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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902947/what-factors-affect-implementation-of-early-rehabilitation-into-intensive-care-unit-practice-a-qualitative-study-with-clinicians
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Selina M Parry, Louisa Remedios, Linda Denehy, Laura D Knight, Lisa Beach, Thomas C Rollinson, Sue Berney, Zudin A Puthucheary, Peter Morris, Catherine L Granger
PURPOSE: To identify the barriers and enablers that influence clinicians' implementation of early rehabilitation in critical care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Qualitative study involving 26 multidisciplinary participants who were recruited using purposive sampling. Four focus groups were conducted using semistructured questions to explore attitudes, beliefs, and experiences. Data were transcribed verbatim and thematic analysis was performed. RESULTS: Six themes emerged, as follows: (1) the clinicians' expectations and knowledge (including rationale for rehabilitation, perceived benefits, and experience), (2) the evidence for and application of rehabilitation (including beliefs regarding when to intervene), (3) patient factors (including prognosis, sedation, delirium, cooperation, motivation, goals, and family), (4) safety considerations (including physiological stability and presence of devices or lines), (5) environmental influences (staffing, resources, equipment, time, and competing priorities), and (6) culture and teamwork...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902661/assessment-of-clinical-alarms-influencing-nurses-perceptions-of-alarm-fatigue
#4
Emalie M Petersen, Cindy L Costanzo
BACKGROUND: Excessive clinical alarms have inundated health care for years. Multiple governing bodies, organizations, and facilities have deemed alarm management a priority. Alarm management is a multifaceted problem that affects all health care organizations and clinical staff, especially those in critical care units. Ultimately, the lack of knowledge regarding nurses' perceptions to alarm management and alarm fatigue creates patient safety chiasms. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to understand nurses' perceptions of alarm fatigue (utilizing the Healthcare Technology Foundation's Clinical Alarms Committee Survey) while implementing interventions that improve patient safety...
January 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899469/emergency-surgical-airways-following-activation-of-a-difficult-airway-management-team-in-hospitalized-critically-ill-patients-a-case-series
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REVIEW
Joseph M Darby, Gregory Halenda, Courtney Chou, Joseph J Quinlan, Louis H Alarcon, Richard L Simmons
INTRODUCTION: An emergency surgical airway (ESA) is widely recommended for securing the airway in critically ill patients who cannot be intubated or ventilated. Little is known of the frequency, clinical circumstances, management methods, and outcomes of hospitalized critically ill patients in whom ESA is performed outside the emergency department or operating room environments. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all adult patients undergoing ESA in our intensive care units (ICUs) and other hospital units from 2008 to 2012 following activation of our difficult airway management team (DAMT)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875013/-icu-survivorship-a-constructivist-grounded-theory-of-surviving-critical-illness
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Susanne Kean, Lisa G Salisbury, Janice Rattray, Timothy S Walsh, Guro Huby, Pamela Ramsay
AIMS & OBJECTIVE: To theorise ICU survivorship after a critical illness based on longitudinal qualitative data. BACKGROUND: Increasingly patients survive episodes of critical illness. However, the short and long term impact of critical illness include physical, psychological, social and economic challenges long after hospital discharge. An appreciation is emerging that care needs to extend beyond critical illness to enable patients to reclaim their lives post-discharge with the term 'Survivorship' being increasingly used in this context...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866110/dysbiosis-in-the-intensive-care-unit-microbiome-science-coming-to-the-bedside
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REVIEW
Georgios D Kitsios, Michael J Morowitz, Robert P Dickson, Gary B Huffnagle, Bryan J McVerry, Alison Morris
Complex microbial communities within the human body, constituting the microbiome, have a broad impact on human health and disease. A growing body of research now examines the role of the microbiome in patients with critical illness, such as sepsis and acute respiratory failure. In this article, we provide an introduction to microbiome concepts and terminology and we systematically review the current evidence base of the critical-illness microbiome, including 51 studies in animal models and pediatric and adult critically ill patients...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865148/plasma-adrenomedullin-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis-after-major-surgery-a-pilot-study
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Tim-Philipp Simon, Lukas Martin, Sabine Doemming, Andreas Humbs, Christian Bruells, Ruedger Kopp, Oliver Hartmann, Joachim Struck, Andreas Bergmann, Gernot Marx, Tobias Schuerholz
PURPOSE: Adrenomedullin is released by different tissues in hypoxia, oxidative stress, and inflammation and is found in general and medical patients and, recently, in sepsis patients in emergency departments. The aim of this study was to evaluate biologically active adrenomedullin that mirrors directly the active peptide levels in plasma of surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients with sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this single-center observational pilot trial, 42 ICU patients with sepsis and 14 patients after major surgery were included after sepsis diagnosis or ICU admission...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
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
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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/27853105/clinical-characteristics-of-patients-who-overdose-on-multiple-psychotropic-drugs-in-tokyo
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Satoshi Hori, Kosaku Kinoshita
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical aspects leading to overdose of multiple psychotropic drugs, in order to determine areas which need attention in the proper treatment of overdose patients. METHODS: Patients who were treated for overdose of psychotropic drugs at our emergency and critical center over two years were targeted. The clinical data was gathered from the medical records and database of all patients, including age, gender, vital signs, and laboratory data, drugs, and medical complications during hospital stay...
