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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511481/relationship-of-on-admission-hypocalcaemia-and-illness-severity-as-measured-by-apache-ii-and-sofa-score-in-intensive-care-patients
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Samarjit Dey, Habib Md Reazaul Karim, Mohd Yunus, Angkita Barman, Prithwis Bhattacharyya, Manas Pratim Borthakur
INTRODUCTION: Hypocalcaemia is very much prevalent in critically ill patients yet very less is known about its association with severity of illness. Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) are two commonly used and validated scoring tool used to assess the severity of illness in critically ill patients. AIM: To analyze the relation of on admission hypocalcaemia with severity of illness as measured by APACHE-II and SOFA scores...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495595/low-plasma-leptin-level-at-admission-predicts-delirium-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Guicheng Li, Xiaobao Lei, Chenmu Ai, Tao Li, Zhongqing Chen
The pathophysiology of delirium remains poorly understood. Low leptin level has been associated with features leading to delirium such as dysregulated immune functions and loss of neuroprotective effects. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between plasma leptin level at intensive care unit (ICU) entry and subsequent occurrence of delirium in critically ill patients. This single-center prospective cohort study in China allocated 336 critically ill patients admitted to ICU between 05/2015 and 05/2016 into a delirium group (n=102) and non-delirium group (n=234) based on whether delirium occurred during their stay at the ICU...
May 8, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464841/the-impact-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-on-renal-outcomes-in-dialysis-requiring-acute-kidney-injury-may-be-related-to-the-baseline-kidney-function
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Marisa Aparecida de Souza Oliveira, Thais Oliveira Claizoni Dos Santos, Julio Cesar Martins Monte, Marcelo Costa Batista, Virgilio Gonçalves Pereira, Bento Fortunato Cardoso Dos Santos, Oscar Fernando Pavão Santos, Marcelino de Souza Durão
BACKGROUND: Many controversies exist regarding the management of dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury (D-AKI). No clear evidence has shown that the choice of dialysis modality can change the survival rate or kidney function recovery of critically ill patients with D-AKI. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study investigating patients (≥16 years old) admitted to an intensive care unit with D-AKI from 1999 to 2012. We analyzed D-AKI incidence, and outcomes, as well as the most commonly used dialysis modality over time...
May 3, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458172/efficacy-and-toxicity-of-high-dose-nebulized-colistin-for-critically-ill-surgical-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Ji Young Jang, Hye Youn Kwon, Eun Hee Choi, Won-Yeon Lee, Hongjin Shim, Keum Seok Bae
PURPOSE: Few studies have compared nebulized and intravenous (IV) colistin for multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia. This study compared the nephrotoxicity and clinical outcomes for these two delivery routes. METHODS: This study retrospectively compared 95 critically ill surgical patients who were diagnosed with Acinetobacter baumannii ventilator associated pneumonia and received colistin between March 2013 and January 2016...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435684/comparison-of-the-clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-primary-versus-secondary-acute-gastrointestinal-injury-in-critically-ill-patients
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Dong Zhang, Rao Fu, Yanhua Li, Hongyan Li, Yuting Li, Hongxiang Li
BACKGROUND: This prospective study compared clinical characteristics and prognosis between primary (P) and secondary (S) acute gastrointestinal injury (AGI) (P-AGI)/(S-AGI) in critically ill patients. METHODS: This was a prospective, single-center observational study. Patients were included if they had been hospitalized for at least 72 h before the AGI diagnosis. Patients were classified according to severity of gastrointestinal dysfunction, while P-AGI or S-AGI were defined according to whether the gastrointestinal system was directly or indirectly involved...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427496/mortality-risk-factors-in-intensive-care-unit-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-requiring-renal-replacement-therapy-a-retrospective-cohort-study%C3%A2
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Michael Schmitz, Frank P Tillmann, Ausra Paluckaite, Erich A Laufer, Brian Rayner, Lars C Rump, Peter J Heering
BACKGROUND: Mortality of critically-ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in an intensive-care setting continues to remain high. There is still uncertainty as to which factors should guide clinical judgement. METHODS: A cohort of 155 patients admitted to an intensive-care unit and necessitating RRT due to AKI were retrospectively analyzed. Demographic and clinical parameters at the time of RRT initiation were retrieved...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413520/prognosis-of-patients-with-acinetobacter-baumannii-infection-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-analysis
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Dong Xiao, Lu Wang, Daquan Zhang, Dongming Xiang, Qi Liu, Xuezhong Xing
The present retrospective study aimed to investigate the prognostic factors for critically ill patients with an Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) infection. A total of 37 patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) were enrolled in the study. Data was collected from patients, including age, gender, ethnicity, A. baumannii infection status, concurrent infection status, prescribed antibiotics, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) and sepsis-related organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores, procalcitonin level, site of infection, shock, sepsis and renal replacement therapy status...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406727/the-experience-of-patients-with-alcohol-misuse-after-surviving-a-critical-illness-a-qualitative-study
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Brendan J Clark, Jacqueline Jones, K Diandra Reed, Rachel Marie Hodapp, Ivor S Douglas, David Van Pelt, Ellen L Burnham, Marc Moss
RATIONALE: Alcohol misuse is common in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) but there is currently no evidence-based approach to address drinking in ICU survivors. OBJECTIVES: We sought to describe the experience of ICU survivors with alcohol misuse during their hospitalization and the 3 months following hospital discharge in order to inform an alcohol specific intervention for this unique population. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive qualitative study of ICU survivors from medical ICUs in three separate hospitals with a positive screening result on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test...
