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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330753/transfer-of-critically-ill-adults-assessing-the-need-for-training
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Ruth-Aoibheann O'Leary, Brian Marsh, Paul O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Transfer of critically ill patients within the hospital is commonly associated with adverse incidents, but, despite this, no standardised training exists on how to carry out this task. Very little information is published in the literature on the learning needs of staff undertaking these transfers, and this limits our ability to provide a focused and appropriate educational intervention. AIMS: This study aimed to explore the organisational, environmental and individual issues that increase risk to patients during intrahospital transport (IHT) and to explore the potential educational solutions to these issues as articulated by these practitioners...
January 12, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328014/-innovation-in-transport-of-critical-care-patients
#2
Q Muijrers, O Thomas
The differentiation of specialist care means that not every hospital can meet specific care requirements. Because of this, frequent transport of critical care patients is necessary. In most circumstances, regular ambulance transport is used, either with or without an accompanying physician. In some cases, a mobile intensive care unit (MICU) can be deployed. However, the MICU is not 24/7 operational in our area and significant waiting times can occur. Additionally, space and resources in a regular ambulance are limited...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324780/methods-for-sampling-geographically-mobile-female-traders-in-an-east-african-market-setting
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Aimee Leidich, Lillian Achiro, Zachary A Kwena, Willi McFarland, Torsten B Neilands, Craig R Cohen, Elizabeth A Bukusi, Carol S Camlin
BACKGROUND: The role of migration in the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is well-documented. Yet migration and HIV research have often focused on HIV risks to male migrants and their partners, or migrants overall, often failing to measure the risks to women via their direct involvement in migration. Inconsistent measures of mobility, gender biases in those measures, and limited data sources for sex-specific population-based estimates of mobility have contributed to a paucity of research on the HIV prevention and care needs of migrant and highly mobile women...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279561/prompt-procedures-have-a-great-impact-on-the-consequences-of-asiatic-black-bear-mauling
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Goh Akiyama, Hiroaki Kuwahara, Rintaro Asahi, Ryoichi Tosa, Hiroyuki Yokota
INTRODUCTION: Although bear-inflicted human injuries are rare and the mortality rate of the injuries is usually not high, the chances of bear-human interactions have been increasing, with fatal cases being reported in Japan every year. The aim of this study was to report a series of bear-inflicted injuries and discuss their management and severity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed at the emergency and critical care center of Aizu Chuo Hospital, a tertiary care center in Japan, from May 2013 to September 2015...
2017: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29262441/imaging-in-neurocritical-care-practice
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Craig Williamson, Larry Morgan, Joshua P Klein
The use of neuroimaging in conjunction with serial neurological examinations is a core component of modern neurocritical care practice. Although there is a growing role for other neuromonitoring techniques, the ability to quickly and accurately interpret images in the context of a patient's clinical status arguably remains the indispensable skill for neurocritical care practitioners. Due to its rapid acquisition time and excellent ability to detect intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), cerebral edema, and signs of elevated intracranial pressure, computed tomography (CT) remains the most useful neuroimaging technique for intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
December 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234240/crystal-engineering-in-continuous-plug-flow-crystallizers
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Maximilian O Besenhard, Peter Neugebauer, Otto Scheibelhofer, Johannes G Khinast
Size, shape, and polymorphic form are the critical attributes of crystalline particles and represent the major focus of today's crystallization process design. This work demonstrates how crystal properties can be tuned efficiently in solution via a tubular crystallizer that facilitates rapid temperature cycling. Controlled crystal growth, dissolution, and secondary nucleation allow a precise control of the crystal size and shape distribution, as well as polymorphic composition. Tubular crystallizers utilizing segmented flow such as the one presented in our work can provide plug flow characteristics, fast heating and cooling, allowing for rapid changes of the supersaturation...
December 6, 2017: Crystal Growth & Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219627/non-oncotic-properties-of-albumin-a-multidisciplinary-vision-about-the-implications-for-critically-ill-patients
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Ricard Ferrer, Xavier Mateu, Emilio Maseda, Juan Carlos Yébenes, César Aldecoa, Candelaria De Haro, Juan Carlos Ruiz-Rodriguez, José Garnacho-Montero
Effective resuscitation with human albumin solutions is achieved with less fluid than with crystalloid solutions. However, the role of albumin in today's critical care unit is also linked to its multiple pharmacological effects. Areas covered: The potential clinical benefits of albumin in select populations of critically ill patients like sepsis seem related to immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects, antibiotic transportation and endothelial stabilization. Albumin transports many drugs used in critically ill patients...
