time to peak CK was 17 h and 347 patients had peak CK > 5000...
November 24, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915328/critical-care-nephrology-a-multidisciplinary-approach
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Lilia Rizo-Topete, Claudio Ronco
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a serious medical condition affecting millions of people. Patients in intensive care unit (ICU) who develop AKI have increased morbidity and mortality, prolonged length of stay in ICU and hospital and increased costs, especially when they require renal replacement therapy. In the latter case, morbidity and mortality increase further. In order to meet the needs of the critically ill patients, a multidisciplinary care team is required, combining the efforts of physicians and nurses from different disciplines as well as nephrologists and intensivists...
December 3, 2016: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914908/association-between-ventilatory-settings-and-development-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-due-to-brain-injury
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Eva Tejerina, Paolo Pelosi, Alfonso Muriel, Oscar Peñuelas, Yuda Sutherasan, Fernando Frutos-Vivar, Nicolás Nin, Andrew R Davies, Fernando Rios, Damian A Violi, Konstantinos Raymondos, Javier Hurtado, Marco González, Bin Du, Pravin Amin, Salvatore M Maggiore, Arnaud W Thille, Marco Antonio Soares, Manuel Jibaja, Asisclo J Villagomez, Michael A Kuiper, Younsuck Koh, Rui P Moreno, Amine Ali Zeggwagh, Dimitrios Matamis, Antonio Anzueto, Niall D Ferguson, Andrés Esteban
PURPOSE: In neurologically critically ill patients with mechanical ventilation (MV), the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality, but the role of ventilatory management has been scarcely evaluated. We evaluate the association of tidal volume, level of PEEP and driving pressure with the development of ARDS in a population of patients with brain injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of a prospective, observational study on mechanical ventilation...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914906/15th-international-conference-on-complex-acute-illness-iccai-society-for-complex-acute-illness-august-10-14-2016-at-the-beckman-institute-caltech
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Marie Csete, John Doyle
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November 19, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
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