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ICU infectious diseases

Maria Cecília Freire de Melo, Thuanny Silva de Macedo, Julianelly Alves Biserra, Karina Luz Cavalcanti Rodrigues, Mônica Cruz, Aurora Karla de Lacerda Vidal
AIM: To report a case of a pediatric patient carrier of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with severe oral infectious disease, in which antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) was used as a therapeutic choice to support systemic treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: This case report refers to a 1-year-old male patient with MDS and hospitalized for investigation and treatment of complications at a Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Center in Recife/PE, Brazil. The intraoral examination revealed a violaceous lesion surrounding the lower incisor teeth, which progressed with alteration of color to milky yellowish white, compromising the entire lower gingival border, leading to tooth mobility and consequent loss of teeth 71 and 81...
March 6, 2018: Special Care in Dentistry
Ziyaattin Karakuzu, Remzi Iscimen, Halis Akalin, Nermin Kelebek Girgin, Ferda Kahveci, Melda Sinirtas
BACKGROUND Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a nosocomial infection commonly seen in patients in intensive care units (ICU). This study aimed to analyze factors affecting prognosis of patients diagnosed with VAP. MATERIAL AND METHODS Critically ill patients with VAP were retrospectively evaluated between June 2002 and June 2011 in the ICU. VAP diagnosis was made according to 2005 ATS/IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America/American Thoracic Society) criteria. First pneumonia attacks of patients were analyzed...
March 5, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Khie Chen Lie, Chuen-Yen Lau, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, T Eoin West, Direk Limmathurotsakul
Background: Sepsis is a global threat but insufficiently studied in Southeast Asia. The objective was to evaluate management, outcomes, adherence to sepsis bundles, and mortality prediction of maximum Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores in patients with community-acquired sepsis in Southeast Asia. Methods: We prospectively recruited hospitalized adults within 24 h of admission with community-acquired infection at nine public hospitals in Indonesia ( n  = 3), Thailand ( n  = 3), and Vietnam ( n  = 3)...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Tetsu Ohnuma, Yoshiro Hayashi, Kazuto Yamashita, John Marquess, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Masamitsu Sanui
Although a majority of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) receive antibiotics, little is known about patterns of antibiotic use in ICUs in Japan. The objective of this study was to evaluate the pattern of antibiotic use in ICUs. A nationwide one-day cross-sectional surveillance of antibiotic use in the ICU was conducted three times between January 2011 and December 2011. All patients aged ≧16-years old were included. Data from 52 ICUs and 1148 patients were reviewed. There were 1028 prescriptions for intravenous antibiotics...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Federica Lovisari, Valeria Terzi, Monica G Lippi, Paolo R Brioschi, Roberto Fumagalli
RATIONALE: We present a case of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) with severe pulmonary complication and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) hospitalized in our intensive care unit (ICU) in 2014; distinctive trait of this case has been the challenging diagnosis, with a bone marrow biopsy always negative, the severe pulmonary complication with ARDS and severe pulmonary hypertension, and the ferritin temporal kinetics that precisely followed the clinical course of disease...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Shaili Adani, Tanaya Bhowmick, Melvin P Weinstein, Navaneeth Narayanan
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a leading cause of bacteremia and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Prior studies evaluating the association of vancomycin MIC and clinical outcomes in patients with MRSA bacteremia have been inconsistent. This study evaluated the association between vancomycin MIC and 30-day in-hospital mortality in patients with MRSA bacteremia. This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with MRSA bacteremia treated with vancomycin for ≥72 hours from January 2013 to August 2016...
January 29, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Marlène Cherruault, Marielle Le Goff, Jérôme Tamburini, Frédéric Pène
OBJECTIVES: Hematologic malignancies may result in multiple organ involvement including pulmonary and renal dysfunctions, and the less common acute circulatory failure. We herein addressed the outcome of patients with sepsis-like shock related to aggressive hematologic malignancies. DESIGN: A 10-year (2007-2016) monocenter retrospective study. SETTINGS: A medical ICU in a tertiary care center. PATIENTS: Patients with circulatory shock requiring vasopressors and who subsequently received chemotherapy...
