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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097621/practice-patterns-of-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-in-underweight-critically-ill-patients-with-neurologic-injury
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Kevin Betthauser, Hannah Pope, Mollie Gowan, Theresa Human
PURPOSE: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in underweight patients with neurologic injury remains unaddressed by guidelines and primary literature. This study aimed to describe VTE prophylaxis strategies employed in this population and compare the impact of underweight and non-obese patients on thrombotic and bleeding events. METHODS: A retrospective review of adults admitted with a diagnosis of neurologic injury to a neurology/neurosurgery intensive care unit (ICU) over 6 years...
January 17, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088349/stroke-biomarkers-in-clinical-practice-a-critical-appraisal
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REVIEW
Geelyn J L Ng, Amy M L Quek, Christine Cheung, Thiruma V Arumugam, Raymond C S Seet
Biomarkers provide critical mechanistic insights to key biologic processes that occur during cerebral ischemia which, when carefully applied, can improve clinical decision-making in acute stroke management. The translation of a blood-based biomarker in ischemic stroke to clinical practice is challenging, in part, due to the complexity of ischemic stroke pathogenesis and the presence of a blood-brain barrier that restricts the release of brain-specific markers into the circulation. The pathologic and clinical aspects of ischemic stroke are described in this review, where a non-exhaustive list of biomarkers that interrogate different aspects of ischemic stroke such as oxidative damage, inflammation, thrombus formation, cardiac function and brain injury are described...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078864/human-herpesviruses-6-and-7-encephalitis-in-immunocompetent-infants-are-they-really-so-uncommon
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L Marseglia, S Manti, G D Angelo, G Stroscio, D Impollonia, S Arena, C Salpietro, E Gitto
Human herpesviruses-6 and -7 (HHV-6 and 7) are considered uncommon causes of central nervous system infection and may occasionally cause encephalitis in young infants, however, the clinical syndrome and incidence are not well defined. In immunosuppressed hosts, reactivation is associated with a worse outcome such as encephalitis, hepatitis, or graft rejection. In immunocompetent hosts, this persistent infection is generally of no consequence. We report 4 cases of immunocompetent critically ill children, affected by HHV-6 and -7 encephalitis, admitted to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074985/-characteristics-and-evolution-of-patients-admitted-to-a-public-hospital-intensive-care-unit
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Carolina Ruiz, Miguel Ángel Díaz, Juan Marcelo Zapata, Sebastián Bravo, Sergio Panay, Cristina Escobar, Jorge Godoy, Max Andresen, Ricardo Castro
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology of critical patients in Chile could differ from that reported in international studies. AIM: To describe the causes of admission and evolution of patients who were admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of a general hospital in Chile in a two-year period (2012-2013). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out using the ICU database. The following variables were registered: admission diagnosis, APACHE II (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation), days of mechanical ventilation (MV), ICU length of stay and ICU and hospital survival...
October 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049196/refining-prognosis-for-intracerebral-hemorrhage-by-early-reassessment
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Matthew B Maas, Brandon A Francis, Rajbeer S Sangha, Bryan D Lizza, Eric M Liotta, Andrew M Naidech
BACKGROUND: Prognostic assessments, which are crucial for decision-making in critical illnesses, have shown unsatisfactory reliability. We compared the accuracy of a widely used prognostic score against a model derived from clinical data obtained 5 days after admission for patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a condition for which prognostication has proven notoriously challenging and prone to bias. METHODS: Patients enrolled in a prospective observational cohort study of spontaneous ICH underwent hourly Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) assessment...
January 4, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035993/brain-monitoring-in-critically-neurologically-impaired-patients
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REVIEW
Salazar Jones, Gary Schwartzbauer, Xiaofeng Jia
Assessment of neurologic injury and the evolution of severe neurologic injury is limited in comatose or critically ill patients that lack a reliable neurologic examination. For common yet severe pathologies such as the comatose state after cardiac arrest, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH), and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), critical medical decisions are made on the basis of the neurologic injury. Decisions regarding active intensive care management, need for neurosurgical intervention, and withdrawal of care, depend on a reliable, high-quality assessment of the true state of neurologic injury, and have traditionally relied on limited assessments such as intracranial pressure monitoring and electroencephalogram...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028790/autoimmune-encephalitis-at-the-neurological-intensive-care-unit-etiologies-reasons-for-admission-and-survival
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Gayane Harutyunyan, Larissa Hauer, Martin W Dünser, Anush Karamyan, Tobias Moser, Slaven Pikija, Markus Leitinger, Helmut F Novak, Eugen Trinka, Johann Sellner
BACKGROUND: Early recognition and treatment of autoimmune encephalitis (AE) has become an essential issue in clinical practice. However, little is known about patients with deteriorating conditions and the need for intensive care treatment. Here, we aimed to characterize underlying aetiologies, clinical symptoms, reasons for intensive care admission, and mortality of critically ill patients with AE. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients with "definite" or "probable" diagnoses of AE treated at our neurological intensive care unit between 2002 and 2015...
