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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/29332116/applying-preventive-measures-leading-to-significant-reduction-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections-in-adult-intensive-care-unit
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Fahad M Al-Hameed, Gulam R Ahmed, Asim A AlSaedi, Muhammad J Bhutta, Faisal F Al-Hameed, Majid M AlShamrani
To determine the impact of applying the best available clinical evidence on the preventive measures to reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in adult intensive care units (ICU).     Methods:  Data were collected from adult ICUs (28 beds) from 2008 to 2016. The proper use of silicon catheter, aseptic insertion technique, emptying bag three-fourth via close circuit, the use of appropriate size catheter, securing the draining tube on the thigh to keep catheter bag below patient's bladder level and removal of the catheter as early as possible were ensured in all patients...
January 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331874/thyroid-hormone-resuscitation-after-brain-death-in-potential-organ-donors-a-primer-for-neurocritical-care-providers-and-narrative-review-of-the-literature
#3
REVIEW
Ian A Buchanan, Vivek A Mehta
Solid organ transplantation has become a mainstay in the contemporary management of end-stage organ failures fueled by advances in immunosuppression, intensive care and surgical technology. Every year, a vast number of transplantable organs is lost on account of hemodynamic instability in potential brain-dead organ donors. Because of a growing organ shortage, measures that increase total donor supply pools are desperately needed. Thyroid hormone has been identified as an adjunctive therapy in donor management due to its potential for increasing organ supply and is currently endorsed by transplant organizations such as United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331668/earlier-and-enhanced-rehabilitation-of-mechanically-ventilated-patients-in-critical-care-a-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial
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David McWilliams, Charlotte Jones, Gemma Atkins, James Hodson, Tony Whitehouse, Tonny Veenith, Emma Reeves, Lauren Cooper, Catherine Snelson
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews of early rehabilitation within intensive care units have highlighted the need for robust multi-centre randomised controlled trials with longer term follow up. This trial aims to explore the feasibility of earlier and enhanced rehabilitation for patients mechanically ventilated for ≥5days and to assess the impact on possible long term outcome measures for use in a definitive trial. METHODS: Patients admitted to a large UK based intensive care unit and invasively ventilated for ≥5days were randomised to the rehabilitation intervention or standard care on a 1:1 basis, stratified by age and SOFA score...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330886/surgery-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-increase-the-risk-of-hypothermia-in-infants
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Joel M Don Paul, Elizabeth J Perkins, Prue M Pereira-Fantini, Asha Suka, Olivia Farrell, Julia K Gunn, Anushi E Rajapaksa, David G Tingay
AIM: Maintaining normothermia is a tenet of neonatal care. However, neonatal thermal care guidelines applicable to intra-hospital transport beyond the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and during surgery or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are lacking. The aim of this study is to determine the proportion of infants normothermic (36.5-37.5°C) on return to NICU after management during surgery and MRI, and during standard clinical care in both environments. METHODS: Sixty-two newborns requiring either surgery in the operating theatre (OT) (n = 41) or an MRI scan (n = 21) at the Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne) NICU were prospectively studied...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330232/interventions-must-be-realistic-to-be-useful-and-completed-in-family-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Marjorie A Bowman, Dean A Seehusen, Anne Victoria Neale
Being realistic while helping our patients is this issue's theme. Given the volume of tasks required in family medicine, recommendations for improvements in direct care or care measurement cannot just be evidence-based but must also be realistic. On the list of realistic: ordering antipsychotics for symptoms of dementia in the elderly, despite recommendations to not do so; ordering antidepressants without fear that the patient could develop hypertension; mental health care providers in primary care offices; forced choice for opioid management; plus agenda setting for visit efficiency...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330101/telephone-based-weight-loss-support-for-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kate M O'Brien, John Wiggers, Amanda Williams, Elizabeth Campbell, Rebecca K Hodder, Luke Wolfenden, Sze Lin Yoong, Emma K Robson, Robin Haskins, Steven J Kamper, Chris Rissel, Christopher M Williams
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of telephone-based weight loss support in reducing the intensity of knee pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis, who are overweight or obese, compared to usual care. DESIGN: We conducted a parallel randomized controlled trial (RCT), embedded within a cohort multiple RCT of patients on a waiting list for outpatient orthopaedic consultation at a tertiary referral hospital in NSW, Australia. Patients with knee osteoarthritis, classified as overweight or obese (body mass index between ≥27kg/m2 and <40kg/m2) were randomly allocated to receive referral to an existing non-disease specific government funded 6-month telephone-based weight management and healthy lifestyle service or usual care...
