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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514888/seeing-is-believing-healthcare-professionals-perceptions-of-a-complex-intervention-to-improve-care-towards-the-end-of-life-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Katherine Bristowe, Irene Carey, Adrian Hopper, Susanna Shouls, Wendy Prentice, Irene J Higginson, Jonathan Koffman
BACKGROUND: Methods to improve care, trust and communication are important in acute hospitals. Complex interventions aimed at improving care of patients approaching the end of life are increasingly common. While evaluating outcomes of complex interventions is essential, exploring healthcare professionals' perceptions is also required to understand how they are interpreted; this can inform training, education and implementation strategies to ensure fidelity and consistency in use. AIM: To explore healthcare professionals' perceptions of using a complex intervention (AMBER care bundle) to improve care for people approaching the end of life and their understandings of its purpose within clinical practice...
May 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501751/the-state-of-everyday-quantitative-eeg-use-in-canada-a-national-technologist-survey
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Marcus C Ng, Kara Gillis
PURPOSE: This study sought to determine the state of quantitative EEG (QEEG) use in Canada, as QEEG may provide a partial solution to the issue of escalating EEG demand against insufficient health care resources. METHODS: A 10-item survey questionnaire was administered to participants at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists, which was held in parallel with the annual meeting of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation...
May 5, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491493/brainstem-shape-is-affected-by-clinical-course-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Marcus Lo, Leire Zubiaurre-Elorza, Conor Wild, Annika C Linke, David S C Lee, Victor K Han, Rhodri Cusack
The brainstem, critical for motor function, autonomic regulation, and many neurocognitive functions, undergoes rapid development from the third trimester. Accordingly, we hypothesized it would be vulnerable to insult during this period, and that a difficult clinical course in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) would affect development, and be reflected through atypical shape. Our study population consisted of 66 neonates - all inpatients from the NICU at Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, ON, Canada, of which 45 entered the final analysis...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484929/functional-mri-for-assessment-of-the-default-mode-network-in-acute-brain-injury
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Daniel Kondziella, Patrick M Fisher, Vibeke Andrée Larsen, John Hauerberg, Martin Fabricius, Kirsten Møller, Gitte Moos Knudsen
BACKGROUND: Assessment of the default mode network (DMN) using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may improve assessment of the level of consciousness in chronic brain injury, and therefore, fMRI may also have prognostic value in acute brain injury. However, fMRI is much more challenging in critically ill patients because of cardiovascular vulnerability, intravenous sedation, and artificial ventilation. METHODS: Using resting-state fMRI, we investigated the DMN in a convenience sample of patients with acute brain injury admitted to the intensive care unit...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484823/-prolonged-weaning-during-early-neurological-and-neurosurgical-rehabilitation-s2k-guideline-published-by-the-weaning-committee-of-the-german-neurorehabilitation-society-dgnr
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REVIEW
J D Rollnik, J Adolphsen, J Bauer, M Bertram, J Brocke, C Dohmen, E Donauer, M Hartwich, M D Heidler, V Huge, S Klarmann, S Lorenzl, M Lück, M Mertl-Rötzer, T Mokrusch, D A Nowak, T Platz, L Riechmann, F Schlachetzki, A von Helden, C W Wallesch, D Zergiebel, M Pohl
Prolonged weaning of patients with neurological or neurosurgery disorders is associated with specific characteristics, which are taken into account by the German Society for Neurorehabilitation (DGNR) in its own guideline. The current S2k guideline of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine is referred to explicitly with regard to definitions (e.g., weaning and weaning failure), weaning categories, pathophysiology of weaning failure, and general weaning strategies. In early neurological and neurosurgery rehabilitation, patients with central of respiratory regulation disturbances (e...
May 8, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478880/neurologic-intensive-care-unit-electrolyte-management
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REVIEW
Craig Hutto, Mindy French
Dysnatremia is a common finding in the intensive care unit (ICU) and may be a predictor for mortality and poor clinical outcomes. Depending on the time of onset (ie, on admission vs later in the ICU stay), the incidence of dysnatremias in critically ill patients ranges from 6.9% to 15%, respectively. The symptoms of sodium derangement and their effect on brain physiology make early recognition and correction paramount in the neurologic ICU. Hyponatremia in brain injured patients can lead to life-threatening conditions such as seizures and may worsen cerebral edema and contribute to alterations in intracranial pressure...
