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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228380/elderly-versus-nonelderly-patients-with-invasive-aspergillosis-in-the-icu-a-comparison-and-risk-factor-analysis-for-mortality-from-the-aspicu-cohort
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D K Matthaiou, G Dimopoulos, F S Taccone, P Bulpa, A M Van den Abeele, B Misset, W Meersseman, H Spapen, T Cardoso, P E Charles, D Vogelaers, S Blot
Data regarding the epidemiology and diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in the critically ill population are limited, with data regarding elderly patients (≥75 years old) even scarcer. We aimed to further compare the epidemiology, characteristics and outcome of elderly versus nonelderly critically ill patients with invasive aspergillosis (IA) Prospective, international, multicenter observational study (AspICU) including adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients, with a culture and/or direct examination and/or histopathological sample positive for Aspergillus spp...
December 8, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228133/regional-epidemiology-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-among-adult-intensive-care-unit-patients-following-state-mandated-active-surveillance
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Michael Y Lin, Mary K Hayden, Rosie D Lyles, Karen Lolans, Louis F Fogg, Alexander J Kallen, Stephen G Weber, Robert A Weinstein, William E Trick
Background: In 2007, Illinois became the first state in the United States to mandate active surveillance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The Illinois law applies to intensive care unit (ICU) patients; contact precautions are required for patients found to be MRSA-colonized. However, the effectiveness of a legislated "search and isolate" approach to reduce MRSA burden among critically ill patients is uncertain. We evaluated whether the prevalence of MRSA colonization declined in the 5 years after the start of mandatory active surveillance...
December 7, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227709/a-review-study-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-baduanjin
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Liye Zou, Zhujun Pan, Albert Yeung, Saira Talwar, Chaoyi Wang, Yang Liu, Yankai Shu, Xiaoan Chen, Garrett Anthony Thomas
AIM: Baduanjin, a Chinese traditional Qigong exercise that focuses on a mind-body integration, is considered to be an effective exercise in promoting health. Thus, we systematically and critically evaluated the emerging literature relating to the effects of Baduanjin on health outcomes. METHODS: We used seven English-language electronic databases for the literature search. At least one health-related parameter was reported in retrievable full-text Baduanjin intervention studies...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227436/the-effect-of-acetaminophen-on-temperature-in-critically-ill-children-a-retrospective-analysis-of-over-50-000-doses
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Samiran Ray, Libby Rogers, Katherine L Brown, Mark J Peters
OBJECTIVES: Acetaminophen is widely used in PICUs. Although randomized controlled trials suggest that acetaminophen significantly reduces body temperature in adults, the effect of acetaminophen on temperature in critically ill children has not been previously quantified. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Single-center general and cardiac PICU in a specialist children's hospital. PATIENTS: All children who received acetaminophen or had a fever (temperature ≥ 38°C) while on the ICU over a 40-month period (September 2012 to December 2015)...
December 8, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227129/assessment-of-a-portable-lactate-meter-for-field-use-in-the-white-rhinoceros-i-ceratotherium-simum-i
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Georgina C Cole, Adrian S W Tordiffe, Gerhard Steenkamp
Blood lactate is a predictor of mortality in critically ill humans and animals. Handheld lactate meters have the potential to be used in the field to evaluate the condition of severely injured rhinoceroses but have not been compared with laboratory-based methods. Agreement between a handheld lactate meter and a laboratory method was assessed, as was the stability of rhino blood lactate in the anticoagulant sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate (fluoride/oxalate). Blood samples were obtained from 53 white rhinos that had been immobilised for management reasons...
November 10, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226836/cutaneous-manifestation-mimicking-stevens-johnson-syndrome-in-a-critically-ill-patient-looks-similar-but-totally-different
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J A Lim, S E Chong, H Zainal Abidin, M H Hassan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226508/glucose-homeostasis-in-two-degrees-of-sepsis-lethality-induced-by-caecum-ligation-and-puncture-in-mice
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Francielle B D Ferreira, Cristiane Dos Santos, Maciel A Bruxel, Everson A Nunes, Fernando Spiller, Alex Rafacho
Sepsis is associated with high mortality. Both critically ill humans and animal models of sepsis exhibit changes in their glucose homeostasis, that is, hypoglycaemia, with the progression of infection. However, the relationship between basal glycaemia, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity is not well understood. Thus, we aimed to evaluate this glucose homeostasis triad at the late stage of sepsis (24 h after surgery) in male Swiss mice subjected to lethal and sublethal sepsis by the caecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model...
