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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334564/data-driven-implementation-of-alarm-reduction-interventions-in-a-cardiovascular-surgical-icu
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Sharon H Allan, Peter A Doyle, Adam Sapirstein, Maria Cvach
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue in the ICU setting has been well documented in the literature. The ICU's high-intensity environment requires staff's vigilant attention, and distraction from false and non-actionable alarms pulls staff away from important tasks, creates dissatisfaction, and is a potential patient safety risk if alarms are missed or ignored. This project was intended to improve patient safety by optimizing alarm systems in a cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit (CVSICU)...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333788/nursing-interruptions-in-a-trauma-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-observational-study
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Nicole C Craker, Robert A Myers, Jessy Eid, Priti Parikh, Mary C McCarthy, Kathy Zink, Pratik J Parikh
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to identify and analyze elements that affect duration of an interruption and likelihood of activity switch as experienced by nurses in an ICU. BACKGROUND: Although interruptions in the ICU impact patient safety, little is known regarding the complex situations that drive them. METHODS: RNs were observed in a 23-bed surgical ICU. We observed 206 interruptions, and analyzed for duration and activity switch...
April 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331772/an-automated-gravity-driven-csf-drainage-system-decreases-complications-and-lowers-costs
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Robert E Lieberson, Jan Eckermann, William Meyer, Tung Trang
BACKGROUND: FlowSafe(TM) (BeckerSmith Medical, Irvine, CA, USA) is a novel, robotic, external lumbar drainage (ELD) system, which was designed to control cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage, reduce complications, and decrease treatment costs. METHODS:  Forty-seven consecutive neurosurgical patients requiring ELD were treated using the FlowSafe system. RESULTS: In 39 of 40 patients with traumatic and surgical dural openings, potential CSF leaks were avoided...
February 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329111/hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-novel-surgical-strategy-for-small-volume-centres-%C3%A2
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Margaux Pontailler, Régis Gaudin, Marien Lenoir, Ayman Haydar, Diala Kraiche, Damien Bonnet, Pascal Vouhé, Olivier Raisky
OBJECTIVES: We describe in a prospective study, a novel surgical technique for the management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome inspired by the hybrid Norwood approach. METHODS: This new neonatal palliation comprises replacement of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and aortic arch plasty with a pulmonary homograft associated with the banding of both pulmonary arteries and atrial septectomy, under cardiopulmonary bypass without aortic clamping and cardioplegia...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329032/early-and-mid-term-outcomes-of-endovascular-and-open-surgical-repair-of-non-dissected-aortic-arch-aneurysm%C3%A2
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Daijiro Hori, Homare Okamura, Takahiro Yamamoto, Satoshi Nishi, Koichi Yuri, Naoyuki Kimura, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Hideo Adachi
OBJECTIVES: With the introduction of endovascular stent graft technology, a variety of surgical options are available for patients with aortic aneurysms. We sought to evaluate early-term and mid-term outcomes of patients undergoing endovascular and open surgical repair for non-dissected aortic arch aneurysm. METHODS: Overall, 200 patients underwent treatment for isolated non-dissected aortic arch aneurysm between January 2008 and February 2016: 133 patients had open surgery and 67, endovascular repair...
February 22, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328696/enterocolitis-in-a-child-with-hirschsprung-disease
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Alexander W D Guillaume, Andrew C Miller, Michael C Nguyen
Hirschsprung disease is a congenital abnormality that can be surgically corrected. However, Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis can be a life-threatening sequela. Very little has been published in the emergency medicine literature about the risk of enterocolitis and shock in patients with a history of Hirschsprung disease. We describe the case of a 6-month-old male infant with a history of multiple surgeries for Hirschsprung disease who presented to the emergency department with a seemingly benign viral gastrointestinal illness...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328569/mid-term-follow-up-of-minimally-invasive-multivessel-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-is-the-early-learning-phase-detrimental
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Maria Lorena Rodriguez, Harry R Lapierre, Benjamin Sohmer, David Glineur, Marc Ruel
OBJECTIVE: Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG) through a small left thoracotomy is a novel technique for surgical coronary revascularization, which is increasingly being adopted around the world. This study aimed to describe the characteristics and mid-term outcomes of a series of MICS CABG to identify areas for improvement. METHODS: A prospective longitudinal study was performed on the 306 MICS CABG patients operated on by a single surgeon from 2005 to 2015...
