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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912902/evolution-of-the-clinical-profile-of-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-treated-in-spanish-emergency-departments
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R Escoda, Ò Miró, F J Martín-Sánchez, J Jacob, P Herrero, V Gil, J M Garrido, M J Pérez-Durá, M Fuentes, P Llorens
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the changes in epidemiology, outpatient and emergency department clinical care, and outcomes of patients treated for acute heart failure (AHF) in Spanish hospital emergency departments (HEDs) between 2007 and 2014. METHOD: A multicentre cohort study was conducted that consecutively included patients with AHF diagnosed in 9HEDs during 4 periods (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014). The study analysed the changes observed in 20 variables corresponding to baseline data, outpatient care and emergency care data and outcome data...
November 29, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911143/factors-predicting-life-threatening-infections-with-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-adult-patients
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Se Yoon Park, Taeeun Kim, Young Rock Jang, Min-Chul Kim, Yong Pil Chong, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Sung-Han Kim
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a significant cause of acute respiratory illness with a clinical spectrum ranging from self-limiting upper respiratory infection to severe lower respiratory infection in elderly persons as well as young children. However, there are limited data on risk factors for life-threatening infections that could guide the appropriate use of antiviral agents in adult patients with RSV. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study from October 2013 to September 2015...
December 2, 2016: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908333/pitfalls-in-the-treatment-of-sepsis
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REVIEW
Lars-Kristofer N Peterson, Karin Chase
Sepsis is a challenging, dynamic, pathophysiology requiring expertise in diagnosis and management. Controversy exists as to the most sensitive early indicators of sepsis and sepsis severity. Patients presenting to the emergency department often lack complete history or clinical data that would point to optimal management. Awareness of these potential knowledge gaps is important for the emergency provider managing the septic patient. Specific areas of management including the initiation and management of mechanical ventilation, the appropriate disposition of the patient, and consideration of transfer to higher levels of care are reviewed...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907967/modern-approach-to-brain-death
#4
Panayiotis N Varelas, Ariane Lewis
People die either when their heart and respiration stop or when their brain irreversibly stops functioning. This latter mode of death by neurologic criteria (also called brain death) emerged after the development of ventilators and intensive care units in the late 1950s and 1960s. Brain death is universally accepted as a modern entity, but the complex process for declaring a patient brain dead is not uniformly followed across country and state lines or even hospital policies, creating unacceptable variability and risks for falsely pronouncing a patient dead...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907964/critical-care-neurology-perspective-on-delirium
#5
Matthew B Maas, Andrew M Naidech
The evidence linking delirium to poor outcomes after critical illness is compelling, including higher mortality, prolonged mechanical ventilation, longer length of intensive care unit stay, and long-term cognitive impairments. The attitude toward delirium in the neurologic community is shifting away from viewing it as an unmodifiable, inevitable consequence of severe illness to treating it is as a neurologic emergency, akin to seizures or encephalitis. Delirium, like other manifestations of critical illness encephalopathy, is an organ dysfunction syndrome...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899469/emergency-surgical-airways-following-activation-of-a-difficult-airway-management-team-in-hospitalized-critically-ill-patients-a-case-series
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REVIEW
Joseph M Darby, Gregory Halenda, Courtney Chou, Joseph J Quinlan, Louis H Alarcon, Richard L Simmons
INTRODUCTION: An emergency surgical airway (ESA) is widely recommended for securing the airway in critically ill patients who cannot be intubated or ventilated. Little is known of the frequency, clinical circumstances, management methods, and outcomes of hospitalized critically ill patients in whom ESA is performed outside the emergency department or operating room environments. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all adult patients undergoing ESA in our intensive care units (ICUs) and other hospital units from 2008 to 2012 following activation of our difficult airway management team (DAMT)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896329/myasthenia-gravis-with-acute-respiratory-failure-in-the-emergency-department
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Hasan Huseyin Kozak, Ali Ulvi Uca, Turgut Teke, Mustafa Altas, Emine Karatas
Acute respiratory failure (ARF) is defined as a sudden malfunction in the ability of respiratory system to maintain adequate gas exchange. Acute hypercapnic respiratory failure develops as a result of ventilation deficiency and it is defined as an increase of PaCO2 above 45 mmHg. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a sporadically developing auto-immune deficiency where the neuro-muscular transmission is affected and it is one of the important reasons for neurologically-induced respiratory distress. Here, we report a case of a 75-year-old male patient previously undiagnosed MG, who presented with ARF...
