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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29898981/rectal-and-naris-swabs-practical-and-informative-samples-for-analyzing-the-microbiota-of-critically-ill-patients
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Saumya Bansal, Jenny P Nguyen, Aleksandra Leligdowicz, Yu Zhang, Kevin C Kain, Daniel R Ricciuto, Bryan Coburn
Commensal microbiota are immunomodulatory, and their pathological perturbation can affect the risk and outcomes of infectious and inflammatory diseases. Consequently, the human microbiota is an emerging diagnostic and therapeutic target in critical illness. In this study, we compared four sample types-rectal, naris, and antecubital swabs and stool samples-for 16S rRNA gene microbiota sequencing in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Stool samples were obtained in only 31% of daily attempts, while swabs were reliably obtained (≥97% of attempts)...
June 27, 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29881833/a-fully-integrated-and-automated-testing-device-for-pcr-free-viral-nucleic-acid-detection-in-whole-blood
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Wenhan Liu, Jagotamoy Das, Adam H Mepham, Carine R Nemr, Edward H Sargent, Shana O Kelley
Integrated devices for automated nucleic acid testing (NAT) are critical for infectious disease diagnosis to be performed outside of centralized laboratories. The gold standard methods for NAT are enzymatic amplification methods like the polymerase chain reaction that typically require expensive equipment and highly-trained personnel, limiting use in low-resource settings. A low-cost, integrated, rapid, portable and user-friendly point-of-care (POC) nucleic acid diagnostic device will improve the accessibility of NAT...
June 8, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29874192/procalcitonin-guided-antibiotic-therapy-an-expert-consensus
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Michele Bartoletti, Massimo Antonelli, Francesco Arturo Bruno Blasi, Ivo Casagranda, Arturo Chieregato, Roberto Fumagalli, Massimo Girardis, Filippo Pieralli, Mario Plebani, Gian Maria Rossolini, Massimo Sartelli, Bruno Viaggi, Pierluigi Viale, Claudio Viscoli, Federico Pea
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a useful biomarker of bacterial infection and its use is associated to reduced duration of antibiotic therapy in the setting of intensive care medicine. To address the need of practical guidance for the use of PCT in various clinical settings, a group of experts was invited to participate at a consensus process with the aims of defining the rationale for appropriate use of PCT and for improving the management of critically ill patients with sepsis. METHODS: A group of 14 experts from anesthesiology and critical care, infectious diseases, internal medicine, pulmonology, clinical microbiology, laboratory medicine, clinical pharmacology and methodology provided expert opinion through a modified Delphi process, after a comprehensive literature review...
June 6, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869797/ribavirin-for-treating-crimean-congo-haemorrhagic-fever
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Samuel Johnson, Nicholas Henschke, Nicola Maayan, Inga Mills, Brian S Buckley, Artemisia Kakourou, Rachel Marshall
BACKGROUND: Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne disease that occurs in parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. Since 2000 the infection has caused epidemics in Turkey, Iran, Russia, Uganda and Pakistan. Good-quality general supportive medical care helps reduce mortality. There is uncertainty and controversy about treating CCHF with the antiviral drug ribavirin. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of ribavirin for treating people with Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever...
June 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788443/pediatric-infectious-diseases-meets-the-future
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Janet R Gilsdorf, Paul Spearman, Janet A Englund, Tina Q Tan, Kristina A Bryant
Pediatric infectious diseases physicians are dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention, and management of infections in children. As such, we play large, and important, roles in the clinical care of children from birth to late adolescence and in infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, research pertaining to infections, public health, international and global health, and advocacy for children's health. Furthermore, we are critical to the education of future physicians (in general), pediatricians, and infectious diseases doctors...
May 19, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781041/a-bead-based-immunogold-silver-staining-assay-on-capillary-driven-microfluidics
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Ngoc M Pham, Sebastian Rusch, Yuksel Temiz, Robert D Lovchik, Hans-Peter Beck, Walter Karlen, Emmanuel Delamarche
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are critically needed for the detection of infectious diseases, particularly in remote settings where accurate and appropriate diagnosis can save lives. However, it is difficult to implement immunoassays, and specifically immunoassays relying on signal amplification using silver staining, into POC diagnostic devices. Effective immobilization of antibodies in such devices is another challenge. Here, we present strategies for immobilizing capture antibodies (cAbs) in capillary-driven microfluidic chips and implementing a gold-catalyzed silver staining reaction...
