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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915328/critical-care-nephrology-a-multidisciplinary-approach
#1
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/27915312/role-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity-rop-tertiary-centers-of-excellence-in-capacity-building
#2
Padmaja Kumari Rani, D Balakrishnanan, T R Padhi, Subhadra Jalali
Tertiary Centres of Excellence in India have been at the forefront of the efforts against Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) - associated blindness. The epidemic of blindness from ROP; however, has now spread rapidly into large parts of interiors of developing countries due to improved newborn care facilities. Due to their knowledge and experience of more than a decade, these centres of excellence, both from child care and Ophthalmology care, now need to come forward in substantial measures and need to be supported by funds and programs so that concerns of neonatal eye-health, training, screening, prevention and treatment can get integrated and embedded into newborn critical care and health programs...
November 7, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914806/interprovincial-differences-in-canadian-coronary-care-unit-resource-use-and-outcomes
#3
Sean van Diepen, Meng Lin, Justin A Ezekowitz, Finlay A McAlister, Douglas S Lee, Shaun G Goodman, Paul W Armstrong, Padma Kaul
International registries have reported a wide variation in coronary care unit (CCU) admission rates for patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or heart failure (HF). Little is known about variation in Canadian interprovincial use and outcomes. Canadian Institute of Health Information data were used to identify hospitalized patients admitted to a CCU with a primary diagnosis of ACS or HF between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2013. We examined interprovincial differences in CCU admission rates, use of CCU restricted therapies in the first 2 days of admission, and the association between CCU admission rate and risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality at the provincial level...
October 19, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914760/update-clinical-use-of-plasma-lactate
#4
REVIEW
Íde Gillespie, Patricia G Rosenstein, Dez Hughes
Lactate is an essential, versatile metabolic fuel in cellular bioenergetics. In human emergency and critical care, lactate is used as a biomarker and therapeutic endpoint and evidence is growing in veterinary medicine supporting its clinical utility. Lactate production is a protective response providing ongoing cellular energy during tissue hypoperfusion or hypoxia and mitigating acidosis. Hence, hyperlactatemia is closely associated with disease severity but it is an epiphenomenon as the body attempts to protect itself...
November 30, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913033/nurse-practitioner-prescribing-in-australia-a-comprehensive-literature-review
#5
REVIEW
Jacqueline Fong, Thomas Buckley, Andrew Cashin, Lisa Pont
BACKGROUND: In Australia, the nurse practitioner (NP) obtained prescriptive authority in some jurisdictions in 2001. One of the key aspects in which the scope of NPs differs from Registered Nurses (RNs) relates to the legal privilege to prescribe medications. Although NPs have had prescriptive authority in Australia since 2001, with access to the Commonwealth subsidy scheme (PBS) since 2010, little is known about NPs prescriptive patterns or outcomes of prescriptive practice. AIM: The aim of this scoping review was to examine the extent, range and nature of research conducted in relation to NP prescribing in the Australian health context as well as identify gaps in the existing literature...
November 29, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912981/examining-the-association-between-surface-bioburden-and-frequently-touched-sites-in-intensive-care
#6
C E Adams, J Smith, V Watson, C Robertson, S J Dancer
BACKGROUND: Critical care patients are at increased risk of infection. Near-patient surfaces act as reservoirs of microbial soil, which may contain pathogens. AIM: To correlate soil levels with hand-touch frequency of near-patient sites in an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Five sites around each bed in a 10-bed ICU were screened for total microbial soil (cfu/cm(2)) and Staphylococcus aureus every month for 10 months. Selected sites were infusion pump and cardiac monitor, left and right bedrails, and bed table...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912161/a-prospective-randomized-trial-of-tapered-cuff-endotracheal-tubes-with-intermittent-subglottic-suctioning-in-preventing-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-critically-ill-patients
#7
Ata Mahmoodpoor, Hadi Hamishehkar, Masoud Hamidi, Kamran Shadvar, Sarvin Sanaie, Samad Ej Golzari, Zahid Hussain Khan, Nader D Nader
BACKGROUND: Endotracheal tube placement is necessary for the control of the airway in patients who are mechanically ventilated. However, prolonged duration of endotracheal tube placement contributes to the development of ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAPs). The aim of this study was to evaluate whether subglottic suctioning using TaperGuard EVAC tubes was effective in decreasing the frequency of VAP. METHODS: A total of 276 mechanically ventilated patients for more than 72 hours were randomly assigned to group E (EVAC tube) and group C (conventional tube)...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911567/recommended-reading-from-mayo-clinic-department-of-pulmonary-and-critical-care-medicine-fellows
#8
Natalya Azadeh, Ryan D Clay, Nicholas A Braus, Kannan Ramar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911464/two-successful-insertions-of-peripherally-inserted-central-catheter-in-a-super-elderly-patient-with-bilateral-pacemaker-placement
#9
Wenyan Sun, Yufen Ma, Bing Liu, Ruibing Ge, Kai Wang, Qi Song
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) have been placed through the peripheral veins, and the best location for the tip of the PICCs is the lower third of the superior vena cava (SVC) and cavo-atrial junction. PICCs are commonly used in intravenous administration, parenteral nutrition therapy, chemotherapy, as well as in critical care units. The success rates in venipuncture are enhanced when ultrasonographic guides are used by the bedside PICC teams. There have been few reports of PICCs placed in super elderly patients with permanent cardiac pacemakers...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911381/a-novel-approach-for-the-administration-of-medications-and-fluids-in-emergency-scenarios-and-settings
#10
Akilesh Honasoge, Neal Lyons, Kathleen Hesse, Braden Parker, Robert Mokszycki, Kelly Wesselhoff, Rolla Sweis, Erik B Kulstad
The available routes of administration commonly used for medications and fluids in the acute care setting are generally limited to oral, intravenous, or intraosseous routes, but in many patients, particularly in the emergency or critical care settings, these routes are often unavailable or time-consuming to access. A novel device is now available that offers an easy route for administration of medications or fluids via rectal mucosal absorption (also referred to as proctoclysis in the case of fluid administration and subsequent absorption)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910706/intravenous-oxygen-a-novel-method-of-oxygen-delivery-in-hypoxemic-respiratory-failure
