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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742869/ultrasound-non-invasive-measurement-of-intracranial-pressure-in-neurointensive-care-a-prospective-observational-study
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Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Joseph Donnelly, Andrea Lavinio, Arun Gupta, David K Menon, Peter J A Hutchinson, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: The invasive nature of the current methods for monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) has prevented their use in many clinical situations. Several attempts have been made to develop methods to monitor ICP non-invasively. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between ultrasound-based non-invasive ICP (nICP) and invasive ICP measurement in neurocritical care patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective, single-cohort observational study of patients admitted to a tertiary neurocritical care unit...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742328/attachable-pulse-sensors-integrated-with-inorganic-optoelectronic-devices-for-monitoring-heart-rates-at-various-body-locations
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Juho Kim, Namyun Kim, Minjeong Kwon, Jongho Lee
Monitoring cardiovascular signals such as heart rate and blood flow provides critically important healthcare information about patients under medical care. However, when the sensors are worn for extended times, the sensors sometimes require higher mechanical compatibility with soft deformable tissues. In this paper, we report an attachable and flexible pulse sensor (bending radius: 2.4 mm), integrated with micro-inorganic photodetectors (thickness: 4.1 μm, photocurrent: 8.99 μA under 1.5 mW/cm(2)) and a red light emitting diode (620 nm), to monitor vital signals for extended times...
July 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739655/critical-issues-in-food-allergy-a-national-academies-consensus-report
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Scott H Sicherer, Katrina Allen, Gideon Lack, Steve L Taylor, Sharon M Donovan, Maria Oria
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert, ad hoc committee to examine critical issues related to food allergy. The authors of the resulting report, "Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management, and Public Policy," evaluated the scientific evidence on the prevalence, diagnosis, prevention, and management of food allergy and made recommendations to bring about a safe environment for those affected. The committee recommended approaches to monitor prevalence, explore risk factors, improve diagnosis, and provide evidence-based health care...
July 24, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736726/social-and-emotional-wellbeing-screening-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islanders-within-primary-health-care-a-series-of-missed-opportunities
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Erika Langham, Janya McCalman, Veronica Matthews, Roxanne Gwendalyn Bainbridge, Barbara Nattabi, Irina Kinchin, Ross Bailie
BACKGROUND: Social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) is a critical determinant of health outcomes for Indigenous Australians. This study examined the extent to which primary healthcare services (PHSs) undertake SEWB screening and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, and the variation in SEWB screening and management across Indigenous PHS. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis between 2012 and 2014 of 3,407 Indigenous client records from a non-representative sample of 100 PHSs in 4 Australian states/territory was undertaken to examine variation in the documentation of: (1) SEWB screening using identified measurement instruments, (2) concern regarding SEWB, (3) actions in response to concern, and (4) follow up actions...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733841/analgosedation-of-adult-patients-with-elevated-intracranial-pressure-survey-of-current-clinical-practice-in-austria
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Guenther Herzer, Claudia Mirth, Udo M Illievich, Wolfgang G Voelckel, Helmut Trimmel
BACKGROUND: Analgesia and sedation are key items in intensive care. Recently published S3 guidelines specifically address treatment of patients with elevated intracranial pressure. METHODS: The Austrian Society of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine carried out an online survey of neurointensive care units in Austria in order to evaluate the current state of practice in the areas of analgosedation and delirium management in this high-risk patient group...
July 21, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728045/postdiagnosis-neurological-care-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-spells-pnes
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Chloe E Hill, Hannah Schwartz, Nabila Dahodwala, Brian Litt, Kathryn A Davis
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated continuity of neurological care for patients discharged from the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic spells (PNES). Because PNES are seizure-like episodes that cannot be explained by abnormal electrical brain activity, they are challenging for patients to understand and accept. Consequently, after diagnosis, patients commonly fail to start recommended psychotherapy and instead pursue redundant medical care. As consistent relationships with healthcare providers may help, we instituted standard follow-up for patients diagnosed with PNES...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725926/the-intensive-care-medicine-research-agenda-on-critically-ill-oncology-and-hematology-patients
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REVIEW
Elie Azoulay, Peter Schellongowski, Michael Darmon, Philippe R Bauer, Dominique Benoit, Pieter Depuydt, Jigeeshu V Divatia, Virginie Lemiale, Maarten van Vliet, Anne-Pascale Meert, Djamel Mokart, Stephen M Pastores, Anders Perner, Frédéric Pène, Peter Pickkers, Kathryn A Puxty, Francois Vincent, Jorge Salluh, Ayman O Soubani, Massimo Antonelli, Thomas Staudinger, Michael von Bergwelt-Baildon, Marcio Soares
Over the coming years, accelerating progress against cancer will be associated with an increased number of patients who require life-sustaining therapies for infectious or toxic chemotherapy-related events. Major changes include increased number of cancer patients admitted to the ICU with full-code status or for time-limited trials, increased survival and quality of life in ICU survivors, changing prognostic factors, early ICU admission for optimal monitoring, and use of noninvasive diagnostic and therapeutic strategies...
