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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779827/zika-virus-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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Gisele Sampaio Silva, Guy A Richards, Tim Baker, Jorge Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Pravin Amin
Zika fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), an RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus. ZIKV can be transmitted by bites from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, sexual activity, blood transfusion and from mother to fetus during pregnancy and delivery. A total of 50 territories and countries in the Americas had reported ZIKV infections. For those with symptoms, the presentation is similar to dengue fever with body aches, joint pain, fatigue, malaise, fever and conjunctivitis lasting up to seven days...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776706/gaps-in-pain-agitation-and-delirium-management-in-intensive-care-outputs-from-a-nurse-workshop
#2
REVIEW
Carsten Hermes, Maria Acevedo-Nuevo, Andrea Berry, Thomas Kjellgren, Alessandra Negro, Paola Massarotto
Significant improvements in our understanding of pain, agitation, and delirium management within the Intensive Care Unit have been made in recent years. International guidelines and implementation bundles have become more evidence-based, patient-centred, and provide clear recommendations on the best-practice management of critically ill patients. However, the intensive care community has highlighted the need for higher-order evidence in several areas of pain, agitation and delirium research and studies suggest that a significant number of intensive care patients still receive outdated treatment as a consequence of inadequate guideline implementation...
May 15, 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757091/striving-for-liminality-eating-disorders-and-social-suffering
#3
Karin Eli
In this article, I argue that eating disorders constitute a form of social suffering, in which sufferers embody liminality as a response to, and a reflection of, oppressive sociality, structural violence, and institutional constraints. Based on the illness narratives of people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and their subclinical variants in Israel, the analysis draws the experiential, the social, and the structural into critical focus. These narratives, which delineate lived experiences of self-starving, bingeing, and purging, and the attendant viscerality of hunger, fullness, and emptiness, reveal how participants developed an embodied drawing inward and away, being at once within and without society for extended periods of time, through eating disordered practices...
January 1, 2018: Transcultural Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739630/extracorporeal-life-support-as-salvage-therapy-for-massive-pulmonary-embolus-and-cardiac-arrest-in-pregnancy
#4
Michael E Takacs, Kristina E Damisch
BACKGROUND: Massive pulmonary embolus (PE) with prolonged cardiac arrest in the setting of pregnancy has few treatment options. Selections are further restricted if there are contraindications to the standard therapies of embolectomy and thrombolysis. We report a case of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) used as salvage therapy for a critically ill pregnant patient. CASE REPORT: A 21-year-old woman presented to a small rural hospital with chest pain, dyspnea, hypoxia, and syncope...
May 5, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729659/improving-health-care-for-critically-ill-patients-using-an-evidence-based-collaborative-approach-to-abcdef-bundle-dissemination-and-implementation
#5
Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, Brenda T Pun, Lori A Harmon, Diane G Byrum, Vishakha K Kumar, John W Devlin, Joanna L Stollings, Kathleen A Puntillo, Heidi J Engel, Patricia J Posa, Juliana Barr, William D Schweickert, Cheryl L Esbrook, Ken D Hargett, Shannon S Carson, J Matthew Aldrich, E Wesley Ely, Michele C Balas
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) often experience pain, oversedation, prolonged mechanical ventilation, delirium, and weakness. These conditions are important in that they often lead to protracted physical, neurocognitive, and mental health sequelae now termed postintensive care syndrome. Changing current ICU practice will not only require the adoption of evidence-based interventions but the development of effective and reliable teams to support these new practices...
May 5, 2018: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719745/acute-acalculous-cholecystitis-in-the-setting-of-negative-ultrasound-and-computed-tomography-scan-of-the-abdomen
#6
Muhammad Shafiq, Yousaf Zafar
Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is most commonly seen after surgery in critically ill patients. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key in the management of AAC. Ultrasound is the commonly used first modality for right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain with sensitivity equal to or greater than 80% for AAC. Computed tomography (CT) scan is reported to have a sensitivity close to 90% and if both the ultrasound and CT scan are combined, it further increases the sensitivity for the diagnosis of AAC. It is unlikely for AAC to be present in the setting of both negative ultrasound and CT scan of the abdomen...
