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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196358/wellens-syndrome-a-bad-omen
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Madalena Coutinho Cruz, Isabel Luiz, Lurdes Ferreira, Rui Cruz Ferreira
Wellens' syndrome is characterized by an electrocardiographic pattern of T-wave changes associated with a critical stenosis of the left anterior descending artery (LAD), which progresses to an extensive anterior myocardial infarction in the majority of cases. For this reason, its recognition and early treatment are extremely important. We report 2 cases of Wellens' syndrome: an 83-year-old male presenting with ill-characterized chest pain, biphasic T waves in V1-V3 during an asymptomatic period, negative cardiac biomarkers, and a 64% stenosis in LAD with a fractional flow reserve of 0...
February 15, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190430/delirium-in-critically-ill-patients
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A J C Slooter, R R Van De Leur, I J Zaal
Delirium is common in critically ill patients and associated with increased length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) and long-term cognitive impairment. The pathophysiology of delirium has been explained by neuroinflammation, an aberrant stress response, neurotransmitter imbalances, and neuronal network alterations. Delirium develops mostly in vulnerable patients (e.g., elderly and cognitively impaired) in the throes of a critical illness. Delirium is by definition due to an underlying condition and can be identified at ICU admission using prediction models...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181920/can-early-rehabilitation-on-the-general-ward-after-an-intensive-care-unit-stay-reduce-hospital-length-of-stay-in-survivors-of-critical-illness-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Wolfgang Gruther, Karin Pieber, Irene Steiner, Cornelia Hein, Jörg Michael Hiesmayr, Tatjana Paternostro-Sluga
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate if an early rehabilitation program for survivors of critical illness improves functional recovery, reduces length of stay, and reduces hospital costs. DESIGN: This was a prospective randomized controlled trial. Fifty-three consecutive survivors of critical illness were included in the study. After discharge from the intensive care unit, the intervention group received an early rehabilitation program, and the standard-care group received physical therapy as ordered by the primary care team...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175941/-health-related-quality-of-life-after-mechanical-ventilation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#4
D Schädler, L Kaiser, B Malchow, T Becher, G Elke, I Frerichs, T Küchler, N Weiler
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether health related quality of life measured in German patients one year after mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit is impaired or not. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess health related quality of life one year after inclusion into a randomized controlled trial for weaning from mechanical ventilation with the help of a questionnaire that has never been used in critically ill patients and to investigate whether health related quality of life scores differ between the study population and a general German population...
February 7, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164163/change-of-sagittal-spinal-alignment-and-its-association-with-pain-and-function-after-lumbar-surgery-augmented-with-an-interspinous-implant
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Rebecca J Crawford, Quentin J Malone, Roger I Price
BACKGROUND: Interspinous spacer/implants like the Device for Intervertebral Assisted Motion (DIAM™) are controversially yet commonly used in the surgical treatment of lumbar degenerative pathologies. Criticism is based on ill-defined indications, lack of superiority over decompression, and a poorly understood mechanical effect. Yet, continued use by surgeons implies their perceived clinical merit. We examined radiographic spinal alignment for 12 months, and pain and function for 24 months, after DIAM-augmented surgery to improve the understanding of the mechanical effect relating to clinical outcomes in patients...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162400/-107-the-prevalence-of-pain-assessments-interventions-and-painful-procedures-in-critically-ill-children-a-multisite-pilot-study
#6
C Lafond, A McCarthy, K Hanrahan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152732/reducing-pain-agitation-and-delirium-to-optimize-outcomes-in-mechanically-ventilated-critically-ill-oncology-patients
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Dana Bullick, Sharon Barniak, Joanne McGovern, Trisha Patel, Jeffrey Hoag
: 233 Background: Greater than 60% of cancer patients experience chronic pain which is heightened in critical illness. Optimal pain assessment is challenging in the critically ill leading to under treatment due to sedation during mechanical ventilation (MV). The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) favors treating pain with intermittent boluses rather than continuous infusions; however,appropriate analgesic doses and means of titration are elusive leading to over sedation, prolonged ventilation, and delirium...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148615/postoperative-patient-controlled-analgesia-in-the-pediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
#8
Hanna M Epstein
BACKGROUND: High rates of uncontrolled pain in critically ill patients remain common. Patient-controlled analgesia is more effective than traditional intravenous as-needed dosing regimens for managing postoperative pain in older children and adults. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pain-related clinical outcomes in patients from age 10 years to adult following cardiac surgery are improved by using patient-controlled analgesia as a pain management strategy. METHODS: Using the plan-do-study-act method of quality improvement, a process was instituted to have both staff and patients' families support the use of patient-controlled analgesia postoperatively as opposed to traditional pain control with as-needed analgesics...