June 2017: Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471816/organ-support-after-death-by-neurologic-criteria-in-pediatric-patients
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Ariane Lewis, Nellie Adams, Arun Chopra, Matthew P Kirschen
OBJECTIVES: We sought to 1) evaluate how pediatricians approach situations in which families request continuation of organ support after declaration of death by neurologic criteria and 2) explore potential interventions to make these situations less challenging. DESIGN: A survey on management and personal experience with death by neurologic criteria was distributed electronically to pediatric intensivists and neurologists. We compared responses from individuals who practice in states with accommodation exceptions (accommodation states where religious or moral beliefs must be taken into consideration when declaring death: California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York) to those from non-accommodation states...
April 29, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470557/development-of-a-canadian-deceased-donation-education-program-for-health-professionals-a-needs-assessment-survey
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Jennifer Hancock, Sam D Shemie, Ken Lotherington, Amber Appleby, Richard Hall
PURPOSE: The purpose of this survey was to determine how Canadian healthcare professionals perceive their deficiencies and educational requirements related to organ and tissue donation. METHODS: We surveyed 641 intensive care unit (ICU) physicians, 1,349 ICU nurses, 1,561 emergency room (ER) physicians, and 1,873 ER nurses. The survey was distributed by the national organization for each profession (the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the National Emergency Nurses Association)...
May 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466119/critical-care-management-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Matthew B Bevers, W Taylor Kimberly
Ischemic stroke accounts for approximately 85% of all strokes. Although severe strokes constitute a minority of cases, they are associated with a majority of the subsequent disability and death. Reperfusion therapy with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or endovascular thrombectomy is a mainstay of acute stroke management. Intensive care management of stroke is focused on reducing complications of reperfusion, such as hemorrhagic transformation, and minimizing secondary brain injury, including brain edema and progressive stroke...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461128/cognitive-emotional-and-neural-benefits-of-musical-leisure-activities-in-aging-and-neurological-rehabilitation-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Teppo Särkämö
Music has the capacity to engage auditory, cognitive, motor, and emotional functions across cortical and subcortical brain regions and is relatively preserved in aging and dementia. Thus, music is a promising tool in the rehabilitation of aging-related neurological illnesses, such as stroke and Alzheimer disease. As the population ages and the incidence and prevalence of these illnesses rapidly increases, music-based interventions that are enjoyable and effective in the everyday care of the patients are needed...
April 28, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460704/continuous-capnography-in-pediatric-intensive-care
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REVIEW
Christine M Riley
Capnography or end-tidal carbon dioxide (Etco2) monitoring has a variety of uses in the pediatric intensive care setting. The ability to continuously measure exhaled carbon dioxide can provide vital information about airway, breathing, and circulation in critically ill pediatric patients. Capnography has diagnosis-specific applications for pediatric patients with congenital heart disease, reactive airway disease, neurologic emergencies, and metabolic derangement. This modality allows for noninvasive monitoring and has become the standard of care...
June 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458949/low-cost-quality-initiatives-for-management-of-neurosurgical-patients-in-developing-nations-perspective-from-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-pakistan
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Hamid H Rai, Muhammad Waqas, Muhammad S Shamim
BACKGROUND: Targeting resources on cost-effective care strategies is pertinent for developing nations, specifically for already burdened specialties such as neurosurgery, where without state support and insurance companies, expenses are borne by the patient themselves. METHODS: This was a descriptive review of literary work published by the section of neurosurgery at Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan. We searched PubMed and CiNAHL databases to identify articles, which were then critically analyzed and discussed from a perspective of low-cost quality care...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458650/plasma-soluble-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-is-not-associated-with-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Heikki Kiiski, Ville Jalkanen, Marika Ala-Peijari, Mari Hämäläinen, Eeva Moilanen, Jukka Peltola, Jyrki Tenhunen
OBJECT: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a common cause of death or long-term disability. Despite advances in neurocritical care, there is still only a very limited ability to monitor the development of secondary brain injury or to predict neurological outcome after aSAH. Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) has shown potential as a prognostic and as an inflammatory biomarker in a wide range of critical illnesses since it displays an association with overall immune system activation...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
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EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448942/assessing-knowledge-of-symptoms-and-first-aid-care-of-epilepsy-in-grenada-west-indies
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Sean C Cofano, Disep Ojukwu, Natasha Mozumdar, Zainab Raza, Shipra Saigal, Shashank Musku, Safwan Zar, Michael Merolla, Tuula O Jalonen
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that is increasingly prevalent in developing countries. It is critical to provide appropriate support to patients during seizures in order to prevent injuries. False beliefs regarding the etiology or pathogenesis of the epilepsy and inadequate health information may put patients with epilepsy or other seizure disorders at increased risk of injury. Our objective was to assess the level of epilepsy awareness amongst the general population in Grenada and educate the participants regarding proper first-aid measures...
