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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523249/risk-factors-clinical-presentation-and-outcome-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-bacteremia
#1
Tala Ballouz, Jad Aridi, Claude Afif, Jihad Irani, Chantal Lakis, Rakan Nasreddine, Eid Azar
Infections caused by Acinetobacter baumannii (AB), an increasingly prevalent nosocomial pathogen, have been associated with high morbidity and mortality. We conducted this study to analyze the clinical features, outcomes, and factors influencing the survival of patients with AB bacteremia. We retrospectively examined the medical records of all patients developing AB bacteremia during their hospital stay at a tertiary care hospital in Beirut between 2010 and 2015. Ninety episodes of AB bacteremia were documented in eighty-five patients...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504235/sweden-coronary-and-structural-heart-interventions-from-2010-to-2015
#2
Nils Witt, Andreas Rück, Stefan K James, Sasha Koul, Bo Lagerqvist
Sparsely populated and with wide non-urbanised areas, Sweden faces specific challenges in providing publicly financed, high-quality and equal healthcare to all parts of the country. As a result, a decentralised organisation for acute coronary care has been developed with coronary care units and catheterisation laboratories in several small- and medium-sized city areas. In contrast, highly specialised non-emergent interventional procedures are centralised to a few high-volume centres, mainly located at university hospitals in large city areas...
May 15, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495320/comparison-of-2-intravenous-insulin-protocols-glycemia-variability-in-critically-ill-patients
#3
Marta Gómez-Garrido, Ana M Rodilla-Fiz, María Girón-Lacasa, Laura Rodríguez-Rubio, Anselmo Martínez-Blázquez, Fernando Martínez-López, María Dolores Pardo-Ibáñez, Juan M Núñez-Marín
OBJECTIVE: Glycemic variability is an independent predictor of mortality in critically ill patients. The objective of this study was to compare two intravenous insulin protocols in critically ill patients regarding the glycemic variability. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study performed by reviewing clinical records of patients from a Critical Care Unit for 4 consecutive months. First, a simpler Scale-Based Intravenous Insulin Protocol (SBIIP) was reviewed and later it was compared for the same months of the following year with a Sliding Scale-Based Intravenous Insulin Protocol (SSBIIP)...
May 2017: Endocrinol Diabetes Nutr
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494178/suicide-attempt-with-self-made-taxus-baccata-leaf-capsules-survival-following-the-application-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-ventricular-arrythmia-and-refractory-cardiogenic-shock
#4
Fanny Vardon Bounes, Elsa Tardif, Stéphanie Ruiz, Jean-Christophe Gallart, Jean-Marie Conil, Clément Delmas
CONTEXT: Yew intoxication has been known for many years; high dose ingestion of Taxus baccata leads to cardiac toxicity mediated by calcium and sodium channel blocking properties. We present a case report of a patient who attempted suicide after T. baccata ingestion, causing refractory cardiogenic shock requiring temporary circulatory assistance by veno-arterial extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO). CASE DETAILS: A 28-year-old man was admitted to the critical care unit of a university hospital for arrhythmia after ingestion of self-made T...
May 11, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492122/critical-care-admission-of-south-african-sa-surgical-patients-results-of-the-sa-surgical-outcomes-study
#5
David Lee Skinner, Kim De Vasconcellos, Robert Wise, Tonya Marianne Esterhuizen, Cate Fourie, Akhter Goolam Mahomed, P Dean Gopalan, Ivan Joubert, Hyla-Louise Kluyts, L Rudo Mathivha, Busisiwe Mrara, Jan P Pretorius, Guy Richards, Ollie Smith, Maryke Geertruida Louise Spruyt, Rupert M Pearse, Thandinkosi E Madiba, Bruce M Biccard, On Behalf Of The South African Surgical Outcomes Study Sasos Investigators
BACKGROUND: Appropriate critical care admissions are an important component of surgical care. However, there are few data describing postoperative critical care admission in resource-limited low- and middle-income countries. OBJECTIVE: To describe the demographics, organ failures, organ support and outcomes of non-cardiac surgical patients admitted to critical care units in South Africa (SA). METHODS: The SA Surgical Outcomes Study (SASOS) was a 7-day national, multicentre, prospective, observational cohort study of all patients ≥16 years of age undergoing inpatient non-cardiac surgery between 19 and 26 May 2014 at 50 government-funded hospitals...
