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Ewa A Woźnica, Małgorzata Inglot, Ryszard K Woźnica, Lidia Łysenko
Despite continuous progress in medicine, sepsis remains the main cause of deaths in the intensive care unit. Liver failure complicating sepsis/septic shock has a significant impact on mortality in this group of patients. The pathophysiology of sepsis-associated liver dysfunction is very complicated and still not well understood. According to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Guidelines, the diagnosis of liver dysfunction during sepsis is based on the increase in bilirubin concentration >2 mg/dL and the occurrence of coagulation disorders with INR > 1...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Jennifer Rickard, Christian Ngarambe, Leonard Ndayizeye, Blair Smart, Robert Riviello, Jean Paul Majyambere
BACKGROUND: Management of critically ill patients is challenging in a low-resource setting. In Rwanda, peritonitis is a common surgical condition where patients often present late, with advanced disease. We aim to describe critical care management of patients with peritonitis in Rwanda. METHODS: Data were collected at a tertiary referral hospital in Rwanda on patients undergoing operation for peritonitis over a 6-month period. Data included epidemiology, hospital course and outcomes...
March 19, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Alessandro Russo, Simone Giuliano, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Francesco Alessandri, Alessandra Giordano, Grazia Brunetti, Mario Venditti
Objectives: a significant cause of mortality in intensive care unit (ICU) is represented by multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria, such as MDR Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) and Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp). Aim of the present study was the comparison of clinical features, therapy and outcome of patients who developed septic shock due to either MDR-AB or KPC-Kp. Methods: were retrospectively analyzed patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a teaching hospital, from November 2010 to December 2015, who developed septic shock due to MDR-AB or KPC-Kp infection...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Sonia Singh, Ruiguang Song, Anna Satcher Johnson, Eugene McCray, H Irene Hall
Background: HIV infection is a persistent health concern in the United States, and men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to be the most affected population. Objective: To estimate HIV incidence and prevalence and the percentage of undiagnosed HIV infections overall and among MSM. Design: Cross-sectional analysis. Setting: National HIV Surveillance System. Participants: Persons aged 13 years and older with diagnosed HIV infection...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
Hayley B Gershengorn, Carri W Chan, Yunchao Xu, Hanxi Sun, Ronni Levy, Mor Armony, Michelle N Gong
OBJECTIVE: To understand the impact of adding a medical step-down unit (SDU) on patient outcomes and throughput in a medical intensive care unit (ICU). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Two academic tertiary care hospitals within the same health-care system. PATIENTS: Adults admitted to the medical ICU at either the control or intervention hospital from October 2013 to March 2014 (preintervention) and October 2014 to March 2015 (postintervention)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Craig M Lilly, Omar Badawi, Xinggang Liu, Gill Christine S, Ilene Harris
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patients transfused red blood cell (RBC) products according to guideline-specified pretransfusion hemoglobin (Hb) concentrations or for other reasons were more likely to survive their intensive care unit (ICU) stay. DESIGN: An observational study of 375 478 episodes of ICU care, over 5 years, was performed with ICU survival as the primary outcome. Outcomes were analyzed as a function of pretransfusion Hb concentration for groups with distinct transfusion indications while adjusting for potential confounders...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Horng-Ruey Chua, Weng-Kin Wong, Venetia Huiling Ong, Dipika Agrawal, Anantharaman Vathsala, Hui-Ming Tay, Amartya Mukhopadhyay
PURPOSE: To evaluate 1-year mortality in patients with septic acute kidney injury (AKI) and to determine association between initial AKI recovery patterns ( reversal within 5 days, beyond 5 days but recovery, or nonrecovery) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. METHODS: Prospective observational study, with retrospective evaluation of initial nonconsenters, of critically ill patients with septic AKI. RESULTS: We studied 207 patients (age, mean [SD]: 64 [16] years, 39% males), of which 56 (27%), 18 (9%), and 9 (4%) died in intensive care unit (ICU), post-ICU in hospital, and posthospitalization, respectively...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Luisa Flohr, Shaylene Beaudry, K Taneille Johnson, Nicholas West, Catherine M Burns, J Mark Ansermino, Guy A Dumont, David Wensley, Peter Skippen, Matthias Gorges
The pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) is a complex environment, in which a multidisciplinary team of clinicians (registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians) continually observe and evaluate patient information. Data are provided by multiple, and often physically separated sources, cognitive workload is high, and team communication can be challenging. Our aim is to combine information from multiple monitoring and therapeutic devices in a mobile application, the VitalPAD , to improve the efficiency of clinical decision-making, communication, and thereby patient safety...
