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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096296/a-critical-asthma-standardized-clinical-and-management-plan-reduces-duration-of-critical-asthma-therapy
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Jackson Wong, Michael S D Agus, Dionne A Graham, Elliot Melendez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Reduction of critical asthma management time can reduce intensive care utilization. The goal of this study was to determine whether a Critical Asthma Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plan (SCAMP) can decrease length of critical asthma management time. METHODS: This retrospective study compared critical asthma management times in children managed before and after implementation of a Critical Asthma SCAMP. The SCAMP used an asthma severity score management scheme to guide stepwise escalation and weaning of therapies...
January 17, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089084/predicting-the-need-for-intra-operative-large-volume-blood-transfusions-during-thoraco-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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M Pieri, P Nardelli, M De Luca, G Landoni, S Frassoni, G Melissano, A Zangrillo, R Chiesa, F Monaco
OBJECTIVE: Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair is a complex procedure performed in patients at high cardiovascular risk. High volume intra-operative bleeding is often recorded, and the amount of intra-operative blood product transfusion is associated with relevant morbidity and mortality. The aim of the study was to identify pre-operative predictors of intra-operative large volume blood transfusions (LVBT) to stratify patients pre-operatively. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of all patients who underwent open TAAA surgery at San Raffaele Scientific Institute from January 2009 to December 2015...
January 6, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063084/methodological-issues-surrounding-the-use-of-baseline-health-related-quality-of-life-data-to-inform-trial-based-economic-evaluations-of-interventions-within-emergency-and-critical-care-settings-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Melina Dritsaki, Felix Achana, James Mason, Stavros Petrou
BACKGROUND: Trial-based cost-utility analyses require health-related quality of life data that generate utility values in order to express health outcomes in terms of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). Assessments of baseline health-related quality of life are problematic where trial participants are incapacitated or critically ill at the time of randomisation. This review aims to identify and critique methods for handling non-availability of baseline health-related quality of life data in trial-based cost-utility analyses within emergency and critical illness settings...
January 6, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045065/high-diversity-of-airborne-fungi-in-the-hospital-environment-as-revealed-by-meta-sequencing-based-microbiome-analysis
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Xunliang Tong, Hongtao Xu, Lihui Zou, Meng Cai, Xuefeng Xu, Zuotao Zhao, Fei Xiao, Yanming Li
Invasive fungal infections acquired in the hospital have progressively emerged as an important cause of life-threatening infection. In particular, airborne fungi in hospitals are considered critical pathogens of hospital-associated infections. To identify the causative airborne microorganisms, high-volume air samplers were utilized for collection, and species identification was performed using a culture-based method and DNA sequencing analysis with the Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq 2000 sequencing systems. Few bacteria were grown after cultivation in blood agar...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044337/the-role-and-limitations-of-eeg-based-depth-of-anaesthesia-monitoring-in-theatres-and-intensive-care
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REVIEW
Z Hajat, N Ahmad, J Andrzejowski
In this article we will look at some of the principles in processed EEG monitoring as applied to bispectral index (BIS). We outline why BIS should be regarded as a 'memory' monitor which in most circumstances reflects the depth of sedation or anaesthesia in particular patients. Its limitation in paralysed and non-paralysed patients must be understood in order for this monitor to be used safely. Finally, its emerging use in critical care will be explored.
January 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042216/serum-uric-acid-level-in-relation-to-severity-of-the-disease-and-mortality-of-critically-ill-patients
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Hamed Aminiahidashti, Farzad Bozorgi, Seyed Jaber Mousavi, Omid Sedighi, Ali Morad Heidari Gorji, Hale Rashidian
AIM: This study was conducted to evaluate the validity of serum uric acid (UA) in prediction of mortality among patients in the emergency department. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective cohort study which was conducted during 2014. In this study, 120 critically ill patients who required Intensive Care Unit care services were included. For evaluation of severity of the disease, mortality in emergency department score (MEDS) in the first 24 h of admission, the requirement of using mechanical ventilation, taking vasopressor during the hospitalization time and severity of the disease based on MEDS score were measured...