June 2016: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895441/a-retrospective-analysis-of-postoperative-patients-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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S Uzman, Y Yilmaz, M Toptas, I Akkoc, Y G Gul, H Daskaya, Y Toptas
BACKGROUND: The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate postoperative patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and to describe their characteristics and outcomes. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 1,756 postoperative patients admitted to the ICU of a tertiary referral hospital from January 2008 to December 2012. For each patient we recorded: demographic data, reason for admission to the ICU, duration of mechanical ventilation, elective versus emergency surgery, type of anaesthesia, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score, Glasgow Coma Score (GCS), and outcome...
January 2016: Hippokratia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890467/use-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-and-pegylated-carboxyhemoglobin-bovine-in-a-jehovah-s-witness-with-life-threatening-anemia-following-postpartum-hemorrhage
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K Thenuwara, J Thomas, M Ibsen, U Ituk, K Choi, E Nickel, M J Goodheart
We present a case of a Jehovah's Witness patient who refused blood products, with the exception of albumin and clotting factors, and underwent cesarean section under spinal anesthesia complicated by postpartum hemorrhage. She was fluid resuscitated and treated with multiple uterotonics and internal iliac artery embolization. Because of agitation she required emergency tracheal intubation. Her hemoglobin concentration dropped from a preoperative value of 12mg/dL to 3mg/dL on postoperative day one. She was acidotic, requiring vasopressors for hemodynamic stability and remained ventilated and sedated...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879182/-acute-respiratory-failure-caused-by-minocycline
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B Kok, M J T van de Ven, H J van Leeuwen
BACKGROUND: In the case of pneumonia an infectious cause is always considered first. However, toxic agents and medicines can also be the cause of pneumonia. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 54-year-old woman was referred to the emergency department because of progressive dyspnoea, a non-productive cough, headache, and fever. She was admitted with the diagnosis community acquired pneumonia. Despite treatment with antibiotics and oxygen she developed hypoxic respiratory failure, which necessitated invasive mechanical ventilation...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878795/transcutaneous-versus-blood-carbon-dioxide-monitoring-during-acute-noninvasive-ventilation-in-the-emergency-department-a-retrospective-analysis
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Christian Michael Horvath, Martin Hugo Brutsche, Florent Baty, Jochen Julius Rüdiger
QUESTIONS UNDER STUDY: Transcutaneous measurement of carbon dioxide (PtCO2) has been suggested as an alternative to invasively obtained PaCO2 for the monitoring of patients with hypercapnic respiratory failure during noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Current data on monitoring in hypoxaemic respiratory failure are scarce and show conflicting results in hypercapnic patients in the emergency department. METHODS AND SETTING: We performed a retrospective comparison of real-time PtCO2 (SenTec Digital Monitor) and arterial/venous carbon dioxide tension (PaCO2/PvCO2) measurements in patients with severe hypoxaemic and/or hypercapnic respiratory failure during NIV...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878767/phenobarbital-versus-valproate-for-generalized-convulsive-status-epilepticus-in-adults-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-in-china
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Yingying Su, Gang Liu, Fei Tian, Guoping Ren, Mengdi Jiang, Brian Chun, Yunzhou Zhang, Yan Zhang, Hong Ye, Daiquan Gao, Weibi Chen
OBJECTIVE: Although generalized convulsive status epilepticus (GCSE) is a life-threatening emergency, evidence-based data to guide initial drug treatment choices are lacking in the Chinese population. We conducted this prospective, randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the relative efficacy and safety of intravenous phenobarbital and valproate in patients with GCSE. METHODS: After the failure of first-line diazepam treatment, Chinese adult patients with GCSE were randomized to receive either intravenous phenobarbital (standard doses, low rate) or valproate (standard)...
November 23, 2016: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878445/can-non-invasive-ventilation-modify-central-venous-pressure-comparison-between-invasive-measurement-and-ultrasonographic-evaluation
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Maurizio Zanobetti, Alessio Prota, Alessandro Coppa, Laura Giordano, Sofia Bigiarini, Peiman Nazerian, Francesca Innocenti, Alberto Conti, Federica Trausi, Simone Vanni, Giuseppe Pepe, Riccardo Pini
Central venous pressure (CVP) is primarily measured to assess intravascular volume status and heart preload. In clinical practice, the measuring device most commonly used in emergency departments and intensive care units, is an electronic transducer that interconnects a central venous catheter (CVC) with a monitoring system. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) consists in a breathing support that supplies a positive pressure in airways through a mask or a cask though not using an endotracheal prosthesis. In emergency settings, non-invasive ultrasonography evaluation of CVP, and hence of intravascular volume status entail the measurement by a subxiphoid approach of inferior vena cava diameter and its variations in relation to respiratory activity...
