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Critical bleeding

Walter H Reinhart
The hematocrit (Hct) determines the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, but also increases blood viscosity and thus flow resistance. From this dual role the concept of an optimum Hct for tissue oxygenation has been derived. Viscometric studies using the ratio Hct/blood viscosity at high shear rate showed an optimum Hct of 50-60% for red blood cell (RBC) suspensions in plasma. For the perfusion of an artificial microvascular network with 5-70μm channels the optimum Hct was 60-70% for high driving pressures. With lower shear rates or driving pressures the optimum Hct shifted towards lower values...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Andreas M Fichter, Lucas M Ritschl, Luisa K Robitzky, Stefan Wagenpfeil, David A Mitchell, Klaus-Dietrich Wolff, Thomas Mücke
The effects of antithrombotic drugs on random and free flap survival have been investigated in the past, but the experimental and clinical results are not in agreement. A perforator-based critical ischaemia model was used to evaluate the effects of different perioperatively administered pharmaceutical agents on tissue ischaemia and to assess the potential additional haemorheological or vasodilative effects of antithrombotics on flap microcirculation. Combined laser Doppler flowmetry and remission spectroscopy revealed an increase in certain microcirculation parameters in most groups in comparison with saline controls, and these changes correlated with flap survival...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
N V Bashmakova, N B Davydenko, G B Malgina, N V Putilova
AIM: The aim of this research was to have a thorough study of predictors of critical states during pregnancy after assisted reproductive technologies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of 303 patients with "near-miss," out of which 37 are pregnancy cases after ART (the main group) and 265 are spontaneous pregnancy cases (the control group). RESULTS: Pregnancy after ART constituted 12.3% of all critical states. In the main group (10...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Vinciya Pandian, Christoph T Hutchinson, Adam J Schiavi, David J Feller-Kopman, Elliott R Haut, Nicole A Parsons, Jessica S Lin, Chad Gorbatkin, Priya G Angamuthu, Christina R Miller, Marek A Mirski, Nasir I Bhatti, Lonny B Yarmus
PURPOSE: Few guidelines exist regarding the selection of a particular type or size of tracheostomy tube. Although nonstandard tubes can be placed over the percutaneous kit dilator, clinicians often place standard tracheostomy tubes and change to nonstandard tubes only after problems arise. This practice risks early tracheostomy tube change, possible bleeding, or loss of the airway. We sought to identify predictors of nonstandard tracheostomy tubes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this matched case-control study at an urban, academic, tertiary care medical center, we reviewed 1220 records of patients who received a tracheostomy...
June 4, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Andrew C T Ha, Harindra C Wijeysundera, David H Birnie, Atul Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Catheter-based ablation for atrial fibrillation is a useful and effective form of rhythm-control therapy for symptomatic patients. This article reviews the 'real-world' experience on the outcomes, complications, and costs of atrial fibrillation ablation. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, real-world outcomes of atrial fibrillation ablation are derived from retrospective analysis of administrative databases or prospective registries from selected centers and patients...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Snehal R Patel, Shivank Madan, Omar Saeed, Mohammed Algodi, Anne Luke, Marc Gibber, Daniel J Goldstein, Ulrich P Jorde
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether the nasal mucosa can serve as a surrogate for evaluating arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) related gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in patients supported by continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF LVADs). BACKGROUND: Bleeding from the mucosal surfaces of GI tract, particularly AVMs, is the most common complication of CF LVAD support. The pathophysiology of AVM formation during CF LVAD support is of critical interest yet poorly understood; in large part because of the length and accessibility of the GI tract...
September 29, 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
Camille Clare, Mary-Beatrice Squire, Karem Alvarez, Julia Meisler, Candice Fraser
OBJECTIVE: The United States has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy of the industrialized nations. Previously reported patient barriers to the use of contraception included an ambivalence about pregnancy; method side effects; difficulty using methods; lack of satisfaction with methods; concerns about safety; expense; and a lack of knowledge about long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). This survey aims to determine if there are additional barriers to contraception use and adherence among an ethnically diverse urban population...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Joseph D Forrester, Haiwei Henry Guo, Thomas G Weiser
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, commonly called "valley fever," "San Joaquin fever," "desert fever," or "desert rheumatism," is a multi-system illness caused by infection with Coccidioides fungi (C. immitis or C. posadasii). This organism is endemic to the desert Southwest regions of the United States and Mexico and to parts of South America. The manifestations of infection occur along a spectrum from asymptomatic to mild self-limited fever to severe disseminated disease. METHODS: Review of the English-language literature...
