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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230392/non-invasive-monitoring-of-cardiac-output-in-critical-care-medicine
#1
REVIEW
Lee S Nguyen, Pierre Squara
Critically ill patients require close hemodynamic monitoring to titrate treatment on a regular basis. It allows administering fluid with parsimony and adjusting inotropes and vasoactive drugs when necessary. Although invasive monitoring is considered as the reference method, non-invasive monitoring presents the obvious advantage of being associated with fewer complications, at the expanse of accuracy, precision, and step-response change. A great many methods and devices are now used over the world, and this article focuses on several of them, providing with a brief review of related underlying physical principles and validation articles analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225790/update-on-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
#2
REVIEW
Jean-Francois Timsit, Wafa Esaied, Mathilde Neuville, Lila Bouadma, Bruno Mourvllier
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most frequent life-threatening nosocomial infection in intensive care units. The diagnostic is difficult because radiological and clinical signs are inaccurate and could be associated with various respiratory diseases. The concept of infection-related ventilator-associated complication has been proposed as a surrogate of VAP to be used as a benchmark indicator of quality of care. Indeed, bundles of prevention measures are effective in decreasing the VAP rate. In case of VAP suspicion, respiratory secretions must be collected for bacteriological secretions before any new antimicrobials...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219939/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-chinese-respiratory-distress-observation-scale-on-critically-ill-patients-with-cardiopulmonary-diseases
#3
Ya-Hsiang Chan, Hua-Shan Wu, Chih-Ching Yen, Margaret L Campbell
BACKGROUND: Respiratory distress is a common and distressing experience that strikes most critically ill patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. Now, most dyspnea assessment tools rely on patient's self-report. Only one instrument, the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale (RDOS), is valid for assessing respiratory distress when the patient cannot provide a dyspnea self-report. PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to develop the Chinese version of RDOS through two-way translation and examine its reliability and validity...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212480/the-effect-of-nursing-participation-in-the-design-of-a-critical-care-information-system-a-case-study-in-a-chinese-hospital
#4
Yanhong Qin, Ranyun Zhou, Qiong Wu, Xiaodi Huang, Xinli Chen, Weiwei Wang, Xun Wang, Hua Xu, Jing Zheng, Siyu Qian, Changqing Bai, Ping Yu
BACKGROUND: Intensive care information systems (ICIS) are continuously evolving to meet the ever changing information needs of intensive care units (ICUs), providing the backbone for a safe, intelligent and efficient patient care environment. Although beneficial for the international advancement in building smart environments to transform ICU services, knowledge about the contemporary development of ICIS worldwide, their usage and impacts is limited. This study aimed to fill this knowledge gap by researching the development and implementation of an ICIS in a Chinese hospital, nurses' use of the system, and the impact of system use on critical care nursing processes and outcomes...
December 6, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206729/extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-the-pediatric-cardiac-population-in-search-of-a-standard-of-care
#5
Javier J Lasa, Parag Jain, Tia T Raymond, Charles G Minard, Alexis Topjian, Vinay Nadkarni, Michael Gaies, Melania Bembea, Paul A Checchia, Lara S Shekerdemian, Ravi Thiagarajan
OBJECTIVES: Although clinical and pharmacologic guidelines exist for the practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in children (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), the practice of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pediatric cardiac patients remains without universally accepted standards. We aim to explore variation in extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures by surveying clinicians who care for this high-risk patient population. DESIGN: A 28-item cross-sectional survey was distributed via a web-based platform to clinicians focusing on cardiopulmonary resuscitation practices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation team dynamics immediately prior to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulation...
December 4, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202739/the-lung-microbiome-in-patients-with-pneumocystosis
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J Kehrmann, B Veckollari, D Schmidt, O Schildgen, V Schildgen, N Wagner, M Zeschnigk, L Klein-Hitpass, O Witzke, J Buer, J Steinmann
BACKROUND: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is an opportunistic fungal infection that is associated with a high morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. In this study, we analysed the microbiome of the lower respiratory tract from critically ill intensive care unit patients with and without pneumocystosis. METHODS: Broncho-alveolar fluids from 65 intubated and mechanically ventilated intensive care unit patients (34 PCP+ and 31 PCP- patients) were collected...
December 4, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202543/-experts-consensus-on-the-management-of-the-right-heart-function-in-critically-ill-patients
#7
X T Wang, D W Liu, H M Zhang, Y Long, X D Guan, H B Qiu, K J Yu, J Yan, H Zhao, Y Q Tang, X Ding, X C Ma, W Du, Y Kang, B Tang, Y H Ai, H W He, D C Chen, H Chen, W Z Chai, X Zhou, N Cui, H Wang, X Rui, Z J Hu, J G Li, Y Xu, Y Yang, B Ouyan, H Y Lin, Y M Li, X Y Wan, R L Yang, Y Z Qin, Y G Chao, Z Y Xie, R H Sun, Z Y He, D F Wang, Q Q Huang, D P Jiang, X Y Cao, R G Yu, X Wang, X K Chen, J F Wu, L N Zhang, M G Yin, L X Liu, S W Li, Z J Chen, Z Luo
To establish the experts consensus on the right heart function management in critically ill patients. The panel of consensus was composed of 30 experts in critical care medicine who are all members of Critical Hemodynamic Therapy Collaboration Group (CHTC Group). Each statement was assessed based on the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation) principle. Then the Delphi method was adopted by 52 experts to reassess all the statements. (1) Right heart function is prone to be affected in critically illness, which will result in a auto-exaggerated vicious cycle...
