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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101771/impact-of-relocation-and-environmental-cleaning-on-reducing-the-incidence-of-healthcare-associated-infection-in-nicu
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Qiu-Fang Li, Hong Xu, Xiao-Ping Ni, Rong Lin, Hui Jin, Ling-Ya Wei, Dan Liu, Lin-Hai Shen, Jie Zha, Xin-Fen Xu, Bo Wu
BACKGROUND: Hospital environment remains a risk for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This was a prospective study to evaluate the comprehensive impact of relocating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to a new facility and improved environmental cleaning practice on the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on inanimate surfaces and the incident rate of HAIs. METHODS: New environmental cleaning measures were adopted after the NICU was moved to a new and better-designed location...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101656/off-label-use-of-antimicrobials-in-neonates-in-a-tertiary-children-s-hospital
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Niina Laine, Ann Marie Kaukonen, Kalle Hoppu, Marja Airaksinen, Harri Saxen
PURPOSE: Off-label (OL) use of drugs for hospitalized children is very common. OL use occurs especially in the youngest patients, neonates. This study focused on the OL use of antimicrobials in neonates. To our knowledge, only few studies have focused on the prevalence of OL use of antimicrobials in neonates. METHODS: We investigated the OL use of antimicrobials in neonates in a tertiary children's hospital. First, we investigated what were the most consumed OL antimicrobials in defined daily doses according to hospital's registry data from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) during 2009-2014...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099636/use-of-reactive-hyperemia-peripheral-arterial-tonometry-and-circulating-biological-markers-to-predict-outcomes-in-sepsis
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Vandack Nobre, Thiago Bragança Ataíde, Luisa Caldeira Brant, Clara Rodrigues Oliveira, Lucas Vieira Rodrigues, Antonio Luiz Pinho Ribeiro, Fernanda Barbosa Lopes, Ivan Euclides Saraiva, Marcus Vinícius Andrade
Objective: To evaluate the usefulness and prognostic value of reactive hyperemia - peripheral arterial tonometry in patients with sepsis. Moreover, we investigated the association of reactive hyperemia - peripheral arterial tonometry results with serum levels of certain inflammatory molecules. Methods: Prospective study, conducted in an 18-bed mixed intensive care unit for adults. The exclusion criteria included severe immunosuppression or antibiotic therapy initiated more than 48 hours before assessment...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098623/greater-protein-and-energy-intake-may-be-associated-with-improved-mortality-in-higher-risk-critically-ill-patients-a-multicenter-multinational-observational-study
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Charlene Compher, Jesse Chittams, Therese Sammarco, Michele Nicolo, Daren K Heyland
OBJECTIVES: Controversy exists about the value of greater nutritional intake in critically ill patients, possibly due to varied patient nutritional risk. The objective of this study was to investigate whether clinical outcomes vary by protein or energy intake in patients with risk evaluated by the NUTrition Risk in the Critically Ill score. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort. SETTING: A total of 202 ICUs. PATIENTS: A total of 2,853 mechanically ventilated patients in ICU greater than or equal to 4 days and a subset of 1,605 patients in ICU greater than or equal to 12 days...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096975/a-prospective-survey-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-colonization-and-infection-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Regev Cohen, Frida Babushkin, Shoshana Cohen, Marina Afraimov, Maurice Shapiro, Martina Uda, Efrat Khabra, Amos Adler, Ronen Ben Ami, Svetlana Paikin
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) surveillance may improve empiric antimicrobial therapy, since colonizing strains frequently cause infections. This colonization may be 'endogenous' or 'exogenous', and the source determines infection control measures. We prospectively investigated the sources of PA, the clinical impact of PA colonization upon admission and the dynamics of colonization at different body sites throughout the intensive care unit stay. METHODS: Intensive care patients were screened on admission and weekly from the pharynx, endotracheal aspirate, rectum and urine...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096867/nasal-nosocomial-myiasis-infection-caused-by-chrysomya-bezziana-diptera-calliphoridae-following-the-septicemia-a-case-report
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Seyed Farzin Mircheraghi, Seyed Farzam Mircheraghi, Hamed Ramezani Awal Riabi, Arezoo Parsapour
A 74 yr old woman from Gonabad, southern part of Khorasan Razavi Province of Iran was admitted to a Hospital of Gonabad, because of respiratory distress, exertional dyspnea and fever. Close contact with domestic animals, history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and completely resolved pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in remote past, were notable parts of her past medical history. Due to clinical, paraclinical and radiographic findings and because of recent hospitalization, she was admitted to internal medicine ward with the diagnosis of health care associated pneumonia (HCAP)...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096576/role-of-edaravone-in-managemant-of-septic-peritonitis
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Ghada Fouad Elbaradey, Nagat Sayed Elshmaa, Hossam Hodeib
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sepsis is a complex rapidly progressive infectious disease that remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in surgical patients and trauma victims. Edaravone a novel free radical scavenger was approved in 2001 in Japan for treatment of acute cerebral and myocardial infarction. Hence, in this work we attempt to evaluate its role in cases of septic peritonitis (SP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a prospective randomized observer-blinded study carried out in surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after approval by Hospital Ethical Committee...
