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Cheryl Holly, Sallie Porter, Mercedes Echevarria, Margaret Dreker, Sevara Ruzehaji
The findings can facilitate earlier recognition and prevention of pediatric delirium. ABSTRACT: Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the evidence regarding the risk factors for and characteristics of acute pediatric delirium in hospitalized children. METHODS: The systematic review method within an epidemiological framework of person, place, and time was used. Fifty-two studies were selected for initial retrieval. Of these, after assessment for methodological quality, 21 studies involving 2,616 subjects were included in the review...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Nursing
James B Leonard, Kashif M Munir, Hong K Kim
Metoclopramide (MCP) is a commonly used anti-emetic in the emergency department (ED). Its use is generally well tolerated; although infrequent adverse reactions such as extrapyramidal reactions or tardive dyskinesia are reported. However, many ED providers are not familiar with the potentially life-threatening hypertensive emergency that can be precipitated by MCP administration in patients with pheochromocytoma. A previously healthy 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with headache and nausea. She developed acute hypertensive emergency (acute agitation, worsening headache, chest pain and wide complex tachycardia) when her blood pressure (BP) increased to 223/102mmHg (initial BP, 134/86mmHg) after receiving intravenous MCP...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Elon Richman, Nathan J Skoller, Bernice Fokum, Brandi A Burke, Chelsea A Hickerson, Robert O Cotes
: Synthetic cathinones are a class of novel psychoactive substances. α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP), or "Flakka", is one of these substances. Users often present acutely psychotic or agitated. We present the case of a 20-year-old male without prior psychiatric history who was brought to the hospital by his family because of increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior after reported ingestion of Flakka. What ensued was a prolonged course of psychosis and severe catatonia. Synthetic cathinones are thought to cause catatonia in approximately 1% of cases...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
Yoshito Kamijo, Michiko Takai, Yuji Fujita, Kiyotaka Usui
Objective We conducted a retrospective study on the epidemiological and clinical features of patients with acute caffeine poisoning in Japan. Methods Letters requesting participation were sent to 264 emergency departments of hospitals, and questionnaires were mailed to those that agreed to participate. Patients Participants were patients transported to emergency departments of hospitals between April 2011 and March 2016 after consuming large or massive amounts of caffeinated supplements and/or energy drinks (caffeine dose ≥1...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Mitra Rahimi, Somaieh Lookzadeh, Roxana Sadeghi, Kambiz Soltaninejad, Shahin Shadnia, Abdolkarim Pajoumand, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Nasim Zamani, Masoud Latifi-Pour
Introduction: Amphetamine type stimulants (ATS) such as amphetamine and methamphetamine (MA) are one of the most important causes of poisoning in the world. In this study we aimed to define the predictive factors of mortality in acute ATS poisoning patients. Methods: This is a retrospective cross-sectional study on all cases with acute ATS poisoning who were referred to a referral center for poisoning, Tehran, Iran, from April 2011 to March 2014. Using patients' medical records, demographic data, route of exposure, type and amount of ATS, the cause of poisoning, clinical presentations, and electrocardiogram (ECG) and laboratory findings, as well as patient's outcomes were collected and analyzed regarding the independent predictive factors of mortality...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Yahya Shehabi, Rinaldo Bellomo, Suhaini Kadiman, Lian Kah Ti, Belinda Howe, Michael C Reade, Tien Meng Khoo, Anita Alias, Yu-Lin Wong, Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Colin McArthur, Ian Seppelt, Steven A Webb, Maja Green, Michael J Bailey
OBJECTIVES: In the absence of a universal definition of light or deep sedation, the level of sedation that conveys favorable outcomes is unknown. We quantified the relationship between escalating intensity of sedation in the first 48 hours of mechanical ventilation and 180-day survival, time to extubation, and delirium. DESIGN: Harmonized data from prospective multicenter international longitudinal cohort studies SETTING:: Diverse mix of ICUs. PATIENTS: Critically ill patients expected to be ventilated for longer than 24 hours...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Silvio Simeone, Gianluca Pucciarelli, Marco Perrone, Teresa Rea, Gianpaolo Gargiulo, Assunta Guillari, Gaetano Castellano, Luigi Di Tommaso, Massimo Niola, Gabriele Iannelli
