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Yi Lin Lee, Yee Yian Ong, Sze Ying Thong, Shin Yi Ng
Aim: Progress in medical care and technology has led to patients with more advanced illnesses being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The practice of approaching end-of-life (EOL) care decisions and limiting care is well documented in Western literature but unknown in Singapore. We performed a retrospective cohort study to describe the practice of EOL care in patients dying in a Singapore surgical ICU (SICU). The surgical critical care population was chosen as it is unique because surgeons are frequently involved in the EOL process...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
Shaili K Patel, Samir M Kacheriwala, Dipesh D Duttaroy
Objective: The objective of this study was to conduct an audit of Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) for identifying the admission risk factors and evaluating the outcomes of postoperative surgical patients. Design: This was a prospective, observational study. Setting: This study was conducted at SICU of a 1500-bedded tertiary care university hospital in Western India. Subject and Methods: Two hundred and forty patients admitted to the SICU postoperatively over a period of 15 months...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Supakrit Auiwattanakul, Kaweesak Chittawatanarat, Onuma Chaiwat, Sunthiti Morakul, Suneerat Kongsayreepong, Winai Ungpinitpong, Surakrant Yutthakasemsunt, Supawan Buranapin
Aim: The authors aimed to describe nutrition status and energy-delivery characters in multi-center THAI-SICU study. Material and Methods: Eligible patients admitted in SICU were 1,686 after excluding 563 of 2,249 participants owing to very short stay or non-alive within 24 hours after admission and missing data. The study was a posthoc analysis and multicenter descriptive design. The analytic methods described categorical data in percentage and the continuous data in the median with interquartile range...
February 2018: Medical Archives
Amy J Mathers, Kasi Vegesana, Ian German Mesner, Katie E Barry, Aaron Pannone, Josh Baumann, Derrick W Crook, Nicole Stoesser, Shireen Kotay, Joanne Carroll, Costi D Sifri
Background: Increasing prevalence of nosocomial carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae is a concern; however, the role of the environment in multispecies outbreaks remains poorly understood. There is increasing recognition that hospital wastewater plumbing may play a role. Methods: Covers were installed on all hoppers in adult intensive care units (ICUs) of a university hospital; in the surgical ICU (SICU) both hopper covers and sink trap heating/vibration devices were installed...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Hyun Suk Yang, Mina Hur, Ahram Yi, Hanah Kim, Jayoun Kim
BACKGROUND: The prognostic utility of cardiac biomarkers, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and soluble suppression of tumorigenicity-2 (sST2), in non-cardiac surgery is not well-defined. We evaluated hs-cTnI and sST2 as predictors of 30-day major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) following major non-cardiac surgery. METHODS: hs-cTnI and sST2 concentrations were measured in 175 SICU patients immediately following surgery and for three days postoperatively...
May 2018: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
Wen-Si Li, Zhang-Zhang Chen, Yi-Jun Zheng, Ming Zhong, Jie-Fei Ma, Li-Zhen Xuan, Jie-Qiong Song, Qian-Zhou Lv, Du-Ming Zhu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinical outcomes in septic patients receiving parenteral fish oil. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, non-randomized, observational clinical study was carried out in 112 patients with sepsis from March, 2013 to May, 2015 in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) of a tertiaryreferral hospital. The patients were put into one of two groups; either the control or the study group. Patients received the standard treatment of sepsis based on guidelines in the control group...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Sirimas Potharajaroen, Sookjaroen Tangwongchai, Thavatchai Tayjasanant, Thammasak Thawitsri, George Anderson, Michael Maes
This study examined the effects of bright light therapy (BLT) on the incidence of delirium in post-operative patients admitted to a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) and delineates risk and protective factors. We included 62 patients in a single-blind, randomized controlled study. The intervention group was treated with care as usual plus BLT for three consecutive days. Delirium was diagnosed by DSM-5 criteria with the Confusion Assessment Method-Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU). Risk factors for delirium were measured, including the APACHE II score, Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), as well as hematocrit and bicarbonate levels...
March 2018: Psychiatry Research
A Suarez-de-la-Rica, C Castro-Arias, J Latorre, F Gilsanz, E Maseda
OBJECTIVES: to evaluate mortality of patients≥80 years admitted to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), global hospital mortality and factors related to it. MATERIAL AND METHODS: observational retrospective study of patients≥80 years admitted to SICU between June 2012 and June 2015. RESULTS: a total of 299 patients were included, 54 of them died in the SICU (18.1%) and 80 patients (26.8%) died during their hospital stay. SICU mortality was independently related to age (OR=1...
December 11, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
William C Fox, Matthew Read, Richard E Moon, Eugene W Moretti, Brian J Colin
Paragangliomas and pheochromocytomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors that can have high morbidity and mortality if undiagnosed. Here we report a case of an undiagnosed paraganglioma in a 58-year-old female who underwent tumor resection. The patient became severely hypertensive intraoperatively with paroxysmal swings in blood pressure and then later became acutely hypotensive after tumor removal. She was managed in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) postoperatively and discharged from the hospital without acute complications...