January 2017: Journal of Laboratory Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040411/emergency-department-critical-care-unit-for-critically-ill-cardiovascular-patients-an-observation-study
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Ken-Hui Fu, Yin-Ru Chen, Ju-Shin Fan, Yen-Chia Chen, Hsien-Hao Huang, Chorng-Kuang How, David Hung-Tsang Yen, Si-An Chen, Mu-Shun Huang
BACKGROUND: We investigated an intensive care model for acute critically cardiovascular emergency patients in the emergency department (ED) as compared with those in the coronary care unit (CCU) after ED visits. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of patients with acute cardiovascular emergency admitted to the intensive care unit in the ED (EICU) or CCU from January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 in an university-affiliated medical center. All clinical characteristics or predictors possibly related to in-hospital mortality were documented, completed, and measured via electronic medical records review...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028673/outcomes-of-elderly-critically-ill-medical-and-surgical-patients-a-multicentre-cohort-study
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Ian M Ball, Sean M Bagshaw, Karen E A Burns, Deborah J Cook, Andrew G Day, Peter M Dodek, Demetrios J Kutsogiannis, Sangeeta Mehta, John G Muscedere, Alexis F Turgeon, Henry T Stelfox, George A Wells, Ian G Stiell
PURPOSE: Very elderly (over 80 yr of age) critically ill patients admitted to medical-surgical intensive care units (ICUs) have a high incidence of mortality, prolonged hospital length of stay, and dependent living conditions should they survive. The primary purpose of this study is to describe the outcomes and differences in outcomes between very elderly medical patients and their surgical counterparts admitted to Canadian ICUs, thereby informing decision-making for clinicians and substitute decision-makers...
December 27, 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028134/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-levels-associate-with-aki-and-death-in-critical-illness
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David E Leaf, Kirolos A Jacob, Anand Srivastava, Margaret E Chen, Marta Christov, Harald Jüppner, Venkata S Sabbisetti, Aline Martin, Myles Wolf, Sushrut S Waikar
Elevated plasma levels of the osteocyte-derived hormone fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) have emerged as a powerful biomarker of cardiovascular disease and death in patients with CKD. Whether elevated urinary or plasma FGF23 levels are prospectively associated with AKI and death in critically ill patients is unknown. We therefore conducted a prospective cohort study of 350 critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units at an academic medical center to investigate whether higher urinary FGF23 levels associate with the composite end point of AKI or in-hospital mortality (AKI/death)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024550/simulation-as-a-tool-to-ensure-competency-and-quality-of-care-in-the-cardiac-critical-care-unit
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REVIEW
Véronique Brunette, Nicolas Thibodeau-Jarry
Cardiac critical care units are high-risk clinical environments. Medical emergencies are frequent and require the intervention of a cohesive, efficient, and well trained interprofessional team. In modern clinical practice there is increased emphasis on safety but also increased lack of acceptance of medical errors and as a consequence, increased litigation. In the past decade, simulation-based learning has arisen as an effective and safe means to learn and practice acute care setting skills. It has been used and studied in different contexts including procedural skills training, crisis resource management and team training, patient and family member communication skills, and health care system quality improvement...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019045/autonomic-modulation-for-the-treatment-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-therapeutic-use-of-percutaneous-stellate-ganglion-blocks
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Marat Fudim, Richard Boortz-Marx, Chetan B Patel, Albert Y Sun, Jonathan P Piccini
Ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF) and electrical storm are commonly encountered emergency conditions in cardiac and surgical intensive care units. In most cases, recurrent ventricular arrhythmias or electrical storm are associated with a heightened sympathetic tone. These arrhythmias can be difficult to treat and may be refractory to beta-blockade, antiarrhythmic therapy, sedation, and mechanical hemodynamic support. While monomorphic ventricular tachycardia and PVC-triggered polymorphic ventricular tachycardia may sometimes be amenable to successful ablation, some patients may be too critically ill to make such an approach feasible...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009154/high-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-therapy-work-in-progress-in-respiratory-critical-care
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Annia Schreiber, Fabiano DI Marco, Fulvio Braido, Paolo Solidoro
After a planned extubation, the re-occurrence of acute respiratory distress needing the restoration of invasive mechanical support is a severe phenomenon associated with several important consequences, including increased morbidity, Intensive Care Unit mortality, and an enormous financial burden. So far, the most commonly used techniques to ameliorate gas exchange in the postextubation period were low-flow oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation (NIV). High flows through nasal cannulae (HFNC) is a system which allows increased CO2 wash-out of anatomical dead space, positive nasopharyngeal pressure, a relatively constant FiO2, and an improvement of mucociliary function...
December 2016: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993546/post-resuscitation-management-of-cardiac-arrest-patients-in-the-critical-care-environment-a-retrospective-audit-of-compliance-with-evidence-based-guidelines
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REVIEW
A Milonas, A Hutchinson, D Charlesworth, A Doric, J Green, J Considine
BACKGROUND: There is a clear relationship between evidence-based post resuscitation care and survival and functional status at hospital discharge. The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) recommends protocol driven care to enhance chance of survival following cardiac arrest. Healthcare providers have an obligation to ensure protocol driven post resuscitation care is timely and evidence based. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine adherence to best practice guidelines for post resuscitation care in the first 24h from Return of Spontaneous Circulation for patients admitted to the intensive care unit from the emergency department having suffered out of hospital or emergency department cardiac arrest and survived initial resuscitation...