January 25, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Cristiana Laici, Lorenzo Gamberini, Tommaso Bardi, Antonio Siniscalchi, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Strefano Faenza
BACKGROUND: Infectious complications represent one of the main causes of perioperative morbidity and mortality of liver transplant recipients. The primary objective of this retrospective observational study was to evaluate incidence and etiology of early (within 1 month from surgery and occurring in the intensive care unit [ICU]) postoperative infections as well as donor and recipient related risk factors. METHODS: The data of 280 patients undergoing 299 consecutive liver transplant procedures from January 2012 to December 2015 were extracted from the Italian ICU registry database and hospital registries...
January 23, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Ahmet Deniz, Ömer Lütfi Erhan, Mustafa Kemal Bayar, Ümit Karatepe, İsmail Demirel
Objective: This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the effect of a restructured anaesthesia intensive care unit (ICU) on changes in infection rates and infections. Methods: Organisational restructuring was done in the anaesthesia ICU of Firat University Hospital after it was relocated on 14 March 2012. This study was designed to investigate the effect of restructuring on infection rates through a comparison of periods encompassing one year before relocation and one year after relocation...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
Todd A Florin, Cole Brokamp, Rachel Mantyla, Bradley DePaoli, Richard Ruddy, Samir S Shah, Lilliam Ambroggio
Background: The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)/Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guideline for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) recommends intensive care unit (ICU) admission or continuous monitoring for children meeting severity criteria. Our objective was to validate these criteria. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of children age 3 months-18 years diagnosed with CAP in a pediatric Emergency Department (ED) from 9/2014-8/2015...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Lyn S Awad, Dania I Abdallah, Anas M Mugharbil, Tamima H Jisr, Nabila S Droubi, Nabila A El-Rajab, Rima A Moghnieh
Introduction: Management of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), the most common infection in patients on mechanical ventilation, should be tailored to local microbiological data. The aim of this study was to determine susceptibility patterns of organisms causing VAP to develop a treatment algorithm based on these findings and evidence from the literature. Materials and methods: This is a retrospective analysis of the microbiological etiology of VAP in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Lebanese tertiary care hospital from July 2015 to July 2016...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Yuichi Katanami, Kayoko Hayakawa, Takeshi Shimazaki, Yuko Sugiki, Saho Takaya, Kei Yamamoto, Satoshi Kutsuna, Yasuyuki Kato, Norio Ohmagari
BACKGROUND: Contact precautions are required to prevent transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms; however, reports on adherence rates vary. Through video monitoring, we evaluated adherence to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) among different types of healthcare workers. METHODS: This study was an observational study conducted in a 781-bed tertiary hospital from July 2016 to March 2017. We installed cameras in areas where staff don PPE. Infection control teams observed the videos and assessed adherence rates...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Jan J De Waele, Murat Akova, Massimo Antonelli, Rafael Canton, Jean Carlet, Daniel De Backer, George Dimopoulos, José Garnacho-Montero, Jozef Kesecioglu, Jeffrey Lipman, Mervyn Mer, José-Artur Paiva, Mario Poljak, Jason A Roberts, Jesus Rodriguez Bano, Jean-François Timsit, Jean-Ralph Zahar, Matteo Bassetti
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a clear and present danger to patients in any intensive care unit (ICU) around the world. Whereas AMR may affect any patient in the hospital, patients in the ICU are particularly at risk of acquiring AMR infections due to the intensity of the treatment, use of invasive devices, increased risk of transmission and exposure to antibiotics. AMR is present in every ICU, although prevalence is geographically different and AMR pathogens encountered are variable. Intensive care and infectious disease specialists from the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and World Alliance Against Antimicrobial Resistance, united in the ANTARCTICA (Antimicrobial Resistance in Critical Care) coalition, call for increased awareness and action among health care professionals to reduce AMR development in critically ill patients, to improve treatment of AMR infections and to coordinate scientific research in this high-risk patient population...
