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David Schnell, Elie Azoulay, Dominique Benoit, Benjamin Clouzeau, Pierre Demaret, Stéphane Ducassou, Pierre Frange, Matthieu Lafaurie, Matthieu Legrand, Anne-Pascale Meert, Djamel Mokart, Jérôme Naudin, Frédéric Pene, Antoine Rabbat, Emmanuel Raffoux, Patricia Ribaud, Jean-Christophe Richard, François Vincent, Jean-Ralph Zahar, Michael Darmon
Neutropenia is defined by either an absolute or functional defect (acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome) of polymorphonuclear neutrophils and is associated with high risk of specific complications that may require intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Specificities in the management of critically ill neutropenic patients prompted the establishment of guidelines dedicated to intensivists. These recommendations were drawn up by a panel of experts brought together by the French Intensive Care Society in collaboration with the French Group for Pediatric Intensive Care Emergencies, the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, the French Society of Hematology, the French Society for Hospital Hygiene, and the French Infectious Diseases Society...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Shravya Govindappagari, Amanda Guardado, Dena Goffman, Jeffrey Bernstein, Colleen Lee, Sara Schonfeld, Robert Angert, Andrea McGowan, Peter S Bernstein
OBJECTIVE: Communication failures are consistently seen as a root cause of preventable adverse outcomes in obstetrics. We assessed whether use of an Obstetric Safe Surgery Checklist for cesarean deliveries (CDs), based on the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist, can improve communication; reduce team member confusion about urgency of the case; and decrease documentation discrepancies among nursing, obstetric, anesthesia, and pediatric staff. METHODS: Retrospective review of 600 CDs on our 2 labor and delivery suites before and after the introduction of 2 consecutive versions of our obstetric safe surgery checklist (100 cases in each cohort) was undertaken...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Patient Safety
Ilaria Campo, Maurizio Luisetti, Matthias Griese, Bruce C Trapnell, Francesco Bonella, Jan Grutters, Koh Nakata, Coline H M Van Moorsel, Ulrich Costabel, Vincent Cottin, Toshio Ichiwata, Yoshikazu Inoue, Antonio Braschi, Giacomo Bonizzoni, Giorgio A Iotti, Carmine Tinelli, Giuseppe Rodi
BACKGROUND: Whole lung lavage (WLL) is the current standard of care treatment for patients affected by pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). However, WLL is not standardized and international consensus documents are lacking. Our aim was to obtain a factual portrayal of WLL as currently practiced with respect to the procedure, indications for its use, evaluation of therapeutic benefit and complication rate. METHODS: A clinical practice survey was conducted globally by means of a questionnaire and included 27 centers performing WLL in pediatric and/or adult PAP patients...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Yolanda Y Huang, Lucy Li, Matthew Monteleone, Lynne Ferrari, Lisa J States, James J Riviello, Steven G Kernie, Ali A Mencin, Sumit Gupta, Lena S Sun
Ongoing investigation from the Pediatric Anesthesia NeuroDevelopment Assessment (PANDA) study hopes to examine the long-term effect on cognitive and language development of a single anesthetic exposure in children undergoing inguinal hernia repair. The fifth PANDA Symposium, held in April 2016, continued the mission of previous symposia to examine evidence from basic science and clinical studies on potential neurotoxic effects of anesthetics on developing brain. At the 2016 Symposium, a panel of specialists from nonsurgical pediatric disciplines including anesthesiology, radiology, neurology, gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology, and critical care reviewed use of anesthesia in their practices, including how concern over possible neurodevelopmental effects of early childhood anesthetic exposure has changed discussion with patients and families regarding risks and benefits of imaging studies and interventional procedures involving sedation or anesthesia...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Ruchika Goel, Melissa M Cushing, Aaron A R Tobian
Red blood cell transfusions are a common life-saving intervention for neonates and children with anemia, but transfusion decisions, indications, and doses in neonates and children are different from those of adults. Patient blood management (PBM) programs are designed to assist clinicians with appropriately transfusing patients. Although PBM programs are well recognized and appreciated in the adult setting, they are quite far from standard of care in the pediatric patient population. Adult PBM standards cannot be uniformly applied to children, and there currently is significant variation in transfusion practices...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Zeljko J Bosnjak, Sarah Logan, Yanan Liu, Xiaowen Bai
Mounting evidence has demonstrated that general anesthetics could induce developmental neurotoxicity, including acute widespread neuronal cell death, followed by long-term memory and learning abnormalities. Propofol is a commonly used intravenous anesthetic agent for the induction and maintenance of anesthesia and procedural and critical care sedation in children. Compared with other anesthetic drugs, little information is available on its potential contributions to neurotoxicity. Growing evidence from multiple experimental models showed a similar neurotoxic effect of propofol as observed in other anesthetic drugs, raising serious concerns regarding pediatric propofol anesthesia...