April 13, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405984/a-prospective-study-of-acute-kidney-injury-according-to-kdigo-definition-and-its-mortality-predictors
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Rakesh Bhadade, Rosemarie De'Souza, Minal J Harde, Kalpana S Mehta, Prabhat Bhargava
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury is no longer considered to be an innocent bystander merely reflecting co-existent pathologies but an independent risk factor for mortality in the ICU. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study clinical profile and correlation of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) according to KDIGO definition with respect to incidence, outcome and different causes of AKI in critical care unit. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: It is a prospective observational study; and was carried out in the ICU of a tertiary care, teaching, public hospital...
December 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399905/cardiac-biomarkers-are-associated-with-maximum-stage-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-analysis
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Ryan Haines, Siobhan Crichton, Jessica Wilson, David Treacher, Marlies Ostermann
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate whether cardiac troponin T (cTnT), cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) are associated with acute kidney injury (AKI) and need for acute renal replacement therapy (RRT) in adult patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We analysed prospectively collected data for patients admitted to the ICU between June and December 2010 for non-cardiac reasons. The Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes creatinine criteria were applied to identify patients with AKI including those who received acute RRT...
April 12, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392700/urinary-cadmium-levels-predict-mortality-of-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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Ching-Wei Hsu, Cheng-Hao Weng, Cheng-Chia Lee, Dan-Tzu Lin-Tan, Pao-Hsien Chu, Kuan-Hsing Chen, Tzung-Hai Yen, Wen-Hung Huang
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is a serious condition that is associated with increased mortality in critically ill patients. Previous studies indicated that environmental exposure to cadmium increases mortality of general populations. However, the relationship of cadmium exposure and mortality is unclear for AHF patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 153 patients with AHF in intensive care units (ICUs) met the inclusion criteria and were followed up for 6 months...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386273/acute-colonic-pseudo-obstruction-with-feeding-intolerance-in-critically-ill-patients-a-study-according-to-gut-wall-analysis
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Chenyan Zhao, Tingbin Xie, Jun Li, Minhua Cheng, Jialiang Shi, Tao Gao, Fengchan Xi, Juanhong Shen, Chun Cao, Wenkui Yu
Objective. To compare the differences between acute colonic pseudo-obstruction (ACPO) with and without acute gut wall thickening. Methods. ACPO patients with feeding tolerance were divided into ACPO with no obvious gut wall thickening (ACPO-NT) group and ACPO with obvious acute gut wall thickening (ACPO-T) group according to computed tomography and abdominal radiographs. Patients' condition, responses to supportive measures, pharmacologic therapy, endoscopic decompression, and surgeries and outcomes were compared...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378239/usefulness-of-1-3-beta-d-glucan-detection-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-mechanical-ventilated-critically-ill-patients-with-ards-and-suspected-pneumocystis-jirovecii-pneumonia
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Tobias Lahmer, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Jürgen Held, Sebastian Rasch, Ursula Ehmer, Roland M Schmid, Wolfgang Huber
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a major cause of disease in immunocompromised individuals. Diagnosis is typically obtained by microscopy and/or PCR. For ambiguous PCR results, we evaluated the new biomarker 1,3-Beta-D-Glucan (BDG). METHODS: BDG serum levels were assessed and correlated to PCR results in immunosuppressed patients with ARDS. RESULTS: 11 (22%) out of 50 patients had suspected PCP. APACHE II (26 vs. 24; p < 0...
