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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907962/critical-care-of-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-preventing-secondary-injury
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Gary Schwartzbauer, Deborah Stein
The incidence of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) has not changed much over the years due to an aging population suffering falls, yet advances have been made in quality of life and survival time. In addition to initial medical and surgical stabilization, modern intensive care unit (ICU) care throughout the critical early period following SCI is essential to avoid continued secondary injury to the spinal cord. Cervical SCI patients are particularly prone and sensitive to periods of cardiovascular instability and respiratory failure directly resulting from their injuries...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902530/cardiac-troponin-release-is-associated-with-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-ventricular-dilatation-during-critical-illness
#2
Marlies Ostermann, Salma Ayis, Emma Tuddenham, Jessica Lo, Katie Lei, John Smith, Barnaby Sanderson, Carl Moran, Paul Collinson, Janet Peacock, Andrew Rhodes, David Treacher
INTRODUCTION: Troponin release is common during critical illness. We hypothesized that there was an association between cardiac troponin T (cTnT) and biomarkers of systemic inflammation and ventricular dilatation. METHODS: In an observational prospective cohort study, we enrolled consecutive adult patients admitted for non-cardiac reasons to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in 2 tertiary care centers. We measured cTnT, C-reactive protein (CRP), Interleukin-6 (IL-6), procalcitonin (PCT) and N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) daily in the first week, and on alternate days in the second week...
November 29, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869053/incidence-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-adults-undergoing-surgery-for-congenital-heart-disease
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David M Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth Price, David M Axelrod, Anitra W Romfh, Brian S Han, Scott M Sutherland, Catherine D Krawczeski
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery is a frequent and serious complication among children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and adults with acquired heart disease; however, the significance of kidney injury in adults after congenital heart surgery is unknown. The primary objective of this study was to determine the incidence of acute kidney injury after surgery for adult CHD. Secondary objectives included determination of risk factors and associations with clinical outcomes...
November 21, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856076/hospital-wide-comparison-of-health-care-associated-infection-among-8-intensive-care-units-a-retrospective-analysis-for-2010-2015
#4
DongMei Yue, Caiping Song, Bo Zhang, Zhiyong Liu, Jin Chai, Yang Luo, Hao Wu
BACKGROUND: Exploring the distribution of nosocomial pathogens among different categories of intensive care units (ICUs) is critical to improving the management of health care-associated infection (HAI). Despite both single- and multicenter studies, the nature of the variations of HAIs within various ICUs remains inadequately evaluated. METHODS: Data on HAIs at our hospital during the period January 2010-December 2015 were collected from 8 ICUs, namely, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurology, neonatal, hematology, emergency, cardiothoracic surgery, and neurosurgery ICUs, at a tertiary hospital...
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851252/1617-bilateral-impella-vad-for-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-in-a-pediatric-cardiovascular-icu
#5
Javier Lasa, Daniel Castellanos, Susan Denfield, William Dreyer, Henri Justino, Sebastian Tume
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850024/384-immersive-simulation-improves-situational-awareness-of-trainees-in-the-pediatric-cardiovascular-icu
#6
Loren Sacks, Catherine Krawczeski, David Axelrod, Kara Motonaga, Emily Johnson, Scott Ceresnak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849863/221-choosing-wisely-an-apn-led-initiative-to-reduce-unnecessary-chest-x-rays-in-the-cardiovascular-icu
#7
Lauren Oliver, Jayme Gibson, April Kapu, Ruth Kleinpell, Wade Iams, Pierce Trumbo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843912/are-intensive-cares-worthwhile-for-breast-cancer-patients-the-experience-of-an-oncological-icu
#8
Virginie Destrebecq, Ameye Lieveke, Thierry Berghmans, Marianne Paesmans, Jean-Paul Sculier, Anne-Pascale Meert
PURPOSE: One among seven women will present with breast cancer for which major therapeutic advances led to a significant increase in survival and cure rates. During or after cancer treatment, severe complications may occur requiring admission in intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists could be reluctant for accepting cancer patients in the ICU, and there are very few data about causes of admission and prognosis of patients with breast cancer admitted in the ICU for an acute complication...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834164/efficacy-of-sequential-nephron-blockade-with-intravenous-chlorothiazide-to-promote-diuresis-in-cardiac-intensive-care-infants
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Brady S Moffett, Rocky Tsang, Curt Kennedy, Ron A Bronicki, Ayse Akcan-Arikan, Paul A Checchia
BACKGROUND: Sequential nephron blockade using intravenous chlorothiazide is often used to enhance urine output in patients with inadequate response to loop diuretics. A few data exist to support this practice in critically ill infants. METHODS: We included 100 consecutive patients <1 year of age who were administered intravenous chlorothiazide while receiving furosemide therapy in the cardiac ICU in our study. The primary end point was change in urine output 24 hours after chlorothiazide administration, and patients were considered to be responders if an increase in urine output of 0...
