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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334583/effects-of-carnosine-beta-alanyl-l-histidine-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-acute-kidney-injury-due-to-septic-shock
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Sabiha Sahin, Dilek Burukoglu Donmez
BACKGROUND Acute kidney injury (AKI) secondary to sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the human intensive care unit (ICU). Kidney function and the histological findings of AKI were investigated in an experimental rat model with sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) and compared with and without treatment with carnosine (beta-alanyl-L-histidine). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups consisting eight rats in each: Group 1 - control; Group 2 - septic shock; and Group 3 - septic shock treated with carnosine...
January 15, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332972/clinical-utility-and-measurement-of-procalcitonin
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REVIEW
Intan Samsudin, Samuel D Vasikaran
Procalcitonin (PCT), regarded as a biomarker specific for bacterial infections, is used in a variety of clinical settings including primary care, emergency department and intensive care. PCT measurement aids in the diagnosis of sepsis and to guide and monitor antibiotic therapy. This article gives a brief overview of PCT and its use in guiding antibiotic therapy in various clinical settings, as well as its limitations. PCT performance in comparison with other biomarkers of infection in particular CRP is also reviewed...
April 2017: Clinical Biochemist. Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332416/-autoimmune-encephalitis-possibilities-in-the-laboratory-investigation
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Katalin Böröcz, Zsófia Hayden, Viktória Mészáros, Zsuzsanna Csizmadia, Kornélia Farkas, Zoltán Kellermayer, Péter Balogh, Ferenc Nagy, Tímea Berki
INTRODUCTION: The role of autoimmune responses against central nervous system (CNS) antigens in encephalitis presenting with non-classified neurologic or psychiatric symptoms has been appreciated in the past decade. Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis has a poor prognosis and is most commonly associated with lung, ovarium, and testicular neoplasms, leading to immune reactions against intracellular antigens (anti-Hu/ANNA1, anti-Ri/ANNA2, anti-CV2/CRMP5 and anti-Ma2/Ta). In contrast, the recently described autoimmune encephalitis subtypes present with a broad spectrum of symptoms, respond to autoimmune therapies well and usually associate with autoantibodies against neuronal cell surface receptors (NMDAR, GABABR, AMPAR) or synaptic proteins (LGI1, CASPR2)...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331656/effect-of-a-wearable-patient-sensor-on-care-delivery-for-preventing-pressure-injuries-in-acutely-ill-adults-a-pragmatic-randomized-clinical-trial-ls-hapi-study
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David Pickham, Nic Berte, Mike Pihulic, Andre Valdez, Barbara Mayer, Manisha Desai
IMPORTANCE: Though theoretically sound, studies have failed to demonstrate the benefit of routine repositioning of at-risk patients for the prevention of hospital acquired pressure injuries. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical effectiveness of a wearable patient sensor to improve care delivery and patient outcomes by increasing the total time with turning compliance and preventing pressure injuries in acutely ill patients. DESIGN: Pragmatic, investigator initiated, open label, single site, randomized clinical trial...
December 30, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331194/-specificities-of-nursing-care-in-neurological-intensive-care
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REVIEW
Christelle Garijo, Flavien Chabert, Cécile Armonia, Perrine Boucheix
In the acute phase of the treatment of patients with brain injuries, the management of secondary brain injuries of systemic origin is a priority. A neurosurgical intensive care paramedical team shares their experience of the care delivered and the constant monitoring carried out to optimise, with the medical team, the patient's outcome and to innovate practices.
January 2018: Revue de L'infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329456/designing-and-evaluating-an-automated-system-for-real-time-medication-administration-error-detection-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Yizhao Ni, Todd Lingren, Eric S Hall, Matthew Leonard, Kristin Melton, Eric S Kirkendall
Background: Timely identification of medication administration errors (MAEs) promises great benefits for mitigating medication errors and associated harm. Despite previous efforts utilizing computerized methods to monitor medication errors, sustaining effective and accurate detection of MAEs remains challenging. In this study, we developed a real-time MAE detection system and evaluated its performance prior to system integration into institutional workflows. Methods: Our prospective observational study included automated MAE detection of 10 high-risk medications and fluids for patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center during a 4-month period...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327608/pregnancy-outcomes-of-women-with-spina-bifida
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Nathalie Auger, Laura Arbour, Mireille E Schnitzer, Jessica Healy-Profitós, Geneviève Nadeau, William D Fraser
PURPOSE: To assess the pregnancy outcomes of women with spina bifida. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed a population-based cohort of 397 pregnant women with spina bifida and 1,083,211 without spina bifida who delivered infants in hospitals in Quebec, Canada, 1989-2013. Outcomes included maternal and infant morbidity and mortality at delivery. We used log-binomial regression models to estimate prevalence ratios (PR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association of maternal spina bifida with pregnancy outcomes, accounting for maternal characteristics...