October 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096065/patient-specific-predictive-modeling-using-random-forests-an-observational-study-for-the-critically-ill
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Joon Lee
BACKGROUND: With a large-scale electronic health record repository, it is feasible to build a customized patient outcome prediction model specifically for a given patient. This approach involves identifying past patients who are similar to the present patient and using their data to train a personalized predictive model. Our previous work investigated a cosine-similarity patient similarity metric (PSM) for such patient-specific predictive modeling. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to investigate the random forest (RF) proximity measure as a PSM in the context of personalized mortality prediction for intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
January 17, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095838/communication-with-families-regarding-organ-and-tissue-donation-after-death-in-intensive-care-comfort-protocol-for-an-intervention-study
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Julie E Potter, Robert G Herkes, Lin Perry, Rosalind M Elliott, Anders Aneman, Jorge L Brieva, Elena Cavazzoni, Andrew T H Cheng, Michael J O'Leary, Ian M Seppelt, Val Gebski
BACKGROUND: Discussing deceased organ donation can be difficult not only for families but for health professionals who initiate and manage the conversations. It is well recognised that the methods of communication and communication skills of health professionals are key influences on decisions made by families regarding organ donation. METHODS: This multicentre study is being performed in nine intensive care units with follow-up conducted by the Organ and Tissue Donation Service in New South Wales (NSW) Australia...
January 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093229/antimicrobial-activity-and-mechanism-of-pdc213-an-endogenous-peptide-from-human-milk
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Yazhou Sun, Yahui Zhou, Xiao Liu, Fan Zhang, Linping Yan, Ling Chen, Xing Wang, Hongjie Ruan, Chenbo Ji, Xianwei Cui, Jiaqin Wang
Human milk has always been considered an ideal source of elemental nutrients to both preterm and full term infants in order to optimally develop the infant's tissues and organs. Recently, hundreds of endogenous milk peptides were identified in human milk. These peptides exhibited angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition, immunomodulation, or antimicrobial activity. Here, we report the antimicrobial activity and mechanism of a novel type of human antimicrobial peptide (AMP), termed PDC213 (peptide derived from β-Casein 213-226 aa)...
January 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093008/hearing-loss-associated-gene-detection-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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S M Yang, Ying Liu, C Liu, A H Yin, Y F Wu, X E Zheng, H M Yang, J Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency and mutation spectrum of hearing loss associated gene mutation in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). METHODS: Neonates (n = 2305) admitted to NICU were enrolled in this study. Nine prominent hearing loss associated genes, GJB2 (35 del G, 176 del 16,235 del C, 299 del AT), GJB3 (538 C > T), SLC26A4 (IVS7-2A > G, 2168 A > G) and mtDNA 12S rRNA(1555 A > G, 1494 C > T), were detected. RESULT: There were 73 cases hearing-loss-associated gene mutation among 2305 cases, the mutation frequency was 3...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092309/microbiota-targeted-therapies-on-the-intensive-care-unit
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Bastiaan W Haak, Marcel Levi, W Joost Wiersinga
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The composition and diversity of the microbiota of the human gut, skin, and several other sites is severely deranged in critically ill patients on the ICU, and it is likely that these disruptions can negatively affect outcome. We here review new and ongoing studies that investigate the use of microbiota-targeted therapeutics in the ICU, and provide recommendations for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: Practically every intervention in the ICU as well as the physiological effects of critical illness itself can have a profound impact on the gut microbiota...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092280/challenges-and-opportunities-to-enhance-global-drug-development-in-neonates
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Alexandra M Smith, Jonathan M Davis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study reviews the history of neonatal drug development, recent legislative efforts designed to facilitate the study of therapeutic agents in neonates, and future steps necessary to advance drug development. RECENT FINDINGS: Although many federal regulations have been introduced over the past 15 years to encourage pediatric and neonatal drug development, the majority of medications that are used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in neonates...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091436/acute-kidney-injury-in-lagos-pattern-outcomes-and-predictors-of-in-hospital-mortality
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B T Bello, A A Busari, C O Amira, Y R Raji, R W Braimoh
CONTEXT: The pattern of acute kidney injury (AKI) differs significantly between developed and developing countries. AIMS: The aim of th study was to determine the pattern and clinical outcomes of AKI in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A retrospective review of hospital records of all patients with a diagnosis of AKI over a 20-month period. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Records of 54 patients were reviewed. Information retrieved included, bio-data, etiology of AKI, results of laboratory investigations, and patient outcomes...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089618/24-hour-protein-arginine-and-citrulline-metabolism-in-fed-critically-ill-children-a-stable-isotope-tracer-study