2016: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837233/critically-ill-patients-demonstrate-large-interpersonal-variation-in-intestinal-microbiota-dysregulation-a-pilot-study
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Jacqueline M Lankelma, Lonneke A van Vught, Clara Belzer, Marcus J Schultz, Tom van der Poll, Willem M de Vos, W Joost Wiersinga
PURPOSE: The intestinal microbiota has emerged as a virtual organ with essential functions in human physiology. Antibiotic-induced disruption of the microbiota in critically ill patients may have a negative influence on key energy resources and immunity. We set out to characterize the fecal microbiota composition in critically ill patients both with and without sepsis and to explore the use of microbiota-derived markers for clinical outcome measurements in this setting. METHODS: In this prospective observational cohort study we analyzed the fecal microbiota of 34 patients admitted to the intensive care unit...
November 11, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835799/a-nursing-perspective-of-interprofessional-work-in-critical-care-findings-from-a-secondary-analysis
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Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, Scott Reeves, Janet A Alexanian, Simon Kitto
PURPOSE: This article presents a secondary analysis of nurse interviews from a 2-year comparative ethnographic study exploring cultures of collaboration across intensive care units (ICU). Critically ill patients rely on their interprofessional health care team to communicate and problem-solve quickly to give patients the best outcome available. Critical care nurses function at the hub of patient care giving them a distinct perspective of how interprofessional interactions impact collaborative practice...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828799/a-pilot-assessment-of-3-point-of-care-strategies-for-diagnosis-of-perioperative-lung-pathology
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John W Ford, Johan Heiberg, Anthony P Brennan, Colin F Royse, David J Canty, Doa El-Ansary, Alistair G Royse
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasonography is superior to clinical examination and chest X-ray (CXR) in diagnosis of acute respiratory pathology in the emergency and critical care setting and after cardiothoracic surgery in intensive care. Lung ultrasound may be useful before cardiothoracic surgery and after discharge from intensive care, but the proportion of significant respiratory pathology in this setting is unknown and may be too low to justify its routine use. The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of clinically significant respiratory pathology detectable with CXR, clinical examination, and lung ultrasound in patients on the ward before and after cardiothoracic surgery...
November 8, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826449/perspective-on-optimizing-clinical-trials-in-critical-care-how-to-puzzle-out-recurrent-failures
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REVIEW
Bruno François, Marc Clavel, Philippe Vignon, Pierre-François Laterre
BACKGROUND: Critical care is a complex field of medicine, especially because of its diversity and unpredictability. Mortality rates of the diseases are usually high and patients are critically ill, admitted in emergency, and often have several overlapping diseases. This makes research in critical care also complex because of patients' conditions and because of the numerous ethical and regulatory requirements and increasing global competition. Many clinical trials in critical care have thus failed and almost no drug has yet been developed to treat intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
2016: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821662/malnutrition-at-intensive-care-unit-admission-predicts-mortality-in-emergency-general-surgery-patients
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Joaquim M Havens, Alexandra B Columbus, Anupamaa J Seshadri, Olubode A Olufajo, Kris M Mogensen, James D Rawn, Ali Salim, Kenneth B Christopher
BACKGROUND: Emergency general surgery (EGS) patients are at an increased risk for morbidity and mortality compared with non-EGS patients. Limited information exists regarding the contribution of malnutrition to the outcome of critically ill patients who undergo EGS. We hypothesized that malnutrition would be associated with increased risk of 90-day all-cause mortality following intensive care unit (ICU) admission in EGS patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed an observational study of patients treated in medical and surgical ICUs at a single institution in Boston...
