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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438255/neurocritical-care-needs-predictive-scores-that-succeed-at-predicting-failure-as-well-as-they-predict-success
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Johann Patlak, Shahzad Shaefi, Lauren Buhl, Myles D Boone
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March 2018: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429015/transcranial-doppler-ultrasound-in-neurocritical-care
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REVIEW
Pablo Blanco, Anselmo Abdo-Cuza
Multimodality monitoring is a common practice in caring for neurocritically ill patients, and consists mainly in clinical assessment, intracranial pressure monitoring and using several imaging methods. Of these imaging methods, transcranial Doppler (TCD) is an interesting tool that provides a non-invasive, portable and radiation-free way to assess cerebral circulation and diagnose and follow-up (duplex method) intracranial mass-occupying lesions, such as hematomas and midline shift. This article reviews the basics of TCD applied to neurocritical care patients, offering a rationale for its use as well as tips for practitioners...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419556/determining-the-upper-and-lower-limits-of-cerebral-autoregulation-with-cerebral-oximetry-autoregulation-curves-a-case-series
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Lucia Rivera-Lara, Andres Zorrilla-Vaca, Ryan J Healy, Wendy Ziai, Charles Hogue, Romergryko Geocadin, Batya Radzik, Caitlin Palmisano, Marek A Mirski
OBJECTIVE: Critical care guidelines recommend a single target value for mean arterial blood pressure in critically ill patients. However, growing evidence regarding cerebral autoregulation challenges this concept and supports individualizing mean arterial blood pressure targets to prevent brain and kidney hypo- or hyperperfusion. Regional cerebral oxygen saturation derived from near-infrared spectroscopy is an acceptable surrogate for cerebral blood flow and has been validated to measure cerebral autoregulation...
February 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406894/neurologic-illness-in-zambia-a-neurointensivist-s-experience
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Merritt W Brown, Katie Ellen Foy, Christopher Chanda, Jacqueline Mulundika, Igor J Koralnik, Omar K Siddiqi
INTRODUCTION: Management of critically ill patients in dedicated intensive care units (ICUs) is the standard of care in high income countries (HICs), but remains uncommon in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). We sought to determine the prevalence of neurologic disorders in the ICU of a LMIC and examine if resource appropriate specialized neurocritical care training could benefit these patients. METHODS: From February to March 2017, a trained neurocritical care intensivist recorded encounters in the sole ICU at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401746/intracranial-pressure-monitoring-review-and-avenues-for-development
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REVIEW
Maya Harary, Rianne G F Dolmans, William B Gormley
Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is a staple of neurocritical care. The most commonly used current methods of monitoring in the acute setting include fluid-based systems, implantable transducers and Doppler ultrasonography. It is well established that management of elevated ICP is critical for clinical outcomes. However, numerous studies show that current methods of ICP monitoring cannot reliably define the limit of the brain's intrinsic compensatory capacity to manage increases in pressure, which would allow for proactive ICP management...
February 5, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29399791/proposed-consensus-definitions-for-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-norse-febrile-infection-related-epilepsy-syndrome-fires-and-related-conditions
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Lawrence J Hirsch, Nicolas Gaspard, Andreas van Baalen, Rima Nabbout, Sophie Demeret, Tobias Loddenkemper, Vincent Navarro, Nicola Specchio, Lieven Lagae, Andrea O Rossetti, Sara Hocker, Teneille E Gofton, Nicholas S Abend, Emily J Gilmore, Cecil Hahn, Houman Khosravani, Felix Rosenow, Eugen Trinka
We convened an international group of experts to standardize definitions of New-Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE), Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES), and related conditions. This was done to enable improved communication for investigators, physicians, families, patients, and other caregivers. Consensus definitions were achieved via email messages, phone calls, an in-person consensus conference, and collaborative manuscript preparation. Panel members were from 8 countries and included adult and pediatric experts in epilepsy, electroencephalography (EEG), and neurocritical care...
February 5, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395511/healthcare-associated-infections-in-the-neurological-intensive-care-unit-results-of-a-6-year-surveillance-study-at-a-major-tertiary-care-center
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Yasser B Abulhasan, Susan P Rachel, Marc-Olivier Châtillon-Angle, Najayeb Alabdulraheem, Ian Schiller, Nandini Dendukuri, Mark R Angle, Charles Frenette
BACKGROUND: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur frequently in neurological intensive care units (neuro-ICUs); however, data differentiating associations with various diagnostic categories and resulting burdens are limited. This prospective cohort study reported incidence rates, pathogen distribution, and patient-related outcomes of HAIs in a neuro-ICU population from April 2010 to March 2016. METHODS: Laboratory results and specific clinical indicators were used to categorize infections as per National Healthcare Safety Network nosocomial infection surveillance definitions...