July 19, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725854/improving-the-patient-experience-by-implementing-an-icu-diary-for-those-at-risk-of-post-intensive-care-syndrome
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K Taylor A Blair, Sarah D Eccleston, Hannah M Binder, Mary S McCarthy
The critical care literature in the US has recently brought attention to the impact an ICU experience can have long after the patient survives critical illness, particularly if delirium was present. Current recommendations to mitigate post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) are embedded in patient and family-centered care and aim to promote family presence in the ICU, provide support for decision-making, and enhance communication with the health-care team. Evidence-based interventions are few in number but include use of an ICU diary to minimize the psychological and emotional sequelae affecting patients and family members in the months following the ICU stay...
March 2017: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719069/inaccuracy-of-a-continuous-arterial-pressure-waveform-monitor-when-used-for-congenital-cardiac-catheterization
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Michael D Seckeler, Katri Typpo, Jendar Deschenes, Ruth Higgins, Ricardo Samson, Peter Lichtenthal
OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy of a continuous cardiac output monitor (FloTrac sensor) for measuring cardiac index in children with congenital heart disease undergoing cardiac catheterization. Cardiac index is a critical hemodynamic parameter measured during catheterizations in children with congenital heart disease. This has been challenging to measure accurately and many clinicians rely on predictive equations for calculating cardiac index. DESIGN: Prospective, nonrandomized trial...
July 18, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717983/evaluation-of-acute-kidney-injury-aki-with-rifle-akin-ck-and-kdigo-in-critically-ill-trauma-patients
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F Ülger, M Pehlivanlar Küçük, A O Küçük, N K İlkaya, N Murat, B Bilgiç, H Abanoz
PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to evaluate the effects of AKI development on mortality with four different classification systems (RIFLE, AKIN, CK, KDIGO) in critically ill trauma patients followed in the intensive care unit. METHODS: A retrospective review of 2034 patients in our intensive care unit was conducted between July 2010 and August 2013. A total of 198 patients with primary trauma were included in the study to evaluate the development of AKI. RESULTS: When the presence of AKI was investigated according to the four criteria (RIFLE, AKIN, CK, and KDIGO), the highest incidence of AKI was found according to the KDIGO classification (74...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717647/intracranial-hematoma-detection-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-practical-experience
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Patrick Schober, Sebastiaan M Bossers, Lothar A Schwarte
In (helicopter) emergency medical services, (H)EMS, the prehospital detection of intracranial hematomas should improve patient care and the triage to specialized neurosurgical hospitals. Recently, noninvasive detection of intracranial hematomas became possible by applying transcranial near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Herein, second-generation devices are currently available, for example, the Infrascanner 2000 (Infrascan), that appear suited also for prehospital (H)EMS applications. Since (H)EMS operations are time-critical, we studied the Infrascanner 2000 as a "first-time-right" monitor in healthy volunteers (n = 17, hospital employees, no neurologic history)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713799/the-use-of-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-as-standard-of-care-in-pediatrics
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REVIEW
Caitlin G Peterson, Yosuke Miyashita
Hypertension (HTN) is a significant global health problem, responsible for 7.5 million deaths each year worldwide. The prevalence of HTN is increasing in the pediatric population likely attributed to the increase in childhood obesity. Recent work has also shown that blood pressure (BP) tends to track from childhood to adulthood including BP-related target organ damage. In the last 25-30 years, pediatric use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) has been expanding mainly in the setting of initial elevated BP measurement evaluation, HTN therapy efficacy follow-up, and renal disease...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712906/a-comparison-of-pharmacologic-therapeutic-agents-used-for-the-reduction-of-intracranial-pressure-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Ahmed M Alnemari, Brianna M Krafcik, Tarek R Mansour, Daniel Gaudin
OBJECTIVE: In neurotrauma care, a better understanding of treatments following traumatic brain injury (TBI) has led to a significant decrease in morbidity and mortality in this population. TBI represents a significant medical problem, and complications following TBI are associated with the initial injury and post-event intracranial processes such as elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) and brain edema. Consequently, appropriate therapeutic interventions are required to reduce brain tissue damage and improve cerebral perfusion...
