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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230634/platelet-dysfunction-in-critically-ill-patients
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Travis Hase, Sarah Sirajuddin, Patrick Maluso, Raksha Bangalore, Louis DePalma, Babak Sarani
Thrombelastography Platelet Mapping (TEG-PM) allows for measurement of maximal potential clot strength (MA) and strength from stimulation of arachidonic acid (MA-AA) and adenosine disphosphate (MA-ADP) receptors. This study was conducted to assess degree of platelet dysfunction in critically ill adult patients. A retrospective study of critically ill, adult, nontrauma patients in a medical/surgical ICU was conducted from August 2013 to September 2014. All patients who underwent TEG-PM were enrolled. Patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, following cardiac surgery, or without an APACHE II score were excluded...
February 21, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228057/intravenous-chlorothiazide-versus-enteral-metolazone-to-augment-loop-diuretic-therapy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Christopher J Michaud, Kendall C Mintus
BACKGROUND: In cases of loop diuretic resistance in the intensive care unit (ICU), recommendations for a specific second-line thiazide agent are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of intravenous chlorothiazide (CTZ) and enteral metolazone (MET) on urine output (UOP) when added to furosemide monotherapy therapy in critically ill adults. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted in the medical, surgical, and cardiothoracic ICUs of a quaternary medical center...
April 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227227/multi-task-transfer-learning-for-in-hospital-death-prediction-of-icu-patients
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Chandan Karmakar, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh, Chandan Karmakar, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh, Chandan Karmakar
Multi-Task Transfer Learning (MTTL) is an efficient approach for learning from inter-related tasks with small sample size and imbalanced class distribution. Since the intensive care unit (ICU) data set (publicly available in Physionet) has subjects from four different ICU types, we hypothesize that there is an underlying relatedness amongst various ICU types. Therefore, this study aims to explore MTTL model for in-hospital mortality prediction of ICU patients. We used single-task learning (STL) approach on the augmented data as well as individual ICU data and compared the performance with the proposed MTTL model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226029/predictive-value-of-c-reactive-protein-in-critically-ill-patients-after-abdominal-surgery
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Frédéric Sapin, Patrick Biston, Michael Piagnerelli
OBJECTIVES: The development of sepsis after abdominal surgery is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Due to inflammation, it may be difficult to diagnose infection when it occurs, but measurement of C-reactive protein could facilitate this diagnosis. In the present study, we evaluated the predictive value and time course of C-reactive protein in relation to outcome in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after abdominal surgery. METHODS: We included patients admitted to the ICU after abdominal surgery over a period of two years...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224108/implementation-of-enteral-feeding-protocol-in-an-intensive-care-unit-before-and-after-study
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Martin Padar, Gerli Uusvel, Liis Starkopf, Joel Starkopf, Annika Reintam Blaser
AIM: To determine the effects of implementing an enteral feeding protocol on the nutritional delivery and outcomes of intensive care patients. METHODS: An uncontrolled, observational before-and-after study was performed in a tertiary mixed medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU). In 2013, a nurse-driven enteral feeding protocol was developed and implemented in the ICU. Nutrition and outcome-related data from patients who were treated in the study unit from 2011-2012 (the Before group) and 2014-2015 (the After group) were obtained from a local electronic database, the national Population Registry and the hospital's Infection Control Service...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221207/aprotinin-vs-tranexamic-acid-in-isolated-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-a-large-multicentre-observational-study
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Elsa Deloge, Julien Amour, Sophie Provenchère, Bertrand Rozec, Bruno Scherrer, Alexandre Ouattara
BACKGROUND: Aprotinin appears to be more efficacious than lysine analogues to reduce bleeding and transfusion of blood products in high-transfusion-risk cardiac surgical patients. However, in isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, the results from head-to-head trials remain less conclusive. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to compare the efficacies and safety of aprotinin and tranexamic acid (TXA) in patients undergoing isolated on-pump CABG. DESIGN: A large multicentre before-and-after study pooling individual data from published trials and unpublished data from three other databases...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219383/the-alice-springs-hospital-readmission-prevention-project-ashrapp-a-randomised-control-trial
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Gabrielle Diplock, James Ward, Simon Stewart, Paul Scuffham, Penny Stewart, Carole Reeve, Lea Davidson, Graeme Maguire
BACKGROUND: Hospitals are frequently faced with high levels of emergency department presentations and demand for inpatient care. An important contributing factor is the subset of patients with complex chronic diseases who have frequent and preventable exacerbations of their chronic diseases. Evidence suggests that some of these hospital readmissions can be prevented with appropriate transitional care. Whilst there is a growing body of evidence for transitional care processes in urban, non-indigenous settings, there is a paucity of information regarding rural and remote settings and, specifically, the indigenous context...
