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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930956/implications-of-the-trauma-quality-improvement-project-inclusion-of-nonsurvivable-injuries-in-performance-benchmarking
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Jiselle Bock Heaney, Rebecca Schroll, Jennifer Turney, Lance Stuke, Alan B Marr, Patrick Greiffenstein, Rosemarie Robledo, Amanda Theriot, Juan Duchesne, John Hunt
BACKGROUND: The Trauma Quality Improvement Project (TQIP) uses an injury prediction model for performance benchmarking. We hypothesize that at a Level I high-volume penetrating trauma center, performance outcomes will be biased due to inclusion of patients with nonsurvivable injuries. METHODS: Retrospective chart review was conducted for all patients included in the institutional TQIP analysis from 2013 to 2014 with length of stay (LOS) less than 1 day to determine survivability of the injuries...
October 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930918/neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-predicts-death-in-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-patients-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Nicolas Moreau, Xavier Wittebole, Yvan Fleury, Patrice Forget, Pierre-François Laterre, Castanares-Zapatero Diego
The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is an inflammation score recognized as associated with outcome. While inflammation has been shown to correlate with the development of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF), we sought to investigate the role of NLR in predicting 90-day mortality in cirrhotic patients experiencing ACLF.We performed a retrospective cohort study involving a total of 108 consecutive cirrhotic patients admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU). NLR, clinical and biological data were recorded...
September 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929012/current-practice-in-the-management-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-critically-ill-patients-a-uk-wide-survey
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Chung Shen Chean, Daniel McAuley, Anthony Gordon, Ingeborg Dorothea Welters
BACKGROUND: New-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in critically ill patients. Although evidence base and expert consensus opinion for management have been summarised in several international guidelines, no specific considerations for critically ill patients have been included. We aimed to establish current practice of management of critically ill patients with new-onset AF. METHODS: We designed a short user-friendly online questionnaire...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924136/a-case-of-tracheobronchomalacia-mimicking-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Stefani M Schwartz, Katherine J Greco, Venugopal Reddy
BACKGROUND Pulmonary embolism is a common acute postoperative complication and is associated with 100,000 deaths per year in the USA. Tracheobronchomalacia is an uncommon condition, which presents with similar symptoms to pulmonary embolism, including hypoxemia, tachycardia, and shortness of breath. We describe a case of a patient who presented with postoperative pulmonary symptoms that were initially thought to be due to pulmonary embolism. However, following imaging investigations these symptoms were found to be due to tracheobronchomalacia...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923476/evaluation-of-nutrition-support-practices-results-from-a-nationwide-survey
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Wajdy Abi Saleh, Pierre Bou Khalil, Krystel Ouaijan, Fayez Abillama, Sandra Akiki, Nehmat Ahmad, Lama Mattar
BACKGROUND: Multiple clinical guidelines are available to improve and standardize the delivery of nutrition support. However, recommendations are not being universally applied at the bedside due to challenges of resources and barriers of knowledge. Assessing the current level of nutrition support practice is the first step to understand the barriers and ultimately implement potential strategies to increase guideline adherence and promote quality nutrition support in hospitals. There are no published data concerning the practice of nutrition support in Lebanese hospitals...
September 7, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923373/outbreak-of-burkholderia-cepacia-bacteraemia-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-due-to-contaminated-ultrasound-probe-gel
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Rehab Abdelfattah, Suliman Aljumaah, Ahmed Alqahtani, Sahar Althawadi, Irene Barron, Saleh Almofada
BACKGROUND: Burkholderia cepacia is a significant opportunistic organism in hospitalized and immunocompromised patients, particularly in cystic fibrosis [1] AIMS: We describe the epidemiological investigation of an outbreak of B. cepacia bacteraemia. METHODS: The study examined 14 patients during their admission to three ICUs (Intensive Care Units) in a tertiary care hospital between January-June 2016. The outbreak involved 9 (57%) female and 6 (43%) male patients...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920927/no-impact-of-preadmission-anti-inflammatory-drug-use-on-risk-of-depression-and-anxiety-after-critical-illness
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Clara R Medici, Jaimie L Gradus, Lars Pedersen, Henrik T Sørensen, Søren D Østergaard, Christian F Christiansen
OBJECTIVES: Risk of depression and anxiety is elevated after intensive care. Drugs with anti-inflammatory properties may have antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between preadmission use of drugs with anti-inflammatory effects and risk of new-onset depression and anxiety among adult patients admitted to an ICU. DESIGN: Propensity score-matched, population-based cohort study. SETTING: All ICUs in Denmark from 2005 to 2013...