2018: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Ingrid Zyserman, Deboprosad Mondal, Francisco Sarabia, James H McKerrow, William R Roush, Anjan Debnath
Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a rapidly fatal infection caused by the free-living ameba Naegleria fowleri. PAM occurs principally in healthy children of less than 13 years old with a history of recent exposure to warm fresh water. While as yet not a reportable disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents a total of 143 cases in the United States. Only four patients have survived. Infection results from water containing N. fowleri entering the nose, followed by migration of the amebae to the brain...
March 15, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Kimberly Joseph, Sameer Gupta, James Yon, Renee Partida, Lee Cartagena, John Kubasiak, Vanessa Buie, Jared Miller, Dorion Wiley, Kimberly Nagy, Frederic Starr, Andrew Dennis, Matthew Kaminsky, Faran Bokhari
BACKGROUND: Checklists have been advocated to improve quality outcomes/communication in the critical care setting, but results have been mixed. A new checklist process, "TRAUMA LIFE", was implemented in our Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) to replace prior checklists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the "TRAUMA LIFE" process implementation on quality metrics and on patient/family communication in the TICU. METHODS: "TRAUMA LIFE" was considered maturely implemented by 2016...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
D Díaz-Díaz, M Villanova Martínez, E Palencia Herrejón
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the factors influencing in-hospital mortality among cancer patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). DESIGN: A retrospective observational study was carried out. SETTING: The ICU of a community hospital. PATIENTS: Adults diagnosed with solid or hematological malignancies admitted to the ICU, excluding those admitted after scheduled surgery and those with an ICU stay of under 24h. INTERVENTIONS: Review of clinical data...
March 15, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Hannah Lee, Jae-Woo Ju, Seung-Young Oh, Jeongsoo Kim, Chul Woo Jung, Ho Geol Ryu
BACKGROUND: Recent reports suggest that not all critically ill patients with delirium share the same consequences. The outcomes of surgical intensive care unit patients with postoperative delirium were evaluated depending on the onset and duration of delirium. METHODS: A total of 527 patients who were admitted from the operating theater and cared for in the surgical intensive care unit for >24 hours were evaluated for delirium using the Confusion Assessment Method for intensive care unit, 3 times a day...
March 15, 2018: Surgery
Tiago Antonio Tonietto, Marcio Manozzo Boniatti, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Marina Verçoza Viana, Moreno Calcagnotto Dos Santos, Carla Silva Lincho, José Augusto Santos Pellegrini, Josi Vidart, Jeruza Lavanholi Neyeloff, Gustavo Adolpho Moreira Faulhaber
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a predictor of mortality in critically ill patients. Our objective was to investigate the association between the RDW at ICU discharge and the risk of ICU readmission or unexpected death in the ward. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data study was conducted including patients discharged alive from the ICU to the ward. The target variable was the RDW collected at ICU discharge. Elevated RDW was defined as an RDW > 16%...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Eashaa Kumar, Michael T McCurdy, Christian A Koch, Abdurrahman Hamadah, Tibor Fülöp, Kamel A Gharaibeh
Unexplained hypotension in the intensive care unit is commonly attributed to volume depletion, cardiorespiratory failure, sepsis, or relative adrenal insufficiency. In these acute conditions, thyroid hormone levels measured in blood, serum or plasma are often altered and solely attributed to critical illness. We report a series of 3 critically ill patients with prolonged respiratory failure, suppressed mental status and unexplained hypotension. Thyroid stimulating hormone levels ranged from normal to mildly elevated (2...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Alice G Vassiliou, Anastasia Kotanidou, Zafeiria Mastora, Carlo Tascini, Gianluigi Cardinali, Stylianos E Orfanos
INTRODUCTION: A soluble (s) form of the endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) circulates in plasma and inhibits activated protein C (APC) activities. The clinical impact of sEPCR and its involvement in the septic process is under investigation. This study determined the frequencies of EPCR haplotypes H1 and H3 to investigate possible associations with plasma admission levels of sEPCR in an intensive care unit (ICU) cohort of septic patients. METHODS: Three polymorphisms in the EPCR gene were genotyped in 239 Caucasian critically ill patients, and their plasma sEPCR levels were also measured at the time of admission to the ICU...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
Mohanned Mustafa, Easwaradhas Gladston Chelliah, Michael Hughes
Patients with systemic rheumatic diseases (SRDs) may require admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) throughout the course of their disease. Therefore, the rheumatologist needs an understanding of the factors which may influence the course of patients with SRDs who are admitted to ICU. These include the causes for admission, patient characteristics including comorbidities and drug therapies, outcome (in-ICU mortality and causes of death), and prognostic factors. Infections and exacerbation/complications of SRDs are the most common (and potentially reversible) reasons for both admission and death on ICU...