March 22, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327122/midodrine-as-adjunctive-support-for-treatment-of-refractory-hypotension-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-multicenter-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-the-midas-trial
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Matthew H Anstey, Bradley Wibrow, Tharusan Thevathasan, Brigit Roberts, Khushi Chhangani, Pauline Yeung Ng, Alexander Levine, Alan DiBiasio, Todd Sarge, Matthias Eikermann
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) are often treated with intravenous (IV) vasopressors. Persistent hypotension and dependence on IV vasopressors in otherwise resuscitated patients lead to delay in discharge from ICU. Midodrine is an oral alpha-1 adrenergic agonist approved for treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. This trial aims to evaluate whether oral administration of midodrine is an effective adjunct to standard therapy to reduce the duration of IV vasopressor treatment, and allow earlier discharge from ICU and hospital...
March 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324982/multi-task-transfer-learning-for-in-hospital-death-prediction-of-icu-patients
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Chandan Karmakar, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh
Multi-Task Transfer Learning (MTTL) is an efficient approach for learning from inter-related tasks with small sample size and imbalanced class distribution. Since the intensive care unit (ICU) data set (publicly available in Physionet) has subjects from four different ICU types, we hypothesize that there is an underlying relatedness amongst various ICU types. Therefore, this study aims to explore MTTL model for in-hospital mortality prediction of ICU patients. We used single-task learning (STL) approach on the augmented data as well as individual ICU data and compared the performance with the proposed MTTL model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324802/pelvic-exenteration-case-series-a-single-surgeon-s-experience-at-one-institution-in-trinidad-and-tobago
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Ravi Maharaj, Vandana Devika Sookdeo, Maurice Fortuné, Meenakshi Akhilesh, Chalapathi Rao Adidam Venkata, Wayne Mohammed, Dave Harnanan, Wayne A Warner
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic exenteration (PE) is an ultra-radical surgical procedure characterized by the en bloc resection of the pelvic organs. METHODS: In this case series, we report retrospectively on four patients who underwent PE in Trinidad and Tobago from 2012 to 2016. One male patient had rectal cancer while one each of three women had cervical, colon, or rectal cancer. RESULTS: Early postoperative complications (≤30days) occurred in all patients, while late complications (>30days) occurred in one patient (Grade 1 - Clavien-Dindo classification)...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323290/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-delirium-development-in-icu-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Marcela Kanova, Peter Sklienka, Roman Kula, Michal Burda, Jana Janoutova
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Delirium is an acute brain dysfunction and a frequent complication in critically ill patients. When present it significantly worsens the prognosis of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of delirium and risk factors for delirium in a mixed group of trauma, medical and surgical ICU patients. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in one of the six-bed Intensive Care Units of the University Hospital Ostrava in the Czech Republic during a 12-month period...
March 14, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319507/recombinant-factor-viia-is-associated-with-increased-thrombotic-complications-in-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Laura Downey, Morgan L Brown, David Faraoni, David Zurakowski, James A DiNardo
BACKGROUND: Recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) is routinely used as an off-label hemostatic agent in children undergoing cardiac surgery. Despite evidence that rFVIIa use is associated with an increased incidence of thrombotic complications in adult cardiac surgery, the safety of rFVIIa as a rescue hemostatic agent in the pediatric cardiac surgical population is less definitively delineated. In this retrospective study, we used propensity score matching to compare the incidence of thrombotic complications between children treated with rFVIIa and their matched controls...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318952/glycaemic-variability-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock-admitted-to-an-intensive-care-unit
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L M Silveira, A Basile-Filho, E A Nicolini, C A M Dessotte, G C S Aguiar, A M Stabile
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is associated with morbidity and mortality, which implies high costs to the global health system. Metabolic alterations that increase glycaemia and glycaemic variability occur during sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To verify mean body glucose levels and glycaemic variability in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. METHOD: Retrospective and exploratory study that involved collection of patients' sociodemographic and clinical data and calculation of severity scores...
March 15, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316317/direct-two-minute-unassisted-breathing-evaluation-dtube-is-an-attractive-alternative-to-longer-spontaneous-breathing-trials-a-prospective-observational-study
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Matthew B Bloom, Jonathan Lu, Tri Tran, Marko Bukur, Rex Chung, Eric J Ley, Nicolas Melo, Ali Salim, Daniel R Margulies
We sought to identify a simple bedside method to predict successful extubation outcomes that might be used during rounds. We hypothesized that a direct 2-minute unassisted breathing evaluation (DTUBE) could replace a longer spontaneous breathing trial (SBT). Data were prospectively collected on all patients endotracheally intubated for >48 hours nearing extubation in a tertiary center's mixed trauma/surgical intensive care unit from August 2012 to August 2013. The SBT was performed for at least 30 minutes at 40 per cent FiO2, PEEP 5, and PS 8...