April 4, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370502/the-impact-of-real-life-treatment-strategies-for-candida-peritonitis-a-retrospective-analysis
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S Dubler, M Laun, C Koch, A Hecker, S Weiterer, B H Siegler, R Röhrig, M A Weigand, C Lichtenstern
Candida species are commonly detected isolates from abdominal foci. The question remains as to who would benefit from early empiric treatment in cases of Candida peritonitis. This study collected real-life data on critically ill patients with Candida peritonitis to estimate the relevance of the chosen treatment strategy on the outcome of these patients. One hundred and thirty-seven surgical intensive care unit (ICU) patients with intra-abdominal invasive Candidiasis were included in the study. Fifty-six patients did not get any antifungal agent...
April 3, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367176/therapeutic-efficacy-of-nutritional-support-by-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-self-control-clinical-trial
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Fei Zhou, Ya-Ling Gao, Zheng-Jin Liu, Yi-Qun Hu
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure to provide enteral nutrition for critically ill patients. It is commonly used in clinical practice; however, the widespread use of PEG is controversial. Our objective was to evaluate the therapeutic effect of nutritional support by PEG in these critically ill patients. METHODS: A total of 64 critically ill patients including 41 males and 23 females (aged 23-84) were identified by the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II scoring system during September 2004 to June 2012...
January 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356059/association-between-acute-gastrointestinal-injury-and-biomarkers-of-intestinal-barrier-function-in-critically-ill-patients
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Hongxiang Li, Ying Chen, Feifei Huo, Yushan Wang, Dong Zhang
BACKGROUND: To assess the associations of biomarkers of intestinal barrier function and other clinical variables with acute gastrointestinal injury (AGI) grade, and of these clinical variables with mortality in critically ill patients. METHODS: This was a single-center, observational, prospective study. Patients were included if they were diagnosed with AGI and underwent tests for the measurement of plasma levels of intestinal fatty acid-binding protein (i-FABP), D-lactate (D-la), and lipopolysaccharide...
March 29, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348607/epidemiology-and-outcomes-in-critically-ill-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-in-the-era-of-combination-antiretroviral-therapy
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Shannon L Turvey, Sean M Bagshaw, Dean T Eurich, Wendy I Sligl
Purpose. The impact of critical illness on survival of HIV-infected patients in the era of antiretroviral therapy remains uncertain. We describe the epidemiology of critical illness in this population and identify predictors of mortality. Materials and Methods. Retrospective cohort of HIV-infected patients was admitted to intensive care from 2002 to 2014. Patient sociodemographics, comorbidities, case-mix, illness severity, and 30-day mortality were captured. Multivariable Cox regression analyses were performed to identify predictors of mortality...
2017: Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329734/elevated-mif-2-levels-predict-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Julia Pohl, Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Pia Stock, Peter Luedike, Tienush Rassaf
PURPOSE: D-dopachrome tautomerase (MIF-2 or DDT) is a member of the macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) superfamily and a close structural homolog to MIF. Circulating MIF-2 has been described to be elevated in patients suffering from sepsis, severe burn injury and after surgery. We sought to evaluate the prognostic value of MIF-2 in critically ill patients. METHODS: A total of 72 patients were studied upon admission to the medical intensive care unit (ICU)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327177/intestinal-t-lymphocyte-homing-is-associated-with-gastric-emptying-and-epithelial-barrier-function-in-critically-ill-a-prospective-observational-study
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Christian Greis, Zohal Rasuly, Rolf A Janosi, Lambros Kordelas, Dietrich W Beelen, Tobias Liebregts
BACKGROUND: Impaired gastric emptying is common in critically ill patients. Intestinal dysmotility, a major cause of feed intolerance, may foster infectious complications due to mucosal barrier disruption. However, little is known about gut-directed immune activation, intestinal barrier function and its association with impaired gastric emptying in critically ill patients at ICU admission. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study at two tertiary care medical ICUs...
March 22, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323290/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-delirium-development-in-icu-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Marcela Kanova, Peter Sklienka, Roman Kula, Michal Burda, Jana Janoutova
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Delirium is an acute brain dysfunction and a frequent complication in critically ill patients. When present it significantly worsens the prognosis of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of delirium and risk factors for delirium in a mixed group of trauma, medical and surgical ICU patients. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in one of the six-bed Intensive Care Units of the University Hospital Ostrava in the Czech Republic during a 12-month period...
March 14, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
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