August 22, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Viviane G Nasr, James A DiNardo
OBJECTIVES: This review will focus on the pharmacokinetics (with an emphasis on the context-sensitive half-time), pharmacodynamics, and hemodynamic characteristics of the most commonly used sedative/hypnotic, analgesic, and IV anesthetics used in cardiac intensive care. In addition, the assessment of pain and agitation and withdrawal will be reviewed. DATA SOURCE: MEDLINE, PubMed. CONCLUSIONS: Children in the cardiac ICU often require one or more components of general anesthesia: analgesia, amnesia (sedation and hypnosis), and muscle relaxation to facilitate mechanical ventilation, to manage postoperative pain, to perform necessary procedures, and to alleviate fear and anxiety...
August 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Hani Mowafi, Mahmoud Hariri, Houssam Alnahhas, Elizabeth Ludwig, Tammam Allodami, Bahaa Mahameed, Jamal Kaby Koly, Ahmed Aldbis, Maher Saqqur, Baobao Zhang, Anas Al-Kassem
IMPORTANCE: The Syrian civil war has resulted in large-scale devastation of Syria's health infrastructure along with widespread injuries and death from trauma. The capacity of Syrian trauma hospitals is not well characterized. Data are needed to allocate resources for trauma care to the population remaining in Syria. OBJECTIVE: To identify the number of trauma hospitals operating in Syria and to delineate their capacities. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: From February 1 to March 31, 2015, a nationwide survey of 94 trauma hospitals was conducted inside Syria, representing a coverage rate of 69% to 93% of reported hospitals in nongovernment controlled areas...
September 1, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Nahid Ramazani
CONTEXT: Most child population is able to undergo dental treatment in the conventional setting. However, some children fail to cope with in-office conscious state and cannot respond to usual management modalities. This review aims to discuss the topic further. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A computerized search in databases PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Google Scholar and Google were performed using dental general anesthesia related keywords. Original and review English-written articles that were limited to child population were retrieved without any limitation of publication date...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Alawi Luetz, Dennis Gensel, Judith Müller, Bjoern Weiss, Viktoria Martiny, Andreas Heinz, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke, Claudia Spies
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate test validity of the Pediatric Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU, the Pediatric Anesthesia Emergence Delirium scale, and the newly developed severity scale for the Pediatric Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU; to prospectively assess covariates and their influence on test validity of the scores. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: PICU of a tertiary care medical center. PATIENTS: Critically ill patients 5 years old or older ventilated or nonventilated with an ICU length of stay of at least 24 hours...
June 7, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Sophia Lin
Point-of-care ultrasound is becoming more prevalent in pediatric emergency departments as a critical adjunct to both diagnosis and procedure guidance. It is cost-effective, safe for unstable patients, and easily repeatable as a patient's clinical status changes. Point-of-care ultrasound does not expose the patient to ionizing radiation and may care ultrasound in pediatric emergency medicine is relatively new, the body of literature evaluating its utility is small, but growing. Data from adult emergency medicine, radiology, critical care, and anesthesia evaluating the utility of ultrasound guidance must be extrapolated to pediatric emergency medicine...
June 2016: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice
Christine L Mai, Zulfiqar Ahmed, Aubrey Maze, Fatima Noorulla, Myron Yaster
Dr. Alvin 'Al' Hackel (1932-) Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been an influential pioneer in shaping the scope and practice of pediatric anesthesia. His leadership helped to formally define the subspecialty of pediatric anesthesiology ('who is a pediatric anesthesiologist?') and the importance of specialization and regionalization of expertise in both patient transport and perioperative care. His enduring impact on pediatric anesthesia and critical care practice was recognized in 2006 by the American Academy of Pediatrics when it bestowed upon him the profession's highest lifetime achievement award, the Robert M...
