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John C O'Horo, Priya Sampathkumar
Neurointensive care (NICU) patients experience complex infectious disease challenges. Central nervous system (CNS) infections are difficult to diagnose and treat, and post-neurosurgical patients are vulnerable to a unique set of healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) in addition to those typical of critically ill patients. The purpose of this review is to summarize the approach to suspected infection in the NICU and discuss management of several infectious syndromes in the NICU setting.
June 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594285/cognitive-event-related-potentials-during-the-sub-acute-phase-of-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-and-their-relationship-to-outcome
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Solveig L Hauger, Kjell Olafsen, Caroline Schnakers, Nada Andelic, Kristian Bernhard Nilsen, Eirik Helseth, Ingrid Funderud, Stein Andersson, Anne-Kristine Schanke, Marianne Løvstad
Predicting outcome in the early phase after severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) is a major clinical challenge, particularly identifying patients with potential of good cognitive outcome. The current single center prospective study aimed to explore presence and normalization of electroencephalography (EEG)-based event related potentials (ERPs) in the early phase following sTBI, and their relationship to functional and cognitive outcome 6 months post-injury. Fourteen adult patients with sTBI were recruited from the neurointensive care unit (mean age=38...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497668/potential-brain-dead-organ-donation-in-neurocritical-care-mortality
#3
Vera Spatenkova, Ondrej Bradac, Petr Suchomel
BACKGROUND: Mortality is a marker of quality in neurocritical care, but it also provides potential for donors after brain death (DBD) following irreversible acute brain damage. The aim of this study was to analyse the neurointensive care unit (NICU) mortality rate and recovery of potential DBD. METHODS: We performed a 10-year prospective observational cohort computer database analysis of 6138 acute neurological and neurosurgical patients (pts, 58.2% male, mean: age 55...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490277/il-33-promotes-recruitment-of-microglia-macrophages-in-response-to-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
Grzegorz Wicher, Ulrika Wallenquist, Ying Lei, Mattias Enoksson, Xiaofei Li, Barbara Fuchs, Sami Abu Hamdeh, Niklas Marklund, Lars Hillered, Gunnar Nilsson, Karin Forsberg-Nilsson
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating condition, often leading to life-long consequences for the patients. Even though modern neurointensive care has improved functional and cognitive outcomes, efficient pharmacological therapies are still lacking. Targeting peripherally derived, or resident inflammatory cells that are rapid responders to brain injury is promising, but complex, since the contribution of inflammation to exacerbation versus improved recovery varies with time after injury. The injury-induced inflammatory response is triggered by release of alarmins, and in the present study we asked if Interleukin-33 (IL-33), an injury-associated nuclear alarmin, is involved in TBI...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463046/the-influence-of-hyperthermia-on-intracranial-pressure-cerebral-oximetry-and-cerebral-metabolism-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Lena Nyholm, Tim Howells, Anders Lewén, Lars Hillered, Per Enblad
BACKGROUND: Hyperthermia is a common secondary insult in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim was to evaluate the relationship between hyperthermia and intracranial pressure (ICP), and if intracranial compliance and cerebral blood flow (CBF) pressure autoregulation affected that relationship. The relationships between hyperthermia and cerebral oximetry (BtipO2) and cerebral metabolism were also studied. METHODS: A computerized multimodality monitoring system was used for data collection at the neurointensive care unit...
May 2, 2017: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447929/five-year-follow-up-on-transplanted-organs-from-donors-after-brain-death-after-acute-stroke
#6
Vera Spatenkova, Eva Pokorna, Petr Suchomel
OBJECTIVES: Efficient intensive care donor management can help alleviate the shortage of organs for transplant. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of management of donors after brain death from our neurointensive care unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational 5-year follow-up on 29 transplanted organs from 14 brain-dead donors after acute stroke (7 subarachnoid and 4 intracerebral hemorrhages, 3 ischemic strokes)...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443389/neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-units-staffed-by-intensivists-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-analysis
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Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Ariel Hendin, Kalpana Bhardwaj, Kednapa Thavorn, Dave Neilipovitz, Dalibour Kubelik, Gianni D'Egidio, Grant Stotts, Erin Rosenberg
INTRODUCTION: With an aging population and increasing numbers of intensive care unit admissions, novel ways of providing quality care at reduced cost are required. Closed neurointensive care units improve outcomes for patients with critical neurological conditions, including decreased mortality and length of stay (LOS). Small studies have demonstrated the safety of intermediate-level units for selected patient populations. However, few studies analyze both cost and safety outcomes of these units...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419731/a-qualitative-study-of-doctors-and-nurses-barriers-to-communicating-with-seriously-ill-patients-about-their-dependent-children
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Annemarie Dencker, Bo Andreassen Rix, Per Bøge, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
OBJECTIVE: Research indicates that health personnel (HP) caring for seriously ill patients with dependent children aged 0-18 often avoid discussing with them the challenges of being a family with a parent in treatment. Children of seriously ill patients (CSIP) risk serious trauma and emotional difficulty later in life and depend on adult support to minimize these consequences. Patients suffer anxiety about supporting their children during their illness. Due to their potentially pivotal role in supporting patients in enabling parent-child communication, we examined HP's structural and emotional barriers to communicating with patients about their children...