December 16, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992988/-risk-factors-for-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-a-multicenter-matched-case-control-study
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Paola Mariana Arias-Ortiz, Libia Del Pilar Calderón, Juan Sebastián Castillo, José Moreno, Aura Lucía Leal, Jorge Alberto Cortés, Carlos Arturo Álvarez, Grupo Grebo
INTRODUCTION: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a frequent pathogen at critical care services. Its presence leads to increased hospital stays and mortality risk in patients with bacteremia. However, the etiology of this resistance marker has not been fully studied. OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors associated with the emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus bacteremia in critically ill patients treated at intensive care units in Bogotá, Colombia...
December 1, 2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977013/acupuncture-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-using-ancient-medicine-to-help-today-s-babies-a-review
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K L Chen, I Quah-Smith, G M Schmölzer, R Niemtzow, J L Oei
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine for a variety of conditions and illnesses, including pain. Neonatal intensive care, on the other hand, is a relatively new branch of medicine that has emerged as the pivotal influence in increasing survival of critically ill newborn infants only within the last 50 years. Unfortunately, pain is an inevitable part of treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The control and prevention of pain remains a major issue for clinicians despite recognition and understanding of the myriad of short- and long-term problems that are associated with both pain and its treatment within the NICU environment...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942344/acute-care-trauma-surgeon-s-role-in-obstetrical-gynecologic-emergencies-the-obcat-alert
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Seong K Lee, Eddy H Carrillo, Andrew Rosenthal, Rafael Sanchez, Chauniqua Kiffin, Dafney L Davare
BACKGROUND: Overwhelming hemorrhage or other intra-abdominal complications may be associated with obstetrical or gynecologic (OB/GYN) procedures and may require the surgical training of an Acute Care/Trauma Surgeon. The OB Critical Assessment Team (OBCAT Alert) was developed at our institution to facilitate a multidisciplinary response to complex OB/GYN cases. We sought to review and characterize the Acute Care/Trauma Surgeon's role in these cases. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all emergency consults during an OB/GYN case at our institution from 2008 to 2015...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942002/the-impact-of-adding-a-physician-assistant-to-a-critical-care-outreach-team
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Hayley B Gershengorn, Yunchao Xu, Carri W Chan, Mor Armony, Michelle N Gong
RATIONALE: Hospitals are increasingly using critical care outreach teams (CCOTs) to respond to patients deteriorating outside intensive care units (ICUs). CCOT staffing is variable across hospitals and optimal team composition is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether adding a critical care medicine trained physician assistant (CCM-PA) to a critical care outreach team (CCOT) impacts clinical and process outcomes. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of two cohorts-one with a CCM-PA added to the CCOT (intervention hospital) and one with no staffing change (control hospital)-at two facilities in the same system...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917707/management-of-pneumonia-in-the-pediatric-critical-care-unit-an-area-for-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Aimee M Dassner, David P Nicolau, Jennifer E Girotto
Pediatric pneumonia is one of the most common causes of childhood infection requiring hospitalization and is a substantial driver of antimicrobial use among hospitalized children. About 12-20% of pediatric patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) require critical care. Additionally, nosocomial pneumonias (i.e. hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonias) are responsible for 15-53% of hospital-associated infections and are the most common indication for empiric antibiotics in the pediatric intensive care unit...
December 4, 2016: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907964/critical-care-neurology-perspective-on-delirium
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Matthew B Maas, Andrew M Naidech
The evidence linking delirium to poor outcomes after critical illness is compelling, including higher mortality, prolonged mechanical ventilation, longer length of intensive care unit stay, and long-term cognitive impairments. The attitude toward delirium in the neurologic community is shifting away from viewing it as an unmodifiable, inevitable consequence of severe illness to treating it is as a neurologic emergency, akin to seizures or encephalitis. Delirium, like other manifestations of critical illness encephalopathy, is an organ dysfunction syndrome...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907959/status-epilepticus-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, Thomas Bleck
Status epilepticus (SE) is a common neurologic emergency and a frequent reason for admission to the intensive care unit. During the last decade, the advent and availability of diagnostic tools for the recognition of nonconvulsive SE has highlighted an even higher incidence of this condition among the critically ill. New alternatives in treatment have also become available within recent years. The recommendation of early escalation toward the use of general anesthetics in the treatment of convulsive SE follows the theory that the duration of the event defines the aggressiveness of the condition and the potential for long-term neuronal injury...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
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