April 25, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473280/safety-of-early-performance-of-the-six-minute-walk-test-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-cross-sectional-study
#6
Lívia S Diniz, Victor R Neves, Ana C Starke, Marco P T Barbosa, Raquel R Britto, Antônio L P Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: The six-minute walk test (6MWT) is a simple, low cost, reliable, and valid method for evaluating the functional capacity of cardiac patients. However, its early use and safety following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is recent and has been little investigated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and to compare the safety and the cardiac behavior of early performance of the 6MWT in patients following uncomplicated AMI up to 4 days or more than 4 days after the event...
April 8, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461865/the-effect-of-education-on-the-anxiety-of-a-family-with-a-patient-in-critical-care-unit-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Vida Shafipour, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Yadollah Jannati, Fariba Shoushi
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that family members of patients in intensive care units experience high levels of anxiety. Contradictions in the results of the studies conducted regarding the effect of training on the anxiety level of such families, emphasize the necessity of employing other research methods to eliminate these ambiguities. OBJECTIVE: This study applied meta-analysis to determine the effect of training on the anxiety level of families with patients in the intensive care unit...
March 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460858/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-pediatric-intubation-by%C3%A2-an-australian-helicopter-emergency-medical%C3%A2-service
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Brian J Burns, Joanna B Watterson, Sandra Ware, Luke Regan, Cliff Reid
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examine first-look success in emergency pediatric intubation by a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (EMS). METHODS: A database analysis of all pediatric (<16 years) intubations during a 64-month period was undertaken, using data from a prospectively enrolled electronic airway registry form. Recorded findings included patient demographics, operator background, airway intervention including intubation attempts, complications, and critical timings...
April 28, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458696/relationship-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-angiographic-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Reza Miri, Amir Sajjadieh, Mohammad Parsamahjoob, Bahareh Hajibaratali, Masood Shekarchizadeh, Ali Asghar Kolahi, Mehran Sadeghi, Zahra Ahmadi, Hamedreza Farmanara, Mansoureh Shekarchizadeh-Esfahani
BACKGROUND: There are a few literature data on the correlation between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and coronary disease among Iranian population. This study aimed to find relationship between MetS and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in presence of diabetes. METHODS: Total of 192 patients were consecutively enrolled in the study who were admitted to coronary care unit because of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and then underwent coronary angiography. MetS was defined by Iranian criteria...
September 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456381/high-prevalence-and-moderate-diversity-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-u-bends-of-high-risk-units-in-hospital
#10
Amélie Varin, Benoît Valot, Pascal Cholley, Camille Morel, Michelle Thouverez, Didier Hocquet, Xavier Bertrand
The presence of P. aeruginosa in water supply is clearly identified as a risk factor for P. aeruginosa infection in critical care units, even if routes of transmission are often unclear and remain a matter of debate. We determined here the frequency of U-bends contaminated with P. aeruginosa in high-risk units and described the population structure of this opportunistic pathogen in a non-outbreak situation. Eighty-seven U-bends from sinks of rooms in five wards were sampled 3 times and P. aeruginosa was detected in 121 of the 261 (46...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453865/saliva-and-plasma-levels-of-cardiac-related-biomarkers-in-post-myocardial-infarction-patients
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N Rathnayake, K Buhlin, B Kjellström, B Klinge, C Löwbeer, A Norhammar, L Rydén, T Sorsa, T Tervahartiala, A Gustafsson
AIM: To relate cardiac biomarkers, such as Cystatin C and Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) in saliva to myocardial infarction (MI) and to periodontal status, and to investigate the relation between salivary and plasma cardiac biomarkers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 200 patients with MI admitted to coronary care units and 200 matched controls without MI were included. Dental examination and collection of blood and saliva samples was performed 6-10 weeks after the MI for patients and in close proximity thereafter for controls...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
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EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447144/-standardized-collection-of-presenting-complaints-in-the-emergency-room-integration-of-coded-presenting-complaints-into-the-electronic-medical-record-system-of-an-emergency-department-and-their-value-for-health-care-research
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F Greiner, D Brammen, M Kulla, F Walcher, B Erdmann
BACKGROUND: The point of entry of a patient in emergency care is a symptom or a complaint. To evaluate subsequent processes in an emergency department until a diagnosis is made, this information has to be taken into account. OBJECTIVES: We report the introduction of coded presenting complaints into the electronic medical record system of an emergency department and describe the patients based on these data. METHODS: The CEDIS presenting complaint list was integrated into the emergency department information system of an emergency department (38,000 patients/year)...