February 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217513/clinical-and-epidemiological-study-of-stress-hyperglycemia-among-medical-intensive-care-unit-patients-in-central-india
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Jitendra Sharma, Sachin Chittawar, Ram Singh Maniram, T N Dubey, Ambrish Singh
BACKGROUND: Stress hyperglycemia is common in patients presenting at the emergency medical ward and is associated with poor prognosis and increased risk of mortality. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: To study and determine the prevalence and factors associated with stress hyperglycemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study was performed on 536 nondiabetic patients presented to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Gandhi Medical College and allied Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal, between March 31, 2015, and May 28, 2015...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216701/impact-of-modified-quality-control-checklist-on-protocol-adherence-and-outcomes-in-a-post-surgical-intensive-care-unit
#9
Lakshmi Kumar, Meenu Dominic, Sunil Rajan, Sanjeev Singh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Quality improvement (QI) is the sum of all activities that create desired changes in the quality. An effective QI system results in a stepwise increase in quality of care. The efficiency of any health-care unit is judged by its quality indicators. We aimed to evaluate the impact of QI initiatives on outcomes in a surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). METHODS: This was an observational study carried out using a compliance checklist, developed from the combination of the World Health Organization surgery checklist and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America guidelines for the prevention of infections...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215789/a-ten-year-review-of-total-hospital-onset-intensive-care-unit-bloodstream-infections-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Anna M Civitarese, Eric Ruggieri, J Matthias Walz, Deborah Ann Mack, Stephen O Heard, Michael Mitchell, Craig M Lilly, Karen E Landry, Richard T Ellison
OBJECTIVE: The rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in United States intensive care units (ICU) have decreased significantly, and a parallel reduction in the rates of total hospital onset bacteremias in these units should also be expected. We report 10-year trends for total hospital onset ICU-associated bacteremias at a tertiary care academic medical center. DESIGN: This was a retrospective analysis of all positive blood cultures among patients admitted to seven adult ICUs for the period FY2005 through FY2014 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network definitions...
February 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209197/accuracy-and-generalizability-of-using-automated-methods-for-identifying-adverse-events-from-electronic-health-record-data-a-validation-study-protocol
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Christian M Rochefort, David L Buckeridge, Andréanne Tanguay, Alain Biron, Frédérick D'Aragon, Shengrui Wang, Benoit Gallix, Louis Valiquette, Li-Anne Audet, Todd C Lee, Dev Jayaraman, Bruno Petrucci, Patricia Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Adverse events (AEs) in acute care hospitals are frequent and associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. Measuring AEs is necessary for quality improvement and benchmarking purposes, but current detection methods lack in accuracy, efficiency, and generalizability. The growing availability of electronic health records (EHR) and the development of natural language processing techniques for encoding narrative data offer an opportunity to develop potentially better methods...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207795/organ-dysfunction-during-continuous-veno-venous-high-cut-off-hemodialysis-in-patients-with-septic-acute-kidney-injury-a-prospective-observational-study
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Gianluca Villa, Cosimo Chelazzi, Elena Morettini, Lucia Zamidei, Serafina Valente, A Lucia Caldini, Giovanni Zagli, A Raffaele De Gaudio, Stefano Romagnoli
BACKGROUND: Continuous veno-venous hemodialysis with high cut-off membranes (HCO-CVVHD) removes inflammatory mediators involved in organ dysfunction during sepsis. The aim of the present study was to assess the variations in SOFA score and identify early predictors of short-term mortality in a cohort of patients with septic shock, treated with HCO-CVVHD for acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: An observational prospective multicenter cohort study was conducted in four mixed medical-surgical ICUs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203537/robotic-cardiac-surgery-in-brazil
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Robinson Poffo, Alisson P Toschi, Renato B Pope, Paola K Montanhesi, Ricardo S Santos, Alexandre Teruya, Dina M Hatanaka, Gabriel F Rusca, Claudio H Fischer, Marcelo C Vieira, Marcia R Makdisse
BACKGROUND: Brazil, the largest country and economy in South America, is a major driving force behind the development of new medical technologies in the region. Robotic cardiac surgery (RCS) has been evolving rapidly since 2010, when the first surgery using the DaVinci(®) robotic system was performed in Latin America. The aim of this article is to evaluate short and mid-term results in patients undergoing robotic cardiac surgery in Brazil. METHODS: From March 2010 to December 2015, 39 consecutive patients underwent robotic cardiac surgery...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199016/systematic-review-of-the-feasibility-of-laparoscopic-reoperation-for-early-postoperative-complications-following-colorectal-surgery
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D B Wright, C E Koh, M J Solomon
BACKGROUND: Returning to the operating theatre for management of early postoperative complications after colorectal surgery is an important key performance indicator. Laparoscopic surgery has benefits that may be useful in surgical emergencies. This study explored the evidence for the advantages of laparoscopic reoperation. METHODS: A systematic review was performed to identify publications reporting the outcomes of laparoscopy as a mode of reoperation for the management of early postoperative complications of colorectal surgery...