January 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326332/the-impact-of-digital-health-technologies-on-tuberculosis-treatment-a-systematic-review
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Brian Kermu Ngwatu, Ntwali Placide Nsengiyumva, Olivia Oxlade, Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer, Nhat Linh Nguyen, Ernesto Jaramillo, Dennis Falzon, Kevin Schwartzman
Digital technologies are increasingly harnessed to support treatment of persons with tuberculosis (TB). Since in-person directly observed treatment (DOT) can be resource intensive and challenging to implement, these technologies may have the potential to improve adherence and clinical outcomes. We reviewed the effect of these technologies on TB treatment adherence and patient outcomes.We searched several bibliographical databases for studies reporting the effect of digital interventions, including short message service (SMS), video-observed therapy (VOT) and medication monitors (MMs), to support treatment for active TB...
January 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325534/increasing-trend-in-hospital-deaths-consistent-among-older-decedents-in-korea-a-population-based-study-using-death-registration-database-2001-2014
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Tran Thi Xuan Mai, Eunsook Lee, Hyunsoon Cho, Yoon Jung Chang
BACKGROUND: With improvement in hospice palliative care services and long-term care, Republic of Korea (hereafter South Korea) has recorded significant changes in places of death (e.g., hospital, home), especially among older adults. Over the last few decades, the most common places of death in South Korea were hospitals. However, Koreans, especially older adults, reportedly prefer to receive terminal care and eventually die at home. This study was conducted to investigate trends in places of death among older Korean adults and factors associated therewith...
January 11, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321449/a-simple-paper-based-colorimetric-device-for-rapid-and-sensitive-urinary-oxalate-determinations
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Piyakorn Worramongkona, Kanyarat Seeda, Phatharatanathorn Phansomboon, Nalin Ratnarathorn, Orawon Chailapakul, Wijitar Dungchai
In this work, a simple and inexpensive paper-based colorimetric device (cPAD) was developed for oxalate measurements. The colorimetric assay is based on the formation of formazan via the reduction of 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) by oxalate decarboxylase and formate dehydrogenase on the paper device. After the sample was spotted on the device, MTT changed color from yellow to purple, and the purple color intensity correlated with the oxalate concentration. The quantitative detection of oxalate ranged from 10 - 1000 μM, with a linear equation, y = 0...
2018: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320720/simultaneous-emergence-and-rapid-spread-of-three-oxa-23-producing-acinetobacter-baumannii-st208-strains-in-intensive-care-units-confirmed-by-whole-genome-sequencing
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Qiong Chen, Jia-Wei Zhou, Jian-Zhong Fan, Sheng-Hai Wu, Li-Hui Xu, Yan Jiang, Zhi Ruan, Yun-Song Yu, Dao-Jun Yu, Xian-Jun Wang
Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) is a common nosocomial bacterial pathogen with limited treatment options. CRAB outbreaks are disastrous for critically ill patients. This study investigated carbapenemase-produced A. baumannii outbreaks in a tertiary hospital. Although multiple outbreaks were suggested by pulse-field gel electrophoresis, the genetic lineages and evolution between these isolates were not clear. To investigate the genomic epidemiology of these outbreaks and to reveal possible transmission routes, whole genome sequences (WGS) were compared and analyzed...
January 8, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319567/clinical-epidemiology-of-acute-burn-injuries-at-nepal-cleft-and-burn-centre-kathmandu-nepal
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Bishal Karki, Shankar Man Rai, Kiran Kishore Nakarmi, Surendra Jung Basnet, Mangal Gharti Magar, Krishna Kumar Nagarkoti, Sunil Thapa
BACKGROUND: Burn injury is a global health problem mainly occurring in developing countries. The Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre at Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, has been providing the acute burn care since 2013 with 7 intensive care unit beds, 30 general beds, and 2 dedicated operating rooms. A similar descriptive study was performed in this center in 2014. These studies will be helpful for developing prevention strategies and monitoring the progress in the standard of care of acute burn patients...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317259/adherence-to-contact-precautions-among-different-types-of-healthcare-workers-through-video-monitoring-in-a-tertiary-hospital
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Yuichi Katanami, Kayoko Hayakawa, Takeshi Shimazaki, Yuko Sugiki, Saho Takaya, Kei Yamamoto, Satoshi Kutsuna, Yasuyuki Kato, Norio Ohmagari
BACKGROUND: Contact precautions are required to prevent transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms; however, reports on adherence rates vary. Through video monitoring, we evaluated adherence to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) among different types of healthcare workers. METHODS: This study was an observational study conducted in a 781-bed tertiary hospital from July 2016 to March 2017. We installed cameras in areas where staff don PPE. Infection control teams observed the videos and assessed adherence rates...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316582/-burnout-in-intensive-care
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Andrej Michalsen, Andreas Hillert, Andreas Schießl, Dominik Hinzmann
Both acute crises and chronically incriminating circumstances in people's lives may lead to their being afflicted by psychological and somatic ailments. "Burnout" has been coined and established as the term for chronic occupational strain. Many professions claim to be extraordinarily affected by burnout, amongst others physicians and nurses, especially those working in anaesthesiology and critical care. Usually assessed with the Maslach Burnout Inventary, the prevalence of moderate or severe burnout in these areas is estimated at about 30 % amongst nurses and about 40 % to 50 % amongst physicians...