December 11, 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225888/contribution-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-bone-marrow-aspirate-results-in-critically-ill-patients-undergoing-bone-marrow-aspiration-a-retrospective-study-of-193-consecutive-patients
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Laure Calvet, Bruno Pereira, Anne-Françoise Sapin, Gabrielle Mareynat, Alexandre Lautrette, Bertrand Souweine
Background: The purpose of the work was to assess the contribution to diagnosis and/or treatment (CDT) of bone marrow aspiration (BMA) in the critically ill patient. Methods: The retrospective study included 193 patients. On the basis of BMA findings, contribution to diagnosis was defined by one of four previously unestablished diagnoses (maturation arrest of granulocyte precursors, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, hematological malignancy, marrow infiltration with cancer cells) and to treatment as the initiation or withdrawal of a specific treatment including the decision to forgo life-sustaining treatment (DFLST)...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225790/update-on-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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REVIEW
Jean-Francois Timsit, Wafa Esaied, Mathilde Neuville, Lila Bouadma, Bruno Mourvllier
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most frequent life-threatening nosocomial infection in intensive care units. The diagnostic is difficult because radiological and clinical signs are inaccurate and could be associated with various respiratory diseases. The concept of infection-related ventilator-associated complication has been proposed as a surrogate of VAP to be used as a benchmark indicator of quality of care. Indeed, bundles of prevention measures are effective in decreasing the VAP rate. In case of VAP suspicion, respiratory secretions must be collected for bacteriological secretions before any new antimicrobials...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225740/glycemic-control-in-acute-illness
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REVIEW
Moritoki Egi, Nana Furushima, Shohei Makino, Satoshi Mizobuchi
Hyperglycemia is commonly observed in critical illness. A landmark large randomized controlled trial (RCT) reported that the incidence of hyperglycemia (blood glucose concentration > 108 mg/dl) was as high as 97.2% in critically ill patients. During the past two decades, a number of RCTs and several meta-analyses and network meta-analyses have been conducted to determine the optimal target for acute glycemic control. The results of those studies suggest that serum glucose concentration would be better to be maintained between 144 and 180 mg/dl...
December 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224134/tree-like-colour-doppler-in-diagnosing-pneumonia-in-critically-ill-a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words
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Nektaria Xirouchaki, M Pediaditis, A Proklou, Dimitrios Georgopoulos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 9, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223941/-medical-futility-and-family-obstinacy-in-intensive-therapy-when-to-stop-and-when-to-keep-going
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Alejandro R Grinberg, Vilma A Tripodoro
There have been several recent publications related to therapeutic obstinacy and futility in the Intensive Care Unit. However, little has been published about "the family obstinacy" in persisting with invasive measures in seriously ill patients, despite the appropriate information provided to them about the patient's poor short-term prognosis. On certain occasions, these critical patients are unable to make decisions on the proposed treatments and, unfortunately, many of them have not previously indicated their preferences in terms of limits to invasive measures (advanced directives)...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223744/effect-of-various-antipsychotic-regimens-on-incidence-of-delirium-in-critically-ill-adults
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W Anthony Hawkins, Stephanie V Phan, Stacey L Campbell
PURPOSE: Delirium is common during critical illness but it is unknown whether the choice of antipsychotic or dosing strategy impacts delirium outcomes. We evaluated the incidence of delirium in critically ill adults receiving different antipsychotic regimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single center retrospective cohort study of adult patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Patients who received haloperidol or quetiapine and scored negative on the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) prior to initiation were included...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223743/early-vs-late-tracheostomy-in-intensive-care-settings-impact-on-icu-and-hospital-costs
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Brent Herritt, Dipayan Chaudhuri, Kednapa Thavorn, Dalibor Kubelik, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng
INTRODUCTION: Up to 12% of the 800,000 patients who undergo mechanical ventilation in the United States every year require tracheostomies. A recent systematic review showed that early tracheostomy was associated with better outcomes: more ventilator-free days, shorter ICU stays, less sedation and reduced long-term mortality. However, the financial impact of early tracheostomies remain unknown. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a cost-analysis on the timing of tracheostomy in mechanically ventilated patients...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223725/transfusion-associated-circulatory-overload-a-survey-among-dutch-intensive-care-fellows
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R B Klanderman, I Attaye, J J Bosboom, D P Veelo, B F Geerts, A P J Vlaar
OBJECTIVES: Transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO) is a severe pulmonary transfusion reaction and leading cause of transfusion-related morbidity and mortality in Europe. TACO is of particular importance in critically ill patients, since they often receive blood transfusions and have multiple risk factors for TACO. This study investigates transfusion practices in patients at risk of developing TACO, and furthermore knowledge concerning risk factors, diagnoses and treatment strategies among Dutch intensive care unit (ICU) fellows...