December 27, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024551/end-of-life-issues-in-cardiac-critical-care-the-option-of-organ-donation
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REVIEW
Karim Serri, Pierre Marsolais
Despite important advances in the care of postcardiac arrest patients, severe brain injury remains one of the major causes of death in the cardiac intensive care unit. Neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest has evolved significantly since the introduction of therapeutic hypothermia. It now relies on a multimodal approach and a minimal observation period of 72 hours is usually advocated. However, when brain injury is severe and the prognosis considered dismal, patients become eligible for organ donation...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024548/canadian-cardiovascular-society-canadian-cardiovascular-critical-care-society-canadian-association-of-interventional-cardiology-position-statement-on-the-optimal-care-of-the-postarrest-patient
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Graham C Wong, Sean van Diepen, Craig Ainsworth, Rakesh C Arora, Jean G Diodati, Mark Liszkowski, Michael Love, Chris Overgaard, Greg Schnell, Jean-Francois Tanguay, George Wells, Michel Le May
Out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is associated with a low rate of survival to hospital discharge and high rates of neurological morbidity among survivors. Programmatic efforts to institute and integrate OHCA best care practices from the bystander response through to the in-hospital phase have been associated with improved patient outcomes. This Canadian Cardiovascular Society position statement was developed to provide comprehensive yet practical recommendations to guide the in-hospital care of OHCA patients...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018923/spinal-epidural-abscess-in-adults-a-10-year-clinical-experience-at-a-tertiary-care-academic-medical-center
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Andrew W Artenstein, Jennifer Friderici, Adam Holers, Deirdre Lewis, Jan Fitzgerald, Paul Visintainer
Background.  Delayed recognition of spinal epidural abscess (SEA) contributes to poor outcomes from this highly morbid and potentially lethal infection. We performed a case-control study in a regional, high-volume, tertiary care, academic medical center over the years 2005-2015 to assess the potential changing epidemiology, clinical and laboratory manifestations, and course of this disorder and to identify factors that might lead to early identification of SEA. Methods.  Diagnostic billing codes consistent with SEA were used to identify inpatient admissions for abstraction...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018868/pediatric-palliative-care-in-canada-in-2012-a-cross-sectional-descriptive-study
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Kimberley Widger, Dawn Davies, Adam Rapoport, Christina Vadeboncoeur, Stephen Liben, Amrita Sarpal, Simone Stenekes, Claude Cyr, Lysanne Daoust, Marie-Claude Grégoire, Marli Robertson, Heather Hodgson-Viden, Julie Laflamme, Harold Siden
BACKGROUND: Pediatric palliative care focuses on comprehensive symptom management and enhancing quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and their families. Our aim was to describe Canadian programs that provided specialized pediatric palliative care in 2012 and the children who received it and to estimate the proportion of children who might benefit that received specialized care. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive design was used. Specialized pediatric palliative care programs were included in the study if they offered multidisciplinary consulting pediatric palliative care services to a wide range of children and served all populations of children with life-threatening illness regardless of diagnosis...
October 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008594/causes-of-death-in-critically-ill-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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A Karamyan, H Brandtner, S Grinzinger, V Chroust, C Bacher, F Otto, M Reisp, L Hauer, J Sellner
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience higher mortality rates as compared to the general population. While the risk of intensive care unit (ICU) admission is also reported to be higher, little is known about causes of death CoD in critically ill MS patients. AIM: To study the causes of death (CoD) in the series of critically ill patients with MS verified by autopsy. METHODS: We reviewed hospital electronic charts of MS patients treated at the neurological ICU of a tertiary care hospital between 2000 and 2015...
December 23, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004327/nutritional-and-bioenergetic-considerations-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-neurological-injury
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Peter A Abdelmalik, Susan Dempsey, Wendy Ziai
The brain, due to intensive cellular processes and maintenance of electrochemical gradients, is heavily dependent on a constant supply of energy. Brain injury, and critical illness in general, induces a state of increased metabolism and catabolism, which has been proven to lead to poor outcomes. Of all the biochemical interventions undertaken in the ICU, providing nutritional support is perhaps one of the most undervalued, but potentially among the safest, and most effective interventions. Adequate provisions of calories and protein have been shown to improve patient outcomes, and guidelines for the nutritional support of the critically ill patient are reviewed...
