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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038971/the-implementation-of-targeted-temperature-management-an-evidence-based-guideline-from-the-neurocritical-care-society
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Lori Kennedy Madden, Michelle Hill, Teresa L May, Theresa Human, Mary McKenna Guanci, Judith Jacobi, Melissa V Moreda, Neeraj Badjatia
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) is often used in neurocritical care to minimize secondary neurologic injury and improve outcomes. TTM encompasses therapeutic hypothermia, controlled normothermia, and treatment of fever. TTM is best supported by evidence from neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, although it has also been explored in ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, and intracranial hemorrhage patients. Critical care clinicians using TTM must select appropriate cooling techniques, provide a reasonable rate of cooling, manage shivering, and ensure adequate patient monitoring among other challenges...
October 16, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038077/the-effects-of-red-blood-cell-transfusion-on-functional-outcome-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#2
Monisha A Kumar, Joshua Levine, Jennifer Faerber, J Paul Elliott, H Richard Winn, Sean Doerfler, Peter Le Roux
BACKGROUND: The optimal red blood cell transfusion (RBCT) trigger for patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is unknown. In patients with cerebral vasospasm, anemia may increase susceptibility to ischemic injury; conversely, RBCT may worsen outcome given known deleterious effects. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between RBCT, delayed cerebral ischemia, vasospasm, and outcome after SAH. METHODS: 421 consecutive SAH patients, admitted to a Neurocritical Care Unit at a University affiliated hospital and who underwent surgical occlusion of their ruptured aneurysm were retrospectively identified from a prospective observational database...
October 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028696/brain-oxygen-optimization-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-phase-ii-a-phase-ii-randomized-trial
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David O Okonkwo, Lori A Shutter, Carol Moore, Nancy R Temkin, Ava M Puccio, Christopher J Madden, Norberto Andaluz, Randall M Chesnut, M Ross Bullock, Gerald A Grant, John McGregor, Michael Weaver, Jack Jallo, Peter D LeRoux, Dick Moberg, Jason Barber, Christos Lazaridis, Ramon R Diaz-Arrastia
OBJECTIVES: A relationship between reduced brain tissue oxygenation and poor outcome following severe traumatic brain injury has been reported in observational studies. We designed a Phase II trial to assess whether a neurocritical care management protocol could improve brain tissue oxygenation levels in patients with severe traumatic brain injury and the feasibility of a Phase III efficacy study. DESIGN: Randomized prospective clinical trial. SETTING: Ten ICUs in the United States...
November 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980699/mobilization-in-early-rehabilitation-in-intensive-care-unit-patients-with-severe-acquired-cerebral-injury-an-observational-study
#4
Michelangelo Bartolo, Stefano Bargellesi, Carlo Alberto Castioni, Domenico Intiso, Andrea Fontana, Massimiliano Copetti, Federico Scarponi, Donatella Bonaiuti
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether early mobilization of patients with severe acquired brain injury, performed in the intensive/neurointensive care unit, influences functional outcome. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Fourteen centres in Italy. SUBJECTS: A total of 103 consecutive patients with acquired brain injury. METHODS: Clinical, neurological and functional data, including the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), Disability Rating Scale (DRS), the Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning (LCF), Early Rehabilitation Barthel Index (ERBI), Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS), and Functional Independence Measure (FIM) were collected at admission and every 3?5 days until discharge from the intensive/neurointensive care unit...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979514/a-case-for-stopping-the-early-withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapies-in-patients-with-devastating-brain-injuries
#5
Alex R Manara, Ian Thomas, Richard Harding
Early prognostication in patients with a devastating brain injury is not always accurate and can lead to inappropriate decisions. We present case histories to support the recent recommendations of the Neurocritical Care Society that treatment withdrawal decisions should be delayed by up to 72 h in these patients. Development of pathways incorporating these recommendations can improve prognostication, enhance end of life care given to these patients and their families, and increase the opportunities to explore the donation wishes of more patients...
