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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339789/early-treatment-gains-for-antibiotic-administration-and-within-human-host-time-series-data
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Todd R Young, Erik M Boczko
As technological improvements continue to infiltrate and impact medical practice, it has become possible to non-invasively collect dense physiological time series data from individual patients in real time. These advances continue to improve physicians' ability to detect and to treat infections early. One important benefit of early detection and treatment of nascent infections is that it leads to earlier resolution. In response to current and anticipated advances in data capture, we introduce the Early Treatment Gain (ETG) as a measure to quantify this benefit...
February 18, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339675/high-reported-rates-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-indian-neonatal-and-pediatric-blood-stream-infections
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Dhanya Dharmapalan, Anita Shet, Vijay Yewale, Mike Sharland
Background.: There is real shortage of national data on antimicrobial resistance rates in Indian neonates and children. A descriptive review was conducted to determine the patterns of antimicrobial resistance in isolates of blood stream infection among hospitalized children in India. Methods.: Published and gray literature on antibiotic resistance in children was searched using "Google Scholar", "Scopus", and "PubMed" databases between January 2000 and July 2015...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338222/long-term-self-reported-cognitive-problems-after-delirium-in-the-intensive-care-unit-and-the-effect-of-systemic-inflammation
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Annemiek E Wolters, Linda M Peelen, Dieuwke S Veldhuijzen, Irene J Zaal, Dylan W de Lange, Wietze Pasma, Diederik van Dijk, Olaf L Cremer, Arjen J C Slooter
OBJECTIVES: To describe the association between intensive care unit (ICU) delirium and self-reported cognitive problems in 1-year ICU survivors, and investigate whether this association was altered by exposure to systemic inflammation during ICU stay. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Dutch medical-surgical ICU. PARTICIPANTS: One-year ICU survivors, admitted to the ICU ≥48 hours. MEASUREMENTS: Self-reported cognitive problems were measured with the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire (CFQ)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338214/light-therapies-for-acne-abridged-cochrane-systematic-review-including-grade-assessments
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J Barbaric, R Abbott, P Posadzki, M Car, L H Gunn, A M Layton, A Majeed, J Car
We undertook a Cochrane review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effects of light-based interventions for acne vulgaris. We searched the Cochrane Skin Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, ISI Web of Science, and grey literature sources (September 2015). We used the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group approach to assess the quality of evidence (QE). We included 71 RCTs (4211 participants, median sample size 31). Results from a single study (n = 266, low QE) showed little or no difference in effectiveness on participants' assessment of improvement between 20% aminolevulinic acid (ALA) photodynamic therapy (PDT), activated by blue light, versus vehicle plus blue light, whereas another study (n = 180) of a comparison of ALA-PDT (red light) concentrations showed 20% ALA-PDT was no more effective than 15%, but better than 10% and 5% ALA-PDT...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336756/empirical-gentamicin-dosing-based-on-serum-creatinine-levels-in-premature-and-term-neonates
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Taylar L Antolik, Kelli J Cunningham, Samir Alabsi, Rachel A Reimer
PURPOSE: Empirical gentamicin dosing based on serum creatinine (SCr) levels in premature and term neonates was evaluated. METHODS: This single-center, retrospective cohort study was conducted in a standalone children's hospital with a level IIIB, 44-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Data were abstracted and collected for all neonates admitted to the NICU from March 5, 2012, through March 5, 2014. Patients were included in the study if gentamicin was administered within the first 7 days of life, a trough gentamicin level was measured, and the neonate had a baseline SCr level measured within the first 24 hours of life...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336313/vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-colonisation-risk-factors-and-risk-for-infection-among-hospitalised-paediatric-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Myrto Eleni Flokas, Spyridon A Karageorgos, Marios Detsis, Michail Alevizakos, Eleftherios Mylonakis
The objective of this study was to estimate the rate and significance of colonisation with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) among hospitalised children. The PubMed and EMBASE databases were systematically searched (last accessed on 29 May 2016) to identify studies evaluating VRE colonisation of the gastrointestinal tract of hospitalised children in non-outbreak periods. Of 945 non-duplicate citations, 19 studies enrolling 20 234 children were included. The overall and paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rate of VRE colonisation were both 5% [95% confidence interval (CI) 3-8% overall and 95% CI 2-9% in the PICU] but was 23% in haematology/oncology units (95% CI 18-29%)...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336165/suspicious-outbreak-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-burkholderia-cepacia-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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LiPing Guo, Gang Li, Jian Wang, Xia Zhao, Shupeng Wang, Li Zhai, Hongbin Jia, Bin Cao
BACKGROUND: We reviewed Burkholderia cepacia infections in a hospital from 2013-2016 to report a suspicious outbreak that occurred in a surgical intensive care unit in 2015, and to outline the infection control measures adopted thereafter. METHODS: Review of the health care-associated infection data regarding B cepacia via the surveillance system, hospital information system, electronic medical records, and laboratory information system together with the outbreak investigation was managed by the health care-associated infection control team...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336024/postoperative-pain-self-management-behavior-in-patients-who-underwent-total-knee-or-hip-arthroplasty
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Ning-Ning Zhu, Pei-Pei Xu, Ting-Ting Lei, Ting Sun, Sally Wai-Chi Chan
The self-management of acute postoperative pain is not well researched. This cross-sectional study investigates postoperative pain and pain self-management behavior. We recruited 127 patients who underwent total knee or total hip arthroplasty in an acute care hospital. We measured postoperative pain intensity and pain self-management behavior for three postoperative days. The results showed that the participants experienced mild and moderate pain intensity and perceived moderate to severe pain interference, which influenced their mood, sleep patterns, ability to walk, and performance of general activities and rehabilitation exercises...