November 11, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829716/association-of-hyponatremia-with-in-hospital-outcomes-in-infective-endocarditis-a-5-year-review-from-an-indian-intensive-care-unit
#10
Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Muralidhar D Varma, Shashaank Vallabhajosyula, Saarwaani Vallabhajosyula
Hyponatremia is commonly noted with cardiovascular disorders, but its role in infective endocarditis (IE) is limited to being a marker of increased morbidity in IE patients with intravenous drug use. This was a 5-year retrospective review from an Indian Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients >18 years with IE and available serum sodium levels were included in the study. Pediatric and pregnant patients were excluded from the study. Hyponatremia was defined as admission sodium <135 mmol/L. Detailed data were abstracted from the medical records...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829712/early-detection-of-nonneurologic-organ-failure-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-multiple-organ-dysfunction-score-or-sequential-organ-failure-assessment
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Sara Ramtinfar, Shahrokh Yousefzadeh Chabok, Aliakbar Jafari Chari, Zoheir Reihanian, Ehsan Kazemnezhad Leili, Arsalan Alizadeh
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare the discriminant function of multiple organ dysfunction score (MODS) and sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) components in predicting the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) mortality and neurologic outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive-analytic study was conducted at a level I trauma center. Data were collected from patients with severe traumatic brain injury admitted to the neurosurgical ICU. Basic demographic data, SOFA and MOD scores were recorded daily for all patients...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818327/an-educational-intervention-optimizes-the-utilization-of-arterial-blood-gases-across-intensive-care-units-from-different-specialties-a-quality-improvement-study
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Carlos D Martínez-Balzano, Paulo Oliveira, Michelle O'Rourke, Luanne Hills, Andrés F Sosa
BACKGROUND: Arterial blood gas (ABG) overutilization leads to increased costs, inefficient use of staff work-hours, patient discomfort and blood loss. We developed guidelines to optimize ABG utilization in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: ABG utilization guidelines were implemented on all adult ICUs in our institution: three medical, two trauma-surgery, one cardiovascular and one neurosurgical ICU. While relying on pulse oximetry, we encouraged the utilization of ABGs after an acute respiratory event or for a rational clinical concern, and discouraged obtaining ABGs for routine surveillance, after planned changes of PEEP or FiO2 on the mechanical ventilator, for spontaneous breathing trials, or when a disorder was not suspected...
November 3, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792123/acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-undergoing-the-extracardiac-fontan-operation-with-and-without-the-use-of-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#13
Claudia A Algaze, Andrew M Koth, Lisa W Faberowski, Frank L Hanley, Catherine D Krawczeski, David M Axelrod
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence and risk factors for acute kidney injury in patients undergoing the extracardiac Fontan operation with and without cardiopulmonary bypass, and to determine whether acute kidney injury is associated with duration of mechanical ventilation, cardiovascular ICU and hospital postoperative length of stay, and early mortality. DESIGN: Single-center retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Pediatric cardiovascular ICU, university-affiliated children's hospital...
October 27, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755397/a-novel-electrocardiogram-algorithm-utilizing-st-segment-instability-for-detection-of-cardiopulmonary-arrest-in-single-ventricle-physiology-a-retrospective-study
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Eric L Vu, Craig G Rusin, Dan J Penny, Kathy K Kibler, Ronald Blaine Easley, Brendan Smith, Dean Andropoulos, Ken Brady
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated ST-segment monitoring to detect clinical decompensation in infants with single ventricle anatomy. We proposed a signal processing algorithm for ST-segment instability and hypothesized that instability is associated with cardiopulmonary arrests. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary children's hospital 21-bed cardiovascular ICU and 36-bed step-down unit. PATIENTS: Twenty single ventricle infants who received stage 1 palliation surgery between January 2013 and January 2014...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743918/influence-of-body-mass-index-on-the-prognosis-of-patients-successfully-resuscitated-from-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-treated-by-therapeutic-hypothermia
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Guillaume Geri, Guillaume Savary, Stéphane Legriel, Florence Dumas, Sybille Merceron, Olivier Varenne, Bernard Livarek, Olivier Richard, Jean-Paul Mira, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Jean-Philippe Empana, Alain Cariou, David Grimaldi
BACKGROUND: Obesity prevalence has dramatically increased over recent years and is associated with cardiovascular diseases, but data are lacking on its prognostic impact in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients. METHODS: Data of all consecutive OHCA patients admitted in two cardiac arrest centers from Paris and suburbs between 2005 and 2012 were prospectively collected. Patients treated by therapeutic hypothermia (TH) were included in the analysis. Logistic and Cox regression analyses were used to quantify the association between body mass index (BMI) at hospital admission and day-30 and 1-year mortality respectively...