November 2016: J Intensive Care Soc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974999/malignant-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-an-exacting-challenge-for-neurocritical-care-physicians
#6
Shahvaiz Magsi, Atif Zafar
We report a case of malignant posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) in a 62-year-old Caucasian female with a complex medical history and comorbidities admitted for bowel resection and lysis of iatrogenic bowel adhesions and enterocutaneous fistulas. Postoperatively, the patient developed sudden bilateral visual loss with no other neurologic deficits. Computed tomography scan showed very severe PRES-like changes, confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Systolic blood pressure remained around 170 mm HG...
October 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962817/the-evolution-of-neurocritical-care
#7
EDITORIAL
Alejandro A Rabinstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962816/shared-decision-making-in-neurocritical-care
#8
REVIEW
Muhammad Waqas Khan, Susanne Muehlschlegel
Shared decision making is a collaborative decision-making process between health care providers and patients or their surrogates, taking into account the best scientific evidence available while considering the patient's values, goals, and preferences. Decision aids are tools enabling SDM. This article discusses shared decision making in general and in the intensive care unit in particular and facilitators and barriers for the creation and implementation of International Patient Decision Aids Standards Collaboration-compliant decision aids for the intensive care unit and neuro-intensive care unit...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962814/nosocomial-infections-in-the-neurointensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Katharina Maria Busl
Infectious complications in the neurointensive care unit (neuro-ICU) are common, including pneumonia, urinary tract infection, bloodstream infection, and intracranial infection. The neuro-ICU population poses a specific challenge in the diagnosis of infections, because of the high incidence of fever in acutely brain-injured patients. Furthermore, susceptibility to infections is likely enhanced by brain-injury (induced immune modulation). This article reviews the concept of brain injury-induced immune modulation, and summarizes available data and knowledge on nosocomial meningitis and ventriculitis, and systemic infectious complications in patients with traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and status epilepticus...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962813/acute-cardiac-complications-in-critical-brain-disease
#10
REVIEW
Juan G Ripoll, Joseph L Blackshear, José L Díaz-Gómez
Acute cardiac complications in critical brain disease should be understood as a clinical condition representing an intense brain-heart crosstalk and might mimic ischemic heart disease. Two main entities (neurogenic stunned myocardium [NSM] and stress cardiomyopathy) have been better characterized in the neurocritically ill patients and they portend worse clinical outcomes in these cases. The pathophysiology of NSM remains elusive. However, significant progress has been made on the early identification of neurocardiac compromise following acute critical brain disease...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962806/cortical-spreading-depression-and-ischemia-in-neurocritical-patients
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REVIEW
Néstor Wainsztein, Federico Rodríguez Lucci
Spreading depolarization in cerebral cortex is associated with swelling of neurons, distortion of dendritic spines, massive ion translocation with a large change of the slow electrical potential, and silencing of brain electrical activity. The term spreading depression represents a wave of spontaneous activity of the electrocorticogram that propagates through contiguous cerebral gray matter at a characteristic velocity. Spreading depression is a consequence of cortical spreading depolarization. Therefore, spreading depolarization is not always accompanied by spreading depression and the terms are not synonymous...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962805/management-of-traumatic-brain-injury-an-update
#12
REVIEW
Mohamed H Abou El Fadl, Kristine H O'Phelan
The care of patients with traumatic brain injury can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of clinical neurocritical care. This article reviews the approach to unique aspects specific to the care of this patient population. These aspects include appropriate use of sedation and analgesia, and the principles and the clinical use of intracranial monitors. Common clinical challenges encountered in these patients are also discussed, including the treatment of intracranial hypertension, temperature management, and control of sympathetic hyperactivity...