April 2017: AORN Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333677/y-site-physical-compatibility-of-beta-blocker-infusions-with-intensive-care-unit-admixtures
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Jaime A Foushee, Pmichaele Meredith, Laura M Fox, EdwardE Grace
Parenteral beta-blocker therapy via continuous infusion has shown promising results for improved outcomes for patients with septic shock. As patients with septic shock may require multiple intravenous medications, compatibility is necessary to co-infuse these medications through a y-site connector. The purpose of this study was to examine the physical compatibility of select intravenous drugs used for patients with septic shock combined with various intravenous beta-blockers including esmolol, labetalol, and metoprolol through a simulated y-site infusion...
July 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332367/value-of-serum-cystatin-c-measurement-in-the-diagnosis-of-sepsis-induced-kidney-injury-and-prediction-of-renal-function-recovery
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Ah Young Leem, Moo Suk Park, Byung Hoon Park, Won Jai Jung, Kyung Soo Chung, Song Yee Kim, Eun Young Kim, Ji Ye Jung, Young Ae Kang, Young Sam Kim, Se Kyu Kim, Joon Chang, Joo Han Song
PURPOSE: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in critically ill patients. Serum cystatin C has emerged as a reliable marker of AKI. We sought to assess the value of serum cystatin C for early detection and prediction of renal function recovery in patients with sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sepsis patients (113 AKI patients and 49 non-AKI patients) admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) were included. Serum creatinine and cystatin C levels and glomerular filtration rate were measured on days 0, 1, 3, and 7...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332195/skin-cancer-history-sun-related-attitudes-behaviour-and-sunburn-among-renal-transplant-recipients-versus-general-population
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Vivian Ka Ying Leung, Suzanne Jane Dobbinson, David Josef Goodman, John Kanellis, Alvin Heong Chong
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Renal transplant recipients (RTR) have both an excessive skin cancer incidence and a high mortality rate. In Australia RTR receive extensive public education on skin cancer and many undergo further education pre/post-transplant. This study examines whether RTR have sufficiently rigorous sun protection behaviour compared with the general population. METHODS: Altogether 179 RTR from two large Melbourne hospitals involving skin clinic teams in patient care were recruited to undergo cross-sectional telephone interviews...
March 23, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332157/systematic-overdosing-of-oxa-and-cloxacillin-in-severe-infections-treated-in-icu-risk-factors-and-side-effects
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Mathilde Neuville, Najoua El-Helali, Eric Magalhaes, Aguila Radjou, Roland Smonig, Jean-François Soubirou, Guillaume Voiriot, Alban Le Monnier, Stéphane Ruckly, Lila Bouadma, Romain Sonneville, Jean-François Timsit, Bruno Mourvillier
BACKGROUND: Oxacillin and cloxacillin are the most frequently used penicillins for the treatment of severe methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus infections in intensive care units (ICUs), especially endocarditis. International recommendations do not suggest any adaptation of the dosage in case of renal impairment. We wanted to assess the risk factors for overdosing in ICU and the related observed side effects. METHODS: All patients with a therapeutic drug monitoring of oxa- or cloxacillin between 2008 and 2014 were included...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330865/an-automated-smartphone-based-diagnostic-assay-for-point-of-care-semen-analysis
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Manoj Kumar Kanakasabapathy, Magesh Sadasivam, Anupriya Singh, Collin Preston, Prudhvi Thirumalaraju, Maanasa Venkataraman, Charles L Bormann, Mohamed Shehata Draz, John C Petrozza, Hadi Shafiee
Male infertility affects up to 12% of the world's male population and is linked to various environmental and medical conditions. Manual microscope-based testing and computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA) are the current standard methods to diagnose male infertility; however, these methods are labor-intensive, expensive, and laboratory-based. Cultural and socially dominated stigma against male infertility testing hinders a large number of men from getting tested for infertility, especially in resource-limited African countries...