December 8, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207756/intravenous-fluid-administration-and-the-survival-of-pre-hospital-resuscitated-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-patients-in-thailand
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Phichet Nongchang, Wongsa Laohasiri Wong, Somsak Pitaksanurat, Pairoj Boonsirik Amchai
Introduction: Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) is a leading cause of death worldwide. The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) provides early care to critical OHCA patients. Pre hospital intervention has been improving OHCA survival rate, however it is still unclear for the recommendation of routine infusion of Intravenous (IV) fluids during cardiac arrest resuscitation. Aim: This study aimed to determine whether IV fluid administration was associated with increasing survival of resuscitated OHCA patients and to assess the survival rate of resuscitated OHCA patients...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206726/standardization-of-pediatric-interfacility-transport-handover-measuring-the-development-of-a-shared-mental-model
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Anthony A Sochet, Kelsey S Ryan, Jennifer L Bartlett, Thomas A Nakagawa, Ladonna Bingham
OBJECTIVES: To determine if standardization of pediatric interfacility transport handover is associated with the development of a prototypical shared mental model between healthcare providers. DESIGN: A single center, prepost, retrospective cohort study. SETTINGS: A 259-bed, tertiary care, pediatric referral center. PATIENTS: Children 0 to 18 years old transferred to our critical care units or emergency center from October 2016 to February 2017...
December 4, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199035/changes-in-zinc-status-and-zinc-transporters-expression-in-whole-blood-of-patients-with-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-sirs
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Daniela Florea, Jorge Molina-López, Christer Hogstrand, Imre Lengyel, Antonio Pérez de la Cruz, Manuel Rodríguez-Elvira, Elena Planells
INTRODUCTION: Critically ill patients develop severe stress, inflammation and a clinical state that may raise the utilization and metabolic replacement of many nutrients and especially zinc, depleting their body reserves. This study was designed to assess the zinc status in critical care patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), comparing them with a group of healthy people, and studying the association with expression of zinc transporters. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This investigation was a prospective, multicentre, comparative, observational and analytic study...
November 26, 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198261/inter-hospital-transport-of-the-child-with-critical-cardiac-disease
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Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, Zafurallah Intikhab, Neil Spenceley, Ilias Iliopoulos, Alana Duff, Johnny Millar
Centralisation of services such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, and intensive care in many parts of the world has resulted in the need to safely transport children with critical cardiac disease from local hospitals to specialist centres for diagnostic, surgical, and/or critical care intervention. The transport of this cohort of children, whether locally or internationally, can present specific clinical and logistical challenges. An international group of clinicians with expertise in cardiac care and critical care transport worked together to summarise current clinical practice relating to key areas of transport...
December 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197316/developing-a-mass-casualty-surge-capacity-protocol-for-emergency-medical-services-to-use-for-patient-distribution
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Samuel E Shartar, Brooks L Moore, Lori M Wood
OBJECTIVES: Metropolitan areas must be prepared to manage large numbers of casualties related to a major incident. Most US cities do not have adequate trauma center capacity to manage large-scale mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Creating surge capacity requires the distribution of casualties to hospitals that are not designated as trauma centers. Our objectives were to extrapolate MCI response research into operational objectives for MCI distribution plan development; formulate a patient distribution model based on research, hospital capacities, and resource availability; and design and disseminate a casualty distribution tool for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to distribute patients to the appropriate level of care...
December 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174776/management-of-surge-in-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-transport
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Michael Salna, Scott Chicotka, Mauer Biscotti, Cara Agerstrand, Peter Liou, Mark Ginsburg, Roy Oommen, Joshua R Sonett, Daniel Brodie, Matthew Bacchetta
BACKGROUND: Transporting patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support is safe and reliable with a dedicated program and established management protocols. As our program has grown, our teams have had to adapt to manage surges in transport volume while maintaining patient safety. We assessed the outcomes at peak use of our ECMO transport services during surges. METHODS: We conducted a single-center retrospective review of all patients transported to our institution while supported with ECMO from September 2008 to September 2016...
November 23, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173798/portable-ct-pulmonary-angiogram-in-an-infant-on-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-the-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Simon S Ho, Meral M Patel, Renee M Mansour, Atul Vats, Nikhil K Chanani, Bradley S Rostad
PURPOSE: Computed tomography (CT) has been shown to change management in children on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Although techniques have been described to transport these critically ill patients to the CT suite in the radiology department, transport out of the intensive care setting is not without risk, and using portable CT is a practical alternative. However, obtaining a CT pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) in a patient on veno-arterial (VA) ECMO presents unique challenges due to bypass of the cardiopulmonary system, which may lead to suboptimal opacification of the pulmonary arteries...