May 21, 2018: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779827/zika-virus-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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Gisele Sampaio Silva, Guy A Richards, Tim Baker, Jorge Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Pravin Amin
Zika fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), an RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus. ZIKV can be transmitted by bites from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, sexual activity, blood transfusion and from mother to fetus during pregnancy and delivery. A total of 50 territories and countries in the Americas had reported ZIKV infections. For those with symptoms, the presentation is similar to dengue fever with body aches, joint pain, fatigue, malaise, fever and conjunctivitis lasting up to seven days...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753877/developing-a-decision-support-system-for-patients-with-severe-infection-conditions-in-prehospital-care
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Niclas Johansson, Carl Spindler, John Valik, Veronica Vicente
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a prehospital decision support system (DSS) for the emergency medical services (EMS), enabling identification and steering of patients with critical infectious conditions - severe respiratory tract infections, severe CNS-infections and sepsis - to a specialized emergency department (ED) for infectious diseases. METHODS: The development process has involved four consecutive steps. The first step was gathering data from the electronic Patient Care Record on patients transported by the EMS, to identify retrospectively appropriate patient categories for steering...
May 10, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720475/comparison-of-qsofa-with-current-emergency-department-tools-for-screening-of-patients-with-sepsis-for-critical-illness
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Robert M Rodriguez, John C Greenwood, Thomas J Nuckton, Bryan Darger, Frances S Shofer, Dawn Troeger, Soo Y Jung, Kelly G Speich, Joel Valencia, J Hope Kilgannon, Danny Fernandez, Brigitte M Baumann
OBJECTIVE: We sought to compare the quick sequential organ failure assessment (qSOFA) to systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), severe sepsis criteria and lactate levels for their ability to identify ED patients with sepsis with critical illness. METHODS: We conducted this multicenter retrospective cohort study at five US hospitals, enrolling all adult patients admitted to these hospitals from their EDs with infectious disease-related illnesses from 1 January 2016 to 30 April 2016...
June 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718082/integration-of-neuropsychological-services-in-a-va-hiv-primary-care-clinic
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Moira C Dux, Terry Lee-Wilk
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is the largest health care provider for individuals with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), with >28,000 Veterans with HIV/AIDS enrolled in care. Advances in medical treatment have improved the life-limiting effects of the disease, though many chronic symptoms persist. Comprehensive care is critical to manage the diverse constellation of symptoms. However, many patients face challenges to receiving optimal care due to limited resources, mistrust of health care providers, and/or co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders...
May 1, 2018: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29716545/management-and-control-of-communicable-diseases-in-schools-and-other-child-care-settings-systematic-review-on-the-incubation-period-and-period-of-infectiousness
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Ida Czumbel, Chantal Quinten, Pierluigi Lopalco, Jan C Semenza
BACKGROUND: Information on the incubation period and period of infectiousness or shedding of infectious pathogens is critical for management and control of communicable diseases in schools and other childcare settings. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature review (Pubmed and Embase) to identify and critically appraise all relevant published articles using incubation, infectiousness or shedding, and exclusion period as parameters for the search. No language, time, geographical or study design restrictions were applied...
May 2, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670404/evaluation-of-vancomycin-therapy-in-the-adult-icus-of-a-teaching-hospital-in-southern-iran
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Afsaneh Vazin, Motahare Mahi Birjand, Masoud Darake
Background: Vancomycin resistance in intensive care units (ICUs) accounts for significant morbidity and excess costs. The objective of the present study was to determine the appropriateness of vancomycin use in the various ICUs of Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz, Iran. Methods: This prospective study was performed on 95 critically ill patients (48 males and 47 females) who were treated with vancomycin for at least 3 subsequent doses in 6 ICUs during 12 months. Required demographic, clinical, and paraclinical data were collected by a pharmacist...
2018: Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669670/utilization-and-timeliness-of-an-inpatient-penicillin-allergy-evaluation
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Keith A Sacco, Razvan Chirila, Claudia Libertin, Brett Hiroto, Arveen Bhasin, Margaret M Johnson, Thanai Pongdee, M Caroline Burton
BACKGROUND: A history of penicillin allergy is associated with an increased risk of nosocomial infections because patients are exposed to non-beta lactam antibiotics. Ruling out inaccurate penicillin allergy during hospitalization decreases prescription of beta lactam antibiotics. However, the utilization of penicillin allergy testing and timeliness in relation to initiation of antibiotics is not known. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe the proportion and characteristics of patients who underwent inpatient penicillin allergy testing in a hospital without a guideline or infrastructure for inpatient penicillin allergy testing...
May 1, 2018: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664874/traumatic-brain-injury-and-infectious-encephalopathy-in-children-from-four-resource-limited-settings-in-africa
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Ericka L Fink, Amelie von Saint Andre-von Arnim, Rashmi Kumar, Patrick T Wilson, Tigist Bacha, Abenezer Tirsit Aklilu, Tsegazeab Laeke Teklemariam, Shubhada Hooli, Lisine Tuyisenge, Easmon Otupiri, Anthony Fabio, John Gianakas, Patrick M Kochanek, Derek C Angus, Robert C Tasker
OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency, interventions, and outcomes of children presenting with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy in low-resource settings. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Four hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa. PATIENTS: Children age 1 day to 17 years old evaluated at the hospital with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We evaluated the frequency and outcomes of children presenting consecutively over 4 weeks to any hospital department with traumatic brain injury or infectious encephalopathy...
