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Heart, intensive care unit, critical care

Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Jezid Miranda, Ghada Bourjeily, Andrew Levinson, Carmelo Dueñas, Camilo Bello Muñoz, José A Rojas-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Every day, about 830 women die worldwide from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric early-warning scores have been proposed as a potential tool to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, based upon the identification of predetermined abnormal values in the vital signs or laboratory parameters, to generate a rapid and effective medical response. Several early-warning scores have been developed for obstetrical patients, but the majority are the result of a clinical consensus rather than statistical analyses of clinical outcome measures (i...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Anthony T Gerlach, Danielle M Blais, G Morgan Jones, Pamela K Burcham, Stanislaw P Stawicki, Charles H Cook, Claire V Murphy
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is commonly used for sedation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and its use may be associated with hypotension. We sought to determine predictors of dexmedetomidine-associated hypotension. METHODS: Retrospective, single-center study of 283 ICU patients in four adults ICUs over a 12 month period. Univariate analyses were performed to determine factors associated with dexmedetomidine-related hypotension. Risk factors significant at the 0...
July 2016: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
Naranpurev Mendsaikhan, Tsolmon Begzjav, Ganbold Lundeg, Martin W Dünser
CONTEXT: The epidemiology and outcome of critical illness in Mongolia remain undefined. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and outcome of critical illness in Mongolia. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This is a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study including 19 Mongolian centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and outcome data of patients >15 years admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) were collected during a 6-month period...
July 2016: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
Manoj Kumar Sahu, Anuradha Singal, Ramesh Menon, Sarvesh Pal Singh, Alka Mohan, Mala Manral, Divya Singh, V Devagouru, Sachin Talwar, Shiv Kumar Choudhary
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Adequate nutritional supplementation in infants with cardiac malformations after surgical repair is a challenge. Critically ill infants in the early postoperative period are in a catabolic stress. The mismatch between estimated energy requirement (EER) and the intake in the postoperative period is multifactorial, predisposing them to complications such as immune deficiency, more infection, and growth failure. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and efficacy of enriched breast milk feed on postoperative recovery and growth of infants after open heart surgery...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Etienne Puymirat, Jean Yves Fagon, Philippe Aegerter, Jean Luc Diehl, Alexandra Monnier, Caroline Hauw-Berlemont, Florence Boissier, Gilles Chatellier, Bertrand Guidet, Nicolas Danchin, Nadia Aissaoui
AIM: To address the paucity of data on the characteristics, outcome and temporal trends in mortality of cardiogenic shock (CS) patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) we examined key features, variations in mortality from CS, and predictors of death in ICU patients over the past 15 years. METHODS AND RESULTS: From the 1997-2012 database of the Collège des Utilisateurs de Bases de données en Réanimation (CUB-Réa) that prospectively collects data from ICUs in the greater Paris area, we determined temporal trends in the incidence of CS, patient outcomes [Crude and Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS)-II Standardized Mortality] and predictors of in-ICU mortality...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Gonzalo Hernández, Concepción Vaquero, Laura Colinas, Rafael Cuena, Paloma González, Alfonso Canabal, Susana Sanchez, Maria Luisa Rodriguez, Ana Villasclaras, Rafael Fernández
Importance: High-flow conditioned oxygen therapy delivered through nasal cannulae and noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) may reduce the need for reintubation. Among the advantages of high-flow oxygen therapy are comfort, availability, lower costs, and additional physiopathological mechanisms. Objective: To test if high-flow conditioned oxygen therapy is noninferior to NIV for preventing postextubation respiratory failure and reintubation in patients at high risk of reintubation...