February 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144827/biomarkers-for-musculoskeletal-pain-conditions-use-of-brain-imaging-and-machine-learning
#9
REVIEW
Jeff Boissoneault, Landrew Sevel, Janelle Letzen, Michael Robinson, Roland Staud
Chronic musculoskeletal pain condition often shows poor correlations between tissue abnormalities and clinical pain. Therefore, classification of pain conditions like chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia depends mostly on self report and less on objective findings like X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes. However, recent advances in structural and functional brain imaging have identified brain abnormalities in chronic pain conditions that can be used for illness classification...
January 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144160/association-between-lymphocyte-expression-of-the-apoptotic-receptor-fas-and-pain-in-critically-ill-patients
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Elizabeth DE Papathanassoglou, Meropi DA Mpouzika, Margarita Giannakopoulou, Evangelos Bozas, Nicos Middleton, George Tsiaousis, Andreas Karabinis
OBJECTIVE: Lymphocyte apoptosis in critical illness is associated with immunosuppression. We explored for the first time the associations between pain ratings and expression of the apoptotic receptor Fas on B and T cells in critically ill patients and the potential mediating effects of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), cortisol, and substance P (SP). DESIGN: This is an exploratory correlational study with repeated measurements (14 days followup) and cross-sectional comparisons...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143418/reactivated-cytomegalovirus-proctitis-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-presenting-as-nosocomial-diarrhea-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Chun-Yuan Lee, Yen-Hsu Chen, Po-Liang Lu
BACKGROUND: Reactivated cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has been known to cause significant morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. However, CMV disease rarely develops in immunocompetent patients, and reported cases often present with a mild, self-limiting course, without severe life-threatening sequelae. While the colon is the most common gastrointestinal site affected by CMV disease in immunocompetent patients, rectal involvement is rarely reported. CMV proctitis can present in two distinct forms, primary and reactivated...
February 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141899/intravenous-midazolam-infusion-for-sedation-of-infants-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Eugene Ng, Anna Taddio, Arne Ohlsson
BACKGROUND: Proper sedation for neonates undergoing uncomfortable procedures may reduce stress and avoid complications. Midazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine that is used increasingly in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). However, its effectiveness as a sedative in neonates has not been systematically evaluated. OBJECTIVES: Primary objeciveTo assess the effectiveness of intravenous midazolam infusion for sedation, as evaluated by behavioural and/or physiological measurements of sedation levels, in critically ill neonates in the NICU...
