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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749111/syncope-in-pediatric-patients-a-practical-approach-to-differential-diagnosis-and-management-in-the-emergency-department-digest
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Colleen Fant, Ari Cohen, Michelle N Vazquez
Syncope is a condition that is often seen in the emergency department. Most syncope is benign, but it can be a symptom of a life-threatening condition. While syncope often requires an extensive workup in adults, in the pediatric population, critical questioning and simple, noninvasive testing is usually sufficient to exclude significant or life-threatening causes. For low-risk patients, resource-intensive workups are rarely diagnostic, and add significant cost to medical care. This issue will highlight critical diseases that cause syncope, identify high-risk "red flags," and enable the emergency clinician to develop a cost-effective, minimally invasive algorithm for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric syncope...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742724/epidemiology-of-noninvasive-ventilation-in-pediatric-cardiac-icus
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Ryan A Romans, Steven M Schwartz, John M Costello, Nikhil K Chanani, Parthak Prodhan, Avihu Z Gazit, Andrew H Smith, David S Cooper, Jeffrey Alten, Kshitij P Mistry, Wenying Zhang, Janet E Donohue, Michael Gaies
OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology of noninvasive ventilation therapy for patients admitted to pediatric cardiac ICUs and to assess practice variation across hospitals. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using prospectively collected clinical registry data. SETTING: Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium clinical registry. PATIENTS: Patients admitted to cardiac ICUs at PC4 hospitals. INTERVENTIONS: None...
July 22, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739655/critical-issues-in-food-allergy-a-national-academies-consensus-report
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Scott H Sicherer, Katrina Allen, Gideon Lack, Steve L Taylor, Sharon M Donovan, Maria Oria
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert, ad hoc committee to examine critical issues related to food allergy. The authors of the resulting report, "Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management, and Public Policy," evaluated the scientific evidence on the prevalence, diagnosis, prevention, and management of food allergy and made recommendations to bring about a safe environment for those affected. The committee recommended approaches to monitor prevalence, explore risk factors, improve diagnosis, and provide evidence-based health care...
July 24, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739067/the-unique-role-of-the-pediatric-clinical-research-nurse-in-anesthesia-an-interdisciplinary-collaboration
#4
Christine Dube, Vanessa Young, Michelle Anderson, Brenda Barton, Izabela Leahy
This article describes the distinctive function of the pediatric clinical research nurse (CRN) in the anesthesia setting. The pediatric CRN in anesthesia acts as a liaison between families and the research team and is the major nexus between the principal investigator or anesthesiologist on a study, and the collaborating surgeons from many different departments. This is unique because the CRNs collaborate with physicians in specialties that can include plastics, urology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, cardiology, critical care, and many other departments...
August 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737598/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-cardiac-arrest-in-pediatric-cardiac-icus
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Jeffrey A Alten, Darren Klugman, Tia T Raymond, David S Cooper, Janet E Donohue, Wenying Zhang, Sara K Pasquali, Michael G Gaies
OBJECTIVES: In-hospital cardiac arrest occurs in 2.6-6% of children with cardiac disease and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Much remains unknown about cardiac arrest in pediatric cardiac ICUs; therefore, we aimed to describe cardiac arrest epidemiology in a contemporary multicenter cardiac ICU cohort. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis within the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium clinical registry. SETTING: Cardiac ICUs within 23 North American hospitals...
July 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737594/identifying-risk-for-acute-kidney-injury-in-infants-and-children-following-cardiac-arrest
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Tara M Neumayr, Jeff Gill, Julie C Fitzgerald, Avihu Z Gazit, Jose A Pineda, Robert A Berg, J Michael Dean, Frank W Moler, Allan Doctor
OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to identify risk factors for acute kidney injury in children surviving cardiac arrest. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a public access dataset. SETTING: Fifteen children's hospitals associated with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. PATIENTS: Two hundred ninety-six subjects between 1 day and 18 years old who experienced in-hospital or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest between July 1, 2003, and December 31, 2004...
July 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734516/pediatric-human-immunodeficiency-virus-continuum-of-care-a-concise-review-of-evidence-based-practice
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Megan E Gray, Phillip Nieburg, Rebecca Dillingham
Children and adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) represent a population that requires a unique approach to HIV care. Prevention, testing, initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and retention and engagement in care are critical steps. Each step requires providers to address age-specific barriers, so that successful and prolonged viral suppression can occur. Adherence to ART, disclosure of HIV-positive status, and stigma are examples of struggles faced by youth, their families, and health care providers...