October 14, 2016: Surgical Infections
Nasim Shahidi Hamedani, Heiko Rühl, Julia Janina Zimmermann, Tim Heiseler, Johannes Oldenburg, Günter Mayer, Bernd Pötzsch, Jens Müller
Activated protein C (APC) is a critical regulator of thrombin formation and thereby protects against thrombosis. On the other hand, overwhelming formation of APC increases the risk of bleeding such as in trauma-induced coagulopathy. Thus, pharmacological inhibition of APC activity may improve blood clottability in certain clinical situations. In this study, we demonstrate that the DNA aptamer HS02-52G binds with fast onset (1.118 ± 0.013 × 10(5) M(-1) s(-1)) to APC and possesses a long residence time of 13...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Joshua I Siner, Benjamin J Samelson-Jones, Julie M Crudele, Robert A French, Benjamin J Lee, Shanzhen Zhou, Elizabeth Merricks, Robin Raymer, Timothy C Nichols, Rodney M Camire, Valder R Arruda
Processing by the proprotein convertase furin is believed to be critical for the biological activity of multiple proteins involved in hemostasis, including coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). This belief prompted the retention of the furin recognition motif (amino acids 1645-1648) in the design of B-domain-deleted FVIII (FVIII-BDD) products in current clinical use and in the drug development pipeline, as well as in experimental FVIII gene therapy strategies. Here, we report that processing by furin is in fact deleterious to FVIII-BDD secretion and procoagulant activity...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Jeffrey L Carson, Gordon Guyatt, Nancy M Heddle, Brenda J Grossman, Claudia S Cohn, Mark K Fung, Terry Gernsheimer, John B Holcomb, Lewis J Kaplan, Louis M Katz, Nikki Peterson, Glenn Ramsey, Sunil V Rao, John D Roback, Aryeh Shander, Aaron A R Tobian
Importance: More than 100 million units of blood are collected worldwide each year, yet the indication for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and the optimal length of RBC storage prior to transfusion are uncertain. Objective: To provide recommendations for the target hemoglobin level for RBC transfusion among hospitalized adult patients who are hemodynamically stable and the length of time RBCs should be stored prior to transfusion. Evidence Review: Reference librarians conducted a literature search for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating hemoglobin thresholds for RBC transfusion (1950-May 2016) and RBC storage duration (1948-May 2016) without language restrictions...
October 12, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Beatriz Deoti E Silva Rodrigues, Raniere Dos Santos, Magda Maria Profeta da Luz, Flávia Chaves E Silva, Igor Guedes Nogueira Reis
Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN) or "black esophagus" is a rare condition presented by patients with critical state of health and characterized by a darkened esophagus, usually the distal third, in upper digestive endoscopy. The main clinical manifestation is upper gastrointestinal bleeding and there may be abdominal pain, dysphagia, nausea, vomiting, fever and syncope associated. The diagnosis depends on clinical suspicion and performing endoscopy, the biopsy not being required. In this article we present a case of a patient who had lots of comorbidities and developed AEN during a post-operative period, and discuss the importance of AEN in an increasingly ageing population...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Oleksa G Rewa, Pierre-Marc Villeneuve, Philippe Lachance, Dean T Eurich, Henry T Stelfox, R T Noel Gibney, Lisa Hartling, Robin Featherstone, Sean M Bagshaw
OBJECTIVES: Renal replacement therapy is increasingly utilized in the intensive care unit (ICU), of which continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is most common. Despite CRRT being a relatively invasive and resource intensive technology, there remains wide practice variation in its application. This systematic review appraised the evidence for quality indicators (QIs) of CRRT care in critically ill patients. DESIGN: A comprehensive search strategy was developed and performed in five citation databases (Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, and PubMed) and select grey literature sources...