November 22, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876327/endotracheal-intubation-with-the-king-laryngeal-tube%C3%A2-in-situ-using-video-laryngoscopy-and-a-bougie-a-retrospective-case-series-and-cadaveric-crossover-study
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Kenneth W Dodd, Rebecca L Kornas, Matthew E Prekker, Lauren R Klein, Robert F Reardon, Brian E Driver
BACKGROUND: Removal of a functioning King laryngeal tube (LT) prior to establishing a definitive airway increases the risk of a "can't intubate, can't oxygenate" scenario. We previously described a technique utilizing video laryngoscopy (VL) and a bougie to intubate around a well-seated King LT with the balloons deflated; if necessary, the balloons can be rapidly re-inflated and ventilation resumed. OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to provide preliminary validation of this technique...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869490/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-causing-cardiac-arrest-in-a-30-year-old-woman
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H J Manson, Y M Goh, P Goldsmith, P Scott, P Turner
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) usually presents in infancy with respiratory failure requiring urgent surgical correction. Mortality in this group of patients remains poor and persistent pulmonary hypertension is a significant contributor. It is therefore rare for patients to reach adulthood undiagnosed. CDH is often identified incidentally in adults but when symptoms arise, they relate to the organ involved, and include gastrointestinal symptoms of dyspepsia and obstruction, as well as respiratory complaints such as dyspnoea...
November 21, 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867554/tigecycline-combination-for-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-extensive-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Hangyong He, Yali Zheng, Bing Sun, Xiao Tang, Rui Wang, Zhaohui Tong
BACKGROUND: Extensive drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (XDR A. baumannii) has emerged as an important pathogen in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) worldwide. This study determined whether or not combination tigecycline (TGC) treatment improved the short-term outcome of patients with XDR A. baumannii-induced VAP. Methods: Fifty-eight patients admitted to our intensive care unit (ICU) with confirmed XDR A. baumannii VAP between January 2011 and June 2013 were retrospectively studied...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860324/tracheobronchial-foreign-body-removal-in-infants-who-had-very-small-airways-a-prospective-clinical-trial
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Seung Hoon Woo, Jung Je Park, Minsu Kwon, Jun Sun Ryu, Jin Pyeong Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Tracheobronchial foreign body aspiration is a life-threatening emergency. Using a rigid bronchoscope with optical forceps is the most effective method for foreign body removal. However, occasionally for some infants these instruments could not be used, as they may be too large for their small airways. Here, they present the apnea technique with only an optical forceps for foreign body removal in infants with very small airways. METHODS: Foreign bodies were removed using only an optical forceps for infants who had very small diameter airways...
November 18, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858851/a-comparison-of-a-traditional-endotracheal-tube-versus-etview-sl-in-endotracheal-intubation-during-different-emergency-conditions-a-randomized-crossover-cadaver-trial
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Zenon Truszewski, Paweł Krajewski, Marcin Fudalej, Jacek Smereka, Michael Frass, Oliver Robak, Bianka Nguyen, Kurt Ruetzler, Lukasz Szarpak
BACKGROUND: Airway management is a crucial skill essential to paramedics and personnel working in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Departments: Lack of practice, a difficult airway, or a trauma situation may limit the ability of paramedics to perform direct laryngoscopy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Videoscope devices are alternatives for airway management in these situations. The ETView VivaSight SL (ETView; ETView Ltd., Misgav, Israel) is a new, single-lumen airway tube with an integrated high-resolution imaging camera...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857859/emergency-decompressive-craniectomy-after-removal-of-convexity-meningiomas
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Paolo Missori, Maurizio Domenicucci, Sergio Paolini, Cristina Mancarella, Serena Tola, Alessandro D'Elia, Nicola Marotta, Arsen Seferi, Vincenzo Esposito
BACKGROUND: Convexity meningiomas are benign brain tumors that are amenable to complete surgical resection and are associated with a low complication rate. The aim of this study was to identify factors that result in acute postoperative neurological worsening after the removal of convexity meningiomas. METHODS: Clinical evaluation and neuroradiological analysis of patients who underwent removal of a supratentorial convexity meningioma were reviewed. Patients were selected when their postoperative course was complicated by acute neurological deterioration requiring decompressive craniectomy...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853394/long-term-impact-after-fulminant-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Alain Rougé, Jérémie Lemarié, Sébastien Gibot, Pierre Edouard Bollaert
A 47-year-old man was admitted to the intensive care unit a few hours after presenting to emergency department with acute diplopia and dysphonia. Swallowing disorders and respiratory muscular weakness quickly required invasive ventilation. On day 3, the patient was in a "brain-death"-like state with deep coma and absent brainstem reflexes. Electroencephalogram ruled out brain death diagnosis as a paradoxical sleep trace was recorded. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis, electrophysiologic studies, and a recent history of diarrhea led to the diagnosis of Campylobacter jejuni-related fulminant Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) mimicking brain death...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
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