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Tellen D Bennett, Rebecca R Dixon, Cory Kartchner, Peter E DeWitt, Yamila Sierra, Diane Ladell, Allison Kempe, Desmond K Runyan, J Michael Dean, Heather T Keenan
OBJECTIVES: In children with traumatic brain injury, 1) to describe the hospital discharge functional outcome and change from baseline function using the Functional Status Scale and 2) to determine any associations between discharge Functional Status Scale and age, injury mechanism, neurologic examination, imaging, and other predictors of outcome. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study, May 2013 to November 2015. SETTING: Two U.S. children's hospitals designated as American College of Surgeons level 1 pediatric trauma centers...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Steven L Clark, Emily Hamilton, Thomas J Garite, Audra Timmins, Philip A Warrick, Samuel Smith
BACKGROUND: Despite intensive efforts directed at initial training in fetal heart rate interpretation, continuing medical education, board certification/recertification, team training and the development of specific protocols for the management of abnormal fetal heart rate patterns, the goals of consistently preventing hypoxia-induced fetal metabolic acidemia and neurologic injury remain elusive. OBJECTIVE: To validate a recently published algorithm for the management of category II fetal heart rate tracings , examine reasons for the birth of infants with significant metabolic acidemia despite the use of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring and critically examine the limits of EFHRM in the prevention of neonatal metabolic acidemia...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ahmet Karabulut, Selim Aydın
Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) is an emergent condition that carries higher mortality rate. Although there had been development of interventional and surgical technique besides improved critical care, mortality rates were still varied between 35 and 53% in the reported series. Preoperative shock was reported as a major factor predicting mortality rate. Feasibility of simultaneous endovascular repair of rAAA and silent thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is not known. Herein, we aimed to demonstrate the advantage of simultaneous endovascular repair of rAAA and silent TAA in the settling of hemodynamic and neurologic instability...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Richmond Darko, Jessica L Mashburn
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and its associated complications have become a significant public health concern. Zika virus is a Flavivirus, and is transmitted to humans by Aedes species mosquitoes. In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first locally acquired transmission of ZIKV in Brazil, the first case in the Western Hemisphere. There have also been reports of increased incidence of microcephaly and other neurologic complications associated with ZIKV infection, as well as a 20-fold increase in the incidence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome during ZIKV outbreaks...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Andrew A Udy, Chelsey Vladic, Edward Robert Saxby, Jeremy Cohen, Anthony Delaney, Oliver Flower, Matthew Anstey, Rinaldo Bellomo, David James Cooper, David V Pilcher
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to describe in-hospital mortality in subarachnoid hemorrhage patients requiring ICU admission. Secondary aims were to identify clinical characteristics associated with inferior outcomes, to compare subarachnoid hemorrhage mortality with other neurological diagnoses, and to explore the variability in subarachnoid hemorrhage standardized mortality ratios. DESIGN: Multicenter, binational, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Data were extracted from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation Adult Patient Database...
October 3, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Laurence Ducharme-Crevier, Michele G Mills, Priya M Mehta, Craig M Smith, Mark S Wainwright
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study was to characterize changes in cerebral blood flow measured using transcranial Doppler in children with central nervous system infections. We hypothesized that children with central nervous system infections have abnormal cerebral blood flow, associated with a greater frequency of complications and poor neurological outcome. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, retrospective study of children admitted to the neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit with central nervous system infection and undergoing transcranial Doppler as part of routine care between March 2011 and July 2015...
September 4, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Michael A Bohl, James Forseth, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is a common second-line or third-line vasopressor used in critically ill neurosurgical patients. Neurosurgical indications include hyperdynamic therapy for vasospasm, maintenance of cerebral perfusion pressure in patients with intracranial hypertension, and prevention of hypotension in patients with sepsis. CASE DESCRIPTION: A series of six neurosurgical patients receiving AVP infusions developed severe but transient diabetes insipidus (tDI) after cessation of AVP...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Jennifer W McVige
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intracranial congenital malformations are anomalies of brain development caused by genetic and environmental influences. This article discusses common intracranial congenital malformations, presents the associated neuroimaging findings, and discusses how appropriate identification of intracranial anomalies can impact diagnosis and treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in neuroimaging techniques and genetic research have led to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of many congenital malformations, adding insight into their clinical relevance and the intricate relationship between critical periods of development, genetic predisposition, and environmental insults...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Jeffrey L Carson, Simon J Stanworth, Nareg Roubinian, Dean A Fergusson, Darrell Triulzi, Carolyn Doree, Paul C Hebert
BACKGROUND: There is considerable uncertainty regarding the optimal haemoglobin threshold for the use of red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in anaemic patients. Blood is a scarce resource, and in some countries, transfusions are less safe than others because of a lack of testing for viral pathogens. Therefore, reducing the number and volume of transfusions would benefit patients. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to compare 30-day mortality and other clinical outcomes in participants randomized to restrictive versus liberal red blood cell (RBC) transfusion thresholds (triggers) for all conditions...
October 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Benjamin D Elder, Timothy F Witham
Low back pain is highly prevalent, affecting a vast majority of the adult population at some point in their lifetime. Thorough history and physical examination is critically important in evaluating these patients and screening for potentially serious conditions. Imaging should be guided by the history and physical examination, particularly when there is concern for serious conditions and/or a focal neurological deficit present. Adequate treatment of patients with low back pain often requires a multidisciplinary approach, involving several medical specialties...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Dimitrios Theofanidis
BACKGROUND: Improving stroke outcomes by educating nurses in state-of-the-art stroke nursing skills is essential, but unfortunately, to date, there are limited validated stroke assessment scales for routine clinical and research use in Greece. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to validate and culturally adapt three internationally recognised stroke scales for use in Greece. METHODS: A critical appraisal of the international literature was undertaken to identify suitable scales to assess stroke impact: neurological, functional status and level of dependence...
