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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867249/elevated-omentin-serum-levels-predict-long-term-survival-in-critically-ill-patients
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Mark Luedde, Fabian Benz, Jennifer Niedeggen, Mihael Vucur, Hans-Joerg Hippe, Martina E Spehlmann, Florian Schueller, Sven Loosen, Norbert Frey, Christian Trautwein, Alexander Koch, Tom Luedde, Frank Tacke, Christoph Roderburg
Introduction. Omentin, a recently described adipokine, was shown to be involved in the pathophysiology of inflammatory and infectious diseases. However, its role in critical illness and sepsis is currently unknown. Materials and Methods. Omentin serum concentrations were measured in 117 ICU-patients (84 with septic and 33 with nonseptic disease etiology) admitted to the medical ICU. Results were compared with 50 healthy controls. Results. Omentin serum levels of critically ill patients at admission to the ICU or after 72 hours of ICU treatment were similar compared to healthy controls...
2016: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866110/dysbiosis-in-the-intensive-care-unit-microbiome-science-coming-to-the-bedside
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REVIEW
Georgios D Kitsios, Michael J Morowitz, Robert P Dickson, Gary B Huffnagle, Bryan J McVerry, Alison Morris
Complex microbial communities within the human body, constituting the microbiome, have a broad impact on human health and disease. A growing body of research now examines the role of the microbiome in patients with critical illness, such as sepsis and acute respiratory failure. In this article, we provide an introduction to microbiome concepts and terminology and we systematically review the current evidence base of the critical-illness microbiome, including 51 studies in animal models and pediatric and adult critically ill patients...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852461/the-development-of-intensive-care-in-the-military-environment
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REVIEW
Matthew J Roberts
If the history of critical care is to be addressed, the starting point must be the fundamental and defining qualities of intensive care units. These are the concentration of the sickest patients in a defined area of the hospital, staffed by the personnel most able to care for them (by virtue of specialist training), and the application of the most advanced monitoring or therapeutic techniques available at the time. In the military environment, the ability to provide critical care to ill or injured servicemen has developed in tandem with the civilian experience, but the pressures of the austere environment of the battlefield have, at times, held back military medical services from providing the highest level of care that servicemen might deserve and, indeed, expect in civilian life...
October 2016: Journal of Anesthesia History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852357/a-multifaceted-approach-to-reduction-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections-in-the-intensive-care-unit-with-an-emphasis-on-stewardship-of-culturing
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Katherine M Mullin, Christopher S Kovacs, Cynthia Fatica, Colette Einloth, Elizabeth A Neuner, Jorge A Guzman, Eric Kaiser, Venu Menon, Leticia Castillo, Marc J Popovich, Edward M Manno, Steven M Gordon, Thomas G Fraser
BACKGROUND Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are among the most common hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Reducing CAUTI rates has become a major focus of attention due to increasing public health concerns and reimbursement implications. OBJECTIVE To implement and describe a multifaceted intervention to decrease CAUTIs in our ICUs with an emphasis on indications for obtaining a urine culture. METHODS A project team composed of all critical care disciplines was assembled to address an institutional goal of decreasing CAUTIs...
November 17, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751781/epico-3-0-empirical-antifungal-therapy-in-critically-ill-hematology-patients
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Pedro Llinares, Isabel Ruiz, Rafael Zaragoza, Ricard Ferrer, Alejandro H Rodríguez, Emilio Maseda, Santiago Grau
BACKGROUND: Although in the past decade the management of invasive fungal infections has improved, a number of controversies persist regarding empirical antifungal treatment in critically-ill hematology patients. AIMS: To identify key clinical knowledge to elaborate a set of recommendations, with a high level of consensus, necessary for the approach to fungal infections in critically-ill hematology patients. METHODS: A Spanish prospective questionnaire, which measures consensus through the Delphi technique, was anonymously answered and e-mailed by 30 multidisciplinary national experts, all specialists in fungal invasive infections from six scientific national societies; intensivists, anesthesiologists, microbiologists, pharmacologists and specialists in infectious diseases...
