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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547318/a-systematic-review-of-alpha-2-agonists-for-sedation-in-mechanically-ventilated-neurocritical-care-patients
#1
Alexandre Tran, Henrietta Blinder, Brian Hutton, Shane W English
The use of sedative medications is commonplace in intensive care units (ICUs) and an invaluable clinical tool for the intensive care physician. Sedation for critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients provides an opportunity to reduce anxiety, discomfort as well as ventilator intolerance and dyssynchrony. Alpha-2 agonists in particular have become increasingly popular for use in the neurocritical care population due to their proposed effectiveness in facilitating examinations and procedures as well as reducing the need for adjunctive agents...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545954/prognostic-role-of-copeptin-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#2
Kyu-Sun Choi, Youngsuk Cho, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Wonhee Kim, Chiwon Ahn, Tae Ho Lim, Hyoung-Joong Yi
PURPOSE: Copeptin, the C-terminal portion of provasopressin, has emerged as a novel prognostic marker in neurocritical care, such as in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study was to quantitatively assess the prognostic significance of initial plasma copeptin levels in the neurological outcome and mortality after traumatic brain injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six relevant studies with data from 552 patients were included in this meta-analysis. RESULTS: The plasma copeptin levels were found to be significantly higher in patients who died than in the survivors (standardized mean difference [SMD], 1...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543565/lactate-supplementation-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injured-adults-by-primed-constant-infusion-of-sodium-l-lactate
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Stephanie M Wolahan, Howard C Mao, Courtney Real, Paul M Vespa, Thomas C Glenn
Carbohydrate fuel augmentation following traumatic brain injury may be a viable treatment to improve recovery when cerebral oxidative metabolism of glucose is depressed. We performed a primed constant sodium L-lactate infusion in 11 moderate to severely brain injured adults. Blood was collected before and periodically during the infusion study. We quantified global cerebral uptake of glucose and lactate and other systemic metabolites associated with energy metabolism. Our hypothesis was that cerebral lactate uptake, as measured by the arteriovenous difference of lactate (AVDlac), would increase in severely injured TBI patients in the neurocritical care unit...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538442/impact-of-moderate-hyperchloremia-on-clinical-outcomes-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage-patients-treated-with-continuous-infusion-hypertonic-saline-a-pilot-study
#4
Heidi M Riha, Michael J Erdman, Joseph E Vandigo, Lauren A Kimmons, Nitin Goyal, K Erin Davidson, Abhi Pandhi, G Morgan Jones
OBJECTIVES: Hyperchloremia has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. While previous research has demonstrated an association between hypertonic saline and hyperchloremia, limited data exist in neurocritical care patients. The objective of this study is to determine the impact of moderate hyperchloremia (chloride ≥ 115 mmol/L) on clinical outcomes in intracerebral hemorrhage patients treated with continuous IV infusion 3% hypertonic saline...
May 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523595/announcing-current-concepts-exploring-what-is-new-provocative-and-controversial-in-neurocritical-care
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EDITORIAL
Stephan A Mayer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504980/hyperchloremia-is-associated-with-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-with-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#6
Ofer Sadan, Kai Singbartl, Prem A Kandiah, Kathleen S Martin, Owen B Samuels
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of acute kidney injury in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage patients. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of all subarachnoid hemorrhage admissions. SETTINGS: Neurocritical care unit. PATIENTS: All patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage between 2009 and 2014. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Of 1,267 patients included in this cohort, 16...