October 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919718/extended-infusion-versus-intermittent-infusion-of-imipenem-in-the-treatment-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Mohamed M Ibrahim, Tarek Fouad Tammam, Mohy El Deen Ebaed, Hatem A Sarhan, Gamal F Gad, Amal K Hussein
BACKGROUND: Mechanical ventilation support can be the main source of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). VAP is a serious infection that may be associated with dangerous gram-negative bacteria mainly, and it leads to an increase in the mortality in the intensive care unit (ICU). Imipenem is one of the strongest antibiotics now available for treating VAP which is associated with gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, and it belongs to beta-lactam antibiotic group (carbapenem). OBJECTIVE: This study tried to investigate the efficacy of imipenem against VAP when it was infused within 180 min versus the efficacy when it was infused within 30-60 min...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918667/poor-outcomes-among-elderly-patients-hospitalized-for-influenza-like-illness
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Mine Durusa Tanriover, Tülay Bagci Bosi, Lale Ozisik, Emre Bilgin, Özlem Güzel Tunçcan, Özge Özgen, Necla Tülek, Metin Özsoy, Hasan Tezer, Tugba Bedir Demirdağ, Ates Kara, Sevgen Tanir Basaranoglu, Kubra Aykac, Aslinur Ozkaya-Parlakay, Belgin Gulhan, Serhat Unal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network is a worldwide initiative that aims to document the burden of influenza infections among acute admissions and the vaccine effectiveness in particular countries. As a partner of this platform, we aimed to determine the frequency of influenza infections among acute admissions with influenza like illness and the outcomes of the enrolled patients during the 2015-2016 influenza season in selected hospitals in Turkey. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The investigators screened the hospital admission registries, chart review or available records, and screened all patients hospitalized in the previous 24-48 hours or overnight in the predefined wards or emergency room...
September 18, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916414/nasal-care-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Orhan Ozturan, Erol Senturk, Meryem Iraz, Ayse Nur Ceylan, Kadir Idin, Remzi Doğan, Yavuz Selim Yıldırım
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate nasal hygiene in intensive care patients and improve patient care using isotonic saline nasal spray. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study group, over a period of tendays saline nasal spray was administered four times daily. Nasal treatment was not given to the control group. Each patient was examined with a flexible nasopharyngoscope before and after the treatment and a nasal culture was taken. RESULTS: In the study group, the secretion score (1- absent; 2- serosal; 3- seropurulent and 4- purulent) mean value improved from 1...
September 12, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916175/early-sepsis-detection-in-critical-care-patients-using-multiscale-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-dynamics
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Supreeth P Shashikumar, Matthew D Stanley, Ismail Sadiq, Qiao Li, Andre Holder, Gari D Clifford, Shamim Nemati
Sepsis remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among intensive care unit (ICU) patients. For each hour treatment initiation is delayed after diagnosis, sepsis-related mortality increases by approximately 8%. Therefore, maximizing effective care requires early recognition and initiation of treatment protocols. Antecedent signs and symptoms of sepsis can be subtle and unrecognizable (e.g., loss of autonomic regulation of vital signs), causing treatment delays and harm to the patient. In this work we investigated the utility of high-resolution blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) times series dynamics for the early prediction of sepsis in patients from an urban, academic hospital, meeting the third international consensus definition of sepsis (sepsis-III) during their ICU admission...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914111/analyzing-how-discursive-practices-affect-physicians-decision-making-processes-a-phenomenological-based-qualitative-study-in-critical-care-contexts
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Luigina Mortari, Roberta Silva
An intensive care unit (ICU) is a demanding environment, defined by significant complexity, in which physicians must make decisions in situations characterized by high levels of uncertainty. This study used a phenomenological approach to investigate the decision-making (DM) processes among ICU physicians' team with the aim of understanding what happens when ICU physicians must reach a decision about the infectious status of a patient. The focus was put on the identification of how the discursive practices influence physicians' DM processes and on how different ICU environments make different discursive profiles emerge, particularly when a key issue is at the center of the physicians' discussion...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913903/acinetobacter-baumannii-isolated-from-hospital-acquired-infection-biofilm-production-and-drug-susceptibility
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Paweł Krzyściak, Agnieszka Chmielarczyk, Monika Pobiega, Dorota Romaniszyn, Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach
Acinetobacter baumannii cause opportunistic nosocomial infections and is often multidrug resistant. It has ability to form biofilm. The possession of drug resistance mechanism and ability of biofilm formation seems to be the different way to enhancement of viability in stressful environment. In this study, we evaluate relation between these two factors. The biofilm formation was investigated in M63 medium with casein in microtiter plates, and the drug susceptibility was performed by disk diffusion methods. We found that 80-98% strains formed a biofilm...