December 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202260/interobserver-agreement-for-post-mortem-renal-histopathology-and-diagnosis-of-acute-tubular-necrosis-in-critically-ill-patients
#8
Neil J Glassford, Alison Skene, Maria B Guardiola, Matthew J Chan, Sean M Bagshaw, Rinaldo Bellomo, Kim Solez
BACKGROUND: The renal histopathology of critically ill patients dying with acute kidney injury (AKI) in intensive care units of high income countries remains uncertain. METHODS: Retrospective observational assessment of interobserver agreement in the reporting of renal post mortem histopathology, and the ability of pathologists blinded to the clinical context to independently identify the presence of pre-mortem AKI from digital images of histological sections from 34 critically ill patients dying in teaching hospitals in Australia and Canada...
December 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201914/acute-right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-intensive-care-unit
#9
REVIEW
Juan C Grignola, Enric Domingo
The role of the left ventricle in ICU patients with circulatory shock has long been considered. However, acute right ventricle (RV) dysfunction causes and aggravates many common critical diseases (acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary embolism, acute myocardial infarction, and postoperative cardiac surgery). Several supportive therapies, including mechanical ventilation and fluid management, can make RV dysfunction worse, potentially exacerbating shock. We briefly review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and recommendations to guide management of acute RV dysfunction in ICU patients...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194491/healthcare-providers-perceptions-of-a-situational-awareness-display-for-emergency-department-resuscitation-a-simulation-qualitative-study
#10
Lisa A Calder, Abhi Bhandari, George Mastoras, Kathleen Day, Kathryn Momtahan, Matthew Falconer, Brian Weitzman, Benjamin Sohmer, A Adam Cwinn, Stanley J Hamstra, Avi Parush
Importance: Emergency resuscitation of critically ill patients can challenge team communication and situational awareness. Tools facilitating team performance may enhance patient safety. Objectives: To determine resuscitation team members' perceptions of the Situational Awareness Display's utility. Design: We conducted focus groups with healthcare providers during Situational Awareness Display development. After simulations assessing the display, we conducted debriefs with participants...
November 29, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189706/unplanned-extubations-in-intensive-care-unit-evidences-for-risk-factors-a-literature-review
#11
Chiara Cosentino, Mattia Fama, Chiara Foà, Giorgia Bromuri, Serena Giannini, Marco Saraceno, Angela Spagnoletta, Mbemo Tenkue, Elena Trevisi, Leopoldo Sarli
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Unplanned extubations (UE) are getting more and more relevant in Critical Care, becoming a quality and care safeness outcome. This happens because after an UE the patient can face some complications concerning the airway management, respiratory and hemodynamic problems, lengthen in the hospital stay and in the mechanical ventilation time.  The aim of this review is identify and classify the factors that could increase UE risk. METHODOLOGY: A systematic review of scientific articles was performed consulting the databases PubMed, Cinahl, Medline, EBSCOhost and Google Scholar...
November 30, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189528/incidence-and-diagnostic-evaluation-of-postoperative-fever-in-pediatric-patients-with-neuromuscular-disorders
#12
Mohamed A A Yousef, Darius Dranginis, Scott Rosenfeld
BACKGROUND: Children with neuromuscular disorders have a significant chance of developing scoliosis and/or hip dislocation during childhood and adolescence and often undergo surgical reconstruction. Because of their high rate of medical comorbidities, these patients are at higher risk of postoperative complications and are therefore often comanaged, along with orthopaedics, by pediatric medicine and critical care teams. Fever during the postoperative stay is a frequent occurrence and often prompts extensive diagnostic workup which increases the cost and burden on the health system but have unclear effects on the care of the patient...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189296/long-term-outcome-after-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-different-from-general-critical-illness
#13
Thomas Bein, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Christian Apfelbacher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the current research data on long-term outcome and health-related quality of life in survivors of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and to compare these findings with those from non-ARDS patients surviving critical illness. RECENT FINDINGS: Between 6 months and 2 years after discharge from ICU, survivors of ARDS present with substantial impairments of the levels of body function (muscle strength, walking capacity and/or physical activity (physical SF-36 score)...
