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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088209/pulmonary-embolism-in-non-brain-tumor-patients-after-surgery-a-retrospective-study-in-china
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Ren-Xiong Chen, Hong-Zhi Wang, Jun Dong, Hong Ren, Xiao-Jie Chen, Jia-Xuan Xu, Yong Yang, Guo-Dong Wang
BACKGROUND: The incidence rate of pulmonary emboli (PE) is high in tumor patients; however, the morbidity and mortality associated with the development of PE after tumor surgery are unknown. We studied the clinical profiles and outcomes of patients with PE after non-brain tumor surgery. METHODS: We retrospectively screened 55,967 patients who underwent non-brain tumor surgery at the Peking University Cancer Hospital from January 2008 to June 2015. Among them, 76 patients who were diagnosed with PE were enrolled in our study...
January 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078833/clinical-profile-and-outcome-of-patients-with-severe-sepsis-treated-in-an-intensive-care-unit-in-india
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T T Paary, M S Kalaiselvan, M K Renuka, A S Arunkumar
Introduction: Sepsis is the leading cause of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and is associated with high mortality. Objectives: To identify the incidence, risk factors and outcome of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Methods: A prospective observational study was done in a multidisciplinary ICU over a period of 18 months. We included all adult patients admitted to ICU with features of severe sepsis and septic shock as per SCCM/ACCP guidelines...
30, 2016: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078828/biomarkers-upon-discontinuation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-predict-60-day-survival-and-renal-recovery-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
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Tingting Yang, Si Sun, Yuliang Zhao, Qiang Liu, Mei Han, Liping Lin, Baihai Su, Songmin Huang, Lichuan Yang
Introduction There is no consensus on the specific indications for weaning critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) off renal replacement therapy (RRT). This study aimed to explore the prognostic value of several biomarkers measured upon discontinuation of RRT for their value in predicting 60-day survival and renal recovery in an effort to add knowledge to the decision-making process regarding RRT withdrawal. Methods We prospectively enrolled 102 patients with AKI who required RRT from the intensive care unit...
January 11, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074985/-characteristics-and-evolution-of-patients-admitted-to-a-public-hospital-intensive-care-unit
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Carolina Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Díaz, Juan Marcelo Zapata, Sebastián Bravo, Sergio Panay, Cristina Escobar, Jorge Godoy, Max Andresen, Ricardo Castro
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology of critical patients in Chile could differ from that reported in international studies. AIM: To describe the causes of admission and evolution of patients who were admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of a general hospital in Chile in a two-year period (2012-2013). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out using the ICU database. The following variables were registered: admission diagnosis, APACHE II (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation), days of mechanical ventilation (MV), ICU length of stay and ICU and hospital survival...
October 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073994/vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-compared-with-metered-dose-inhaler-in-mechanically-ventilated-subjects
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Meagan N Dubosky, Yi-Fan Chen, Mary E Henriksen, David L Vines
BACKGROUND: The impact of various aerosol delivery devices on patient outcomes during mechanical ventilation is unknown. If one method of delivery results in a higher ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) rate than another, multiple patient outcomes may be affected. This study aimed to determine whether there was a difference in VAP occurrence and patient outcomes (days receiving ventilation and in-hospital mortality) between the vibrating mesh nebulizer (AeroNeb Solo) and the metered-dose inhaler (MDI)...
January 10, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073594/analysis-of-readmission-rates-to-the-intensive-care-unit-after-implementation-of-a-rapid-response-team-in-a-university-hospital
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R Bergamasco E Paula, M T Tanita, J Festti, L T Queiroz Cardoso, C M Carvalho Grion
OBJECTIVES: To compare readmission rates to the intensive care unit (ICU) before and after the implementation of a rapid response team (RRT), and to identify risk factors for readmission. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental before-after study was carried out. SETTING: A University Hospital. PATIENTS: All patients discharged from the ICU from January to December 2008 (control group) and from January 2010 to December 2012 (intervention group)...
January 7, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072937/prognosis-of-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases-admitted-to-intensive-care
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M Beil, S Sviri, V de la Guardia, I Stav, E Ben-Chetrit, P V van Heerden
Variable mortality rates have been reported for patients with rheumatic diseases admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). Due to the absence of appropriate control groups in previous studies, it is not known whether the presence of a rheumatic disease constitutes a risk factor. Moreover, the accuracy of the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) score for predicting outcome in this group of patients has been questioned. The primary goal of this study was to compare outcome of patients with rheumatic diseases admitted to a medical ICU to those of controls...