January 25, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29394184/cerebral-autoregulation-in-the-prediction-of-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-and-clinical-outcome-in-poor-grade-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients
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Max Gaasch, Alois J Schiefecker, Mario Kofler, Ronny Beer, Verena Rass, Bettina Pfausler, Claudius Thomé, Erich Schmutzhard, Raimund Helbok
OBJECTIVES: Pressure reactivity index and oxygen reactivity index are used to assess cerebral autoregulation after acute brain injury. The value of autoregulation indices in the prediction of delayed cerebral ischemia and outcome in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage is still inconclusive. In this study, we aimed to focus on the predictive value of the first 72 hours commonly referred to as "early brain injury" in comparison to the overall monitoring period. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study...
February 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378487/incidence-risk-factors-and-outcome-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-neurocritical-care
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Stefan Büttner, Andrea Stadler, Christoph Mayer, Sammy Patyna, Christoph Betz, Christian Senft, Helmut Geiger, Oliver Jung, Fabian Finkelmeier
PURPOSE: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe complication in medical and surgical intensive care units accounting for a high morbidity and mortality. Incidence, risk factors, and prognostic impact of this deleterious condition are well established in this setting. Data concerning the neurocritically ill patients is scarce. Therefore, aim of this study was to determine the incidence of AKI and elucidate risk factors in this special population. METHODS: Patients admitted to a specialized neurocritical care unit between 2005 and 2011 with a length of stay above 48 hours were analyzed retrospectively for incidence, cause, and outcome of AKI (AKI Network-stage ≥2)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29369057/clinical-epidemiology-of-adults-with-moderate-traumatic-brain-injury
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Arraya Watanitanon, Vivian H Lyons, Abhijit V Lele, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Nophanan Chaikittisilpa, Theerada Chandee, Monica S Vavilala
OBJECTIVES: To characterize admission patterns, treatments, and outcomes among patients with moderate traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: National Trauma Data Bank. PATIENTS: Adults (age > 18 yr) with moderate traumatic brain injury (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth revision codes and admission Glasgow Coma Scale score of 9-13) in the National Trauma Data Bank between 2007 and 2014...
January 23, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351760/glycaemic-control-targets-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jeroen Hermanides, Mark P Plummer, Mark Finnis, Adam M Deane, Jonathan P Coles, David K Menon
BACKGROUND: Optimal glycaemic targets in traumatic brain injury (TBI) remain unclear. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing intensive with conventional glycaemic control in TBI requiring admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We systematically searched MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials to November 2016. Outcomes of interest included ICU and in-hospital mortality, poor neurological outcome, the incidence of hypoglycaemia and infective complications...
January 19, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351145/recent-evidence-on-early-mobilization-in-critical-ill-patients
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Kristina Fuest, Stefan J Schaller
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the benefits of early mobilization and summarize the results of most recent clinical studies examining early mobilization in critically ill patients followed by a presentation of recent developments in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Early mobilization of ICU patients, defined as mobilization within 72 h of ICU admission, is still uncommon. In medical and surgical critically ill patients, mobilization is well tolerated even in intubated patients...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350603/decision-tree-analysis-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-prediction-of-outcome-parameters-during-the-course-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-using-decision-tree-analysis
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Isabel Charlotte Hostettler, Carl Muroi, Johannes Konstantin Richter, Josef Schmid, Marian Christoph Neidert, Martin Seule, Oliver Boss, Athina Pangalu, Menno Robbert Germans, Emanuela Keller
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to create prediction models for outcome parameters by decision tree analysis based on clinical and laboratory data in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). METHODS The database consisted of clinical and laboratory parameters of 548 patients with aSAH who were admitted to the Neurocritical Care Unit, University Hospital Zurich. To examine the model performance, the cohort was randomly divided into a derivation cohort (60% [n = 329]; training data set) and a validation cohort (40% [n = 219]; test data set)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331874/thyroid-hormone-resuscitation-after-brain-death-in-potential-organ-donors-a-primer-for-neurocritical-care-providers-and-narrative-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Ian A Buchanan, Vivek A Mehta
Solid organ transplantation has become a mainstay in the contemporary management of end-stage organ failures fueled by advances in immunosuppression, intensive care and surgical technology. Every year, a vast number of transplantable organs is lost on account of hemodynamic instability in potential brain-dead organ donors. Because of a growing organ shortage, measures that increase total donor supply pools are desperately needed. Thyroid hormone has been identified as an adjunctive therapy in donor management due to its potential for increasing organ supply and is currently endorsed by transplant organizations such as United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)...