January 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099638/risk-factors-for-agitation-in-critically-ill-patients
#13
Thiago Miranda Lopes de Almeida, Luciano Cesar Pontes de Azevedo, Paulo Maurício Garcia Nosé, Flavio Geraldo Resende de Freitas, Flávia Ribeiro Machado
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of agitation in the first 7 days after intensive care unit admission, its risk factors and its associations with clinical outcomes. Methods: This single-center prospective cohort study included all patients older than 18 years with a predicted stay > 48 hours within the first 24 hours of intensive care unit admission. Agitation was defined as a Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale score ≥ +2, an episode of agitation or the use of a specific medication recorded in patient charts...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098628/the-abcdef-bundle-science-and-philosophy-of-how-icu-liberation-serves-patients-and-families
#14
E Wesley Ely
Over the past 20 years, critical care has matured in a myriad of ways resulting in dramatically higher survival rates for our sickest patients. For millions of new survivors comes de novo suffering and disability called "the postintensive care syndrome." Patients with postintensive care syndrome are robbed of their normal cognitive, emotional, and physical capacity and cannot resume their previous life. The ICU Liberation Collaborative is a real-world quality improvement initiative being implemented across 76 ICUs designed to engage strategically the ABCDEF bundle through team- and evidence-based care...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066556/does-the-combination-use-of-two-pain-assessment-tools-have-a-synergistic-effect
#15
EDITORIAL
Takeshi Suzuki
Pain management is a very important aspect in the intensive care unit (ICU), as adequate pain control has been shown to be associated with better clinical outcomes in critically ill patients. A Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) ranging from 0 to 10 (0, no pain; 10, maximum pain), which is based on a patient's self-report, is the gold standard for pain evaluation in patients who can communicate their pain intensity. On the other hand, it is very difficult to evaluate the degree of pain in critically ill patients owing to decreased consciousness level, delirium, and the effect of sedation for mechanical ventilation management...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999228/barriers-to-the-development-of-pediatric-palliative-care-in-italy
#16
Franca Benini, Marcello Orzalesi, Anna de Santi, Sabrina Congedi, Pierina Lazzarin, Federico Pellegatta, Lucia De Zen, Marco Spizzichino, Enrico Alleva
INTRODUCTION: In recent years the emergence of new types of patient, clinical situations, technological frontiers and "health" objectives have changed considerably the needs of ill children, this also concerns pediatric palliative care (PPC). In Italy, despite the introduction of legislation (Law 38/2010) stipulating the right of children and families to access appropriate services for pain control and pediatric palliative care, the availability of these services is still limited. AIM: The aim of this study is to highlight, through a review of the existing data and published literature, the critical issues that obstacle the planning and development of PPC services in Italy...
October 2016: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977013/acupuncture-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-using-ancient-medicine-to-help-today-s-babies-a-review
#17
K L Chen, I Quah-Smith, G M Schmölzer, R Niemtzow, J L Oei
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine for a variety of conditions and illnesses, including pain. Neonatal intensive care, on the other hand, is a relatively new branch of medicine that has emerged as the pivotal influence in increasing survival of critically ill newborn infants only within the last 50 years. Unfortunately, pain is an inevitable part of treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The control and prevention of pain remains a major issue for clinicians despite recognition and understanding of the myriad of short- and long-term problems that are associated with both pain and its treatment within the NICU environment...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965224/feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-a-delirium-prevention-bundle-in-critically-ill-patients
#18
Claudia DiSabatino Smith, Petra Grami
BACKGROUND: Strategies for preventing delirium include early identification and avoiding or modifying patient, environmental, and iatrogenic factors. Minimal research exists on a prescriptive delirium prevention bundle that details elements or strategies for each bundle component. Even less research has been focused on nurse-driven interventions or components. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a delirium prevention bundle in decreasing delirium incidence in 2 medical-surgical intensive care units in a large Texas medical center...
December 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942784/-introduction-of-prehospital-emergency-ultrasound-into-an-emergency-medical-service-area
#19
C Weilbach, A Kobiella, N Rahe-Meyer, K Johanning
BACKGROUND: Emergency ultrasound as part of the provision of emergency medical services using mobile devices offers great benefits regarding to some important questions related to the management of critically ill and injured patients in the prehospital situation where diagnostic resources are limited. The aim of this study is to determine whether the comprehensive introduction of prehospital emergency ultrasound examinations into a German Emergency Medical Services ("rescue services") area is both feasible and beneficial for patients...
January 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939017/regional-analgesia-in-postsurgical-critically-ill-patients
#20
S Moliner Velázquez, R Rubio Haro, C De Andrés Serrano, J De Andrés Ibáñez
Regional analgesia intrinsically, based on its physiological effects, is routinely used for the perioperative treatment of pain associated with surgical procedures. However, in other areas such as the non-surgical treatment of acute pain for patients in a critical condition, it has not been subjected to specific prospective studies. If we confine ourselves to the physiological effects of the nerve block, in a situation of stress, the indications for regional anaesthesia in this group of patients extend to the management of a wide variety of medical as well as postsurgical conditions, of trauma patients and of other painful procedures performed in the patient's bed...
December 7, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
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