April 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447144/-standardized-collection-of-presenting-complaints-in-the-emergency-room-integration-of-coded-presenting-complaints-into-the-electronic-medical-record-system-of-an-emergency-department-and-their-value-for-health-care-research
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F Greiner, D Brammen, M Kulla, F Walcher, B Erdmann
BACKGROUND: The point of entry of a patient in emergency care is a symptom or a complaint. To evaluate subsequent processes in an emergency department until a diagnosis is made, this information has to be taken into account. OBJECTIVES: We report the introduction of coded presenting complaints into the electronic medical record system of an emergency department and describe the patients based on these data. METHODS: The CEDIS presenting complaint list was integrated into the emergency department information system of an emergency department (38,000 patients/year)...
April 26, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443389/neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-units-staffed-by-intensivists-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-analysis
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Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Ariel Hendin, Kalpana Bhardwaj, Kednapa Thavorn, Dave Neilipovitz, Dalibour Kubelik, Gianni D'Egidio, Grant Stotts, Erin Rosenberg
INTRODUCTION: With an aging population and increasing numbers of intensive care unit admissions, novel ways of providing quality care at reduced cost are required. Closed neurointensive care units improve outcomes for patients with critical neurological conditions, including decreased mortality and length of stay (LOS). Small studies have demonstrated the safety of intermediate-level units for selected patient populations. However, few studies analyze both cost and safety outcomes of these units...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437370/ethics-guide-recommendations-for-organ-donation-focused-physicians-endorsed-by-the-canadian-medical-association
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Sam D Shemie, Christy Simpson, Jeff Blackmer, Shavaun MacDonald, Sonny Dhanani, Sylvia Torrance, Paul Byrne
Donation physicians are specialists with expertise in organ and tissue donation and have been recognized internationally as a key contributor to improving organ and tissue donation services. Subsequent to a 2011 Canadian Critical Care Society-Canadian Blood Services consultation, the donation physician role has been gradually implemented in Canada. These professionals are generally intensive care unit physicians with an enhanced focus and expertise in organ/tissue donation. They must manage the dual obligation of caring for dying patients and their families while providing and/or improving organ donation services...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435744/diagnosis-of-spinal-epidural-abscess-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Chidinma Chima-Melton, Michelle Pearl, Marni Scheiner
INTRODUCTION: Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare but serious cause of back pain in the critical care setting. It occurs most commonly in adults in their fifth and sixth decades of life. Risk factors include diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, AIDS or other immunocompromised states, cancer, intravenous drug use, trauma and spinal surgery. The clinical presentation can be non-specific but the classical triad includes back pain, fever and neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with gadolinium is the diagnostic imaging modality of choice...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432843/vitamin-b1-in-critically-ill-patients-needs-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Jake T B Collie, Ronda F Greaves, Oliver A H Jones, Que Lam, Glenn M Eastwood, Rinaldo Bellomo
BACKGROUND: Thiamine has a crucial role in energy production, and consequently thiamine deficiency (TD) has been associated with cardiac failure, neurological disorders, oxidative stress (lactic acidosis and sepsis) and refeeding syndrome (RFS). This review aims to explore analytical methodologies of thiamine compound quantification and highlight similarities, variances and limitations of current techniques and how they may be relevant to patients. CONTENT: An electronic search of Medline, PubMed and Embase databases for original articles published in peer-reviewed journals was conducted...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
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