February 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329548/the-cost-of-a-pediatric-neurocritical-care-program-for-traumatic-brain-injury-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Steven W Howard, Zidong Zhang, Paula Buchanan, Stephanie L Bernell, Christine Williams, Lindsey Pearson, Michael Huetsch, Jeff Gill, Jose A Pineda
BACKGROUND: Inpatient care for children with severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) is expensive, with inpatient charges averaging over $70,000 per case (Hospital Inpatient, Children Only, National Statistics. Diagnoses- clinical classification software (CCS) principal diagnosis category 85 coma, stupor, and brain damage, and 233 intracranial injury. Diagnoses by Aggregate charges [ https://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/#setup ]). This ranks sTBI in the top quartile of pediatric conditions with the greatest inpatient costs (Hospital Inpatient, Children Only, National Statistics...
January 12, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310574/traumatic-brain-injury-tbi-outcomes-in-an-lmic-tertiary-care-centre-and-performance-of-trauma-scores
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Samitha Samanamalee, Ponsuge Chathurani Sigera, Ambepitiyawaduge Pubudu De Silva, Kaushila Thilakasiri, Aasiyah Rashan, Saman Wadanambi, Kosala Saroj Amarasiri Jayasinghe, Arjen M Dondorp, Rashan Haniffa
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates post-ICU outcomes of patients admitted with moderate and severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a tertiary neurocritical care unit in an low middle income country and the performance of trauma scores: A Severity Characterization of Trauma, Trauma and Injury Severity Score, Injury Severity Score and Revised Trauma Score in this setting. METHODS: Adult patients directly admitted to the neurosurgical intensive care units of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka between 21st July 2014 and 1st October 2014 with moderate or severe TBI were recruited...
January 8, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298527/a-narrative-review-of-the-clinical-application-of-pressure-reactiviy-indices-in-the-neurocritical-care-unit
#17
Stephen Copplestone, Jessie Welbourne
Pressure reactivity indices are used in clinical research as a surrogate marker of the ability of the cerebrovasculature to maintain cerebral autoregulation. The use of pressure reactivity indices in patients with neurological injury represents a potential to move away from population-based physiological targets used in guidelines to individualized physiological targets. The aim of this review is to describe the underlying principles and development of pressure reactivity indices, alongside a critique of how they have been used in clinical research, including their limitations...
January 4, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297141/lactulose-a-simple-sugar-in-a-complex-encephalopathy
#18
Eelco F M Wijdicks
Hepatic encephalopathy is a common encephalopathy and one of the very few that are treatable. Lactulose has remained a standard pharmaceutical intervention and is listed as one of the World Health Organization's Essential Medicines. The discovery of lactulose, the acid dialysis proof of concept, and the role of Bircher are not well known. This historical vignette reviews the gradual understanding of the complex liver-brain connection, the effective treatment of hepatic stupor with lactulose, and the immediate relevance of lactulose to the practice of consultative neurocritical care...
January 2, 2018: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288291/transfusion-of-blood-products-in-the-neurocritical-care-unit-an-exploration-of-rationing-and-futility
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Deepa P Malaiyandi, Galen V Henderson, Michael A Rubin
Rationing is the allocation of scarce resources, which in healthcare necessarily requires withholding potentially beneficial treatments from some individuals. While it often entails a negative connotation, rationing is unavoidable because need is limitless and resources are not. How rationing occurs is important, because it not only affects individual lives, but also reflects society's most important values. At the core of any rationing, decision is how much a limited resource may benefit a patient, which can be particularly difficult to determine in the practice of neurocritical care, as prognosis is often uncertain...
December 29, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274050/the-first-ct-scan-of-the-brain-entering-the-neurologic-information-age
#20
Eelco F M Wijdicks
Computed tomography (CT) scan of the brain transitioned clinical neurology from the educated-guess world to the real computer-age world. One of the first CT scans-published by the British neuroradiologist James Ambrose-showed an intracranial hemorrhage and also suggested the use of iodine to demonstrate abnormal blood-brain barrier. In the USA, CT scans were rapidly commercialized and first placed at Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital in the summer of 1973. CT scanning of the brain has revolutionized diagnostic acute neurology and neurosurgery and was the overture to an even larger revolution-magnetic resonance imaging...
December 22, 2017: Neurocritical Care
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