March 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329734/elevated-mif-2-levels-predict-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Julia Pohl, Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Pia Stock, Peter Luedike, Tienush Rassaf
PURPOSE: D-dopachrome tautomerase (MIF-2 or DDT) is a member of the macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) superfamily and a close structural homolog to MIF. Circulating MIF-2 has been described to be elevated in patients suffering from sepsis, severe burn injury and after surgery. We sought to evaluate the prognostic value of MIF-2 in critically ill patients. METHODS: A total of 72 patients were studied upon admission to the medical intensive care unit (ICU)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329238/practice-patterns-and-outcomes-associated-with-procalcitonin-use-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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David C Chu, Anuj B Mehta, Allan J Walkey
Background: Randomized trials support use of procalcitonin-based algorithms to decrease duration of antibiotics for critically ill patients with sepsis. However, current utilization of procalcitonin and associated outcomes in "real world" clinical settings is unclear. We sought to determine procalcitonin utilization in critically ill patients with sepsis in the United States and to examine associations between procalcitonin use and clinical outcomes. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of approximately 20% of patients hospitalized in US Intensive Care Units with sepsis...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329231/cardiac-protective-effects-of-remote-ischaemic-preconditioning-in-children-undergoing-tetralogy-of-fallot-repair-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qingping Wu, Tingting Wang, Shiqiang Chen, Quanjun Zhou, Haobo Li, Na Hu, Yinglu Feng, Nianguo Dong, Shanglong Yao, Zhengyuan Xia
Aims: Remote ischaemic preconditioning (RIPC) by inducing brief ischaemia in distant tissues protects the heart against myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) in children undergoing open-heart surgery, although its effectiveness in adults with comorbidities is controversial. The effectiveness and mechanism of RIPC with respect to myocardial IRI in children with tetralogy of Fallot (ToF), a severe cyanotic congenital cardiac disease, undergoing open heart surgery are unclear. We hypothesized that RIPC can confer cardioprotection in children undergoing ToF repair surgery...
February 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328946/a-randomized-clinical-trial-in-preterm-infants-on-the-effects-of-a-home-based-early-intervention-with-the-caretoy-system
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Giuseppina Sgandurra, Jakob Lorentzen, Emanuela Inguaggiato, Laura Bartalena, Elena Beani, Francesca Cecchi, Paolo Dario, Matteo Giampietri, Gorm Greisen, Anna Herskind, Jens Bo Nielsen, Giuseppe Rossi, Giovanni Cioni
CareToy system is an innovative tele-rehabilitative tool, useful in providing intensive, individualized, home-based, family-centred Early Intervention (EI) in infants. Our aim was to evaluate, through a Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) study, the effects of CareToy intervention on early motor and visual development in preterm infants. 41 preterm infants (range age: 3.0-5.9 months of corrected age) were enrolled and randomized into two groups, CareToy and Standard Care. 19 infants randomized in CareToy group performed a 4-week CareToy program, while 22 allocated to control group completed 4 weeks of Standard Care...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328824/early-use-of-noninvasive-techniques-for-clearing-respiratory-secretions-during-noninvasive-positive-pressure-ventilation-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-hypercapnic-encephalopathy-a-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Jinrong Wang, Zhaobo Cui, Shuhong Liu, Xiuling Gao, Pan Gao, Yi Shi, Shufen Guo, Peipei Li
Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) might be superior to conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPDs). Inefficient clearance of respiratory secretions provokes NPPV failure in patients with hypercapnic encephalopathy (HE). This study compared CMV and NPPV combined with a noninvasive strategy for clearing secretions in HE and AECOPD patients.The present study is a prospective cohort study of AECOPD and HE patients enrolled between October 2013 and August 2015 in a critical care unit of a major university teaching hospital in China...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328787/prone-positioning-improves-ventilation-homogeneity-in-children-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Alison Lupton-Smith, Andrew Argent, Peter Rimensberger, Inez Frerichs, Brenda Morrow
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of prone positioning on ventilation distribution in children with acute respiratory distress syndrome. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Paediatric Intensive Care at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. PATIENTS: Mechanically ventilated children with acute respiratory distress syndrome. INTERVENTIONS: Electrical impedance tomography measures were taken in the supine position, after which the child was turned into the prone position, and subsequent electrical impedance tomography measurements were taken...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328759/topical-ropivacaine-in-prevention-of-post-tonsillectomy-pain-in-adults
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Hanna Kaisa Tolska, Annika Takala, Karin Blomgren, Katri Hamunen, Vesa Kontinen
BACKGROUND: Post-tonsillectomy pain is 1 of the most intense postoperative pain conditions. However, optimal and sufficient postoperative analgesic treatment remains unclear. We investigated the effect of topical ropivacaine for post-tonsillectomy pain in 160 adult outpatient surgery patients over 2 postoperative weeks. METHODS: At the end of tonsillectomy, 2 swabs soaked in either 1% ropivacaine or saline were packed into the tonsillar beds for 5 minutes. We used ibuprofen and a combination of acetaminophen (500 mg)-codeine (30 mg) tablets as postoperative analgesics for 2 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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