January 9, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328777/systematic-review-of-developmental-care-interventions-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-since-2006
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Sara Burke
Intervention studies designed to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) were evaluated in this systematic review to analyze research methods, to illuminate the effectiveness of interventions, and to make recommendations for future research. Google Scholar, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Applied Health Literature, PubMed, and Cochrane databases were investigated to identify experimental and quasi-experimental interventional studies in peer-reviewed journals...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325421/effects-of-underwater-bubble-cpap-on-very-low-birth-weight-preterm-newborns-in-the-delivery-room-and-after-transport-to-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#9
Vera Lucia Barros Abelenda, Tania Cristina Oliveira Valente, Cirlene Lima Marinho, Agnaldo José Lopes
The development of less invasive ventilatory strategies in very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) preterm newborns has been a growing concern in recent decades. This study aimed to measure differences in the clinical progression of preterm newborns using two distinct periods in a university hospital: before and after using underwater bubble continuous positive airway pressure (ubCPAP). This is a retrospective study of VLBW preterm newborns with gestational ages less than or equal to 32 weeks admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324947/cognitive-changes-in-nurses-working-in-intensive-care-units
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Daniel Aragão Machado, Nébia Maria Almeida de Figueiredo, Luciane de Souza Velasques, Cleonice Alves de Melo Bento, Wiliam César Alves Machado, Lúcia Alves Marques Vianna
OBJECTIVE: To measure the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression of nurses working in ICUs, relating them to levels of attention before and after 24 hours. METHOD: An observational, quantitative, analytical study with 18 nurses undergoing an inventory of stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as assessment of attention levels and psychomotor functioning. RESULTS: Sixty-one percent showed positive for stress. Depression was observed in 33%; and anxiety in 99...
January 2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324089/development-and-content-validation-of-a-questionnaire-to-assess-moral-distress-among-social-workers-in-long-term-care-facilities
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Sagit Lev, Liat Ayalon
OBJECTIVE: Despite the significance of ethical issues faced by social workers, research on moral distress among social workers has been extremely limited. The aim of the current study is to describe the development and content validation of a unique questionnaire to measure moral distress among social workers in long-term care facilities for older adults in Israel. METHODS: The construction of the questionnaire was based on a secondary analysis of a qualitative study that addressed the moral dilemma of social workers in nursing homes in Israel...
January 11, 2018: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322866/how-does-language-change-after-an-intensive-treatment-on-imitation
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Marina Zettin, Marzia Leopizzi, Valentina Galetto
The main aim of our study was to investigate the role of imitation in improving word-finding difficulties in a group of aphasic subjects. For this purpose, we designed software based on the computerised program described by Lee et al. (2010). Seven subjects with aphasia resulting from a brain injury were enrolled in the study. A battery of tests was administered to participants one month before the treatment (T0) and immediately before its beginning (T1) with the aim of detecting their language difficulties...
January 11, 2018: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322491/influence-of-prehospital-function-and-strength-on-outcomes-of-critically-ill-older-adults
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D Clark Files, Rebecca Neiberg, Julia Rushing, Peter E Morris, Michael P Young, Hilsa Ayonayon, Tamara Harris, Anne Newman, Susan Rubin, Eric Shiroma, Denise Houston, Michael E Miller, Stephen B Kritchevsky
OBJECTIVES: To understand the influence of prehospital physical function and strength on clinical outcomes of critically ill older adults. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of prospective cohort study. SETTING: Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study. PARTICIPANTS: Of 3,075 older adult Health ABC participants, we identified 575 (60% white, 61% male, mean age 79) with prehospital function or grip strength measurements within 2 years of an intensive care unit stay...
January 11, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322378/health-literacy-pain-intensity-and-pain-perception-in-patients-with-chronic-pain
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Philipp Johannes Köppen, Thomas Ernst Dorner, Katharina Viktoria Stein, Judit Simon, Richard Crevenna
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain poses a large burden for the healthcare system and the individuals concerned. The impact of health literacy (HL) on health status and health outcomes is receiving more and more attention. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of HL with chronic pain intensity and pain perception. METHODS: A total of 121 outpatients suffering from chronic pain (pain duration >3 months) were evaluated. The HL was measured using the health literacy screening questions...