September 29, 2016: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Matthew Plow, Sabrina Mangal, Kathryn Geither, Meghan Golding
A critical public health objective is to optimize and disseminate self-management interventions for the 56.7 million adults living with chronic disabling conditions in the United States. A possible strategy to optimize the effectiveness of self-management interventions is to understand how best to tailor self-management interventions to the needs and circumstances of each participant. Thus, the purpose of this scoping review was to describe randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of tailored self-management interventions in adults with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions that characteristically result in mobility impairments...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
D Chisholm, M Heslin, S Docrat, S Nanda, R Shidhaye, N Upadhaya, M Jordans, J Abdulmalik, S Olayiwola, O Gureje, D Kizza, J Mugisha, F Kigozi, C Hanlon, M Adugna, R Sanders, C Pretorius, G Thornicroft, C Lund
BACKGROUND: Although financing represents a critical component of health system strengthening and also a defining concern of efforts to move towards universal health coverage, many countries lack the tools and capacity to plan effectively for service scale-up. As part of a multi-country collaborative study (the Emerald project), we set out to develop, test and apply a fully integrated health systems resource planning and health impact tool for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders...
September 19, 2016: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Airton Leonardo de Oliveira Manoel, Alberto Goffi, Fernando Godinho Zampieri, David Turkel-Parrella, Abhijit Duggal, Thomas R Marotta, R Loch Macdonald, Simon Abrahamson
Spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), defined as nontraumatic bleeding into the brain parenchyma, is the second most common subtype of stroke, with 5.3 million cases and over 3 million deaths reported worldwide in 2010. Case fatality is extremely high (reaching approximately 60 % at 1 year post event). Only 20 % of patients who survive are independent within 6 months. Factors such as chronic hypertension, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, and anticoagulation are commonly associated with ICH. Chronic arterial hypertension represents the major risk factor for bleeding...
2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Kacey B Anderson, Samuel M Poloyac, Patrick M Kochanek, Philip E Empey
Targeted temperature management (TTM) has been shown to reduce mortality and improve neurological outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CA) patients and in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). TTM has also been associated with adverse drug events in the critically ill patient due to its effect on drug pharmacokinetics (PKs) and pharmacodynamics (PDs). We aim to evaluate the current literature on the effect of TTM on drug PKs and PDs following CA. MEDLINE/PubMed databases were searched for publications, which include the MeSH terms hypothermia, drug metabolism, drug transport, P450, critical care, cardiac arrest, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics between July 2006 and October 2015...
September 13, 2016: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
Hua-Yu Zhang, Dong Liu, Hao Tang, Shi-Jin Sun, Shan-Mu Ai, Wen-Qun Yang, Dong-Po Jiang, Lian-Yang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) is a disease with high morbidity and mortality among critically ill patients. The study's objectives were to explore the prevalence of IAH and physicians' awareness of the 2013 World Society of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS) guidelines in Chinese intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: A cross-sectional study of four ICUs in Southwestern China was conducted from June 17 to August 2, 2014. Adult patients admitted to the ICU for more than 24 h, with bladder catheter but without obvious intravesical pressure (IVP) measurement contraindications, were recruited...
2016: Military Medical Research
Wendy Cheng, Tony K L Kiang, Penny Bring, Mary H H Ensom
BACKGROUND: The Winter-Tozer equation for estimating free phenytoin concentration is biased and imprecise. Alternative predictive equations are available, but most remain unvalidated. OBJECTIVES: To assess the bias and precision of the Winter-Tozer equation and selected derivative equations in predicting free phenytoin concentration and to derive new equations with better predictive performance. METHODS: A retrospective chart review (for patients with samples drawn for free phenytoin concentration between September 2008 and September 2013) was conducted for 3 subpopulations (critical care, general medicine, neurology) in one hospital...
July 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Xueping Chen, Jin-Mei Li, Fan Liu, Qiong Wang, Dong Zhou, Xiaohui Lai
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis (anti-NMDAR encephalitis) is the most common type of immune-mediated encephalitis. This study aimed to assess the incidence and mortality of anti-NMDAR encephalitis in intensive care unit (ICU) to evaluate the clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, managements and outcomes, and to compare these characteristics with patients with non-anti-NMDAR encephalitis admitted to ICU. Patients admitted to the neurological ICU with suspected encephalitis were included between January 1, 2012 and July 31, 2015...
September 12, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Eriko Miyata, Atsushi Tanaka, Hiroki Emori, Akira Taruya, Shinji Miyai, Nobuo Sakagoshi
OBJECTIVE: Pneumonia after cardiovascular surgery is the leading cause of mortality. Postoperative aspiration pneumonia becomes a critical issue in the management of cardiovascular surgery in the aging society. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and risk factors of aspiration pneumonia after cardiovascular surgery for elderly patients. METHODS: This study consisted of 123 elderly patients (>65 years old) who survived their final extubation following cardiovascular surgery at Kinan Hospital...
September 9, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Alexandre Tran, Henrietta Blinder, Brian Hutton, Shane English
BACKGROUND: Sedation is an important consideration in the care of the neurocritically ill patient. It provides anxiety and relief, facilitates procedures and nursing tasks, and minimizes intolerance of mechanical ventilation. Alpha-2 agonists such as dexmedetomidine and clonidine have been shown to be an effective alternative in the general critical care population by reducing duration of mechanical ventilation and length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU), as compared to traditional sedative agents such as propofol or benzodiazepines...
2016: Systematic Reviews
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