April 26, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438820/use-of-an-argatroban-based-purge-solution-in-a-percutaneous-ventricular-assist-device
#14
Benjamin Laliberte, Brent N Reed
PURPOSE: The use of an argatroban-based percutaneous ventricular assist device (pVAD) purge solution in a patient with suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is described. SUMMARY: A 70-year-old woman in cardiogenic shock was admitted to a coronary care unit after being discovered unresponsive at home. A transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a low ejection fraction and findings consistent with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Administration of multiple inotropes and vasopressors was initially required for hemodynamic support...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438320/critical-care-nurses-perceptions-of-the-outcomes-of-working-overtime-in-canada
#15
Vanessa M Lobo, Jenny Ploeg, Anita Fisher, Gladys Peachey, Noori Akhtar-Danesh
BACKGROUND: Nursing overtime is being integrated into the normal landscape of practice to ensure optimal staffing levels and addresses variations in patient volume and acuity. This is particularly true in critical care where fluctuations in either are difficult to predict. PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to explore critical care nurses' perceptions of the outcomes of working overtime. METHODS: Sally Thorne's interpretive description guided the collection and analysis of data...
January 7, 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431846/implementation-of-daily-chlorhexidine-bathing-to-reduce-colonization-by-multidrug-resistant-organisms-in-a-critical-care-unit
#16
Jackson S Musuuza, Ajay K Sethi, Tonya J Roberts, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Colonized patients are a reservoir for transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Not many studies have examined the effectiveness of daily chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing under routine care conditions. We present a descriptive analysis of the trends of MDRO colonization following implementation of daily CHG bathing under routine clinical conditions in an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: From May 2010-January 2011, we screened patients admitted to a 24-bed ICU for and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and fluoroquinolone-resistant gram-negative bacilli (FQRGNB)...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419180/impact-of-gestational-nicotine-exposure-on-intrauterine-and-fetal-infection-in-a-rodent-model1
#17
Maria von Chamier, Leticia Reyes, Linda F Hayward, Mary B Brown
We investigated the interaction between prenatal nicotine exposure and intrauterine infection using established rat models. Beginning at gestation day (GD) 6, dams were continuously infused with either saline or 6 mg/kg/day nicotine (Nic). At GD 14, dams received either sterile broth or 105 CFU Mycoplasma pulmonis (MP), resulting in 4 treatment groups: Control (4 dams, 33 fetal units); MP only (5 dams, 55 fetal units); Nic only (5 dams, 61 fetal units) and Nic + MP (7 dams, 82 fetal units). At GD 18, nicotine exposure significantly increased (P ≤ 0...
April 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416042/earthquakes-fuel-crisis-power-outages-and-health-care-in-nepal-implications-for-the-future
#18
Bipin Adhikari, Shiva Raj Mishra, Sujan Babu Marahatta, Nils Kaehler, Kumar Paudel, Janak Adhikari, Shristi Raut
Earthquakes are a major natural calamity with pervasive effects on human life and nature. Similar effects are mimicked by man-made disasters such as fuel crises and power outages in developing countries. Natural and man-made disasters can cause intangible human suffering and often leave scars of lifelong psychosocial damage. Lessons from these disasters are frequently not implemented. The main objective of this study was to review the effects of the 2015 earthquakes, fuel crisis, and power outages on the health services of Nepal and formulate recommendations for the future...
April 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414165/recognising-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-during-emergency-calls-increases-bystander-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-and-survival
#19
Søren Viereck, Thea Palsgaard Møller, Annette Kjær Ersbøll, Josefine Stokholm Bækgaard, Andreas Claesson, Jacob Hollenberg, Fredrik Folke, Freddy K Lippert
BACKGROUND: Initiation of early bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) depends on bystanders' or medical dispatchers' recognition of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The primary aim of our study was to investigate if OHCA recognition during the emergency call was associated with bystander CPR, return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), and 30-day survival. Our secondary aim was to identify patient-, setting-, and dispatcher-related predictors of OHCA recognition. METHODS: We performed an observational study of all OHCA patients' emergency calls in the Capital Region of Denmark from 01/01/2013-31/12/2013...
June 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412843/continuous-ecg-monitoring-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-or-heart-failure-easi-versus-gold-standard
#20
Loreto Lancia, Andrea Toccaceli, Cristina Petrucci, Silvio Romano, Maria Penco
The purpose of the study was to compare the EASI system with the standard 12-lead surface electrocardiogram (ECG) for the accuracy in detecting the main electrocardiographic parameters (J point, PR, QT, and QRS) commonly monitored in patients with acute coronary syndromes or heart failure. In this observational comparative study, 253 patients who were consecutively admitted to the coronary care unit with acute coronary syndrome or heart failure were evaluated. In all patients, two complete 12-lead ECGs were acquired simultaneously...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Nursing Research
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