January 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069319/effect-of-ulinastatin-combined-with-thymosin-alpha1-on-sepsis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-chinese-and-indian-patients
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Dadong Liu, Zongying Yu, Jiangtao Yin, Yikun Chen, Hao Zhang, Fan Xin, Haiyan Fu, Bing Wan
PURPOSE: To assess the effects of urinary trypsin inhibitor (UTI) ulinastatin combined with thymosin alpha1 (Tα1) on sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The meta-analysis included 8 randomized controlled trials (N=1112 patients) on UTI-based therapy for sepsis published before July 10, 2016. Two investigators independently extracted data and assessed the quality of each study. The short-term mortality rate, duration of mechanical ventilator and vasopressor use, length of intensive care unit stay, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score, and differences in inflammatory cytokines (interleukin [IL]-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor α) were assessed using statistical software...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056821/impact-of-colistin-plasma-levels-on-the-clinical-outcome-of-patients-with-infections-caused-by-extremely-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Luisa Sorlí, Sonia Luque, Concepción Segura, Nuria Campillo, Milagro Montero, Erika Esteve, Sabina Herrera, Natividad Benito, Francisco Alvarez-Lerma, Santiago Grau, Juan Pablo Horcajada
BACKGROUND: Colistin has a narrow therapeutic window with nephrotoxicity being the major dose-limiting adverse effect. Currently, the optimal doses and therapeutic plasma levels are unknown. METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study, including patients infected by colistin-susceptible P. aeruginosa treated with intravenous colistimethate sodium (CMS). Clinical data and colistin plasma levels at steady-state (Css) were recorded. The primary and secondary end points were clinical cure and 30-day all-cause mortality...
January 5, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054290/treatment-of-hyponatremia-in-patients-with-acute-neurological-injury
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Theresa Human, Aaron M Cook, Brian Anger, Kathleen Bledsoe, Amber Castle, David Deen, Haley Gibbs, Christine Lesch, Norah Liang, Karen McAllen, Christopher Morrison, Dennis Parker, A Shaun Rowe, Denise Rhoney, Kiranpal Sangha, Elena Santayana, Scott Taylor, Eljim Tesoro, Gretchen Brophy
BACKGROUND: Little data exist regarding the practice of sodium management in acute neurologically injured patients. This study describes the practice variations, thresholds for treatment, and effectiveness of treatment in this population. METHODS: This retrospective, multicenter, observational study identified 400 ICU patients, from 17 centers, admitted for ≥48 h with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), traumatic brain injury (TBI), intraparenchymal hemorrhage, or intracranial tumors between January 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046108/norovirus-and-sapovirus-epidemiology-and-strain-characteristics-among-navajo-and-apache-infants
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Lindsay R Grant, Katherine L O'Brien, Robert C Weatherholtz, Raymond Reid, Novalene Goklish, Mathuram Santosham, Umesh Parashar, Jan Vinjé
Norovirus and sapovirus are important causes of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) among American Indian infants. We investigated the prevalence and molecular epidemiology of norovirus and sapovirus in American Indian infants who have historically experienced a high burden of AGE compared to other US populations. Stool samples were collected from 241 children with AGE (cases) and from 343 infants without AGE (controls) ≤9 months of age from 2002-2004. Cases experienced forceful vomiting and/or 3 or more watery or looser-than-normal stools in 24 hours...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043418/the-effectiveness-of-patient-tailored-treatment-for-acute-organophosphate-poisoning
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Chih-Chuan Lin, Dong-Zong Hung, Hsien-Yi Chen, Kuang-Hung Hsu
BACKGROUND: To determine a new pralidoxime (PAM) treatment guideline based on the severity of acute organophosphate intoxication patients, APACHE II score, and dynamic changes in serum butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) activity. METHODS: This is a randomization trial. All patients received supportive care measurements and atropinization. Each enrolled patient was treated with 2 gm PAM intravenously as the loading dose. The control group was treated according to the WHO's recommended PAM regimen, and the experimental group was treated according to their APACHE II scores and dynamic changes in BuChE activity...
December 2016: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043308/diagnostic-accuracy-of-modified-ct-severity-index-in-assessing-severity-of-acute-pancreatitis
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Amna Rehan, Zonaira Shabbir, Asim Shaukat, Osman Riaz
OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of modified CT severity index in assessing the severe acute pancreatitis keeping APACHE II as gold standard. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional (validation) study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Radiology, Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, from February to August 2014. METHODOLOGY: A total of 120 patients of either gender aged 20-60 years with epigastric pain radiating to back and having sonographic findings (decreased or heterogeneous pancreatic echogenicity, pancreatic enlargement, peripancreatic fluid collection), supportive of acute pancreatitis were taken...