May 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Stephanie K Leung, Andrea T Cruz, Charles G Macias, Paul E Sirbaugh, Binita Patel
OBJECTIVES: Although endotracheal intubations (ETIs) are high-risk, low-frequency events, there are no nationally accepted training pathways or measures to ensure ETI competence for emergency department (ED) providers. Our objective was to determine whether implementation of an eligible learner ETI policy (ELETIP) led to improved first ETI attempt success rates and decreased immediate airway-related complications. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional before-and-after study of outcomes after ELETIP implementation...
April 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Zihui Tan, Shu Ying Lee
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary aspiration is a known risk of general anesthesia. We aim to find out the incidence, risk factors, and outcome of pulmonary aspiration in our pediatric population. METHODS: Since 2000, all critical incidents are reported on a standardized audit form. All cases with pulmonary aspiration being reported as a critical incident were identified and their case notes traced to look at the perioperative details. RESULTS: From 2000 to 2013, a total of 102 425 pediatric cases were done in our hospital...
May 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
André Marques Mansano, Norma Sueli Pinheiro Módolo, Leopoldo Muniz da Silva, Eliana Maria Ganem, Leandro Gobbo Braz, Andrea de Carvalho Knabe, Fernanda Moreira de Freitas
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pediatric airway management is a priority during anesthesia, critical care and emergency medicine. The purpose of this study is to validate bedside tests that predict airway management difficulty in anesthetized children. METHODS: Children under 12 years of age were recruited in a cross-sectional study to assess the value of some anthropometric measures as predictors of laryngoscopic difficulty. The patients were divided into three groups by age...
April 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Mark S Wainwright, Gregory Hansen, Juan Piantino
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one in five children admitted to a pediatric ICU have a new central nervous system injury or a neurological complication of their critical illness. The spectrum of neurologic insults in children is diverse and clinical practice is largely empirical, as few randomized, controlled trials have been reported. This lack of data poses a substantial challenge to the practice of pediatric neurocritical care (PNCC). PNCC has emerged as a novel subspecialty, and its presence is expanding within tertiary care centers...
April 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Sanjay Krishnaswami, Benedict C Nwomeh, Emmanuel A Ameh
Most of the world is in a surgical workforce crisis. While a lack of human resources is only one component of the myriad issues affecting surgical care in resource-poor regions, it is arguably the most consequential. This article examines the current state of the pediatric surgical workforce in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the reasons for the current shortfalls. We also note progress that has been made in capacity building and discuss priorities going forward. The existing literature on this subject has naturally focused on regions with the greatest workforce needs, particularly sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)...
February 2016: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Shermayne M Ng, Xi Jin, Robert Yates, Anthony W R Kelsall
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to review the outcome of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) undergoing noncardiac surgery requiring general anesthesia (GA) in a tertiary pediatric center between January 2010 and December 2012. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case note review of children <16years of age with confirmed CHD undergoing a surgical or interventional procedure requiring GA was performed. Patients were categorized into three risk groups according to White and Peyton's anesthetic risk classification of children with CHD undergoing noncardiac surgery [Critical Care and Pain 2012;12:17-22]...
February 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Christophe Vinsonneau, Emma Allain-Launay, Clarisse Blayau, Michael Darmon, Damien Ducheyron, Theophile Gaillot, Patrick M Honore, Etienne Javouhey, Thierry Krummel, Annie Lahoche, Serge Letacon, Matthieu Legrand, Mehran Monchi, Christophe Ridel, René Robert, Frederique Schortgen, Bertrand Souweine, Patrick Vaillant, Lionel Velly, David Osman, Ly Van Vong
Acute renal failure (ARF) in critically ill patients is currently very frequent and requires renal replacement therapy (RRT) in many patients. During the last 15 years, several studies have considered important issues regarding the use of RRT in ARF, like the time to initiate the therapy, the dialysis dose, the types of catheter, the choice of technique, and anticoagulation. However, despite an abundant literature, conflicting results do not provide evidence on RRT implementation. We present herein recommendations for the use of RRT in adult and pediatric intensive care developed with the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system by an expert group of French Intensive Care Society (SRLF), with the participation of the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care (SFAR), the French Group for Pediatric Intensive Care and Emergencies (GFRUP), and the French Dialysis Society (SFD)...
December 2015: Annals of Intensive Care
David M Polaner, Constance S Houck
The American Academy of Pediatrics proposes guidance for the pediatric perioperative anesthesia environment. Essential components are identified to optimize the perioperative environment for the anesthetic care of infants and children. Such an environment promotes the safety and well-being of infants and children by reducing the risk of adverse events.
December 2015: Pediatrics
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