March 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198723/leveraging-telemedicine-infrastructure-to-monitor-quality-of-operating-room-to-intensive-care-unit-handoffs
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Mark E Barry, Beth R Hochman, Meghan B Lane-Fall, Denise Zappile, Daniel N Holena, Brian P Smith, Lewis J Kaplan, Ann Huffenberger, Patrick M Reilly, Jose L Pascual
PURPOSE: To analyze in-room video recordings of operating room (OR) to intensive care unit (ICU) handoffs to determine tempo and quality of team interactions on nights and weekends compared with weekdays, and to demonstrate how existing telemedicine technology can be used to evaluate handoffs. METHOD: This prospective observational study of OR-to-ICU bedside handoffs was conducted in the surgical ICU of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in July 2014-January 2015...
February 14, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197046/outcome-of-noncardiac-surgical-patients-admitted-to-a-multidisciplinary-intensive-care-unit
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Pradeep Kumar, M K Renuka, M S Kalaiselvan, A S Arunkumar
CONTEXT: Surgical procedures carry significant morbidity and mortality depending on the type of surgery and patients. There is a dearth of evidence from India on the outcome of surgical patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). AIMS: We aimed to describe the incidence and risk factors of postoperative complications and mortality in noncardiac surgical patients admitted to the ICU. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This was a prospective observational study on all perioperative patients admitted to a multidisciplinary ICU for 18 months...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196934/mortality-of-adult-critically-ill-subjects-with-cancer
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Regis Goulart Rosa, Tulio Frederico Tonietto, Bruno Achutti Duso, Juçara Gasparetto Maccari, Roselaine Pinheiro de Oliveira, William Rutzen, Laura Madeira, Aline Ascoli, Rachel Hessler, Paola Morandi, Ricardo Viegas Cremonese, Felippe Leopoldo Dexheimer Neto, Luciana Tagliari, Patrícia de Campos Balzano, José Hervê Diel Barth, Cassiano Teixeira
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients may require intensive care support for postoperative care, complications associated with underlying malignancy, or toxicities related to cancer therapy. The higher mortality rates found in this population than in the population of ICU patients without cancer may be attributable to confounding due to a higher prevalence of multiple organic dysfunctions at ICU admission in patients with malignancy; however, data regarding this hypothesis are scarce. Accordingly, we performed the present study to compare the crude and propensity score-matched mortality rates between adult subjects with and without cancer admitted to a mixed medical-surgical ICU...
February 14, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194479/-airway-management-in-intensive-care-units-in-rhineland-palatinate-evolution-over-five-years
#18
T Piepho, T Härer, L Ellermann, R R Noppens
BACKGROUND: Securing the airway in severely ill patients is associated with a high rate of complications. So far, no information exists about the equipment readily available for airway management in German intensive care units (ICUs). It is also unknown if the range of material has improved over time. OBJECTIVES: In the present trial the availability of equipment for airway management in ICUs in Rhineland-Palatinate was evaluated at two different times. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a structured questionnaire, all ICUs in the state were contacted in the years 2010 and 2015...
February 13, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194478/-diagnostic-investigation-in-emergency-medicine-why-case-history-is-crucial
#19
M Mirus, A R Heller
We present the preclinical case of a patient reporting chest pain. Pain impeded physical examination. Reviewing the patient's detailed medical history after analgesia revealed a connection between the reported pain and vomiting. This led to a suspicion of organ perforation. Thus, the patient was admitted to a surgical emergency room (ER) and Boerhaave's Syndrome was diagnosed. After deterioration in the ER, cardiopulmonal reanimation (CPR), and successful surgical treatment, the patient was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) seven hours after first contact...
February 13, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192260/risk-factors-and-independent-predictors-of-30-day-readmission-for-altered-mental-status-after-elective-spine-surgery-for-spine-deformity-a-single-institutional-study-of-1090-patients
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Owoicho Adogwa, Gireesh B Reddy, Amanda Sergesketter, Hunter Warwick, Terrell Jones, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley, Isaac O Karikari
BACKGROUND: Altered Mental Status (AMS) has been associated with inferior surgical outcomes. The factors leading to AMS after spine surgery are unknown. The aim of this study is to determine the risk factors and independent predictors of 30-day readmission for AMS in spine deformity patients after undergoing elective spine surgery. METHODS: The medical records of 1090 adult (≥18 years old) spine deformity patients undergoing elective spine surgery at a major academic institution from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed...
February 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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