April 18, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400902/a-novel-neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-unit-model-retrospective-analysis-of-impact-on-patient-flow-and-safety
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Alexandra E Quimby, Michel C F Shamy, Deanna M Rothwell, Erin Y Liu, Dar Dowlatshahi, Grant Stotts
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Neurointensive care units have been shown to improve patient outcomes across a variety of neurological and neurosurgical conditions. However, the efficacy of less resource-intensive intermediate-level care units to deliver similar care has not been well studied. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of neurocritical specialist comanagement on patient flow and safety in a neuroscience intermediate-level care unit. METHODS: Our intervention consisted of the addition of a physician with critical care experience as well as training in neurology, anesthesiology, or intensive care to a neuroscience intermediate-level care unit to comanage patients alongside neurology and neurosurgery staff during weekday daytime hours...
April 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400228/keen-s-point-for-external-ventricular-drainage-in-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-an-uncommon-indication-for-an-old-technique
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Kevin T Huang, Vamsidhar Chavakula, William B Gormley
BACKGROUND: In cases of severe traumatic brain injury, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion though an external ventricular drain (EVD) is a proven method to assist in the control of elevated intracranial pressure. Under normal circumstances, the EVD is placed in a frontal location. However, in cases of multifocal intracranial injury and swelling, collapse of the frontal horns of the lateral ventricles leads to frequent failure of frontal CSF drainage. In this series we describe the utility of the Keen's point EVD as a safe alternative to maintain continuous CSF diversion for patients in whom frontal drainage is not feasible...
June 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374472/a-prospective-outcome-study-observing-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-over-10-15%C3%A2-years
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E Andersson, D Rackauskaite, E Svanborg, L Csajbók, M Öst, B Nellgård
BACKGROUND: Severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) can be divided into primary and secondary injuries. Intensive care protocols focus on preventing secondary injuries. This prospective cohort study was initiated to investigate outcome, including mortality, in patients treated according to the Lund Concept after a sTBI covering 10-15 years post-trauma. METHODS: Patients were included during 2000-2004 when admitted to the neurointensive care unit, Sahlgrenska University Hospital...
May 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339483/temporal-evolution-of-vasospasm-and-clinical-outcome-after-intra-arterial-vasodilator-therapy-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Laleh Daftari Besheli, Can Ozan Tan, Donnie L Bell, Joshua A Hirsch, Rajiv Gupta
Intra-arterial (IA) vasodilator therapy is one of the recommended treatments to minimize the impact of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage-induced cerebral vasospasm refractory to standard management. However, its usefulness and efficacy is not well established. We evaluated the effect IA vasodilator therapy on middle cerebral artery blood flow and on discharge outcome. We reviewed records for 115 adults admitted to Neurointensive Care Unit to test whether there was a difference in clinical outcome (discharge mRS) in those who received IA infusions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335668/directions-for-use-of-intracranial-pressure-monitoring-in-treatment-of-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-using-data-from-the-japan-neurotrauma-data-bank
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Eiichi Suehiro, Yuichi Fujiyama, Hiroyasu Koizumi, Michiyasu Suzuki
Neuromonitoring can be used to observe intracranial pathological conditions in neurointensive care, but use of intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is low in Japan. In this study, we retrospectively investigated the effects of ICP monitoring in treatment of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) using data from the Japan Neurotrauma Data Bank (JNTDB). The study was conducted in 1,091 subjects enrolled in the JNTDB (Project 2009) from July 2009 to June 2011. The subjects were divided into those treated with and without ICP monitoring in intensive care for severe TBI...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295447/effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-conivaptan-and-tolvaptan-for-the-treatment-of-hyponatremia-in-neurocritically-ill-patients
#14
Caroline Der-Nigoghossian, Christine Lesch, Karen Berger
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe the effectiveness and tolerability of conivaptan and tolvaptan for the correction of hyponatremia in neurocritically ill patients. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Neurointensive care units at two academic medical centers. PATIENTS: Thirty-six adults admitted to the neurocritical care unit who received at least one dose of conivaptan (5 patients) or tolvaptan (31 patients) between June 2012 and May 2013...