August 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720036/procalcitonin-to-detect-bacterial-infections-in-critically-ill-pediatric-patients
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David M Jacobs, Maya Holsen, Shirley Chen, Nicholas M Fusco, Amanda B Hassinger
The diagnostic power of procalcitonin (PCT) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is uncertain. This study aimed to determine the diagnostic ability of PCT to detect serious bacterial infections (SBI) in a heterogeneous PICU population. This was a retrospective cohort study of patients on whom a PCT level was obtained within 48 hours of admission to a PICU from 2013 to 2015. Discriminatory ability of PCT to predict SBI was examined by test and receiver operating characteristics (AUC [area under the curve]-ROC)...
August 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713799/the-use-of-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-as-standard-of-care-in-pediatrics
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REVIEW
Caitlin G Peterson, Yosuke Miyashita
Hypertension (HTN) is a significant global health problem, responsible for 7.5 million deaths each year worldwide. The prevalence of HTN is increasing in the pediatric population likely attributed to the increase in childhood obesity. Recent work has also shown that blood pressure (BP) tends to track from childhood to adulthood including BP-related target organ damage. In the last 25-30 years, pediatric use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) has been expanding mainly in the setting of initial elevated BP measurement evaluation, HTN therapy efficacy follow-up, and renal disease...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712906/a-comparison-of-pharmacologic-therapeutic-agents-used-for-the-reduction-of-intracranial-pressure-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Ahmed M Alnemari, Brianna M Krafcik, Tarek R Mansour, Daniel Gaudin
OBJECTIVE: In neurotrauma care, a better understanding of treatments following traumatic brain injury (TBI) has led to a significant decrease in morbidity and mortality in this population. TBI represents a significant medical problem, and complications following TBI are associated with the initial injury and post-event intracranial processes such as elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) and brain edema. Consequently, appropriate therapeutic interventions are required to reduce brain tissue damage and improve cerebral perfusion...
July 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711963/transfer-of-neonates-with-critical-congenital-heart-disease-within-a-regionalized-network
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Michael F Swartz, Jill M Cholette, Jennifer M Orie, Marshall L Jacobs, Jeffrey P Jacobs, George M Alfieris
Regionalization of pediatric cardiac surgical care varies between and within states. In most geographic regions, at least some neonates with critical heart disease are transferred from their birth hospital to a different hospital for surgery. The impact of neonatal transfer for surgery, particularly over a considerable distance (>10 miles), has been largely unexplored. We sought to examine the impact of transferring neonates for cardiac surgery. We queried the New York State Cardiac Surgery database (2005-2014) from a single institution to identify neonates born within the cardiac surgery center and those transferred for surgery...
July 15, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699492/adverse-drug-reactions-in-critical-care-setting-a-systematic-review
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Joshua Lisha, Velu Annalakshmi, Jose Maria, Devi Padmini
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) is reported to be high in critical care units. We conducted a systematic review to study the prevalence, drugs implicated, preventability, predictability, severity and determinants of ADRs in critical care settings. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, PROQUEST and OVID (January 1995 to June 2015) using pre-specified appropriate medical subject heading (MeSH) terms. Of 1552 studies, 34 studies were included for data extraction and synthesis...
July 10, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697170/critically-ill-children-with-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-a-case-series-of-14-patients
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Esther Huimin Leow, Shui Yen Soh, Ah Moy Tan, Yee Hui Mok, Mei Yoke Chan, Jan Hau Lee
Children with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) are at an increased risk of critical illness. In this study, we described the clinical characteristics of critically ill children with HLH and identify factors associated with poor clinical outcomes. Children who were diagnosed with HLH with emergent admission to Children's Intensive Care Unit (CICU) between January 1, 2000 and October 31, 2015 were included. The primary outcome was CICU mortality. Over the 15-year period, there were 14 critically ill patients with HLH with 23 CICU admissions...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696880/performance-of-pediatric-risk-of-mortality-score-among-critically-ill-children-with-heart-disease
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Rebecca A Russell, Mallikarjuna Rettiganti, Nancy Brundage, Howard E Jeffries, Punkaj Gupta
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the Pediatric Risk of Mortality 3 (PRISM-3) score in critically ill children with heart disease. METHODS: Patients <18 years of age admitted with cardiac diagnoses (cardiac medical and cardiac surgical) to one of the participating pediatric intensive care units in the Virtual Pediatric Systems, LLC, database were included. Performance of PRISM-3 was evaluated with discrimination and calibration measures among both cardiac surgical and cardiac medical patients...