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To observe the clinical and structural factors that can be associated with the post-operative onset of delirium in patients who have undergone heart surgery. BACKGROUND: Several risk factors could contribute to the development of delirium, such as the use of some sedative drugs and a patient's history with certain types of acute chronic disease. However, in the literature, there is little knowledge about the association between delirium in patients who have undergone cardio-surgical intervention and their clinical and environmental predictors...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Mario Ganau, Andrea Lavinio, Lara Prisco
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a global public health epidemic. It represents the principal cause of death and disability in individuals under 35 in the United States. In the subacute phase, severe TBI patients who recover consciousness go through a state of agitation and delirium. However, there is only limited research exploring the characteristics of post-traumatic delirium (PTD) although it is likely to be more frequent than in general Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. Evidence suggest the incidence of delirium in non-TBI ICU patients is up to 86%...
February 22, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Maureen S Oldach, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Ingrid M Balsa, Ehren M McLarty, Kyle A Wakeman, Kathryn L Phillips, Juhana Honkavaara, Lance C Visser, Joshua A Stern
A cat was evaluated for an acute-onset of right pelvic limb paresis. Thoracic radiographs revealed normal cardiac size and tortuous pulmonary arteries. Abdominal ultrasound identified a heartworm (HW) extending from the caudal abdominal aorta into the right external iliac artery and right femoral artery. The cat was HW-antigen positive. Echocardiography revealed a HW within the right branch of the main pulmonary artery and evidence of pulmonary hypertension. An agitated-saline contrast echocardiogram revealed a small right to left intracardiac shunt at the level of the atria...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Nicholas J Parkinson, Harold C McKenzie, Michelle H Barton, Jennifer L Davis, Bettina Dunkel, Amy L Johnson, Elizabeth S MacDonald
BACKGROUND: Venous air embolism is a potentially life-threatening complication of IV catheter use in horses. Despite widespread anecdotal reports of their occurrence, few cases have been reported in the literature and the prognosis is currently unknown. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to describe the surrounding circumstances, clinical signs, treatment, progression, and outcome of venous air embolism in hospitalized horses. ANIMALS: Thirty-two horses with acute onset of compatible clinical signs associated with IV catheter disconnection or damage...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
J J Luykx, J K Tijdink, W Tempelaar, C H Vinkers, L de Witte
A range of clinical syndromes may present with psychiatric symptoms, both in and out of hospital settings. In such situations agitation, suicidality, communication difficulties and legal aspects often play a role, making diagnosis and treatment a challenge. Based on several case studies, we illustrate how the recently-published Dutch open access source 'Acute Psychiatry' ( can be of help in acute psychiatric presentations both within and outside psychiatric hospitals.
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Xiaotang Cai, Hui Zhou, Yongmei Xie, Dan Yu, Zhiling Wang, Haitao Ren
RATIONALE: Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis has been recognized as the most frequent autoimmune encephalitis in children. Several infectious agents have been implicated in anti-NMDA encephalitis. PATIENT CONCERNS: A previously healthy immunocompetent 9-year-old girl first presented with seizures, headaches and vomiting. Cerebrospinal fluid and brain magnetic resonance imaging were normal. After one week onset, the patient gradually developed unexplained personality and behavior changes, accompanied by fever and seizures again...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Leslie S Zun
BACKGROUND: The management of acute agitation in the emergency department often requires the administration of rapid-acting antipsychotic agents. However, there are few comparative studies and little guidance regarding the risks associated with use of such drugs in the acute setting. OBJECTIVE: This structured evidence-based review compared the safety of antipsychotic pharmacotherapies for acute agitation using data from randomized controlled trials identified by a literature search of the PubMed database...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Andy Forbes, Mary Hobart, John Ouyang, Lily Shi, Stephanie Pfister, Mika Hakala
Background: Brexpiprazole is a serotonin-dopamine activity modulator with efficacy in acute schizophrenia and relapse prevention. The aim of this Phase 3, multicenter study was to assess the long-term safety, tolerability, and efficacy of treatment with brexpiprazole flexible-dose 1-4 mg/day. Methods: Patients rolled over into this 52-week open-label study (amended to 26 weeks towards the end) from three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 studies...