October 14, 2016: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27735025/epidemiological-evaluation-of-acute-gastroenteritis-and-therapeutic-approaches-in-middle-east-countries
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D Ayoub, L R Lopetuso, F Chamseddine, A Dajani, K Lahiri, H Mahmoud, M S Miqdady, G Zirizzotti, M A Sultan, F Franceschi, A Gasbarrini
OBJECTIVE: Gastroenteritis represents with respiratory tract infection the most common infectious disease syndrome of humans in developing countries. Gut microbiota regional variation and dysbiosis play a crucial role in triggering and worsening this devastating GI disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: With this manuscript, we want to explore and emphasize the critical aspect of acute gastroenteritis in Middle-East Countries and its correlation with the clinical aspect of gut microbiota modification and intestinal homeostasis...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729481/end-of-life-care-patterns-at-a-community-hospital-the-rest-of-the-story
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Kip Waite, Jane Rhule, David Bush, Barry Meisenberg
We undertook a retrospective review of a subset of expired patients at our community hospital to evaluate end-of-life care patterns and the use of advanced care planning tools among patients who died in the hospital. These 162 expired patients fell into 1 of the 3 diagnosis-related groups of cardiac, respiratory, or infectious disease. Seventy-nine percent of patients arrived to the hospital with no requested limitations in the extent of resuscitative efforts, even though 98% of all patients had major or extreme severity of illness and risk of mortality scores...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713887/new-role-of-biomarkers-mid-regional-pro-adrenomedullin-the-biomarker-of-organ-failure
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REVIEW
Francisco Valenzuela-Sánchez, Blanca Valenzuela-Méndez, Juan Francisco Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, Ángel Estella-García, María Ángela González-García
Mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) has a good biomarker profile: its half-life is several hours, and its plasma concentrations can be determined in clinical practice, it is essentially irrelevant, but proportionally represents the levels and activity of adrenomedullin (ADM). ADM synthesis is widely distributed in tissues, including bone, adrenal cortex, kidney, lung, blood vessels and heart. Its fundamental biological effects include vasodilator, positive inotropic, diuretic, natriuretic and bronchodilator...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704388/primary-care-screening-methods-and-outcomes-for-asylum-seekers-in-new-york-city
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Nathan S Bertelsen, Elizabeth Selden, Polina Krass, Eva S Keatley, Allen Keller
Effective screening in primary care among asylum-seekers in the US is critical as this population grows. This study aimed to evaluate disease prevalence and screening methods in this high-risk group. Two hundred ten new clients from 51 countries, plus Tibet, who were accepted into a program for asylum seekers from 2012 to 2014 were included. Screening rates and outcomes for infectious, non-communicable, and mental illnesses were evaluated. Screening rates were highest for PTSD, depression, hepatitis B, and latent tuberculosis...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692490/-primary-immunodeficiencies-in-seriously-ill-children-report-of-3-clinical-cases
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Leticia Yañez, Pamela Lama, Carolina Rivacoba, Juanita Zamorano, Maria Angélica Marinovic
: Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID) are congenital disorders secondary to an impaired immune response. Infections, autoimmune disorders, atopy, and lymphoproliferative syndromes are commonly associated with this disorder. OBJECTIVE: To present and discuss 3 infants diagnosed with PID. CLINICAL CASES: The cases are presented of three patients with PID diagnosed during their first admission to a Paediatric Intensive Critical Care Unit...
September 27, 2016: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638133/management-of-neutropenic-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-newborns-excluded-recommendations-from-an-expert-panel-from-the-french-intensive-care-society-srlf-with-the-french-group-for-pediatric-intensive-care-emergencies-gfrup-the-french-society-of-anesthesia
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27609056/the-double-burden-of-disease-among-mining-workers-in-papua-indonesia-at-the-crossroads-between-old-and-new-health-paradigms
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Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, Nawi Ng, Dwidjo Susilo, John Prawira, Michael J Bangs, Rachel M Amiya
BACKGROUND: As the global shift toward non-communicable diseases overlaps with the unfinished agenda of confronting infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries, epidemiological links across both burdens must be recognized. This study examined the non-communicable disease-infectious disease overlap in the specific comorbidity rates for key diseases in an occupational cohort in Papua, Indonesia. METHODS: Diagnosed cases of ischaemic heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes (types 1 and 2), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cancer, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria were extracted from 22,550 patient records (21,513 men, 1037 women) stored in identical electronic health information systems from two clinic sites in Papua, Indonesia...
2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27578502/current-pathological-and-laboratory-considerations-in-the-diagnosis-of-disseminated-intravascular-coagulation
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REVIEW
Cheng Hock Toh, Yasir Alhamdi, Simon T Abrams
Systemically sustained thrombin generation in vivo is the hallmark of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Typically, this is in response to a progressing disease state that is associated with significant cellular injury. The etiology could be infectious or noninfectious, with the main pathophysiological mechanisms involving cross-activation among coagulation, innate immunity, and inflammatory responses. This leads to consumption of both pro- and anticoagulant factors as well as endothelial dysfunction and disrupted homeostasis at the blood vessel wall interface...
