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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808789/palliative-care-for-children-with-a-yet-undiagnosed-syndrome
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Gabriele Gagnon, Laura Trocan, Stefan Balzer, Prasad T Oommen, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janßen, Michaela Kuhlen
The number of children without a diagnosis in pediatric palliative home care and the process of decision-making in these children are widely unknown. The study was conducted as single-center retrospective cohort study. Between January 2013 and September 2016, 198 children and young adults were cared for; 27 (13.6%) of these were without a clear diagnosis at the start of pediatric palliative home care. A definite diagnosis was ultimately achieved in three children. Median age was 7 years (0-25), duration of care 569 days (2-2638), and number of home visits 7...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808362/a-study-on-the-psychometric-properties-of-revised-nonverbal-pain-scale-and-original-nonverbal-pain-scale-in-iranian-nonverbal-ventilated-patients
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Hoda Chookalayi, Mehdi Heidarzadeh, Mohammad Hasanpour, Sajjad Jabrailzadeh, Fatemeh Sadeghpour
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The nonverbal pain scale is one of the instruments which study pain in nonverbal-ventilated patients with regard to the changes of behavioral and physiological indices. The purpose of the study is to survey the psychometric properties of revised-nonverbal pain scale (R-NVPS) and original-nonverbal pain scale (O-NVPS) in ventilated patients hospitalized in critical care units. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four nurses studied pain in sixty patients hospitalized in trauma, medical, neurology, and surgical critical care units using R-NVPS and O-NVPS at six times (before, during, and after nociceptive and nonnociceptive procedures)...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806562/zika-virus-induced-neurological-critical-illness-in-latin-america-severe-guillain-barre-syndrome-and-encephalitis
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Sebastián U Ugarte, Angel Ricardo V Arenas, Bruno C Alvarez, Angela Cubides, Angélica F Luna, Max Arroyo-Parejo, Cayri E Acuña, Agamenón V Quintero, Orlando Ch Villareal, Oscar S Pinillos, Elías Vieda, Manuel Bello, Susana Peña, Carmelo Dueñas-Castell, Gloria M V Rodriguez, Jorge L M Ranero, Rosa L M López, Sandra G Olaya, José C Vergara, Ana Tandazo, Juan P S Ospina, Igor M Leyton Soto, R A Fowler, John C Marshall
Zika virus (ZIKAV) is classically described as causing minor symptoms in adult patients, however neurologic complications have been recognized. The recent outbreak in Central and South America has resulted in serious illness in some adult patients. We report adult patients in Latin America diagnosed with ZIKAV infection admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs). METHODS: Multicenter, prospective case series of adult patients with laboratory diagnosis of ZIKAV in 16 ICUs in 8 countries. RESULTS: Between December 1st 2015 and April 2nd 2016, 16 ICUs in 8 countries enrolled 49 critically ill patients with diagnosis of ZIKAV infection...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798922/practical-approach-to-the-patient-with-acute-neuromuscular-weakness
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REVIEW
Rajeev Nayak
Acute neuromuscular paralysis (ANMP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness progressing to maximum severity within several days to weeks (less than 4 wk). Bulbar and respiratory muscle weakness may or may not be present. It is a common neurological emergency which requires immediate and careful investigations to determine the etiology because accurate diagnosis has significant impact on therapy and prognosis. Respiratory failure caused by neuromuscular weakness is considered as more critical than lung disease because its development may be insidious or subtle until sudden decompensation leads to life threatening hypoxia...
July 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790293/-critical-care-managements-after-lung-transplantation
#5
Masaki Anraku
Lung transplantation is a viable treatment option for patients with end-stage lung diseases such as interstitial pneumonia/pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, pulmonary hypertension, and so on. Collecting available clinical, physiological, serological, and surgical information of both donor and recipient is vital when planning relevant postoperative managements. The goal of the managements is to keep the transplanted lung (s) functional while preventing/treating infection, rejection, and ischemiareperfusion lung injury...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790009/impact-of-a-visual-aid-on-discordance-between-physicians-and-family-members
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Gabrielle Burelli, Chloé Berthelier, Hélène Vanacker, Léonard Descaillot, Bénédicte Philippon-Jouve, Xavier Fabre, Mahmoud Kaaki, Jean-Charles Chakarian, Alexandre Domine, Pascal Beuret
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the impact of a visual aid on the discordance about prognosis between physicians and family members. METHODS: The study was performed in a general intensive care department with two 6-bed units. In the unit A, family members could consult a visual aid depicting day by day the evolution of global, hemodynamic, respiratory, renal and neurological conditions of the patient on a 10 point scale. In the unit B, they only received oral medical information...
August 5, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761416/neurological-consequences-of-systemic-inflammation-in-the-premature-neonate
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REVIEW
Aparna Patra, Hong Huang, John A Bauer, Peter J Giannone
Despite substantial progress in neonatal care over the past two decades leading to improved survival of extremely premature infants, extreme prematurity continues to be associated with long term neurodevelopmental impairments. Cerebral white matter injury is the predominant form of insult in preterm brain leading to adverse neurological consequences. Such brain injury pattern and unfavorable neurologic sequelae is commonly encountered in premature infants exposed to systemic inflammatory states such as clinical or culture proven sepsis with or without evidence of meningitis, prolonged mechanical ventilation, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, necrotizing enterocolitis and chorioamnionitis...