September 15, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912909/the-use-of-tranexamic-acid-for-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-by-medical-and-surgical-intensivists-a-single-center-experience
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Jason Chertoff, Grant Lowther, Hassan Alnuaimat, Ali Ataya
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) may be beneficial in the management of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). We sought to investigate how frequently intensivists at our academic institution use TXA for patients with UGIB, and to investigate whether the utilization rate of TXA differs between surgical and medical intensivists, and provide an updated literature review on the subject. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients admitted for UGIB to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) and the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at our academic healthcare facility (University of Florida Health - Shands Hospital) from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016...
August 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912876/effect-of-intercostal-nerve-block-combined-with-general-anesthesia-on-the-stress-response-in-patients-undergoing-minimally-invasive-mitral-valve-surgery
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Yanping Zhan, Guo Chen, Jian Huang, Benchao Hou, Weicheng Liu, Shibiao Chen
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of intercostal nerve block combined with general anesthesia on the stress response and postoperative recovery in patients undergoing minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS). A total of 30 patients scheduled for MIMVS were randomly divided into two groups (n=15 each): Group A, which received intercostal nerve block combined with general anesthesia and group B, which received general anesthesia alone. Intercostal nerve block in group A was performed with 0...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912057/apnoeic-oxygenation-during-intubation-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Matthew J Binks, Rhys S Holyoak, Thomas M Melhuish, Ruan Vlok, Anthony Hodge, Thomas Ryan, Leigh D White
Hypoxaemia increases the risk of cardiac arrest and mortality during intubation. The reduced physiological reserve and reduced efficacy of pre-oxygenation in intensive care patients makes their intubation particularly dangerous. Apnoeic oxygenation is a promising means of preventing hypoxaemia in this setting. We sought to ascertain whether apnoeic oxygenation reduces the incidence of hypoxaemia when used during endotracheal intubation in the intensive care unit (ICU). A systematic review of five databases for all relevant studies published up to November 2016 was performed...
September 11, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910913/-effect-of-transcutaneous-oximetry-on-prognosis-of-patients-with-severe-acute-respiratory-failure-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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L Dong, X H Zhang, F M Liang, T Yang, J Yan, Z Yan, L Li
Objective: To investigate the prognostic value of transcutaneous oximetry in patients with severe acute respiratory failure receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation(ECMO). Methods: Forty-nine patients diagnosed as severe acute respiratory failure receiving Venous-Venous(V-V)ECMO were enrolled from January 2013 to December 2015 in intensive care unit(ICU) of Wuxi People's Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University.The 10-min oxygen challenge test was performed using transcutaneous oximetry 6 h after the initiation of ECMO, and the 10-min oxygen challenge test value(OCT(10)) and oxygen challenge index(OCI) were calculated...
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910303/the-influence-of-analgesic-based-sedation-protocols-on-delirium-and-outcomes-in-critically-ill-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Dan Liu, Jie Lyu, Huiying Zhao, Youzhong An
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of analgesic-based midazolam sedation on delirium and outcomes in critically ill patients and to analyze the risk factors of delirium. DESIGN: Single center, prospective randomized controlled trial. SETTING: A surgical intensive care unit (ICU) in a tertiary care hospital in China. PATIENTS: Mechanically ventilated patients requiring sedation. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit who required sedation and were undergoing mechanical ventilation for longer than 24 hours were randomly divided into three groups: 1) the remifentanil group received remifentanil and midazolam, 2) the fentanyl group received fentanyl and midazolam, and 3) the control group received only midazolam...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905637/recent-changes-in-end-of-life-decisions-for-newborns-in-a-korean-hospital
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Myo-Jing Kim, Jin-Hyeok Lee, Hyoung-Doo Lee
INTRODUCTION: Despite recent advances in neonatal intensive care in Korea, few studies exist on the end-of-life decisions in newborns. In this study, we sought to examine the status of end-of-life decisions in neonates, changes over time, and affecting factors. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of neonates who died between 2001 and 2015 in the neonatal intensive care unit of Dong-A University Hospital in Busan. The types of end-of-life decisions were divided into active resuscitation, withholding treatment, and withdrawing treatment...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905331/antibiotic-distribution-into-cerebrospinal-fluid-can-dosing-safely-account-for-drug-and-disease-factors-in-the-treatment-of-ventriculostomy-associated-infections
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Nilesh Kumta, Jason A Roberts, Jeffrey Lipman, Menino Osbert Cotta
Ventriculostomy-associated infections, or ventriculitis, in critically ill patients are associated with considerable morbidity. Efficacious antibiotic dosing for the treatment of these infections may be complicated by altered antibiotic concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid due to variable meningeal inflammation and antibiotic properties. Therefore, doses used to treat infections with a higher degree of meningeal inflammation (such as meningitis) may often fail to achieve equivalent exposures in patients with ventriculostomy-associated infections such as ventriculitis...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
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