December 6, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223645/amino-acid-supplements-in-critically-ill-patients
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REVIEW
Jan Gunst, Ilse Vanhorebeek, Steven E Thiessen, Greet Van den Berghe
Observational studies have associated a low amino acid intake with adverse outcome of critical illness. Although this finding could theoretically be explained by differences in feeding tolerance related to illness severity, guidelines have recommended to administer sufficient amounts of amino acids from early onwards in the disease course. Recently, however, several high quality randomized controlled trials have not shown benefit by early amino acid supplementation and some trials even found potential harm, thus questioning this recommendation...
December 6, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223567/predictive-ability-of-the-evaruci-scale-and-comhon-index-for-pressure-injury-risk-in-critically-ill-patients-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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M de Los Ángeles Leal-Felipe, M Del Carmen Arroyo-López, M Del Cristo Robayna-Delgado, Ana Gómez-Espejo, Patricia Perera-Díaz, Carmen D Chinea-Rodríguez, Natalia García-Correa, Alejandro Jiménez-Sosa
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired pressure injuries are a costly and largely preventable complication occurring in a variety of acute care settings. Patients admitted to the intensive care unit are at greater risk of developing pressure injuries. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the efficiency of scales to measure pressure injury risk increase when a continuously updated 3-day moving average method is used. METHODS: With a retrospective cohort design we recruited 3085 patients treated between June 2011 and February 2015 in the intensive care unit of a tertiary level university hospital...
December 6, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222877/critical-examination-of-evidence-for-the-nutritional-status-of-children-in-papua-new-guinea-a-systematic-review
#18
Peter J McGlynn, Andre μΝ Renzaho, Minh D Pham, Mike Toole, Jane Fisher, Stanley Luchters
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Undernutrition remains a significant cause of childhood illness, poor growth, development, and death in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Studies on child nutritional outcomes in PNG vary by design, measurement protocols and quality. We conducted a systematic review to assess the evidence for the prevalence of child undernutrition across different study populations, geographical locations and time periods. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Six electronic databases and additional grey literature were searched for articles describing the nutritional status by wasting, stunting and underweight, of PNG children under five years of age, published between 1990 and April 2015...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222857/serum-levels-of-the-s100b-protein-and-neuron-specific-enolase-are-associated-with-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Izabela Duda, Łukasz Krzych, Halina Jędrzejowska-Szypułka, Joanna Lewin-Kowalik
INTRODUCTION: Evaluation of the prognostic potential of the S100B protein and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) as predictors of mortality in critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on 62 patients. Basic clinical variables and blood samples for S100B and NSE level testing were obtained during the first four days after admission. Mortality was described as the patient's death during hospitalization in the ICU...
December 10, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222686/eeg-source-imaging-indices-of-cognitive-control-show-associations-with-dopamine-system-genes
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G McLoughlin, J Palmer, S Makeig, N Bigdely-Shamlo, T Banaschewski, M Laucht, D Brandeis
Cognitive or executive control is a critical mental ability, an important marker of mental illness, and among the most heritable of neurocognitive traits. Two candidate genes, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and DRD4, which both have a roles in the regulation of cortical dopamine, have been consistently associated with cognitive control. Here, we predicted that individuals with the COMT Met/Met allele would show improved response execution and inhibition as indexed by event-related potentials in a Go/NoGo task, while individuals with the DRD4 7-repeat allele would show impaired brain activity...
December 8, 2017: Brain Topography
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