May 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259232/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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REVIEW
Eelco F M Wijdicks, Christopher J Klein
Guillain-Barré syndrome is an acute inflammatory immune-mediated polyradiculoneuropathy presenting typically with tingling, progressive weakness, and pain. Variants and formes frustes may complicate recognition. The best known variant is the sensory ataxic form of Miller Fisher syndrome, which also affects the oculomotor nerves and the brain stem. Divergent pathologic mechanisms lead to demyelinating, axonal, or mixed demyelinating-axonal damage. In the demyelinating form, yet to be identified antigens are inferred by complement activation, myelin destruction, and macrophage-activated cleanup...
March 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230563/implementation-of-an-early-mobility-pathway-in-neurointensive-care-unit-patients-with-external-ventricular-devices
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Megan Moyer, Bethany Young, Eileen Maloney Wilensky, Joseph Borst, William Pino, Marisa Hart, Jesse LoBreglio, Derek Zaleski, Isaira Leonor, David Kung, Michelle Smith, Eric Zager, M Sean Grady, Monisha Kumar
BACKGROUND: Patients with an external ventricular drain (EVD) may not be readily mobilized because of concerns of catheter dislodgment and/or inappropriate cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Delayed mobilization may result in longer hospital stays and an increased risk for complications related to immobility. We aimed to determine the safety, feasibility, and outcome of an EVD mobilization protocol in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). METHODS: A multidisciplinary group developed a formal algorithm for the mobilization of patients with SAH with EVDs...
April 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187810/management-of-infections-associated-with-neurocritical-care
#17
REVIEW
L Rivera-Lara, W Ziai, P Nyquist
The reported incidence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the neurointensive care unit (NICU) ranges from 20% to 30%. HAIs in US hospitals cost between $28 and $45 billion per year in direct medical costs. These infections are associated with increased length of hospital stay and increased morbidity and mortality. Infection risk is increased in NICU patients due to medication side-effects, catheter and line placement, neurosurgical procedures, and acquired immune suppression secondary to steroid/barbiturate use and brain injury itself...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187800/management-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#18
REVIEW
N Etminan, R L Macdonald
Spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) affects people with a mean age of 55 years. Although there are about 9/100 000 cases per year worldwide, the young age and high morbidity and mortality lead to loss of many years of productive life. Intracranial aneurysms account for 85% of cases. Despite this, the majority of survivors of aneurysmal SAH have cognitive deficits, mood disorders, fatigue, inability to return to work, and executive dysfunction and are often unable to return to their premorbid level of functioning...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060220/predictive-factors-that-may-contribute-to-secondary-insults-with-nursing-interventions-in-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#19
Lena Nyholm, Tim Howells, Per Enblad
BACKGROUND: Nursing interventions pose risks and benefits to patients with traumatic brain injury at a neurointensive care unit. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the risk of inducing high intracranial pressure (ICP) related to interventions and whether intracranial compliance, baseline ICP, or autoregulation could be used as predictors. METHODS: The study had a quantitative, prospective, observational design. Twenty-eight patients with TBI were included, and 67 interventions were observed...
February 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994358/retrospective-analysis-of-multiplex-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-molecular-diagnostics-ses-in-70-patients-with-suspected-central-nervous-system-infections-a-single-center-study
#20
Rama Krishnan Tiruppur Chinnappan Ramalingam, Dipanjan Chakraborty
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) infections present a grave health care challenge due to high morbidity and mortality. Clinical findings and conventional laboratory assessments are not sufficiently distinct for specific etiologic diagnosis. Identification of pathogens is a key to appropriate therapy. AIM: In this retrospective observational study, we evaluated the efficacy and clinical utility of syndrome evaluation system (SES) for diagnosing clinically suspected CNS infections...
October 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
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