July 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694568/the-role-of-routine-measurement-of-intra-abdominal-pressure-in-preventing-abdominal-compartment-syndrome
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G Raghavendra Prasad, J V Subba Rao, Amtul Aziz, T M Rashmi
INTRODUCTION: Abdomen, a closed compartment, is prone to raised intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in the postoperative period. After a critical value of ≥ 15 cm of water, IAP produces abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). ACS leads to reduced venous return, reduced cardiac output, and domino effect of organ dysfunction, leading to death. Hence, it is the need of hour to monitor IAP to pick up intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and ACS. This routine facilitates early institution of treatment measures...
July 2017: Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692447/communicating-the-benefits-and-risks-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-therapy-to-patients-and-families
#16
Joseph A Picoraro, Joel R Rosh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Treatment options for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have rapidly expanded as the treatment paradigm has shifted from controlling symptoms to reducing lifetime inflammatory burden. Families are confronted with the actual and perceived risks of this ever-expanding array of choices. We aim to review the shared decision-making process in pediatric IBD to ensure an optimal therapeutic plan for the child and their family. RECENT FINDINGS: Mucosal healing is a critical treatment target in pediatric IBD but it may not coincide with clinical symptoms...
July 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691958/guidelines-for-the-provision-and-assessment-of-nutrition-support-therapy-in-the-pediatric-critically-ill-patient-society-of-critical-care-medicine-and-american-society-for-parenteral-and-enteral-nutrition
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Nilesh M Mehta, Heather E Skillman, Sharon Y Irving, Jorge A Coss-Bu, Sarah Vermilyea, Elizabeth Anne Farrington, Liam McKeever, Amber M Hall, Praveen S Goday, Carol Braunschweig
This document represents the first collaboration between two organizations, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, to describe best practices in nutrition therapy in critically ill children. The target of these guidelines is intended to be the pediatric (> 1 mo and < 18 yr) critically ill patient expected to require a length of stay greater than 2 or 3 days in a PICU admitting medical, surgical, and cardiac patients. In total, 2,032 citations were scanned for relevance...
July 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689669/low-serum-selenium-is-associated-with-the-severity-of-organ-failure-in-critically-ill-children
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M Broman, Mattias Lindfors, Åke Norberg, Christina Hebert, Olav Rooyackers, Jan Wernerman, Urban Fläring
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Low concentration of serum selenium is associated with the inflammatory response and multiple organ failure in adult ICU-patients. Critically ill children are less well characterized. In this study, serum selenium concentration and its possible relation to multiple organ failure as well as glutathione status was investigated in pediatric intensive care (PICU) patients. METHODS: A prospective consecutive cohort of critically ill children (n = 100) admitted to the PICU of a tertiary university hospital, and in addition an age stratified reference group of healthy children (n = 60) were studied...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688998/targeted-temperature-management-in-the-icu-guidelines-from-a-french-expert-panel
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Alain Cariou, Jean-Francois Payen, Karim Asehnoune, Gerard Audibert, Astrid Botte, Olivier Brissaud, Guillaume Debaty, Sandrine Deltour, Nicolas Deye, Nicolas Engrand, Gilles Francony, Stéphane Legriel, Bruno Levy, Philippe Meyer, Jean-Christophe Orban, Sylvain Renolleau, Bernard Vigue, Laure De Saint Blanquat, Cyrille Mathien, Lionel Velly
Over the recent period, the use of induced hypothermia has gained an increasing interest for critically ill patients, in particular in brain-injured patients. The term "targeted temperature management" (TTM) has now emerged as the most appropriate when referring to interventions used to reach and maintain a specific level temperature for each individual. TTM may be used to prevent fever, to maintain normothermia, or to lower core temperature. This treatment is widely used in intensive care units, mostly as a primary neuroprotective method...
July 5, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688136/ultrasound-versus-traditional-palpation-to-guide-radial-artery-cannulation-in-critically-ill-children-a-randomized-trial
#20
Nattachai Anantasit, Pimporn Cheeptinnakorntaworn, Anant Khositseth, Rojjanee Lertbunrian, Marut Chantra
OBJECTIVES: To identify success rates for radial artery cannulation in a pediatric critical care unit using either palpation or ultrasound guidance to cannulate the radial artery. METHODS: A prospective randomized comparative study of critically ill children who required invasive monitoring in a tertiary referral center was conducted. All patients were randomized by a stratified block of 4 to either ultrasound-guided or traditional palpation radial artery cannulation...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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