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Carlijn T I de Betue, Xiomara C Garcia Casal, Dick A van Waardenburg, Stephen M Schexnayder, Koen F M Joosten, Nicolaas E P Deutz, Marielle P K J Engelen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The reference method to study protein and arginine metabolism in critically ill children is measuring plasma amino acid appearances with stable isotopes during a short (4-8 h) time period and extrapolate results to 24-h. However, 24-h measurements may be variable due to critical illness related factors and a circadian rhythm could be present. Since only short duration stable isotope studies in critically ill children have been conducted before, the aim of this study was to investigate 24-h appearance of specific amino acids representing protein and arginine metabolism, with stable isotope techniques in continuously fed critically ill children...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088587/late-onset-neonatal-sepsis-in-arab-states-in-the-gulf-region-two-year-prospective-study
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Majeda S Hammoud, Abdullah Al-Taiar, Sameer Y Al-Abdi, Hussain Bozaid, Anwar Khan, Laila M AlMuhairi, Moghis Ur Rehman
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the incidence of Late-Onset Sepsis (LOS) in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Arab states in the gulf region and describe the main causative organisms and their antibiotic resistance. METHODS: Observational prospective cohort study was conducted over two-year period in five NICUs in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. LOS was defined as the growth of a single potentially pathogenic organism from blood or cerebrospinal fluid in infants >3days of age with clinical and laboratory findings consistent with infection...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088009/cardiac-output-and-systemic-vascular-resistance-clinical-assessment-compared-with-a-noninvasive-objective-measurement-in-children-with-shock
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Asma Razavi, Christopher J L Newth, Robinder G Khemani, Fernando Beltramo, Patrick A Ross
PURPOSE: To evaluate physician assessment of cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance in patients with shock compared with an ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM). To explore potential changes in therapy decisions if USCOM data were available using physician intervention answers. STUDY DESIGN: Double-blinded, prospective, observational study in a tertiary hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Forty children (<18years) admitted with shock, requiring ongoing volume resuscitation or inotropic support...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087236/determination-of-the-feasibility-of-a-multicomponent-intervention-program-to-prevent-delirium-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-modified-rand-delphi-study
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Annelies Wassenaar, Mark van den Boogaard, Underpin-Icu Study Group, Lisette Schoonhoven, Peter Pickkers
BACKGROUND: Delirium is common in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients and associated with poor outcome. In non-ICU patients a multicomponent intervention program with non-pharmacological interventions has shown to reduce delirium. Currently, there is insufficient evidence regarding the effects of such a program in ICU patients. We developed a draft program based on a review. As most studies were conducted in non-ICU patients, the feasibility of the program in ICU patients needs to be assessed before investigating its effectiveness...
January 10, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081345/growing-oxa-23-type-strains-among-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-tigecycline-as-an-alternate-combination-therapy
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Şerife Altun, Zeliha Koçak Tufan, Belgin Altun, Ufuk Önde, Sami Kınıklı, Ali Pekcan Demiröz
BACKGROUND/AIM: The increasing prevalence and global spread of difficult-to-treat carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii has become a serious problem. The aim of this study is to investigate the resistance patterns and tigecycline sensitivity of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii strains. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Acinetobacter strains that were carbapenem-resistant and collected mainly from intensive care units were included into this study. The antibiotic sensitivity/resistance of the strains to other antibiotics and tigecycline were noted...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079866/outcomes-of-twin-pregnancies-complicated-by-gestational-diabetes-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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R T McGrath, S L Hocking, E S Scott, S K Seeho, G R Fulcher, S J Glastras
OBJECTIVE: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in singleton pregnancy is associated with large for gestational age neonates and adverse perinatal outcomes; however, the impact of GDM in twin pregnancy is unclear. Thus, the aim of this study is to assess the perinatal outcomes of twin pregnancies complicated by GDM by performing a meta-analysis of observational studies. STUDY DESIGN: Studies investigating GDM in twin pregnancy were identified through an online search of three databases: Medline, Embase and Web of Science...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
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