#11
Jonathan A Gehlbach, Kyle J Rehder, Michael A Gentile, David A Turner, Daniel J Grady, Ira M Cheifetz
Hypoxemic respiratory failure is a common problem in critical care. Current management strategies, including mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal membranous oxygenation, can be efficacious but these therapies put patients at risk for toxicities associated with invasive forms of support. Areas Covered: In this manuscript, we discuss intravenous oxygen (IVO2), a novel method to improve oxygen delivery that involves intravenous administration of a physiologic solution containing dissolved oxygen at hyperbaric concentrations...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910086/higher-vs-lower-haemoglobin-threshold-for-transfusion-in-septic-shock-subgroup-analyses-of-the-triss-trial
#12
S L Rygård, L B Holst, J Wetterslev, P I Johansson, A Perner
BACKGROUND: Using a restrictive transfusion strategy appears to be safe in sepsis, but there may be subgroups of patients who benefit from transfusion at a higher haemoglobin level. We explored if subgroups of patients with septic shock and anaemia had better outcome when transfused at a higher vs. a lower haemoglobin threshold. METHODS: In post-hoc analyses of the full trial population of 998 patients from the Transfusion Requirements in Septic Shock (TRISS) trial, we investigated the intervention effect on 90-day mortality in patients with severe comorbidity (chronic lung disease, haematological malignancy or metastatic cancer), in patients who had undergone surgery (elective or acute) and in patients with septic shock as defined by the new consensus definition: lactate above 2 mmol/l and the need for vasopressors to maintain a mean arterial pressure above 65 mmHg...
December 2, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908953/i-am-a-critical-care-nurse
#13
Kimberly Ortmayer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908947/integrating-nurse-practitioners-into-intensive-care-units
#14
Shari Simone, Carmel A McComiskey, Brooke Andersen
As demand for nurse practitioners in all types of intensive care units continues to increase, ensuring successful integration of these nurses into adult and pediatric general and specialty intensive care units poses several challenges. Adding nurse practitioners requires strategic planning to define critical aspects of the care delivery model before the practitioners are hired, develop a comprehensive program for integrating and training these nurses, and create a plan for implementing the program. Key strategies to ensure successful integration include defining and implementing the role of nurse practitioners, providing options for orientation, and supporting and training novice nurse practitioners...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908946/strategies-for-acute-and-critical-care-nurses-implementing-complementary-therapies-requested-by-patients-and-their-families
#15
Debra Kramlich
As consumer use of complementary and alternative medicine or modalities continues to increase in the United States, requests for these therapies in the acute and critical care setting will probably continue to expand in scope and frequency. Incorporation of complementary therapies in the plan of care is consistent with principles of patient- and family-centered care and collaborative decision-making and may provide a measure of relief for the distress of admission to an acute or critical care setting. An earlier article provided an overview of complementary and alternative therapies that nurses may encounter in their practices, with specific attention to implications for acute and critical care nurses...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908943/planning-for-deactivation-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-at-the-end-of-life-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#16
Destiny R Brady
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may be burdensome in end-stage heart failure. At the end of life, as many as one-fifth to one-third of patients experience an ICD shock. Critical care nurses should be aware of the potential burden of these shocks at the end of life as well as the ethics and organizational policies surrounding ICD deactivation. This literature review examines the issues surrounding ICD therapy at the end of life. Based on this author's findings, recommendations for discussing and implementing ICD deactivation are offered...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908942/the-need-for-an-effective-process-to-resolve-conflicts-over-medical-futility-a-case-study-and-analysis
#17
Jocelyn A Olmstead, Michael D Dahnke
The issue of medical futility requires a well-defined process in which both sides of the dispute can be heard and a resolution reached in a fair and ethical manner. Procedural approaches to medical futility cases provide all parties involved with a process-driven framework for resolving these disputes. Medical paternalism or the belief in the absolute rightness of the medical model will not serve to resolve these disputes. Although medical futility is first determined by medicine, in order for the determination to meet legal criteria, it must be subject to review...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908941/critical-care-nurses-end-of-life-preferences-a-brief-report-on-a-few-responses-to-a-very-short-survey
#18
EDITORIAL
JoAnn Grif Alspach
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907969/neuroprotection-in-critical-care-neurology
#19
Menno R Germans, Hieronymus D Boogaarts, R Loch Macdonald
Ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and traumatic brain injury-all have in common early brain injury due to brain tissue destruction, reduced cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery, and overall substantial morbidity and mortality. The pathophysiology of brain tissue damage likely includes common cellular mechanisms. Neuroprotection has seldom, if ever, been shown to reduce early brain injury. Secondary brain injury develops after these conditions due to macroscopic events such as increased intracranial pressure and reduced cerebral blood flow, as well as cellular processes including vascular damage, inflammation, and apoptotic/necrotic cell death...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907965/movement-disorders-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#20
Sara M Schaefer, Rezvan Rostami, David M Greer
Movement disorders are common; yet to those without subspecialty experience they can be difficult to recognize, categorize, and manage. Although most frequently encountered in an outpatient setting, patients with movement disorders are commonly hospitalized and often admitted to the intensive care unit, leading to possible confusion about their proper care. In addition, movement disorders can arise in critical care settings for several reasons, including medication side effects, substance withdrawal, or development of a new syndrome...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
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