December 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187230/decreasing-delirium-through-music-ddm-in-critically-ill-mechanically-ventilated-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
#14
Sikandar H Khan, Sophia Wang, Amanda Harrawood, Stephanie Martinez, Annie Heiderscheit, Linda Chlan, Anthony J Perkins, Wanzhu Tu, Malaz Boustani, Babar Khan
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a highly prevalent and morbid syndrome in intensive care units (ICUs). Changing the stressful environment within the ICU via music may be an effective and a scalable way to reduce the burden of delirium. METHODS/DESIGN: The Decreasing Delirium through Music (DDM) study is a three-arm, single-blind, randomized controlled feasibility trial. Sixty patients admitted to the ICU with respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation will be randomized to one of three arms (20 participants per arm): (1) personalized music, (2) non-personalized relaxing music, or (3) attention-control...
November 29, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186403/associations-between-enteral-colonization-with-gram-negative-bacteria-and-intensive-care-unit-acquired-infections-and-colonization-of-the-respiratory-tract
#15
Jos F Frencken, Bastiaan H J Wittekamp, Nienke L Plantinga, Cristian Spitoni, Kirsten van de Groep, Olaf L Cremer, Marc J M Bonten
Background: Enteral and respiratory tract colonization with gram-negative bacteria may lead to subsequent infections in critically ill patients. We aimed to clarify the interdependence between gut and respiratory tract colonization and their associations with intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired infections in patients receiving selective digestive tract decontamination (SDD). Methods: Colonization status of the rectum and respiratory tract was determined using twice-weekly microbiological surveillance in mechanically ventilated subjects receiving SDD between May 2011 and June 2015 in a tertiary medical-surgical ICU in the Netherlands...
September 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184413/near-fatal-asthma-responsive-to-mepolizumab-after-failure-of-omalizumab-and-bronchial-thermoplasty
#16
Francesco Menzella, Carla Galeone, Mirco Lusuardi, Anna Simonazzi, Claudia Castagnetti, Patrizia Ruggiero, Nicola Facciolongo
Severe asthma affects between 5% and 10% of patients with asthma worldwide and requires best standard therapies at maximal doses, but there is a subgroup of patients refractory to all treatments. We share a case report of a 53-year-old woman with a history of severe allergic asthma that progressively worsened over the years despite the best therapy. She had been hospitalized 35 times, including nine admissions to the respiratory intensive care unit due to severe exacerbations. To rule out other possible diagnoses, several investigations were performed, such as computed tomography scan of the chest and neck, fiberoptic laryngoscopy, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, and complete blood cell count...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184048/utilizing-respiratory-therapists-to-reduce-costs-of-care
#17
Ellen A Becker, Cheryl A Hoerr, Kimberly S Wiles, Debra L Skees, Corinne H Miller, Douglas S Laher
INTRODUCTION: Changes to the reimbursement of respiratory care services over the past 26 years make it imperative that respiratory therapists (RTs) demonstrate cost savings to establish their value. Therefore, this systematic review evaluated the cost-related impacts from utilizing RTs to deliver care when compared to other care providers. METHODS: The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines were used to guide the search process...
November 28, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176404/antiplatelet-therapy-for-critically-ill-patients-a-pairwise-and-bayesian-network-meta-analysis
#18
Fangbing Du, Pan Jiang, Shengteng He, Dongming Song, Feng Xu
Antiplatelet therapy is an attractive treatment option for critically ill patients. However, more evidence on the benefit of this therapy is required. We searched the PubMed and Embase databases from their inception to June 2017 for randomized controlled trials and observational studies that assess the effect of antiplatelet therapy in critically ill patients. Antiplatelet therapy resulted in significant decreases in hospital mortality (risk ratio [RR] 0.81, 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.68-0.97; P = 0...
November 15, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175085/ventilator-management-and-respiratory-care-after-cardiac-arrest-oxygenation-ventilation-infection-and-injury
#19
REVIEW
Nicholas J Johnson, David J Carlbom, David F Gaieski
Return of spontaneous circulation after cardiac arrest results in a systemic inflammatory state called the post-cardiac arrest syndrome, characterized by oxidative stress, coagulopathy, neuronal injury, and organ dysfunction. Perturbations in oxygenation and ventilation may exacerbate secondary injury after cardiac arrest, and have been shown to be associated with poor outcome. Further, patients who suffer cardiac arrest are at risk for a number of other pulmonary complications. Up to 70% of patients experience early infection after cardiac arrest, and the respiratory tract is the most common source...
November 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174255/the-impact-of-severity-of-initial-illness-determined-by-sofa-score-and-presence-of-anemia-on-outcomes-among-patients-requiring-extra-corporal-membrane-oxygenation-ecmo-support-a-single-center-experience
#20
Wael Elabbassi, Farah Al Aila, Mohammed Andaleeb Chowdhury, Ahmed Najib, H Zaid, M Michelin, Arif Al Nooryani
INTRODUCTION: ECMO provides respiratory and circulatory support in critically ill patients. In our study, we report on a single center experience with ECMO and aim to identify the prognostic markers for survival to discharge from hospital. METHODS: A registry was maintained on all patients who underwent ECMO implantation from September 2012 till January 2016 at a single institution. The collected data was analyzed to identify baseline characteristics, outcomes including clinical variables predictive of poor outcome...
November 2017: Indian Heart Journal
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