December 29, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
Fernando Godinho Zampieri, Márcio Soares, Lunna Perdigão Borges, Jorge Ibrain Figueira Salluh, Otávio Tavares Ranzani
OBJECTIVE: To describe the Epimed Monitor Database®, a Brazilian intensive care unit quality improvement database. METHODS: We described the Epimed Monitor® Database, including its structure and core data. We presented aggregated informative data from intensive care unit admissions from 2010 to 2016 using descriptive statistics. We also described the expansion and growth of the database along with the geographical distribution of participating units in Brazil...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Mojgan Mamani, Neda Muceli, Hamid Reza Ghasemi Basir, Maryam Vasheghani, Jalal Poorolajal
Background: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common disease with significant morbidity and mortality. There is evidence that vitamin D deficiency can be associated with infectious diseases. The aim of this study was to compare the levels of vitamin D between patients with CAP and healthy controls. Methods: In a case-control study on 73 patients with CAP and 76 healthy controls, the serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) was measured. Severity and outcomes of disease and also duration of hospital stay were compared in patients with different levels of 25(OH)D...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
Giorgio Novelli, Francesco Daleffe, Gisella Birra, Gabriele Canzi, Fabio Mazzoleni, Pietro Boni, Clara Maino, Carlo Giussani, Davide Sozzi, Alberto Bozzetti
The care and the management of the healing of difficult wounds at the level of the skull-facial face many problems related to patient compliance and the need to perform multiple dressings, with long periods of healing and, occasionally, a very long hospitalisation period. The introduction and evolution of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) in the treatment of difficult wounds has resulted in better healing, with a drastic reduction in terms of time and biological costs to the patient and cost to the health care system...
February 2018: International Wound Journal
Tsung-Yu Huang, Chien-Hui Hung, Li-Ju Lai, Hui-Ju Chuang, Chien-Chen Wang, Pei-Tzu Lin, Wei-Hsiu Hsu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is a major health-care problem in intensive care units (ICUs). This study evaluates the impact of a direct hospital-wide computerized antimicrobial approval system (HCAAS) and on-the-spot education for practitioners in a neurosurgical ICU in Taiwan. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records monthly of patients who were admitted to the neurosurgical ICU during a period of 7 years and 7 months...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Kuo-Shao Sun, Ching-Fang Tsai, Solomon Chih-Cheng Chen, Wan-Chun Huang
BACKGROUND: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) has high mortality rate but prognostic factors are not well established. The aim of our study was to evaluate the trend in in-hospital mortality over a period of 11 years and identify factors affecting the clinical outcomes of patients with IPA. METHOD: We conducted a nationwide inpatient population study using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. A total of 407 IPA patients from 2002 to 2012 were included in the study...
2017: PloS One
Linda D Dresser, Chaim M Bell, Marilyn Steinberg, Niall D Ferguson, Stephen Lapinsky, Neil Lazar, Patricia Murphy, Jeffrey M Singh, Andrew M Morris
Background: Antimicrobial prescribing is frequently reported as appropriate or inappropriate, particularly in the ICU. However, the definitions used are non-standardized and lack validity and reliability. Objectives: To develop standardized definitions of appropriateness for antimicrobial prescribing in the critical care setting. Methods: We used consensus-based modified Delphi and RAND appropriateness methodology to develop criteria to define appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Roni Bitterman, Ayelet Raz-Pasteur, Zaher S Azzam, Amir Karban, Yishai Levy, Tony Hayek, Eyal Braun, Ilana Oren, Yaron Bar-Lavi, Imad Kassis, Khetam Hussein, Mical Paul
INTRODUCTION: Antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) are designed to optimize antibiotic use in hospitals. Antibiotic consumption is one of the measures assessing the effects of ASPs. AIMS: To evaluate the effect of an ASP on antibiotic consumption in our hospital and compare it to hospitals in Israel and worldwide. METHODS: Between October 2012 and March 2013 an ASP was implemented in Rambam Hospital. The program included educational activities, publication of local guidelines for empirical antibiotic treatment, structured infectious diseases consultations, pre-authorization antibiotic restrictions and stop orders...
September 2017: Harefuah
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