January 10, 2018: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
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/29319652/pain-assessment-in-mechanically-ventilated-noncommunicative-severe-trauma-patients
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Candelas López-López, Teresa Pérez-Pérez, Juan Vicente Beneit-Montesinos, José Luis García-Klepzig, Mercedes Virginia Martinez-Ureta, María Del Ara Murillo-Pérez, Silvia Ana Torrente-Vela, Mónica García-Iglesias
The aim of this study was to measure pain levels in noncommunicative patients with severe trauma who required tracheal suctioning and mobilization and to determine the utility of the Behavioral Indicators of Pain Scale (ESCID) in these cases. The pain scores for the procedures were recorded on Days 1, 3, and 6 of the patients' stay in the intensive care unit. These assessments were performed at 3 moments: before, during, and after the application of the procedures. Because of the longitudinal character of the study, data were fitted into a multivariate model using the Generalized Estimating Equations method...
January 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319461/hypnosis-is-more-effective-than-clinical-interviews
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Francisco Xavier De Almeida-Marques, José Sánchez-Blanco, Francisco Javier Cano-García
To determine whether hypnosis is more effective than conventional interviewing to find traumatic life events in patients with fibromyalgia, we carried out a within-subject experimental design with complete intragroup counterbalancing. Thirty-two women under care in a public primary care center gave 2 identical interviews, with an interval of 3 months, in which the occurrence of traumatic life events was explored, once in a state of wakefulness and once in a state of hypnosis. The state of consciousness was evaluated using 3 measures: bispectral index, skin conductance level, and pain intensity...
January 2018: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318718/regional-cerebral-tissue-oxygen-saturation-changes-following-blood-transfusion-in-neuro-intensive-care-unit-patients%C3%A2-%C3%A2-a-pilot-observational-study
#18
R Muthuchellappan, N A Shaikh, R M Surve, U R S Ganne, M Philip
BACKGROUND: Although central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2 ) is used to decide on red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, whether its improvement is associated with parallel improvement in cerebral oxygenation is not adequately studied. This study looked at changes in regional cerebral tissue oxygen saturation (rSO2 ) following RBC transfusion in neuro-intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: In this prospective observational pilot study, rSO2 was measured in adult neuro-ICU patients before RBC transfusion, at the end and at 6, 12, 18 and 24 h after RBC transfusion...
January 10, 2018: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318637/factors-increasing-the-risk-for-a-severe-reaction-in-anaphylaxis-an-analysis-of-data-from-the-european-anaphylaxis-registry
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Margitta Worm, Wojciech Francuzik, Jean-Marie Renaudin, Maria Beatrice Bilo, Victòria Cardona, Kathrin Scherer Hofmeier, Alice Köhli, Andrea Bauer, George Christoff, Ewa Cichocka-Jarosz, Thomas Hawranek, Jonathan O'B Hourihane, Lars Lange, Vera Mahler, Antonella Muraro, Nikolaos G Papadopoulos, Claudia Pföhler, Iwona Poziomkowska-Gęsicka, Franziska Ruëff, Thomas Spindler, Regina Treudler, Montserrat Fernandez-Rivas, Sabine Dölle
BACKGROUND: Preventive measures to decrease the frequency and intensity of anaphylactic events are essential to provide optimal care for allergic patients. Aggravating factors may trigger or increase the severity of anaphylaxis and therefore need to be recognized and avoided. OBJECTIVE: To identify and prioritize factors associated with an increased risk of developing severe anaphylaxis. METHODS: Data from the Anaphylaxis Registry (122 centers in 11 European countries) was used in logistic regression models considering existing severity grading systems, elicitors, and symptoms to identify the relative risk of factors on the severity of anaphylaxis...
January 10, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317968/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-a-predictor-for-mortality-intensive-care-unit-length-of-stay-and-hospital-length-of-stay-in-patients-with-resolving-sepsis
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Harsimar Singh, Daryl Ramai, Harshil Patel, Marina Iskandir, Sarina Sachdev, Rabjot Rai, Jay Patolia, Getaw Worku Hassen
Background: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a hormone secreted by cardiomyocytes in response to myocardial ischemia, increased ventricular wall tension, and overload. BNP is utilized as a diagnostic and prognostic marker in congested heart failure (CHF). Its prognostic value in sepsis is unknown. The aim of this study is to determine if BNP correlates with increased in-hospital mortality for septic patients. Methods: This was a retrospective study of 505 patients admitted for sepsis or severe sepsis or septic shock during the period of January 2013 and August 2014...
December 2017: Cardiology Research
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