June 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756769/continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-the-icu-clinical-considerations-and-consensus
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REVIEW
James S Krinsley, J Geoffrey Chase, Jan Gunst, Johan Martensson, Marcus J Schultz, Fabio S Taccone, Jan Wernerman, Julien Bohe, Christophe De Block, Thomas Desaive, Pierre Kalfon, Jean-Charles Preiser
Glucose management in intensive care unit (ICU) patients has been a matter of debate for almost two decades. Compared to intermittent monitoring systems, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) can offer benefit in the prevention of severe hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia by enabling insulin infusions to be adjusted more rapidly and potentially more accurately because trends in glucose concentrations can be more readily identified. Increasingly, it is apparent that a single glucose target/range may not be optimal for all patients at all times and, as with many other aspects of critical care patient management, a personalized approach to glucose control may be more appropriate...
July 31, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756471/the-research-agenda-for-trauma-critical-care
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REVIEW
Karim Asehnoune, Zsolt Balogh, Giuseppe Citerio, Andre Cap, Timothy Billiar, Nino Stocchetti, Mitchell J Cohen, Paolo Pelosi, Nicola Curry, Christine Gaarder, Russell Gruen, John Holcomb, Beverley J Hunt, Nicole P Juffermans, Mark Maegele, Mark Midwinter, Frederick A Moore, Michael O'Dwyer, Jean-François Pittet, Herbert Schöchl, Martin Schreiber, Philip C Spinella, Simon Stanworth, Robert Winfield, Karim Brohi
In this research agenda on the acute and critical care management of trauma patients, we concentrate on the major factors leading to death, namely haemorrhage and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In haemostasis biology, the results of randomised controlled trials have led to the therapeutic focus moving away from the augmentation of coagulation factors (such as recombinant factor VIIa) and towards fibrinogen supplementation and administration of antifibrinolytics such as tranexamic acid. Novel diagnostic techniques need to be evaluated to determine whether an individualised precision approach is superior to current empirical practice...
July 29, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751079/one-size-does-not-fit-all-disease-profiles-of-serious-illness-patients-receiving-specialty-palliative-care
#10
Arif H Kamal, Donald H Taylor, Benjamin Neely, Matthew Harker, Parampal Bhullar, John Morris, Lindsay Bonsignore, Janet Bull
INTRODUCTION: Understanding the symptom profiles of seriously ill patients who receive palliative care, especially non-cancer diagnoses where the data is sparse, is critical to better targeting our resources to the needs of patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, multi-cohort study of patients evaluated during their first consultative palliative care visit in a community-based palliative care registry. We placed into one of seven major disease categories based on clinician-reported primary diagnosis for consultation...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749927/cdc-grand-rounds-addressing-health-disparities-in-early-childhood
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Lara R Robinson, Rebecca H Bitsko, Ross A Thompson, Paul H Dworkin, Mary Ann McCabe, Georgina Peacock, Phoebe G Thorpe
Research suggests that many disparities in overall health and well-being are rooted in early childhood (1,2). Stressors in early childhood can disrupt neurologic, metabolic, and immunologic systems, leading to poorer developmental outcomes (1). However, consistent, responsive caregiving relationships and supportive community and health care environments promote an optimal trajectory (3,4). The first 8 years of a child's life build a foundation for future health and life success (5-7). Thus, the cumulative and lifelong impact of early experiences, both positive and negative, on a child's development can be profound...
July 28, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747873/mitochondria-bioenergetics-and-excitotoxicity-new-therapeutic-targets-in-perinatal-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Bryan Leaw, Syam Nair, Rebecca Lim, Claire Thornton, Carina Mallard, Henrik Hagberg
Injury to the fragile immature brain is implicated in the manifestation of long-term neurological disorders, including childhood disability such as cerebral palsy, learning disability and behavioral disorders. Advancements in perinatal practice and improved care mean the majority of infants suffering from perinatal brain injury will survive, with many subtle clinical symptoms going undiagnosed until later in life. Hypoxic-ischemia is the dominant cause of perinatal brain injury, and constitutes a significant socioeconomic burden to both developed and developing countries...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746528/simple-motor-tasks-independently-predict-extubation-failure-in-critically-ill-neurological-patients
#13
Fernanda Machado Kutchak, Marcelo de Mello Rieder, Josué Almeida Victorino, Carla Meneguzzi, Karla Poersch, Luiz Alberto Forgiarini, Marino Muxfeldt Bianchin
Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of simple motor tasks such as hand grasping and tongue protrusion as predictors of extubation failure in critically ill neurological patients. Methods: This was a prospective cohort study conducted in the neurological ICU of a tertiary care hospital in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Adult patients who had been intubated for neurological reasons and were eligible for weaning were included in the study. The ability of patients to perform simple motor tasks such as hand grasping and tongue protrusion was evaluated as a predictor of extubation failure...