May 12, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497668/potential-brain-dead-organ-donation-in-neurocritical-care-mortality
#7
Vera Spatenkova, Ondrej Bradac, Petr Suchomel
BACKGROUND: Mortality is a marker of quality in neurocritical care, but it also provides potential for donors after brain death (DBD) following irreversible acute brain damage. The aim of this study was to analyse the neurointensive care unit (NICU) mortality rate and recovery of potential DBD. METHODS: We performed a 10-year prospective observational cohort computer database analysis of 6138 acute neurological and neurosurgical patients (pts, 58.2% male, mean: age 55...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490277/il-33-promotes-recruitment-of-microglia-macrophages-in-response-to-traumatic-brain-injury
#8
Grzegorz Wicher, Ulrika Wallenquist, Ying Lei, Mattias Enoksson, Xiaofei Li, Barbara Fuchs, Sami Abu Hamdeh, Niklas Marklund, Lars Hillered, Gunnar Nilsson, Karin Forsberg-Nilsson
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating condition, often leading to life-long consequences for the patients. Even though modern neurointensive care has improved functional and cognitive outcomes, efficient pharmacological therapies are still lacking. Targeting peripherally derived, or resident inflammatory cells that are rapid responders to brain injury is promising, but complex, since the contribution of inflammation to exacerbation versus improved recovery varies with time after injury. The injury-induced inflammatory response is triggered by release of alarmins, and in the present study we asked if Interleukin-33 (IL-33), an injury-associated nuclear alarmin, is involved in TBI...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486023/red-blood-cell-transfusion-guided-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-neurocritically-ill-patients-with-moderate-or-severe-anaemia
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Santiago Ramón Leal-Noval, Victoria Arellano-Orden, Manuel Múñoz-Gómez, Aurelio Cayuela, Antonio Marín-Caballos, María D Rincón-Ferrari, Claudio García-Alfaro, Rosario Amaya-Villar, Manuel Casado-Méndez, Reginald Dusseck, Francisco Murillo-Cabezas
In neurocritically ill patients (NCPs), the use of hemoglobin level as the sole indicator for red blood cell transfusion (RBCT) can result in under- or over-transfusion. This randomised controlled trial was conducted to ascertain whether a transcranial oxygen saturation (rSO2) threshold, as measured by near-infrared spectroscopy, reduces RBCT requirements in anemic NCPs (closed traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid or intracerebral hemorrhage), compared to a hemoglobin threshold alone. Patients with hemoglobin 70-100 g/L received RBCTs to attain an rSO2 >60% (rSO2 arm) or to maintain hemoglobin between 85 and 100 g/L (hemoglobin arm)...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463046/the-influence-of-hyperthermia-on-intracranial-pressure-cerebral-oximetry-and-cerebral-metabolism-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
Lena Nyholm, Tim Howells, Anders Lewén, Lars Hillered, Per Enblad
BACKGROUND: Hyperthermia is a common secondary insult in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim was to evaluate the relationship between hyperthermia and intracranial pressure (ICP), and if intracranial compliance and cerebral blood flow (CBF) pressure autoregulation affected that relationship. The relationships between hyperthermia and cerebral oximetry (BtipO2) and cerebral metabolism were also studied. METHODS: A computerized multimodality monitoring system was used for data collection at the neurointensive care unit...
May 2, 2017: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458650/plasma-soluble-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-is-not-associated-with-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Heikki Kiiski, Ville Jalkanen, Marika Ala-Peijari, Mari Hämäläinen, Eeva Moilanen, Jukka Peltola, Jyrki Tenhunen
OBJECT: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a common cause of death or long-term disability. Despite advances in neurocritical care, there is still only a very limited ability to monitor the development of secondary brain injury or to predict neurological outcome after aSAH. Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) has shown potential as a prognostic and as an inflammatory biomarker in a wide range of critical illnesses since it displays an association with overall immune system activation...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447929/five-year-follow-up-on-transplanted-organs-from-donors-after-brain-death-after-acute-stroke
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Vera Spatenkova, Eva Pokorna, Petr Suchomel
OBJECTIVES: Efficient intensive care donor management can help alleviate the shortage of organs for transplant. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of management of donors after brain death from our neurointensive care unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational 5-year follow-up on 29 transplanted organs from 14 brain-dead donors after acute stroke (7 subarachnoid and 4 intracerebral hemorrhages, 3 ischemic strokes)...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443389/neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-units-staffed-by-intensivists-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-analysis
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Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Ariel Hendin, Kalpana Bhardwaj, Kednapa Thavorn, Dave Neilipovitz, Dalibour Kubelik, Gianni D'Egidio, Grant Stotts, Erin Rosenberg
INTRODUCTION: With an aging population and increasing numbers of intensive care unit admissions, novel ways of providing quality care at reduced cost are required. Closed neurointensive care units improve outcomes for patients with critical neurological conditions, including decreased mortality and length of stay (LOS). Small studies have demonstrated the safety of intermediate-level units for selected patient populations. However, few studies analyze both cost and safety outcomes of these units...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437224/structure-process-and-culture-of-intensive-care-units-treating-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-survey-of-centers-participating-in-the-american-college-of-surgeons-trauma-quality-improvement-program