February 28, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719381/suicide-in-older-adults-current-perspectives
#7
REVIEW
Ismael Conejero, Emilie Olié, Philippe Courtet, Raffaella Calati
Suicidal behavior in older adults (65 years old and over) is a major public health issue in many countries. Suicide rates increase during the life course and are as high as 48.7/100,000 among older white men in the USA. Specific health conditions and stress factors increase the complexity of the explanatory model for suicide in older adults. A PubMed literature search was performed to identify most recent and representative studies on suicide risk factors in older adults. The aim of our narrative review was to provide a critical evaluation of recent findings concerning specific risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors among older people: psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders, social exclusion, bereavement, cognitive impairment, decision making and cognitive inhibition, physical illnesses, and physical and psychological pain...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29716903/effects-of-an-integrative-nursing-intervention-on-pain-in-critically-ill-patients-a-pilot-clinical-trial
#8
Elizabeth D E Papathanassoglou, Maria Hadjibalassi, Panagiota Miltiadous, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Evridiki Papastavrou, Lefkios Paikousis, Theodoros Kyprianou
BACKGROUND: Pain, a persistent problem in critically ill patients, adversely affects outcomes. Despite recommendations, no evidence-based nonpharmacological approaches for pain treatment in critically ill patients have been developed. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of a multimodal integrative intervention on the incidence of pain and on secondary outcomes: intensity of pain, hemodynamic indices (systolic and mean arterial pressure, heart rate), anxiety, fear, relaxation, optimism, and sleep quality...
May 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29680212/impact-of-a-clinical-therapeutic-intervention-on-pain-assessment-management-and-nursing-practices-in-an-intensive-care-unit-a-before-and-after-study
#9
Vincenzo Damico, Flavio Cazzaniga, Liana Murano, Rita Ciceri, Giuseppe Nattino, Alberto Dal Molin
Accurate pain assessment and management constitute a major challenge for medical and nursing staff in intensive care units (ICUs). A distinct recollection of pain is reported by high proportions of ICU patients. A clinical therapeutic intervention directed at improving pain assessment and management in critically ill patients who are unable to communicate was implemented at an Italian ICU. In this before-and-after study, data were collected before (T0 ) and after (T1 ) the adoption of a protocol involving pain assessment with an ad hoc behavioral pain scale and the administration of analgesics, rather than sedatives, to patients with intermediate to high pain scores...
April 18, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671836/children-s-experience-of-symptoms-narratives-through-words-and-images
#10
REVIEW
Barbara M Sourkes
Children who live with a complex chronic or life-threatening illness face extraordinary challenges. Whether they are receiving disease-oriented treatment (aimed at potential cure or prolongation of life) or palliative treatment-or both concurrently-our challenge is to enhance their comfort and minimize their distress. Symptom management is thus a critical component of pediatric palliative care. Symptoms may be either physical or psychological in nature (or a confluence of both) and their effective management has a direct impact on the child's quality of life...
April 19, 2018: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649027/pain-and-its-long-term-interference-of-daily-life-after-critical-illness
#11
Christina J Hayhurst, Jim C Jackson, Kristin R Archer, Jennifer L Thompson, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Christopher G Hughes
BACKGROUND: Persistent pain likely interferes with quality of life in survivors of critical illness, but data are limited on its prevalence and risk factors. We sought to determine the prevalence of persistent pain after critical illness and its interference with daily life. Additionally, we sought to determine if intensive care unit (ICU) opioid exposure is a risk factor for its development. METHODS: In a cohort of adult medical and surgical ICU survivors, we used the brief pain inventory (BPI) to assess pain intensity and pain interference of daily life at 3 and 12 months after hospital discharge...
April 11, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628828/pain-assessment-in-the-critically-ill-mechanically-ventilated-adult-patients-comparison-between-skin-conductance-algesimeter-index-and-physiologic-indicators
#12
Puneet Khanna, Chandralekha Chandralekha, Ravinder Kumar Pandey, Ankur Sharma
Background and Objectives: Critically ill patients are unable to communicate effectively, so it is difficult to assess their pain and analgesic requirement. Skin conductance algesimeter (SCA) index is a device that primarily measures changes in skin conductance real time to assess pain. Methods: We planned this quantitative prospective observational study to assess pain in the critically ill mechanically ventilated patients in comparison to physiologic indicators such as blood pressure and heart rate...
April 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618079/effects-of-massage-in-reducing-the-pain-and-anxiety-of-the-cardiac-surgery-critically-ill-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Madalina Boitor, Géraldine Martorella, Christine Maheu, Andréa Maria Laizner, Céline Gélinas
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of hand massage on the pain and anxiety of the cardiac surgery critically ill. Design: A three-arm randomized controlled trial. Setting: This study was conducted in a medical-surgical intensive care unit in Canada. Subjects: Adult patients who underwent elective cardiac surgery, who were able to speak French/English and to self-report symptoms, without a high risk of postoperative complications were eligible...
March 30, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605589/patients-perceptions-of-sleep-in-a-critical-care-unit
#14
L Carrera-Hernández, E Aizpitarte-Pejenaute, N Zugazagoitia-Ciarrusta, R Goñi-Viguria
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Patients' sleep can be disturbed during their stay in an Intensive Care Unit. Many factors can explain this disturbance, both within the ICU environment and caused by patients' illnesses. There is evidence that patients' sleep can be improved within ICUs. The aim of this study is to describe patientś perceptions of a night's sleep and develop a care plan that promotes a night's sleep. METHODOLOGY: A prospective descriptive study was performed in the ICU of a training hospital...