January 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315764/testican-1-as-a-novel-diagnosis-of-sepsis
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Yuri Lee, Wonhwa Lee, Hyun-Ha Chang, Shin-Woo Kim, Jaehong Kim, Jong-Sup Bae
The development of new sepsis-specific biomarkers is mandatory to improve the detection and monitoring of the disease. Testican-1 is a highly conserved, multidomain proteoglycan that is most prominently expressed in the thalamus of the brain, and is upregulated in activated astroglial cells of the cerebrum. The aim of this study was to evaluate blood levels of Testican-1 in septic patients. A prospective study of 82 patients with sepsis was conducted. Furthermore, C57BL/6 mice were administrated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein or subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) surgery...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310695/understanding-the-relationship-between-egg-and-antigen-based-diagnostics-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-pre-and-post-treatment-in-uganda
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Joaquín M Prada, Panayiota Touloupou, Moses Adriko, Edridah M Tukahebwa, Poppy H L Lamberton, T Déirdre Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is a major socio-economic and public health problem in many sub-Saharan African countries. After large mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns, prevalence of infection rapidly returns to pre-treatment levels. The traditional egg-based diagnostic for schistosome infections, Kato-Katz, is being substituted in many settings by circulating antigen recognition-based diagnostics, usually the point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen test (CCA). The relationship between these diagnostics is poorly understood, particularly after treatment in both drug-efficacy studies and routine monitoring...
January 8, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310559/arrhythmias-in-children-in-early-postoperative-period-after-cardiac-surgery
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Manoj Kumar Sahu, Anupam Das, Bharat Siddharth, Sachin Talwar, Sarvesh Pal Singh, Atul Abraham, Arin Choudhury
BACKGROUND: Postoperative arrhythmias are a known complication after cardiac surgical repairs for congenital heart disease. METHODS: Data were reviewed pertaining to incidence, diagnosis, potential risk factors, and management of postoperative arrhythmias in 369 consecutive patients under 18 years of age, undergoing elective open heart surgery. All children were admitted to the intensive care unit and continuous electrocardiographic monitoring was performed. Patient factors such as Aristotle Basic Complexity Score, total surgical duration, hypotension, tachycardia, serum lactate level, and inotropic score were analyzed...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310471/optimal-course-of-treatment-in-acute-cardiogenic-shock-complicating-myocardial-infarction
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Sebastian Nuding, Karl Werdan, Roland Prondzinsky
About 5% of patients with myocardial infarction suffer from cardiogenic shock as a complication, with a mortality of ≥30%. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention as soon as possible is the most successful therapeutic approach. Prognosis depends not only on the extent of infarction, but also - and even more - on organ hypoperfusion with consequent development of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Areas covered: This review covers diagnostic, monitoring and treatment concepts relevant for caring patients with cardiogenic shock complicating myocardial infarction...
January 9, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310415/cisplatin-induced-sudden-cardiac-death-with-hemodynamic-collapse-a-severe-adverse-drug-reaction-case-report
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Silvijus Abramavicius, Marius Zemaitis, Vidas Pilvinis, Edmundas Kadusevicius
RATIONALE: Cisplatin is responsible for a significant percentage of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in oncology setting. A great proportion of cisplatin-induced severe adverse events are difficult to foresee, and giving premedication does not always prevent the occurrence of such events. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 53-year-old woman with progressive T4 N0 M0 stage IV pleural mesothelioma experienced cardiac arrest with hemodynamic collapse after cisplatin and pemetrexed chemotherapy administration...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310404/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-combined-with-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-cutaneous-burn-and-inhalation-injury-caused-by-hydrofluoric-acid-and-nitric-acid
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Qinhua Pu, Jinxian Qian, Weiyi Tao, Aixiang Yang, Jian Wu, Yaodong Wang
RATIONALE: Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is a highly corrosive agent and can cause corrosive burns. HF can penetrate deeply into tissues through intact skin and the lipid barrier, leading to painful liquefactive necrosis, and inducing hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia. In this study, we hypothesize that continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) may be beneficial in addressing hemodynamic instability in cases of HF poisoning. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 25-year-old man fell into an electroplating pool containing 10% HF and 50% nitric acid...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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