#14
Aziz S Alali, Victoria A McCredie, Todd G Mainprize, David Gomez, Avery B Nathens
Outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) differs substantially between hospitals. Explaining this variation begins with understanding the differences in structures and processes of care, particularly at intensive care units (ICUs) where acute TBI care takes place. We invited trauma medical directors (TMDs) from 187 centers participating in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (ACS TQIP) to complete a survey. The survey domains included ICU model, type, availability of specialized units, staff, training programs, standard protocols and order sets, approach to withdrawal of life support, and perceived level of neurosurgeons' engagement in the ICU management of TBI...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421189/optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-ultrasound-evaluation-in-intensive-care-unit-possible-role-and-clinical-aspects-in-neurological-critical-patients-daily-monitoring
#15
M Toscano, G Spadetta, P Pulitano, M Rocco, V Di Piero, O Mecarelli, E Vicenzini
Background. The increase of the optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) is a reliable, noninvasive sonographic marker of intracranial hypertension. Aim of the study was to demonstrate the efficacy of ONSD evaluation, when monitoring neurocritical patients, to early identify malignant intracranial hypertension in patients with brain death (BD). Methods. Data from ultrasound ONSD evaluation have been retrospectively analyzed in 21 sedated critical patients with neurological diseases who, during their clinical course, developed BD...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419731/a-qualitative-study-of-doctors-and-nurses-barriers-to-communicating-with-seriously-ill-patients-about-their-dependent-children
#16
Annemarie Dencker, Bo Andreassen Rix, Per Bøge, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
OBJECTIVE: Research indicates that health personnel (HP) caring for seriously ill patients with dependent children aged 0-18 often avoid discussing with them the challenges of being a family with a parent in treatment. Children of seriously ill patients (CSIP) risk serious trauma and emotional difficulty later in life and depend on adult support to minimize these consequences. Patients suffer anxiety about supporting their children during their illness. Due to their potentially pivotal role in supporting patients in enabling parent-child communication, we examined HP's structural and emotional barriers to communicating with patients about their children...
April 18, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400902/a-novel-neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-unit-model-retrospective-analysis-of-impact-on-patient-flow-and-safety
#17
Alexandra E Quimby, Michel C F Shamy, Deanna M Rothwell, Erin Y Liu, Dar Dowlatshahi, Grant Stotts
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Neurointensive care units have been shown to improve patient outcomes across a variety of neurological and neurosurgical conditions. However, the efficacy of less resource-intensive intermediate-level care units to deliver similar care has not been well studied. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of neurocritical specialist comanagement on patient flow and safety in a neuroscience intermediate-level care unit. METHODS: Our intervention consisted of the addition of a physician with critical care experience as well as training in neurology, anesthesiology, or intensive care to a neuroscience intermediate-level care unit to comanage patients alongside neurology and neurosurgery staff during weekday daytime hours...
April 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400228/keen-s-point-for-external-ventricular-drainage-in-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-an-uncommon-indication-for-an-old-technique
#18
Kevin T Huang, Vamsidhar Chavakula, William B Gormley
BACKGROUND: In cases of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion though an external ventricular drain (EVD) is a proven method to assist in the control of elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). Under normal circumstances, the EVD is placed in a frontal location. However, in cases of multifocal intracranial injury and swelling, collapse of the frontal horns of the lateral ventricles leads to frequent failure of frontal CSF drainage. In this series we describe the utility of the Keen's point EVD as a safe alternative to maintain continuous CSF diversion for patients in whom frontal drainage is not feasible...
April 8, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385926/critical-care-air-transport-team-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-short-term-outcomes-during-flight-for-operation-iraqi-freedom-operation-enduring-freedom
#19
L Renee Boyd, J Borawski, J Lairet, A T Limkakeng
INTRODUCTION: Our understanding of the expertise and equipment required to air transport injured soldiers with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) continue to evolve. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of characteristics, interventions required and short-term outcomes of patients with severe TBI managed by the US Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom between 1 June 2007 and 31 August 2010...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374472/a-prospective-outcome-study-observing-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-over-10-15%C3%A2-years
#20
E Andersson, D Rackauskaite, E Svanborg, L Csajbók, M Öst, B Nellgård
BACKGROUND: Severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) can be divided into primary and secondary injuries. Intensive care protocols focus on preventing secondary injuries. This prospective cohort study was initiated to investigate outcome, including mortality, in patients treated according to the Lund Concept after a sTBI covering 10-15 years post-trauma. METHODS: Patients were included during 2000-2004 when admitted to the neurointensive care unit, Sahlgrenska University Hospital...
May 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
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