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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028696/brain-oxygen-optimization-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-phase-ii-a-phase-ii-randomized-trial
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David O Okonkwo, Lori A Shutter, Carol Moore, Nancy R Temkin, Ava M Puccio, Christopher J Madden, Norberto Andaluz, Randall M Chesnut, M Ross Bullock, Gerald A Grant, John McGregor, Michael Weaver, Jack Jallo, Peter D LeRoux, Dick Moberg, Jason Barber, Christos Lazaridis, Ramon R Diaz-Arrastia
OBJECTIVES: A relationship between reduced brain tissue oxygenation and poor outcome following severe traumatic brain injury has been reported in observational studies. We designed a Phase II trial to assess whether a neurocritical care management protocol could improve brain tissue oxygenation levels in patients with severe traumatic brain injury and the feasibility of a Phase III efficacy study. DESIGN: Randomized prospective clinical trial. SETTING: Ten ICUs in the United States...
November 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979514/a-case-for-stopping-the-early-withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapies-in-patients-with-devastating-brain-injuries
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Alex R Manara, Ian Thomas, Richard Harding
Early prognostication in patients with a devastating brain injury is not always accurate and can lead to inappropriate decisions. We present case histories to support the recent recommendations of the Neurocritical Care Society that treatment withdrawal decisions should be delayed by up to 72 h in these patients. Development of pathways incorporating these recommendations can improve prognostication, enhance end of life care given to these patients and their families, and increase the opportunities to explore the donation wishes of more patients...
November 2016: J Intensive Care Soc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974999/malignant-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-an-exacting-challenge-for-neurocritical-care-physicians
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Shahvaiz Magsi, Atif Zafar
We report a case of malignant posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) in a 62-year-old Caucasian female with a complex medical history and comorbidities admitted for bowel resection and lysis of iatrogenic bowel adhesions and enterocutaneous fistulas. Postoperatively, the patient developed sudden bilateral visual loss with no other neurologic deficits. Computed tomography scan showed very severe PRES-like changes, confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Systolic blood pressure remained around 170 mm HG...
October 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962817/the-evolution-of-neurocritical-care
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EDITORIAL
Alejandro A Rabinstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962816/shared-decision-making-in-neurocritical-care
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REVIEW
Muhammad Waqas Khan, Susanne Muehlschlegel
Shared decision making is a collaborative decision-making process between health care providers and patients or their surrogates, taking into account the best scientific evidence available while considering the patient's values, goals, and preferences. Decision aids are tools enabling SDM. This article discusses shared decision making in general and in the intensive care unit in particular and facilitators and barriers for the creation and implementation of International Patient Decision Aids Standards Collaboration-compliant decision aids for the intensive care unit and neuro-intensive care unit...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962805/management-of-traumatic-brain-injury-an-update
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Mohamed H Abou El Fadl, Kristine H O'Phelan
The care of patients with traumatic brain injury can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of clinical neurocritical care. This article reviews the approach to unique aspects specific to the care of this patient population. These aspects include appropriate use of sedation and analgesia, and the principles and the clinical use of intracranial monitors. Common clinical challenges encountered in these patients are also discussed, including the treatment of intracranial hypertension, temperature management, and control of sympathetic hyperactivity...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948503/extubating-the-neurocritical-care-patient-a-spontaneous-breathing-trial-algorithmic-approach
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Naresh Mullaguri, Zalan Khan, Premkumar Nattanmai, Christopher R Newey