May 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728045/postdiagnosis-neurological-care-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-spells-pnes
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Chloe E Hill, Hannah Schwartz, Nabila Dahodwala, Brian Litt, Kathryn A Davis
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated continuity of neurological care for patients discharged from the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic spells (PNES). Because PNES are seizure-like episodes that cannot be explained by abnormal electrical brain activity, they are challenging for patients to understand and accept. Consequently, after diagnosis, patients commonly fail to start recommended psychotherapy and instead pursue redundant medical care. As consistent relationships with healthcare providers may help, we instituted standard follow-up for patients diagnosed with PNES...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720571/the-integrated-stress-response-in-hypoxia-induced-diffuse-white-matter-injury
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Benjamin Ll Clayton, Aaron Huang, Rejani B Kunjamma, Ani Solanki, Brian Popko
Currently no treatments exist for preterm infants with diffuse white matter injury (DWMI) caused by hypoxia. Due to improved care of preterm neonates and increased recognition by advanced imaging techniques, the prevalence of DWMI is increasing. A better understanding of the pathophysiology of DWMI is therefore of critical importance. The integrated stress response (ISR), a conserved eukaryotic response to myriad stressors including hypoxia, may play a role in hypoxia-induced DWMI and may represent a novel target for much needed therapies...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718341/diagnostic-yield-and-outcomes-of-computed-tomography-of-the-head-in-critically-ill-nontrauma-patients
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Fabian Finkelmeier, Sophie Walter, Kai-Henrik Peiffer, Anjali Cremer, Andrea Tal, Thomas Vogl, Stefan Zeuzem, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Jörg Bojunga, Harald Farnik
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography of the head (HCT) is a widely used diagnostic tool, especially for emergency and trauma patients. However, the diagnostic yield and outcomes of HCT for patients on medical intensive care units (MICUs) are largely unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all head CTs from patients admitted to a single-center MICU during a 5-year period for CT indications, diagnostic yield, and therapeutic consequences. Uni- and multivariate analyses for the evaluation of risk factors for positive head CT were conducted...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717647/intracranial-hematoma-detection-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-practical-experience
#17
Patrick Schober, Sebastiaan M Bossers, Lothar A Schwarte
In (helicopter) emergency medical services, (H)EMS, the prehospital detection of intracranial hematomas should improve patient care and the triage to specialized neurosurgical hospitals. Recently, noninvasive detection of intracranial hematomas became possible by applying transcranial near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Herein, second-generation devices are currently available, for example, the Infrascanner 2000 (Infrascan), that appear suited also for prehospital (H)EMS applications. Since (H)EMS operations are time-critical, we studied the Infrascanner 2000 as a "first-time-right" monitor in healthy volunteers (n = 17, hospital employees, no neurologic history)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716014/the-comprehensive-post-acute-stroke-services-compass-study-design-and-methods-for-a-cluster-randomized-pragmatic-trial
#18
Pamela W Duncan, Cheryl D Bushnell, Wayne D Rosamond, Sara B Jones Berkeley, Sabina B Gesell, Ralph B D'Agostino, Walter T Ambrosius, Blair Barton-Percival, Janet Prvu Bettger, Sylvia W Coleman, Doyle M Cummings, Janet K Freburger, Jacqueline Halladay, Anna M Johnson, Anna M Kucharska-Newton, Gladys Lundy-Lamm, Barbara J Lutz, Laurie H Mettam, Amy M Pastva, Mysha E Sissine, Betsy Vetter
BACKGROUND: Patients discharged home after stroke face significant challenges managing residual neurological deficits, secondary prevention, and pre-existing chronic conditions. Post-discharge care is often fragmented leading to increased healthcare costs, readmissions, and sub-optimal utilization of rehabilitation and community services. The COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study is an ongoing cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to assess the effectiveness of a comprehensive, evidence-based, post-acute care model on patient-centered outcomes...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713526/recent-developments-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-epidural-abscesses
#19
REVIEW
Adam E M Eltorai, Syed S Naqvi, Ashok Seetharam, Bielinsky A Brea, Chad Simon
Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a serious condition that can be challenging to diagnose due to nonspecific symptomology and delayed presentation. Despite this, it requires prompt recognition and management in order to prevent permanent neurologic sequelae. Several recent studies have improved our understanding of SEA. Herein, we summarize the recent literature from the past 10 years relevant to SEA diagnosis, management and outcome. While surgical care remains the mainstay of treatment, a select subset of SEA patients may be managed without operative intervention...
June 23, 2017: Orthopedic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713493/a-new-strategy-in-neurocritical-care-nurse-continuing-stroke-education-a-hybrid-simulation-pilot-study
#20
Christopher Ryan Newey, Robert Bell, Melody Burks, Premkumar Nattanmai
INTRODUCTION: High-fidelity simulation is frequently utilized in medical education. Its use in the neurosciences is limited by the inherent limitations of the manikin to simulate neurological changes. We report here the use of a hybrid simulation - a combination of lecture and high-fidelity manikin - in the education of neurosciences nurses, involved in care of neurocritical care patients. METHODS: Neurosciences nurses from at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA, which is an academic, tertiary-care medical center participated in the simulation during Spring of 2016...
May 2017: Electronic Physician
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