December 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737683/risk-factors-host-response-and-outcome-of-hypothermic-sepsis
#16
Maryse A Wiewel, Matthew B Harmon, Lonneke A van Vught, Brendon P Scicluna, Arie J Hoogendijk, Janneke Horn, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Olaf L Cremer, Marc J Bonten, Marcus J Schultz, Tom van der Poll, Nicole P Juffermans, W Joost Wiersinga
BACKGROUND: Hypothermia is associated with adverse outcome in patients with sepsis. The objective of this study was to characterize the host immune response in patients with hypothermic sepsis in order to determine if an excessive anti-inflammatory response could explain immunosuppression and adverse outcome. Markers of endothelial activation and integrity were also measured to explore potential alternative mechanisms of hypothermia. Finally we studied risk factors for hypothermia in an attempt to find new clues to the etiology of hypothermia in sepsis...
October 14, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724850/multi-complexity-measures-of-heart-rate-variability-and-the-effect-of-vasopressor-titration-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-patients-with-septic-shock
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Samuel M Brown, Jeffrey Sorensen, Michael J Lanspa, Matthew T Rondina, Colin K Grissom, Sajid Shahul, V J Mathews
BACKGROUND: Septic shock is a common and often devastating syndrome marked by severe cardiovascular dysfunction commonly managed with vasopressors. Whether markers of heart rate complexity before vasopressor up-titration could be used to predict success of the up-titration is not known. METHODS: We studied patients with septic shock requiring vasopressor, newly admitted to the intensive care unit. We measured the complexity of heart rate variability (using the ratio of fractal exponents from detrended fluctuation analysis) in the 5 min before all vasopressor up-titrations in the first 24 h of an intensive care unit (ICU) admission...
October 10, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689428/safety-of-intensivist-led-bedside-decannulation-of-internal-jugular-bi-caval-dual-lumen-veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-cannulas-and-report-of-technique
#18
Aaron Heller, John Dollerschell, Joshua Burk, Hailey Haines, Jonathan Kozinn
BACKGROUND: In the past decade, the rate and utilization of veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) has increased dramatically. A single catheter technique has recently come into favour for providing VV-ECMO. Although it has been shown that intensivists can safely place these catheters, the safety of decannulation by intensivists has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: We describe a technique for safely decannulating the Avalon Elite VV-ECMO catheter at the bedside and assess the safety of this technique, as compared with the standard technique of decannulation in the operating room by a surgeon...
September 30, 2016: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668964/a-nanoscale-tool-for-photoacoustic-based-measurements-of-clotting-time-and-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-heparin
#19
Junxin Wang, Fang Chen, Santiago J Arconada-Alvarez, James Hartanto, Li-Peng Yap, Ryan Park, Fang Wang, Ivetta Vorobyova, Grant Dagliyan, Peter S Conti, Jesse V Jokerst
Heparin anticoagulation therapy is an indispensable feature of clinical care yet has a narrow therapeutic window and is the second most common intensive care unit (ICU) medication error. The active partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) monitors heparin but suffers from long turnaround times, a variable reference range, limited utility with low molecular weight heparin, and poor correlation to dose. Here, we describe a photoacoustic imaging technique to monitor heparin concentration using methylene blue as a simple and Federal Drug Administration-approved contrast agent...
September 28, 2016: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661021/efficacy-and-safety-of-noninvasive-ventilation-in-patients-after-cardiothoracic-surgery-a-prisma-compliant-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Guangfa Zhu, Yan Huang, Dong Wei, Yingxin Shi
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is a promising therapeutic strategy after cardiothoracic surgery. This study aimed to meta-analyze the efficacy and safety of NIV as compared to conventional management after cardiothoracic surgery. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing NIV with conventional management after cardiothoracic surgery. Relative risk (RR), standard mean difference (SMD), and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to measure the efficacy and safety of NIV using random-effects model...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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