October 31, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152759/retrieval-of-adult-patients-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-by-an-intensive-care-physician-model
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Aidan J C Burrell, David V Pilcher, Vincent A Pellegrino, Stephen A Bernard
The optimal staffing model during the inter-hospital transfer of patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is not known. We report the complications and outcomes of patients who were commenced on ECMO at a referring hospital by intensive care physicians and compare these findings with patients who had ECMO established at an ECMO center in Australia. This was a single center, retrospective observational study based on a prospectively collected ECMO database from Melbourne, Australia. Patients with severe cardiac and/or respiratory failure failing conventional supportive treatment between 2007-2013 were placed on ECMO via a physician-led model of ECMO retrieval, including two intensivists in a four person team, using percutaneous ECMO cannulation...
November 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146024/effect-of-serum-albumin-concentration-on-neurological-outcome-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-from-the-critical-comprehensive-registry-of-intensive-cares-for-ohca-survival-study-in-osaka-japan
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Tasuku Matsuyama, Taku Iwami, Tomoki Yamada, Koichi Hayakawa, Kazuhisa Yoshiya, Taro Irisawa, Yoshio Abe, Tetsuro Nishimura, Toshifumi Uejima, Yasuo Ohishi, Takeyuki Kiguchi, Masashi Kishi, Masafumi Kishimoto, Shota Nakao, Yasuyuki Hayashi, Taku Sogabe, Takaya Morooka, Junichi Izawa, Tomonari Shimamoto, Toshihiro Hatakeyama, Tomoko Fujii, Junya Sado, Takeshi Shimazu, Takashi Kawamura, Tetsuhisa Kitamura
The aim of this study was to assess whether serum albumin concentration upon hospital arrival had prognostic indications on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). This prospective, multicenter observational study conducted in Osaka, Japan (the CRITICAL [Comprehensive Registry of Intensive Cares for OHCA Survival] study), enrolled all patients with consecutive OHCA transported to 14 participating institutions. We included adult patients aged ≥18 years with nontraumatic OHCA who achieved return of spontaneous circulation and whose serum albumin concentration was available from July 2012 to December 2014...
October 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135898/acute-illness-protocol-for-urea-cycle-disorders
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Lance H Rodan, Saud H Aldubayan, Gerard T Berry, Harvey L Levy
Inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) are genetic disorders that disrupt enzyme activity, cellular transport, or energy production. They are individually rare but collectively have an incidence of 1:1000. Most patients with IEMs are followed up by a physician with expertise in biochemical genetics (metabolism), but may present outside this setting. Because IEMs can present acutely with life-threatening crises that require specific interventions, it is critical for the emergency physician, internist, and critical care physician as well as the biochemical geneticist to have information on the initial assessment and management of patients with these disorders...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132597/retrospective-review-of-pediatric-transport-where-do-our-patients-go-after-transport
#18
REVIEW
Emily Krennerich, Curtis G Sitler, Manish Shah, Fong Lam, Jeanine Graf
OBJECTIVE: This review describes disposition of transported children and identifies contributing factors affecting optimal patient placement. The study describes timing and patient placement indicators in transport patients to identify areas of improvement, re-education, and training. METHODS: A retrospective chart review for transports via our pediatric specialty transport team from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, was performed. Patients were identified by the transport quality assurance performance improvement database, hospital electronic medical records, and transport medical records...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132595/remote-ecls-implantation-and-transport-for-retrieval-of-cardiogenic-shock-patients
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Sabina P W Guenther, Stefan Buchholz, Frank Born, Stefan Brunner, René Schramm, Dominik J Hoechter, Vera von Dossow, Maximilian Pichlmaier, Christian Hagl, Nawid Khaladj
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) emerges as a salvage option in therapy refractory cardiogenic shock but is limited to highly specialized tertiary care centers. Critically ill patients are often too unstable for conventional transport. Mobile ECLS programs for remote implantation and subsequent air or ground-based transport for patient retrieval could solve this dilemma and make full-spectrum advanced cardiac care available to patients in remote hospitals in whom shock otherwise might be fatal...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130405/what-is-the-role-of-community-at-the-end-of-life-for-people-dying-in-advanced-age-a-qualitative-study-with-bereaved-family-carers
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Merryn Gott, Janine Wiles, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Stella Black, Lisa Williams, Ngaire Kerse, Gabriella Trussardi
BACKGROUND: New public health approaches to palliative care prioritise the role of community at end of life. However, little is known about community support for the increasing numbers of people dying in advanced age. AIM: To explore the role of community at end of life for people dying in advanced age from the perspective of their bereaved family caregivers. DESIGN: A constructionist framework underpinned a qualitative research design. Data were analysed using critical thematic analysis...
January 2018: Palliative Medicine
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