December 21, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002714/hypothermia-for-neuroprotection-in-convulsive-status-epilepticus
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Stephane Legriel, Virginie Lemiale, Maleka Schenck, Jonathan Chelly, Virginie Laurent, Fabrice Daviaud, Mohamed Srairi, Aicha Hamdi, Guillaume Geri, Thomas Rossignol, Julia Hilly-Ginoux, Julie Boisramé-Helms, Benjamin Louart, Isabelle Malissin, Nicolas Mongardon, Benjamin Planquette, Marina Thirion, Sybille Merceron, Emmanuel Canet, Fernando Pico, Yves-Roger Tran-Dinh, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Elie Azoulay, Matthieu Resche-Rigon, Alain Cariou
Background Convulsive status epilepticus often results in permanent neurologic impairment. We evaluated the effect of induced hypothermia on neurologic outcomes in patients with convulsive status epilepticus. Methods In a multicenter trial, we randomly assigned 270 critically ill patients with convulsive status epilepticus who were receiving mechanical ventilation to hypothermia (32 to 34°C for 24 hours) in addition to standard care or to standard care alone; 268 patients were included in the analysis. The primary outcome was a good functional outcome at 90 days, defined as a Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) score of 5 (range, 1 to 5, with 1 representing death and 5 representing no or minimal neurologic deficit)...
22, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000130/early-mobilization-in-the-neuro-icu-how-far-can-we-go
#15
Brian F Olkowski, Syed Omar Shah
Immobility that is frequently encountered in the intensive care unit (ICU) can lead to patient complications. Early mobilization of patients in the ICU has been shown to reduce the complications associated with critical illness; however, early mobilization in the neurological intensive care unit (NICU) presents a unique challenge for the multidisciplinary team. The early mobilization of patients with acute neurologic injuries such as acute ischemic stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, and neurotrauma varies because of differing disease processes and management...
December 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000129/management-of-external-ventricular-drains-after-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-multi-institutional-survey
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David Y Chung, Thabele M Leslie-Mazwi, Aman B Patel, Guy A Rordorf
BACKGROUND: Patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) often develop hydrocephalus requiring an external ventricular drain (EVD). The best available evidence suggests that a rapid EVD wean and intermittent CSF drainage is safe, reduces complications, and shortens ICU and hospital length of stay as compared to a gradual wean and continuous drainage. However, optimal EVD management remains controversial and the baseline practice among neurological ICUs is unclear. Therefore, we sought to determine current institutional practices of EVD management for patients with aneurysmal SAH...
December 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000127/intensive-care-unit-admission-for-patients-in-the-interact2-ich-blood-pressure-treatment-trial-characteristics-predictors-and-outcomes
#17
Katja E Wartenberg, Xia Wang, Paula Muñoz-Venturelli, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Pablo M Lavados, Craig S Anderson, Thompson Robinson
BACKGROUND: Wide variation exists in criteria for accessing intensive care unit (ICU) facilities for managing patients with critical illnesses such as acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). We aimed to determine the predictors of admission, length of stay, and outcome for ICU among participants of the main Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction in Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage Trial (INTERACT2). METHODS: INTERACT2 was an international, open, blinded endpoint, randomized controlled trial of 2839 ICH patients (<6 h) and elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) allocated to receive intensive (target SBP <140 mmHg within 1 h) or guideline-recommended (target SBP <180 mmHg) BP-lowering treatment...
December 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994358/retrospective-analysis-of-multiplex-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-molecular-diagnostics-ses-in-70-patients-with-suspected-central-nervous-system-infections-a-single-center-study
#18
Rama Krishnan Tiruppur Chinnappan Ramalingam, Dipanjan Chakraborty
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) infections present a grave health care challenge due to high morbidity and mortality. Clinical findings and conventional laboratory assessments are not sufficiently distinct for specific etiologic diagnosis. Identification of pathogens is a key to appropriate therapy. AIM: In this retrospective observational study, we evaluated the efficacy and clinical utility of syndrome evaluation system (SES) for diagnosing clinically suspected CNS infections...
October 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
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
#19
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/27992852/paracetamol-in-fever-in-critically-ill-patients-an-update
#20
REVIEW
D Chiumello, M Gotti, G Vergani
Fever, which is arbitrary defined as an increase in body temperature above 38.3°C, can affect up to 90% of patients admitted in intensive care unit. Induction of fever is mediated by the release of pyrogenic cytokines (tumor necrosis factor α, interleukin 1, interleukin 6, and interferons). Fever is associated with increased length of stay in intensive care unit and with a worse outcome in some subgroups of patients (mainly neurocritically ill patients). Although fever can increase oxygen consumption in unstable patients, on the contrary, it can activate physiologic systems that are involved in pathogens clearance...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
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