March 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303021/age-and-surgical-complexity-impact-on-renoprotection-by-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-during-adult-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis
#15
Chenghui Zhou, Heerajnarain Bulluck, Nengxin Fang, Lihuan Li, Derek J Hausenloy
We aimed to conduct an up-to-date meta-analysis to comprehensively assess the renoprotective effect of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) in patients undergoing adult cardiac surgery. 21 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 6302 patients were selected and identified. Compared with controls, RIPC significantly reduced the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) [odds ratio (OR) = 0.79; P = 0.02; I(2) = 38%], and in particular, AKI stage I (OR = 0.65; P = 0.01; I(2) = 55%)...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301362/analysis-of-surfing-injuries-presenting-in-the-acute-trauma-setting
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Kevin T Jubbal, Charlie Chen, Todd Costantini, Fernando Herrera, Marek Dobke, Ahmed Suliman
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Surfing is a rapidly growing major worldwide sport; however, little is understood regarding severe injuries and resulting hospital admissions. This study explores surfing-related injuries in the major surfing hub of San Diego presenting in the acute trauma setting. The purpose of this study is to address the void of information regarding severe surfing injuries in the trauma setting, including injury patterns, associated hospitalization course, and risk factors...
March 16, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299720/ketamine-infusion-as-a-counter-measure-for-opioid-tolerance-in-mechanically-ventilated-children-a-pilot-study
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Felix Neunhoeffer, Anja Hanser, Martin Esslinger, Vanja Icheva, Matthias Kumpf, Ines Gerbig, Michael Hofbeck, Jörg Michel
BACKGROUND: Drug rotation to prevent opioid tolerance is well recognized in chronic pain management. However, ketamine infusion as a counter measure for opioid tolerance is rarely described in mechanically ventilated children developing tolerance from prolonged opioid infusion. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study in a 14-bed medical-surgical-cardiac pediatric intensive care unit. Thirty-two mechanically ventilated children who had developed tolerance from prolonged intravenous infusion of opioids received a continuous intravenous infusion of ketamine as an opioid substitute for more than 2 days, scheduled in a drug rotation protocol...
March 15, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298802/infantile-cystic-hygroma-an-unusual-perioperative-course
#18
Suman Saini, Madhu Dayal, Amita Gupta
Airway management of an infant with a giant cervical lump may be a difficult task. The anesthesiologist must be prepared to face associated challenges during securing the airway in such patients. We report our experience with One year old infant who presented with huge cystic hygroma in the cervical region leading to recurrent episodes of respiratory tract infection and distress. Surgical removal was needed as sclerotherapy proved ineffective in reducing its size. Proseal laryngeal mask airway was used as a conduit after inhalational induction since airway could not be maintained with bag and mask...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298660/hyperlactatemia-and-cardiac-surgery
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Jonathon Minton, David A Sidebotham
The normal blood lactate level is 0-2 mmol/L, and a value above 3-5 mmol/L is variably used to define hyperlactatemia. In cardiac surgical patients, hyperlactatemia can arise from both hypoxic and non-hypoxic mechanisms. The major non-hypoxic mechanism is likely stress-induced accelerated aerobic metabolism, in which elevated lactate results from a mass effect on the lactate/pyruvate equilibrium. The lactate/pyruvate ratio is normal (<20) in this circumstance. Hyperlactatemia can also result from impaired global or regional oxygen delivery, in which case the lactate/pyruvate ratio is typically elevated (>20)...
March 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298047/development-of-a-prediction-rule-for-diagnosing-postoperative-meningitis-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Olga Helena Hernández Ortiz, Héctor Iván García García, Fabián Muñoz Ramírez, Juan Sebastián Cardona Flórez, Bladimir Alejandro Gil Valencia, Salvador Ernesto Medina Mantilla, María Juliana Moreno Ochoa, Jorge Eliécer Sará Ochoa, Fabián Jaimes
OBJECTIVE Diagnosing nosocomial meningitis (NM) in neurosurgical patients is difficult. The standard CSF test is not optimal and when it is obtained, CSF cultures are negative in as many as 70% of cases. The goal of this study was to develop a diagnostic prediction rule for postoperative meningitis using a combination of clinical, laboratory, and CSF variables, as well as risk factors (RFs) for CNS infection. METHODS A cross-sectional study was performed in 4 intensive care units in Medellín, Colombia. Patients with a history of neurosurgical procedures were selected at the onset of febrile symptoms and/or after an increase in acute-phase reactants...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
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