BACKGROUND: Delaying extubation in neurologically impaired patients otherwise ready for extubation is a source for significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. There is no consensus to suggest one spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) over another in predicting extubation success. We studied an algorithm using zero pressure support and zero positive end-expiratory pressure (ZEEP) SBT followed by 5-cm H2O pressure support and 5-cm H2O positive end-expiratory pressure (i.e., 5/5) SBT in those who failed ZEEP SBT...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948141/simulation-of-spreading-depolarization-trajectories-in-cerebral-cortex-correlation-of-velocity-and-susceptibility-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Denny Milakara, Cristian Grozea, Markus Dahlem, Sebastian Major, Maren K L Winkler, Janos Lückl, Michael Scheel, Vasilis Kola, Karl Schoknecht, Svetlana Lublinsky, Alon Friedman, Peter Martus, Jed A Hartings, Johannes Woitzik, Jens P Dreier
In many cerebral grey matter structures including the neocortex, spreading depolarization (SD) is the principal mechanism of the near-complete breakdown of the transcellular ion gradients with abrupt water influx into neurons. Accordingly, SDs are abundantly recorded in patients with traumatic brain injury, spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and malignant hemispheric stroke using subdural electrode strips. SD is observed as a large slow potential change, spreading in the cortex at velocities between 2 and 9 mm/min...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929375/abstracts-presented-at-the-neurocritical-care-society-ncs-15th-annual-meeting
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929324/stress-ulcer-prophylaxis-in-neurocritical-care
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Jeffrey F Barletta, Alicia J Mangram, Joseph F Sucher, Victor Zach
Stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP) with acid-suppressive drug therapy is widely utilized in critically ill patients following neurologic injury for the prevention of clinically important stress-related gastrointestinal bleeding (CIB). Data supporting SUP, however, largely originates from studies conducted during an era where practices were vastly different than what is considered routine by today's standard. This is particularly true in neurocritical care patients. In fact, the routine provision of SUP has been challenged due to an increasing prevalence of adverse drug events with acid-suppressive therapy and the perception that CIB rates are sparse...
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925974/if-you-build-it-they-will-come-initial-experience-with-a-multi-disciplinary-pediatric-neurocritical-care-follow-up-clinic
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Cydni N Williams, Aileen Kirby, Juan Piantino
Pediatric Neurocritical Care diagnoses account for a large proportion of intensive care admissions. Critical care survivors suffer high rates of long-term morbidity, including physical disability, cognitive impairment, and psychosocial dysfunction. To address these morbidities in Pediatric Neurocritical Care survivors, collaboration between Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Critical Care created a multidisciplinary follow-up clinic providing specialized evaluations after discharge. Clinic referrals apply to all Pediatric Neurocritical Care patients regardless of admission severity of illness...
September 19, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916970/caring-for-patients-families-or-lack-of-family-in-neurocritical-care
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EDITORIAL
David Y Hwang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913813/pharmacotherapy-pearls-for-emergency-neurological-life-support
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Gretchen M Brophy, Theresa Human
The appropriate use of medications during Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is essential to optimize patient care. Important considerations when choosing the appropriate agent include the patient's organ function and medication allergies, potential adverse drug effects, drug interactions and critical illness and aging pathophysiologic changes. Critical medications used during ENLS include hyperosmolar therapy, anticonvulsants, antithrombotics, anticoagulant reversal and hemostatic agents, anti-shivering agents, neuromuscular blockers, antihypertensive agents, sedatives, vasopressors and inotropes, and antimicrobials...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913811/emergency-neurological-life-support-third-edition-updates-in-the-approach-to-early-management-of-a-neurological-emergency
#14
Kristine H O'Phelan, Chad M Miller
Emergency Neurologic Life Support (ENLS) is an educational program designed to provide users advisory instructions regarding management for the first few hours of a neurologic emergency. The content of the course is divided into 14 modules, each addressing a distinct category of neurological injury. The course is appropriate for practitioners and providers from various backgrounds who work in environments of variable medical complexity. The focus of ENLS is centered on a standardized treatment algorithm, checklists, to guide early patient care, and a structured format for communication of findings and concerns to other healthcare professionals...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913711/emergency-neurological-life-support-resuscitation-following-cardiac-arrest
#15
Jonathan Elmer, Kees H Polderman
Cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death in North America. An organized bundle of neurocritical care interventions can improve chances of survival and neurological recovery in patients who are successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest. Therefore, resuscitation following cardiac arrest was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol. Key aspects of successful early post-arrest management include: prevention of secondary brain injury; identification of treatable causes of arrest in need of emergent intervention; and, delayed neurological prognostication...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892887/active-surveillance-of-health-care-associated-infections-in-neurosurgical-patients
#16
Reshu Agarwal, Sarita Mohapatra, Girija Prasad Rath, Arti Kapil
INTRODUCTION: Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI) are frequent complications in neurosurgery. There is limited data available on the incidence and burden of HCAI in neurosurgical patients of Southeast Asian region. AIM: To identify various HCAIs, associated aetiological agents and their antimicrobial susceptibility pattern among the patients admitted in the neurosurgery unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational prospective study was carried out for three months duration on all neurosurgical patients admitted to a tertiary-care center...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880397/transcranial-doppler-a-stethoscope-for-the-brain-neurocritical-care-use
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REVIEW
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Mypinder Sekhon, Karol Budohoski, Marek Czosnyka
Transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography is a noninvasive bedside monitoring technique that can evaluate cerebral blood flow hemodynamics in the intracranial arterial vasculature. TCD allows assessment of linear cerebral blood flow velocity, with a high temporal resolution and is inexpensive, reproducible, and portable. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the most commonly used TCD derived signals and measurements used commonly in neurocritical care. We describe both basic (flow velocity, pulsatility index) and advanced concepts, including critical closing pressure, wall tension, autoregulation, noninvasive intracranial pressure, brain compliance, and cerebrovascular time constant; we also describe the clinical applications of TCD to highlight their utility in the diagnosis and monitoring of cerebrovascular diseases as the "stethoscope for the brain...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836877/management-of-hyperglycemia-in-the-neurosurgery-patient
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REVIEW
Rene Daniel, Satya Villuri, Kevin Furlong
Hyperglycemia is associated with adverse outcomes in patients who are candidates for or underwent neurosurgical procedures. Specific concerns and settings that relate to these patients are preoperative glycemic control, intraoperative control, management in the neurological intensive care unit (NICU), and postoperative control. In each of these settings, physicians have to ensure appropriate glycemic control to prevent or minimize adverse events. The glycemic control is usually managed by a neurohospitalist in co-management with the neurosurgery team pre- and post-operatively, and by the neurocritical care team in the setting of NICU...
October 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817501/nurses-perceptions-of-a-novel-protocol-addressing-uniform-periods-of-minimum-assessment-times
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Annamma Steaphen, DaiWai M Olson, Sonja E Stutzman
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This quality improvement project aimed to understand the impact of a quiet time protocol on nurses and patients in the neurocritical care unit (NCCU) by comparing pretest and posttest outcomes, taking decibel readings, and abstracting chart information. BACKGROUND: Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy life. Patients in the NCCU often do not get adequate amounts of sleep. Quiet time studies have focused on implementing periods of reduced noise levels to improve patient sleep...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816837/individualizing-thresholds-of-cerebral-perfusion-pressure-using-estimated-limits-of-autoregulation
#20
Joseph Donnelly, Marek Czosnyka, Hadie Adams, Chiara Robba, Luzius A Steiner, Danilo Cardim, Brenno Cabella, Xiuyun Liu, Ari Ercole, Peter John Hutchinson, David Krishna Menon, Marcel J H Aries, Peter Smielewski
OBJECTIVES: In severe traumatic brain injury, cerebral perfusion pressure management based on cerebrovascular pressure reactivity index has the potential to provide a personalized treatment target to improve patient outcomes. So far, the methods have focused on identifying "one" autoregulation-guided cerebral perfusion pressure target-called "cerebral perfusion pressure optimal". We investigated whether a cerebral perfusion pressure autoregulation range-which uses a continuous estimation of the "lower" and "upper" cerebral perfusion pressure limits of cerebrovascular pressure autoregulation (assessed with pressure reactivity index)-has prognostic value...
September 2017: Critical Care Medicine
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