April 2018: Enfermería Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580965/designing-a-nurse-delivered-delirium-bundle-what-intensive-care-unit-staff-survivors-and-their-families-think
#15
Leona Bannon, Jennifer McGaughey, Mike Clarke, Daniel F McAuley, Bronagh Blackwood
BACKGROUND: Implementation of quality improvement interventions can be enhanced by exploring the perspectives of those who will deliver and receive them. We designed a non-pharmacological bundle for delirium management for a feasibility trial, and we sought to obtain the views of intensive care unit (ICU) staff, survivors, and families on the barriers and facilitators to its implementation. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine the barriers and facilitators to a multicomponent bundle for delirium management in critically ill patients comprising (1) education and family participation, (2) sedation minimisation and pain, agitation, and delirium protocol, (3) early mobilisation, and (4) environmental interventions for sleep, orientation, communication, and cognitive stimulation...
May 2018: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29564197/conservative-management-of-acalculous-cholecystitis-in-a-seven-year-old-child
#16
Jessica Y Ng, Jennie Gu
Acute acalculous cholecystitis is an uncommon disease in children and is usually associated with trauma, burns, and infections. Whereas acute acalculous cholecystitis is only seen in 10% of cholecystitis in adults, it is uncommon in the paediatric population. A seven-year-old male presented to the emergency department of a regional hospital with a 36-hour history of right-upper-quadrant abdominal pain. He had associated symptoms of anorexia, nausea, and vomiting. He was septic with raised white cell count and inflammatory markers...
January 20, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29549932/chronic-critical-illness-the-limbo-between-life-and-death
#17
Rosechelle M Ruggiero
The entity of chronic critical illness (CCI) has shown a rise in the past decades for popularity and prevalence. CCI is loosely defined as the group of patients who require the intensive care setting for weeks to months; its hallmark is prolonged mechanical ventilation. The outcomes of chronically critically ill patients have been dismal and have not improved over time; 1-year survival hovers at approximately 50%. Given the high mortality, prognostic variables are important when making medical decisions. CCI encompasses a syndrome that includes altered pathophysiology across a variety of organ systems...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29498938/sedation-intensity-in-the-first-48-hours-of-mechanical-ventilation-and-180-day-mortality-a-multinational-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-study
#18
Yahya Shehabi, Rinaldo Bellomo, Suhaini Kadiman, Lian Kah Ti, Belinda Howe, Michael C Reade, Tien Meng Khoo, Anita Alias, Yu-Lin Wong, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Colin McArthur, Ian Seppelt, Steven A Webb, Maja Green, Michael J Bailey
OBJECTIVES: In the absence of a universal definition of light or deep sedation, the level of sedation that conveys favorable outcomes is unknown. We quantified the relationship between escalating intensity of sedation in the first 48 hours of mechanical ventilation and 180-day survival, time to extubation, and delirium. DESIGN: Harmonized data from prospective multicenter international longitudinal cohort studies SETTING:: Diverse mix of ICUs. PATIENTS: Critically ill patients expected to be ventilated for longer than 24 hours...
June 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29498079/the-mcconnell-sign-is-seen-in-patients-with-acute-chest-syndrome
#19
John Bates McCutcheon, Pascha Schaffer, Matthew Lyon, Richard Gordon
Bedside ultrasound is often used as a part of the evaluation of patients who are critically ill. The McConnell sign is an important echocardiographic finding in some critically ill patients with pulmonary embolism and an acute right ventricular infarct. We present 3 critically ill patients with confirmed acute chest syndrome who showed the McConnell sign on echocardiography. In patients with sickle cell disease presenting with chest pain and shortness of breath, the presence of the McConnell sign does not narrow the differential diagnosis between pulmonary embolism, an acute right ventricular infarct, and acute chest syndrome...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490709/infectious-mononucleosis-not-always-a-benign-condition-a-case-report-of-infectious-mononucleosis-associated-acute-acalculous-cholecystitis
#20
Andrew Cameron, Kosalan Akilan, David Carr
Infectious mononucleosis is typically a self-limited viral infection of adolescence and early adulthood that resolves in a period of weeks, causing no major sequelae. We describe a case of a healthy 18-year-old female diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis who also presented with right upper quadrant abdominal pain, moderate transaminitis, and cholestatic biochemistry. An ultrasound revealed acute acalculous cholecystitis, generally a condition seen in the context of critical illness. Further investigating emergency department patients with infectious mononucleosis is often not indicated, but may be important for those who present atypically...
March 1, 2018: CJEM
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