November 7, 2016: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811586/verbal-communication-during-airway-management-and-emergent-endotracheal-intubation-observations-of-team-behavior-among-multi-institutional-pediatric-intensive-care-unit-in-situ-simulations
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Ranna A Rozenfeld, Anna P Nannicelli, Alexandra R Brown, Walter J Eppich, Donna M Woods, Steven O Lestrud, Zehava L Noah, Jane L Holl
OBJECTIVE: To assess health-care teams' verbal communication, an observable teamwork behavior, during simulations involving pediatric emergency airway management and intubation. METHODS: We conducted video-recorded, risk-informed in situ simulations at 5 hospitals with pediatric intensive care units in the Chicago, Illinois, area. Clinicians participated in their clinical roles (eg, attending physician, bedside nurse) and had access to hospital operational systems (eg, electronic health record, medical imaging, laboratory services)...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804108/tracheal-extubation-of-the-adult-intensive-care-patient-with-a-predicted-difficult-airway-a-narrative-review
#17
REVIEW
D J Sturgess, K B Greenland, S Senthuran, F A Ajvadi, A van Zundert, M G Irwin
Management of the difficult airway is an important, but as yet poorly-studied, component of intensive care management. Although there has been a strong emphasis on prediction and intubation of the difficult airway, safe extubation of the patient with a potentially difficult airway has not received the same attention. Extubation is a particularly vulnerable time for the critically ill patient and, because of the risks involved and the consequences of failure, it warrants specific consideration. The Royal College of Anaesthetists 4th National Audit Project highlighted differences in the incidence and consequences of major complications during airway management between the operating room and the critical care environment...
November 2, 2016: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798539/pediatric-minor-traumatic-brain-injury-with-intracranial-hemorrhage-identifying-low-risk-patients-who-may-not-benefit-from-icu-admission
#18
Erin Comer Burns, Beech Burns, Craig D Newgard, Amber Laurie, Rongwei Fu, Theresa Graif, Casey S Ward, Abbie Bauer, David Steinhardt, Laura M Ibsen, David M Spiro
BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients with any severity of traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (tICH) are often admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) for early detection of secondary injury. We hypothesize that there is a subset of these patients with mild injury and tICH for whom ICU care is unnecessary. OBJECTIVES: To quantify tICH frequency and describe disposition and to identify patients at low risk of inpatient critical care intervention (CCI). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients aged 0 to 17 years with tICH at a single level I trauma center from 2008 to 2013...
October 28, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790606/nutrition-a-primary-therapy-in-pediatric-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#19
REVIEW
Bryan Wilson, Katri Typpo
Appropriate nutrition is an essential component of intensive care management of children with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and is linked to patient outcomes. One out of every two children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) will develop malnutrition or have worsening of baseline malnutrition and present with specific micronutrient deficiencies. Early and adequate enteral nutrition (EN) is associated with improved 60-day survival after pediatric critical illness, and, yet, despite early EN guidelines, critically ill children receive on average only 55% of goal calories by PICU day 10...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780589/risk-factors-for-pressure-ulcer-development-in-intensive-care-units-systematic-review
#20
M Lima Serrano, M I González Méndez, F M Carrasco Cebollero, J S Lima Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Pressure ulcers represent a significant problem for patients, professionals and health systems. Their reported incidence and prevalence are significant worldwide. Their character iatrogenic states that its appearance is preventable and its incidence is an indicator of scientific and technical quality both in primary care and specialized care. The aim of this review was to identify risk factors associated with the occurrence of pressure ulcers in critically ill patients. METHODOLOGY: The PRISMA Declaration recommendations have been followed and adapted to studies identifying risk factors...
October 22, 2016: Medicina Intensiva
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