2017: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Natalia Blanco, Anthony D Harris, Clare Rock, J Kristie Johnson, Lisa Pineles, Robert A Bonomo, Arjun Srinivasan, Melinda M Pettigrew, Kerri A Thom
Introduction: Multi-drug resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii, associated with broad-spectrum antibiotic use, is an important nosocomial pathogen associated with morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of MDR A. baumannii perirectal colonization among adult patients at ICU admission over a 5-year period, and to identify risk factors and outcomes associated with colonization.Methods: A retrospective cohort analysis of patients admitted to the medical (MICU) and surgical intensive care units (SICU) at the University of Maryland Medical Center from May 2005 to September 2009 was performed using perirectal surveillance cultures on admission...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Aya Awad, Mohamed Bader-El-Den, James McNicholas, Jim Briggs
BACKGROUND: Mortality prediction of hospitalized patients is an important problem. Over the past few decades, several severity scoring systems and machine learning mortality prediction models have been developed for predicting hospital mortality. By contrast, early mortality prediction for intensive care unit patients remains an open challenge. Most research has focused on severity of illness scoring systems or data mining (DM) models designed for risk estimation at least 24 or 48h after ICU admission...
December 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Hyun Ji Lee, Myung Jae Jin, Sang Youb Han, Kum Hyun Han, Se Won Oh, Hye-Yeon Jang, Ui Jun Park, Hyoung Tae Kim, Young-Nam Roh
BACKGROUND This study examined the attitude of patients' relatives in South Korea toward organ donation after brain death. MATERIAL AND METHODS A structured questionnaire was used to obtain the information on the attitude toward organ donation for relatives of patients who were admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) between March 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016. In total, 92 persons participated voluntarily. The investigation included general opinion about organ donation; and additional categorical analysis was performed...
October 27, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Isaiah R Turnbull, Sara A Buckman, Christopher B Horn, Grant V Bochicchio, John E Mazuski
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic-impregnated central venous catheters (CVCs) decrease the incidence of infection in high-risk patients. However, use of these catheters carries the hypothetical risk of inducing antibiotic resistance. We hypothesized that routine use of minocycline and rifampin-impregnated catheters (MR-CVC) in a single intensive care unit (ICU) would change the resistance profile for Staphylococcus aureus. METHODS: We reviewed antibiotic susceptibilities of S...
October 13, 2017: Surgical Infections
B-X Qi, H Yao, L Shang, L-P Sheng, X-C Wang, L Zhu, X-X Zhang, J-P Wang, D-H Fang
OBJECTIVE: The present study was planned to explore the role of 8-isomeric-prostaglandinF2α (8-iso-PGF2α) levels at the multiple sites of cerebrospinal fluid in children with intracranial hemorrhage. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 90 children with intracranial hemorrhage were admitted to Surgery Intensive Care Unit (SICU) of our hospital from January to December 2013 and were selected as study subjects. They were divided into group A (n=30), group B (n=30) and group C (n=30)...
September 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Sang-Won Park, Suhui Ko, Hye-Sun An, Ji Hwan Bang, Woo-Young Chung
BACKGROUND: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) can be prevented through well-coordinated, multifaceted programs. However, implementation of CLABSI prevention programs requires individualized strategies for different institutional situations, and the best strategy in resource-limited settings is uncertain. Peer tutoring may be an efficient and effective method that is applicable in such settings. METHODS: A prospective intervention was performed to reduce CLABSIs in a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at a tertiary hospital...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Brian K Yorkgitis, Elizabeth A Bryant, Gabriel A Brat, Edward Kelly, Reza Askari, Jin H Ra
BACKGROUND: Intensivist-performed ultrasound (IPUS) is an adjunctive tool used to assist in resuscitation and management of critically ill patients. It allows clinicians real-time information through noninvasive methods. We aimed to evaluate the types of IPUS performed and the methods surgical critical care (SCC) fellows are trained along with challenges in training. METHODS: One hundred SCC fellowship directors were successfully sent an email inviting them to participate in a short Web-based survey...
October 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
Jie-Qiong Song, Yi-Zhou He, Yuan Fang, Wei Wu, Ming Zhong
BACKGROUND: It's difficult to diagnose gastroesophageal anastomotic leakage (GAL) at early postoperative stage. This study was conducted to evaluate the early predictive value of plasma cytokines levels on GAL in patients undergoing esophagectomy. METHODS: Consecutive esophageal cancer patients who underwent esophagectomy and admitted to Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) just after surgery were retrospectively analyzed. The baseline and postoperative 1 day plasma cytokine levels were collected and analyzed to evaluate the predictive value for clinically important anastomotic leakage...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Jason Chertoff, Grant Lowther, Hassan Alnuaimat, Ali Ataya
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) may be beneficial in the management of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). We sought to investigate how frequently intensivists at our academic institution use TXA for patients with UGIB, and to investigate whether the utilization rate of TXA differs between surgical and medical intensivists, and provide an updated literature review on the subject. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients admitted for UGIB to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) and the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at our academic healthcare facility (University of Florida Health - Shands Hospital) from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016...
August 2017: Gastroenterology Research
Susan E Smith, Kelli A Rumbaugh, Addison K May
BACKGROUND: The optimal duration of antimicrobial therapy for treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) in critically ill surgical patients is unknown. Recent evidence suggests that a short (four-day) course of therapy may be effective, however data in severely critically ill patients are limited. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A single-center, retrospective, cohort study was conducted at a tertiary academic medical center. Adult patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) with cIAI between December 2011 and July 2015 were enrolled...
August 2017: Surgical Infections
Navpreet K Dhillon, Ara Ko, Eric J T Smith, Mayumi Kharabi, Joseph Castongia, Michael Nurok, Bruce L Gewertz, Eric J Ley
Importance: High health care costs encourage initiatives that avoid overuse of resources and identify opportunities to promote appropriate care. Objective: To investigate the causes of potentially avoidable surgical intensive care unit (SICU) admissions and disposition delays to determine whether targeted interventions could decrease these stays. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective, observational study focused on potentially avoidable SICU days, as determined by observers with input from the rounding intensivists at a 24-bed open SICU at an urban, academic hospital...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
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