February 3, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ashar M Farooqi, Jennifer M Padilla, Teshamae S Monteith
The goal of this review is to explore the literature reports of acute confusional migraine (ACM) including patient characteristics, migraine symptomatology, and proposed diagnostic criteria. A literature review was conducted using PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science using the terms "confusional migraine" and "confusional state in migraine". All the relevant articles from 1970 to 2016 were included. A total of 120 patients were found in the literature. Most of the cases were seen in the pediatric population with a slight male predominance...
February 7, 2018: Brain Sciences
Sherily Pereira-Morales, Carmen Mabel Arroyo-Novoa, Annete Wysocki, Lucille Sanzero Eller
CONTEXT: Acute postoperative pain remains inadequately assessed and managed. A valid instrument that assesses acute pain in sedated Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) patients is needed. OBJECTIVES: Two behavioral pain assessment instruments, the Non-Verbal Pain Scale Revised (NVPS-R) and Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT), were used to determine if these instruments adequately assess acute pain in the PACU. METHODS: A crossover study design was used...
February 5, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Xianfeng Chen, Juntao Hu, Chi Zhang, Yiping Pan, Diansheng Tian, Fafa Kuang, Zhanhong Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanisms of protective effects of dexmedetomidine on lungs in patients of sepsis complicated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: The adult patients with sepsis complicated with ARDS, the oxygenation index (PaO2/FiO2) was 150-200 mmHg (1 mmHg = 0.133 kPa), acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score was 10-20, need mechanical ventilation (MV) treatment > 72 hours, and admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University from September 2013 to June 2017 were enrolled...
February 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Acute agitation is a common occurrence in the emergency department (ED) that requires rapid assessment and management. OBJECTIVE: This review provides an evidence-based summary of the current ED evaluation and management of acute agitation. DISCUSSION: Acute agitation is an increasingly common presentation to the ED and has a broad differential diagnosis including metabolic, neurologic, infectious, toxicologic, and psychiatric etiologies...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Hideaki Katagiri, Masanori Taketsuna, Shinpei Kondo, Kenta Kajimoto, Etsuko Aoi, Yuka Tanji
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of rapid-acting intramuscular (IM) olanzapine in the treatment of acute agitation associated with schizophrenia in real-world clinical settings in Japan. Methods: In this multicenter, postmarketing surveillance (PMS) study, patients with acute agitation associated with schizophrenia were treated with IM olanzapine daily in a daily clinical setting. The observational period ranged from 1 to 7 days, including the day of initial administration...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Makiko Shimizu, Tatsuki Kondo, Tetsuya Fukuoka, Toshihiro Tanaka, Hiroshi Yamazaki
A high activity of cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) reportedly leads toxicity of dihydrocodeine/codeine by increasing toxic potential of their metabolite dihydromorphine/morphine, which are further metabolized to highly active dihydromorphine 6-O-glucuronide and the less active morphine 3-O-glucorinide but rapidly excreted into urine as water-soluble forms. A case of acute respiratory depression after administration of prescribed dihydrocodeine phosphate (2.0 mg/day divided TID for 2 days) to a 1-month-old baby boy genotyped as cytochrome CYP2D6*1/*10-*36 is described...
January 30, 2018: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
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