December 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042074/a-communications-bundle-to-improve-satisfaction-for-critically-ill-patients-and-their-families-a-prospective-cohort-pilot-study
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Rana L Awdish, Dana Buick, Maria Kokas, Hanan Berlin, Catherine Jackman, Cari Williamson, Michael P Mendez, Kristen Chasteen
CONTEXT: Communication skills training with simulated patients is used by many academic centers, but how to translate skills learned in simulated settings to improve communication in real encounters has not been described. OBJECTIVE: We developed a communications bundle to facilitate skill transfer from simulation to real encounters and improve patient and/or family satisfaction with physician communication. We tested the feasibility of its use in our hospital's medical intensive care unit (MICU)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040752/predictors-for-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-a-portable-out-of-centre-implanted-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-device
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Florian Rückert, Thomas Steinke, Lilit Flöther, Michael Bucher, Dietrich Metz, Stefan Frantz, Efstratios I Charitos, Hendrik Treede, Christoph Raspé
OBJECTIVES: Despite progress in the treatment of cardiopulmonary organ failure, the mortality rate for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and cardiogenic shock remains high. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a promising treatment option, but long-term outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are unknown. METHODS: Detailed information related to pre- and post-device data and outcomes from a consecutive sample of 71 patients treated with ECMO was analysed...
December 31, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040364/acute-intestinal-damage-following-severe-burn-correlates-with-the-development-of-multiple-organ-dysfunction-syndrome-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Akinori Osuka, Hirofumi Kusuki, Hiroshi Matsuura, Kentaro Shimizu, Hiroshi Ogura, Masashi Ueyama
BACKGROUND: Severely burned patients occasionally suffer intestinal ischemia leading to a fatal outcome, and the gut is considered a "motor" driving the development of multiple organ failure. However, in clinical settings, it has been difficult to assess acute intestinal damage following burn and its consequence to patient outcome. Intestinal fatty acid binding protein (I-FABP) is a known biomarker for diagnosing intestinal ischemia/damage. This study aimed to assess the extent of intestinal damage using serial I-FABP measurements following severe burn and to clarify the association between intestinal damage and the development of organ dysfunctions...
December 28, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039586/plasma-phospholipid-fatty-acid-profile-is-altered-in-both-septic-and-non-septic-critically-ill-a-correlation-with-inflammatory-markers-and-albumin
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František Novak, J Borovska, M Vecka, J Rychlikova, L Vavrova, H Petraskova, A Zak, O Novakova
This study analyzes fatty acid (FA) composition in plasma lipids and erythrocyte phospholipids while comparing septic and non-septic critically ill patients. The aim was to describe impacts of infection and the inflammatory process. Patients with severe sepsis (SP, n = 13); age-, sex- and APACHE II score-matched non-septic critically ill with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (NSP, n = 13); and age-/sex-matched healthy controls (HC, n = 13) were included in a prospective case-control study during the first 24 h after admission to the intensive care unit...
December 30, 2016: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035481/the-cd4-t-lymphocyte-count-is-an-important-predictor-for-the-prognosis-of-cryptococcosis
#18
Y Ding, P Li, Q He, H Wei, T Wu, D Xia, M Tan, Y Shi, X Su
There is great heterogeneity of immunity among patients with cryptococcosis, and severe immunodeficiency can lead to negative clinical outcomes. Underlying disease is a poor surrogate for immune status and inferior in predicting an individual's prognosis. This study was intended to determine whether T-lymphocyte subgroups would be more suitable indicators regarding the severity of infection and clinical outcomes of such patients. We retrieved clinical data on 101 patients with cryptococcosis and compared the validity of multiple parameters (underlying disease and T-lymphocyte subgroups) in predicting the severity of infection and clinical outcome in these patients...
December 29, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035031/anglerfish-a-webserver-for-defining-the-geometry-of-%C3%AE-helices-in-membrane-proteins
#19
Matthew Colledge, B A Wallace
: Integral membrane proteins that form helical pores and bundles constitute major drug targets, and many of their structures have been defined by crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. The gating of channels and ligand binding of transporters generally involves changes in orientation of one or more the constituent helices in the structures. At present there is no standard easily- accessible means for defining the orientation of a helix in a membrane protein structure. AnglerFish is a web-based tool for parameterising the angles of transmembrane helices based on PDB coordinates, with the helical orientations defined by the angles "tilt" and "swing"...
December 29, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033703/a-validator-and-converter-for-the-synthetic-biology-open-language
#20
Zach Zundel, Meher Samineni, Zhen Zhang, Chris J Myers
This paper presents a new validation and conversion utility for the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL). This utility can be accessed directly in software using the libSBOLj library, through a web interface, or using a web service via RESTful API calls. The validator checks all required and best practice rules set forth in the SBOL specification document, and it reports back to the user the location within the document of any errors found. The converter is capable of translating from/to SBOL 1, GenBank, and FASTA formats to/from SBOL 2...
December 29, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
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