March 16, 2018: Rheumatology International
Nathaly M Sweeney, Shareef A Nahas, Shimul Chowdhury, Miguel Del Campo, Marilyn C Jones, David P Dimmock, Stephen F Kingsmore, Rcigm Investigators
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) results from incomplete formation of the diaphragm leading to herniation of abdominal organs into the thoracic cavity. CDH is associated with pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Genetically, it is associated with aneuploidies, chromosomal copy number variants, and single gene mutations. CDH is the most expensive non-cardiac congenital defect: Management frequently requires implementation of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which increases management expenditures 2...
March 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Michaela K Nichols, Melissa K Andrew, Todd F Hatchette, Ardith Ambrose, Guy Boivin, William Bowie, Ayman Chit, Gael Dos Santos, May ElSherif, Karen Green, Francois Haguinet, Scott A Halperin, Barbara Ibarguchi, Jennie Johnstone, Kevin Katz, Phillipe Lagacé-Wiens, Joanne M Langley, Jason LeBlanc, Mark Loeb, Donna MacKinnon-Cameron, Anne McCarthy, Janet E McElhaney, Allison McGeer, Andre Poirier, Jeff Powis, David Richardson, Anne Schuind, Makeda Semret, Vivek Shinde, Stephanie Smith, Daniel Smyth, Grant Stiver, Geoffrey Taylor, Sylvie Trottier, Louis Valiquette, Duncan Webster, Lingyun Ye, Shelly A McNeil
BACKGROUND: Ongoing assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) is critical to inform public health policy. This study aimed to determine the VE of trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) for preventing influenza-related hospitalizations and other serious outcomes over three consecutive influenza seasons. METHODS: The Serious Outcomes Surveillance (SOS) Network of the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) conducted active surveillance for influenza in adults ≥16 years (y) of age during the 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons in hospitals across Canada...
March 13, 2018: Vaccine
Chen Shu-Lan, Lan Fang-Chen, Du Zhen-Shuang, Xu Ya-Ping, Zhao Hui-Ming, Zeng Cui-Ping, Miao Yu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the influence of injection rates of calibrating standard solution on monitoring pulse indicator continuous cardiac output (PICCO, made in Germany), and thereby to provide significant references for clinical practice. METHODS: A total of 108 critical patients in stroke intensive care unit were identified. All these participants received transesophageal cardiac color Doppler ultrasound, and within 15 min PICCO equipment was utilized to monitor the relevant parameters, by means of 0 °C calibrating standard solution, and the injection speeds were 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10 s...
March 16, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Sacha Klein, Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, Stephanie Benson, Sei-Young Lee
Increasing access to early care and education (ECE) for children in the child welfare system (CWS) remains a critical issue in the United States, as the numbers of young children entering this system steadily increases. Mounting evidence suggests that participation in at least some types of ECE can mitigate the need for child welfare supervision. Moreover, ECE participation has been linked to positive developmental and school readiness outcomes, lower rates of foster placement, and greater placement stability for children in the CWS...
March 13, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
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