November 2016: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27559728/target-product-profile-for-a-diagnostic-assay-to-differentiate-between-bacterial-and-non-bacterial-infections-and-reduce-antimicrobial-overuse-in-resource-limited-settings-an-expert-consensus
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Sabine Dittrich, Birkneh Tilahun Tadesse, Francis Moussy, Arlene Chua, Anna Zorzet, Thomas Tängdén, David L Dolinger, Anne-Laure Page, John A Crump, Valerie D'Acremont, Quique Bassat, Yoel Lubell, Paul N Newton, Norbert Heinrich, Timothy J Rodwell, Iveth J González
Acute fever is one of the most common presenting symptoms globally. In order to reduce the empiric use of antimicrobial drugs and improve outcomes, it is essential to improve diagnostic capabilities. In the absence of microbiology facilities in low-income settings, an assay to distinguish bacterial from non-bacterial causes would be a critical first step. To ensure that patient and market needs are met, the requirements of such a test should be specified in a target product profile (TPP). To identify minimal/optimal characteristics for a bacterial vs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27543527/baroreflex-impairment-and-morbidity-after-major-surgery
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A Toner, N Jenkins, G L Ackland
BACKGROUND: Baroreflex dysfunction is a common feature of established cardiometabolic diseases that are most frequently associated with the development of critical illness. Laboratory models show that baroreflex dysfunction impairs cardiac contractility and cardiovascular performance, thereby increasing the risk of morbidity after trauma and sepsis. We hypothesized that baroreflex dysfunction contributes to excess postoperative morbidity after major surgery as a consequence of the inability to achieve adequate perioperative tissue oxygen delivery...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27506948/acinetobacter-spp-are-associated-with-a-higher-mortality-in-intensive-care-patients-with-bacteremia-a-survival-analysis
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Aline C Q Leão, Paulo R Menezes, Maura S Oliveira, Anna S Levin
BACKGROUND: It has been challenging to determine the true clinical impact of Acinetobacter spp., due to the predilection of this pathogen to colonize and infect critically ill patients, who often have a poor prognosis. The aim of this study was to assess whether Acinetobacter spp. bacteremia is associated with lower survival compared with bacteremia caused by other pathogens in critically ill patients. METHODS: This study was performed at Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo, Brazil...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27468500/-polyneuropathy-in-critically-ill-children-with-infectious-diseases
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V B Voytenkov, A V Klimkin, N V Skripchenko, A A Vil'nits, A I Konev, G P Ivanova
14 pediatric critically ill patients with various infectious pathologies were assessed. Electroneuromyography was carried out in all patients. Polyneuropathy of critical states were revealed in 10 children. It is shown that the frequency of severeform of this state was 40%. Polyneuropathy mostly affects the peripheral nerves of the lower extremities. Polyneuropathy developed typically on 5-7 day from the start of mechanical ventilation.
March 2016: Anesteziologiia i Reanimatologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27410912/clinical-characteristics-outcomes-and-risk-factors-for-death-among-critically-ill-patients-with-hiv-related-acute-kidney-injury
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Leonardo Duarte Sobreira Luna, Douglas de Sousa Soares, Geraldo Bezerra da Silva Junior, Malena Gadelha Cavalcante, Lara Raissa Cavalcante Malveira, Gdayllon Cavalcante Meneses, Eanes Delgado Barros Pereira, Elizabeth De Francesco Daher
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to describe clinical characteristics, outcomes and risk factors for death among patients with HIV-related acute kidney injury (AKI) admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted with HIV-infected AKI patients admitted to the ICU of an infectious diseases hospital in Fortaleza, Brazil. All the patients with confirmed diagnosis of HIV and AKI admitted from January 2004 to December 2011 were included...
July 11, 2016: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27351982/controversies-in-the-temperature-management-of-critically-ill-patients
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REVIEW
Yasufumi Nakajima
Although body temperature is a classic primary vital sign, its value has received little attention compared with the others (blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate). This may result from the fact that unlike the other primary vital signs, aging and diseases rarely affect the thermoregulatory system. Despite this, when humans are exposed to various anesthetics and analgesics and acute etiologies of non-infectious and infectious diseases in perioperative and intensive care settings, abnormalities may occur that shift body temperature up and down...
October 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27346294/nauclea-latifolia-biological-activity-and-alkaloid-phytochemistry-of-a-west-african-tree
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Benjamin Boucherle, Romain Haudecoeur, Emerson Ferreira Queiroz, Michel De Waard, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Richard J Robins, Ahcène Boumendjel
Covering up to 2016Nauclea latifolia (syn. Sarcocephalus latifolius, Rubiaceae), commonly called the African pincushion tree, is a plant widely used in folk medicine in different regions of Africa for treating a variety of illnesses, including malaria, epilepsy and pain. N. latifolia has not only drawn the interest of traditional healers but also of phytochemists, who have identified a range of bioactive indole alkaloids in its tissue. More recently, following up on the traditional use of extracts in pain management, a bio-guided purification from the roots of the tree led to the identification of the active ingredient as tramadol, available as a synthetic analgesic since the 1970s...
September 25, 2016: Natural Product Reports
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