July 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711122/the-establishment-and-management-of-an-observation-unit
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REVIEW
Jared Conley, J Stephen Bohan, Christopher W Baugh
The current health care landscape and evidence support the establishment of observation units (OUs) for safe and efficient care for observation patients. Careful attention is required in the design of OU process, location, and layout to enable optimal care and finances. Developing and maintaining protocols to guide patient selection and clinical care are critical. OU management requires a strong, collaborative leadership model, appropriate staffing, and a robust monitoring system for quality, safety, and finances...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710219/comparison-of-propofol-and-dexmedetomidine-infused-overnight-to-treat-hyperactive-and-mixed-icu-delirium-a-protocol-for-the-basel-prodex-clinical-trial
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Alexa Hollinger, Katrin Ledergerber, Stefanie von Felten, Raoul Sutter, Stephan Rüegg, Lukas Gantner, Sibylle Zimmermann, Andrea Blum, Luzius A Steiner, Stephan Marsch, Martin Siegemund
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Delirium is a neurobehavioural disturbance that frequently develops particularly in the intensive care unit (ICU) population. It was first described more than half a century ago, where it was already discovered as a state that might come along with serious complications such as prolonged ICU and hospital stay, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. However, in most cases, there is still lack of proof for causal relationship. Its presence frequently remains unrecognised due to suggested predominance of the hypoactive form...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709417/putting-women-at-the-center-a-review-of-indian-policy-to-address-person-centered-care-in-maternal-and-newborn-health-family-planning-and-abortion
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Aradhana Srivastava, Devaki Singh, Dominic Montagu, Sanghita Bhattacharyya
BACKGROUND: Person-centered care is a critical component of quality care, essential to enable treatment adherence, and maximize health outcomes. Improving the quality of health services is a key strategy to achieve the new global target of zero preventable maternal deaths by 2030. Recognizing this, the Government of India has in the last decade initiated a number of strategies to address quality of care in health and family welfare services. METHODS: We conducted a policy review of quality improvement strategies in India from 2005 to 15, covering three critical areas- maternal and newborn health, family planning, and abortion (MNHFP + A)...
July 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708798/the-nursing-performance-instrument-exploratory-and-confirmatory-factor-analyses-in-registered-nurses
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Knar Sagherian, Linsey M Steege, Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Donna Harrington
BACKGROUND: The optimal performance of nurses in healthcare settings plays a critical role in care quality and patient safety. Despite this importance, few measures are provided in the literature that evaluate nursing performance as an independent construct from competencies. The nine-item Nursing Performance Instrument (NPI) was developed to fill this gap. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine and confirm the underlying factor structure of the NPI in registered nurses...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708768/transcranial-cerebral-oxymetric-monitoring-reduces-brain-hypoxia-in-obese-and-elderly-patients-undergoing-general-anesthesia-for-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
#18
Tomislav Ružman, Boris Mraović, Tatjana Šimurina, Danijela Gulam, Nataša Ružman, Maja Miškulin
The aims of this prospective, observational study were to evaluate the changes of the regional cerebral saturation (rSO2) measured by near-infrared spectroscopy during elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy under total intravenous anesthesia and the association between patient's characteristics and critical decline of rSO2. Hemodynamics, rSO2, and oxygen saturation were recorded in different time points: before the anesthesia (Tbas), 2 minutes after the induction (supine position) (Tind), 2 minutes after CO2 insufflation (supine) (TCO2), 10 minutes after CO2 insufflation (reverse Trendelenburg) (TrevT), and 2 minutes after deflation (supine) (Tpost)...
July 13, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705560/les-enjeux-de-la-transition-de-la-p%C3%A3-diatrie-vers-la-m%C3%A3-decine-d%C3%A2-adultes
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Nizar Mahlaoui, Béatrice Langellier-Bellevue
The transfer or transition from paediatric care to adult medicine is, for a large number of adolescents and young adults being monitored for a rare and/or chronic pathology, as well as for the care teams, a critical period in their medical journey and in their life. It is both an individual and a public health issue, with medical-economic consequences. At the hôpital Necker-Enfants malades in Paris, a specific programme has been implemented aimed at the patients and carers.
July 2017: Soins. Pédiatrie, Puériculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705450/clinical-outcome-and-antimicrobial-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-for-the-treatment-of-infections-in-acute-burn-patients
#20
Anna Silva Machado, Maura S Oliveira, Cristina Sanches, Carlindo Vieira da Silva Junior, David S Gomez, Rolf Gemperli, Silvia Regina Cavani Jorge Santos, Anna S Levin
PURPOSE: In critical burn patients, the pharmacokinetic parameters (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) of many classes of drugs, including antibiotics, are altered. The aim of this study was to compare 2 groups of burn patients undergoing treatment for health care-associated infections with and without therapeutic drug monitoring. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a clinical intervention (ie, a before/after study) was conducted with patients with health care-associated pneumonia, burn infection, bloodstream infection, and urinary tract infection in the burn intensive care unit of a tertiary care hospital...
July 10, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
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