October 11, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Wan-Ting Hung, Shu-Chien Huang, Dania El Mazloum, Wen-Hsi Lin, Hui-Hsin Yang, Hung-Chieh Chou, En-Ting Wu, Chien-Yi Chen, Po-Nien Tsao, Wu-Shiun Hsieh, Wen-Ming Hsu, Yih-Sharng Chen, Hong-Shiee Lai
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a treatment option for stabilizing neonates with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in a critical condition when standard therapy fails. However, the use of this approach in Taiwan has not been previously reported. METHODS: The charts of all neonates with CDH treated in our institute during the period 2007-2014 were reviewed. After 2010, patients who could not be stabilized with conventional treatment were candidates for ECMO...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Simon Ho, Bo Liu, Raul Loya, Ibrahim Koury
Aortoenteric fistulas (AEFs) are deadly, abnormal connections between the aorta and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While secondary aortoenteric fistulas (SAEFs) are more common and arise after aortic reconstruction, primary aortoenteric fistulas (PAEFs) are generally caused by abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). PAEFs may present with self-limited GI bleeds called "herald bleeds," and the fistula often goes undiagnosed until patients undergo laparotomy for a massive GI bleed. We describe a case of a PAEF in a 79-year-old man with known AAA...
September 1, 2016: Curēus
Madhuradhar Chegondi, Jun Sasaki, André Raszynski, Balagangadhar R Totapally
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hemoglobin threshold for red cell transfusion in children admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). METHODS: Retrospective chart review study. Tertiary care PICU. Critically ill pediatric patients requiring blood transfusion. No intervention. RESULTS: We analyzed the charts of all children between 1 month and 21 years of age who received packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusions during a 2-year period. The target patients were identified from our blood bank database...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Mattias Mandorfer, Thomas Reiberger
To date, non-selective beta blockers (NSBBs) are a cornerstone in the treatment of portal hypertension. During the last years, our understanding of the potential benefits of early initiation of NSBB treatment, their effects beyond the prevention of variceal bleeding (i.e., their non-hemodyamic effects), as well as potential detrimental effects in patients with advanced disease has continuously evolved. In addition, we have learned that not all NSBBs are equal. Due to its additional anti-α1-adrenergic activity, carvedilol has been shown to be more potent in decreasing portal pressure, but might lead to more pronounced decreases in systemic arterial pressure, when compared to conventional NSBBs...
September 27, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
Chad G Ball, Andre Campbell, Sean C Grondin, Elijah Dixon
INTRODUCTION: Ongoing hemorrhage is often life threatening and can be challenging to stop in critically injured patients. Traditional techniques for addressing this issue include high voltage cautery (Bovie), topical hemostatic application, and the delivery of ignited argon gas. The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a novel energy device for arresting ongoing bleeding from both solid and non-solid organs within a swine model. METHODS: A novel instrument utilizing bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy which acts to ignite/boil dripping saline from a small hand piece was employed to arrest ongoing hemorrhage from an escalating series of injuries in large male swine...
September 30, 2016: Injury
J C Oldroyd, K M Venardos, N J Aoki, A J Zatta, Z K McQuilten, L E Phillips, N Andrianopoulos, D J Cooper, P A Cameron, J P Isbister, E M Wood
BACKGROUND: The Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) Massive Transfusion (MT) Registry (MTR) has been established to improve the quality of care of patients with critical bleeding (CB) requiring MT (≥ 5 units red blood cells (RBC) over 4 h). The MTR is providing data to: (1) improve the evidence base for transfusion practice by systematically collecting data on transfusion practice and clinical outcomes; (2) monitor variations in practice and provide an opportunity for benchmarking, and feedback on practice/blood product use; (3) inform blood supply planning, inventory management and development of future clinical trials; and (4) measure and enhance translation of evidence into policy and patient blood management guidelines...
October 6, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Cécile Aubron, Joris DePuydt, François Belon, Michael Bailey, Matthieu Schmidt, Jayne Sheldrake, Deirdre Murphy, Carlos Scheinkestel, D Jamie Cooper, Gilles Capellier, Vincent Pellegrino, David Pilcher, Zoe McQuilten
BACKGROUND: Bleeding is the most frequent complication associated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support in critically ill patients. Nonetheless, risk factors for bleeding have been poorly described especially those associated with coagulation anomalies and anticoagulant therapy during ECMO support. The aim of this study is to describe bleeding complications in critically ill patients undergoing ECMO and to identify risk factors for bleeding events. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed ICU charts of adults who received either veno-venous (VV) or veno-arterial (VA) ECMO support in two participating ICUs between 2010 and 2013...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
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