November 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948503/extubating-the-neurocritical-care-patient-a-spontaneous-breathing-trial-algorithmic-approach
#13
Naresh Mullaguri, Zalan Khan, Premkumar Nattanmai, Christopher R Newey
BACKGROUND: Delaying extubation in neurologically impaired patients otherwise ready for extubation is a source for significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. There is no consensus to suggest one spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) over another in predicting extubation success. We studied an algorithm using zero pressure support and zero positive end-expiratory pressure (ZEEP) SBT followed by 5-cm H2O pressure support and 5-cm H2O positive end-expiratory pressure (i.e., 5/5) SBT in those who failed ZEEP SBT...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948141/simulation-of-spreading-depolarization-trajectories-in-cerebral-cortex-correlation-of-velocity-and-susceptibility-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#14
Denny Milakara, Cristian Grozea, Markus Dahlem, Sebastian Major, Maren K L Winkler, Janos Lückl, Michael Scheel, Vasilis Kola, Karl Schoknecht, Svetlana Lublinsky, Alon Friedman, Peter Martus, Jed A Hartings, Johannes Woitzik, Jens P Dreier
In many cerebral grey matter structures including the neocortex, spreading depolarization (SD) is the principal mechanism of the near-complete breakdown of the transcellular ion gradients with abrupt water influx into neurons. Accordingly, SDs are abundantly recorded in patients with traumatic brain injury, spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and malignant hemispheric stroke using subdural electrode strips. SD is observed as a large slow potential change, spreading in the cortex at velocities between 2 and 9 mm/min...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936494/detection-of-intracranial-hypertension-using-deep-learning
#15
Benjamin Quachtran, Robert Hamilton, Fabien Scalzo
Intracranial Hypertension, a disorder characterized by elevated pressure in the brain, is typically monitored in neurointensive care and diagnosed only after elevation has occurred. This reaction-based method of treatment leaves patients at higher risk of additional complications in case of misdetection. The detection of intracranial hypertension has been the subject of many recent studies in an attempt to accurately characterize the causes of hypertension, specifically examining waveform morphology. We investigate the use of Deep Learning, a hierarchical form of machine learning, to model the relationship between hypertension and waveform morphology, giving us the ability to accurately detect presence hypertension...
December 2016: Proceedings of the ... IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929392/preventing-early-bouncebacks-to-the-neurointensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-analysis-and-quality-improvement-pilot
#16
David G Coughlin, Monisha A Kumar, Neha N Patel, Rebecca L Hoffman, Scott E Kasner
BACKGROUND: Early unplanned readmissions of "bouncebacks" to intensive care units are a healthcare quality metric and result in higher mortality and greater cost. Few studies have examined bouncebacks to the neurointensive care unit (neuro-ICU), and we sought to design and implement a quality improvement pilot to reduce that rate. METHODS: First, we performed a retrospective chart review of 504 transfers to identify potential bounceback risk factors. Risk factors were assessed on the day of transfer by the transferring physician identifying patients as "high risk" or "low risk" for bounceback...
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929375/abstracts-presented-at-the-neurocritical-care-society-ncs-15th-annual-meeting
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929324/stress-ulcer-prophylaxis-in-neurocritical-care
#18
Jeffrey F Barletta, Alicia J Mangram, Joseph F Sucher, Victor Zach
Stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP) with acid-suppressive drug therapy is widely utilized in critically ill patients following neurologic injury for the prevention of clinically important stress-related gastrointestinal bleeding (CIB). Data supporting SUP, however, largely originates from studies conducted during an era where practices were vastly different than what is considered routine by today's standard. This is particularly true in neurocritical care patients. In fact, the routine provision of SUP has been challenged due to an increasing prevalence of adverse drug events with acid-suppressive therapy and the perception that CIB rates are sparse...
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925974/if-you-build-it-they-will-come-initial-experience-with-a-multi-disciplinary-pediatric-neurocritical-care-follow-up-clinic
#19
Cydni N Williams, Aileen Kirby, Juan Piantino
Pediatric Neurocritical Care diagnoses account for a large proportion of intensive care admissions. Critical care survivors suffer high rates of long-term morbidity, including physical disability, cognitive impairment, and psychosocial dysfunction. To address these morbidities in Pediatric Neurocritical Care survivors, collaboration between Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Critical Care created a multidisciplinary follow-up clinic providing specialized evaluations after discharge. Clinic referrals apply to all Pediatric Neurocritical Care patients regardless of admission severity of illness...
September 19, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916970/caring-for-patients-families-or-lack-of-family-in-neurocritical-care
#20
EDITORIAL
David Y Hwang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Neurocritical Care
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