April 16, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659359/-pneumonia-associated-with-mechanical-ventilation-update-and-recommendations-inter-societies-sadi-sati
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Wanda Cornistein, Ángel M Colque, María Inés Staneloni, María Monserrat Lloria, Mónica Lares, Ana Laura González, Alejandro Fernández Garcés, Edith Carbone
Representatives of the Argentine Society of Infectious Diseases (SADI) and the Argentine Society of Intensive Therapy (SATI) worked together on the development of specific recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The methodology used was the analysis of the literature published in the last 15 years, complemented with the opinion of experts and local data. This document aims to offer basic tools to optimize diagnosis based on clinical and microbiological criteria, orientation in empirical and targeted antibiotic schemes, news on posology and administration of antibiotics in critical patients and to promote effective measures to reduce the risk of VAP...
2018: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600241/a-standardized-needs-assessment-tool-to-inform-the-curriculum-development-process-for-pediatric-resuscitation-simulation-based-education-in-resource-limited-settings
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Nicole Shilkofski, Amanda Crichlow, Julie Rice, Leslie Cope, Ye Myint Kyaw, Thazin Mon, Sarah Kiguli, Julianna Jung
Introduction: Under five mortality rates (UFMR) remain high for children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the developing world. Education for practitioners in these environments is a key factor to improve outcomes that will address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 10 (good health and well being and reduced inequalities). In order to appropriately contextualize a curriculum using simulation, it is necessary to first conduct a needs assessment of the target learner population...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29598889/severe-malaria-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-a-collaborative-approach-utilizing-exchange-transfusion-and-artesunate
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David Zodda, Gabrielle Procopio, Kevin Hewitt, Andrew Parrish, Bindu Balani, Joseph Feldman
We describe the case of a previously healthy 33year-old male pilot recently arrived to the United States from Africa. The patient presented to our ED febrile and disoriented, with projectile coffee-ground emesis. He was later found to have severe malaria and cerebral parasitemia. Due to the severity of his illness, the patient received the anti-malarial medication Artesunate as well as several exchange transfusions. Within 48h his parasitic load was reduced from 42% to 0.4%. The following is an account of a collaborative effort that spans the specialties of emergency medicine, infectious disease, and critical care medicine...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29544449/development-and-validation-of-a-diagnostic-model-for-early-differentiation-of-sepsis-and-non-infectious-sirs-in-critically-ill-children-a-data-driven-approach-using-machine-learning-algorithms
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Florian Lamping, Thomas Jack, Nicole Rübsamen, Michael Sasse, Philipp Beerbaum, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Martin Boehne, André Karch
BACKGROUND: Since early antimicrobial therapy is mandatory in septic patients, immediate diagnosis and distinction from non-infectious SIRS is essential but hampered by the similarity of symptoms between both entities. We aimed to develop a diagnostic model for differentiation of sepsis and non-infectious SIRS in critically ill children based on routinely available parameters (baseline characteristics, clinical/laboratory parameters, technical/medical support). METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial conducted at a German tertiary-care pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)...
March 15, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29515942/implementation-of-a-comprehensive-curriculum-in-personal-finance-for-medical-fellows
#19
Yuval D Bar-Or, Henry E Fessler, Dipan A Desai, Sammy Zakaria
INTRODUCTION: Many residents and fellows complete graduate medical education having received minimal unbiased financial planning guidance. This places them at risk of making ill-informed financial decisions, which may lead to significant harm to them and their families. Therefore, we sought to provide fellows with comprehensive unbiased financial education and empower them to make timely, constructive financial decisions. METHODS: A self-selected cohort of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary and critical care, and infectious disease fellows (n = 18) at a single institution attended a live, eight-hour interactive course on personal finance...
January 1, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29510453/addressing-social-influences-reduces-antibiotic-duration-in-complicated-abdominal-infection-a-mixed-methods-study
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Jennifer Broom, Chin Li Tee, Alex Broom, Mark D Kelly, Tahira Scott, David A Grieve
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial therapy for intra-abdominal infections is often inappropriately prolonged. An intervention addressing factors influencing the duration of intravenous antibiotic use was undertaken. This study reports the antibiotic prescribing patterns before and after the intervention and a qualitative analysis of the experience of the intervention. METHODS: Quantitative: A retrospective audit of patients with complicated intra-abdominal infection before and after a multifaceted persuasive intervention was performed...
March 6, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
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