October 5, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
I Cuesta López, M Sánchez Cuervo, Á Candela Toha, J Benedí González, T Bermejo Vicedo
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The correct management of high-alert medications is a priority issue in expert recommendations for improving the clinical safety of patients. Objectives were to assess the impact of the implementation of vasoactive drug (VAD) protocols on safety and efficacy in the treatment of critically ill patients. METHODS: A prospective before-and-after study on the implementation of different VAD protocols, comparing medication errors (MEs) rates, mean intensive care unit (ICU) stay, mean blood pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR) and oxygen saturation...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Donghao Wang, Yongmei Cao, Yi Lyu, Yingchuan Li, Tao Han
PURPOSE: To evaluate the corrective effect of norepinephrine on hypotension induced by dexmedetomidine through monitoring sedation status, hemodynamics as well as oxygen metabolism. METHODS: 100 patients administered standard-dose dexmedetomidine therapy with RASS between -2 and 0 in the intensive care unit (ICU) were included in the study. According to the application of norepinephrine to correct hypotension after dexmedetomidine therapy, the patients were divided into two groups: group A and group B...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Ahmed Hasanin, Sabah Abdel Raouf Mohamed, Akram El-Adawy
Pain is a common and undertreated problem in critically ill patients. Pain assessment in critically ill patients is challenging and relies on complex scoring systems. The aim of this work was to find out the possible role of the perfusion index (PI) measured by a pulse oximeter (Masimo Radical 7; Masimo Corp., Irvine, CA, USA) in pain assessment in critically ill patients. A prospective observational study was carried out on 87 sedated non-intubated patients in a surgical intensive care unit. In addition to routine monitoring, a Masimo pulse oximeter probe was used for PI measurement...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Jing Zhou, Yi Han
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the ability of pleth variability index (PVI) and respiratory system compliance (RSC) on evaluating the hemodynamic and respiratory effects of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP), then to direct PEEP settings in mechanically ventilated critical patients. METHODS: We studied 22 mechanically ventilated critical patients in the intensive care unit. Patients were monitored with classical monitor and a pulse co-oximeter, with pulse sensors attached to patients' index fingers...
2016: SpringerPlus
Rebecca C Ahrens-Nicklas, Shama Khan, Jennifer Garbarini, Stacy Woyciechowski, Lisa D'Alessandro, Elaine H Zackai, Matthew A Deardorff, Elizabeth Goldmuntz
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are heterogeneous and present with a spectrum of severity, with roughly 25% of patients requiring intervention before age 1. The etiology of disease is unknown in many individuals; however, there is a rapidly expanding understanding of genetic risk factors that may contribute to pathogenesis. Through this work, we sought to evaluate the diagnostic yield of a clinical genetics evaluation and associated genetic testing among infants with critical CHDs. Furthermore, we aimed to both determine the utility of microarray and establish a strong baseline that can be used in future studies of the impact of exome sequencing in this population...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Yahya Acar, Onur Tezel, Necati Salman, Erdem Cevik, Margarita Algaba-Montes, Alberto Oviedo-García, Mayra Patricio-Bordomás, Mustafa Z Mahmoud, Abdelmoneim Sulieman, Abbas Ali, Alrayah Mustafa, Ihab Abdelrahman, Mustafa Bahar, Osama Ali, H Lester Kirchner, Gregor Prosen, Ajda Anzic, Paul Leeson, Maryam Bahreini, Fatemeh Rasooli, Houman Hosseinnejad, Gabriel Blecher, Robert Meek, Diana Egerton-Warburton, Edina Ćatić Ćuti, Stanko Belina, Tihomir Vančina, Idriz Kovačević, Nadan Rustemović, Ikwan Chang, Jin Hee Lee, Young Ho Kwak, Do Kyun Kim, Chi-Yung Cheng, Hsiu-Yung Pan, Chia-Te Kung, Ela Ćurčić, Ena Pritišanac, Ivo Planinc, Marijana Grgić Medić, Radovan Radonić, Abiola Fasina, Anthony J Dean, Nova L Panebianco, Patricia S Henwood, Oliviero Fochi, Moreno Favarato, Ezio Bonanomi, Ivan Tomić, Youngrock Ha, Hongchuen Toh, Elizabeth Harmon, Wilma Chan, Cameron Baston, Gail Morrison, Frances Shofer, Angela Hua, Sharon Kim, James Tsung, Isa Gunaydin, Zeynep Kekec, Mehmet Oguzhan Ay, Jinjoo Kim, Jinhyun Kim, Gyoosung Choi, Dowon Shim, Ji-Han Lee, Jana Ambrozic, Katja Prokselj, Miha Lucovnik, Gabrijela Brzan Simenc, Asta Mačiulienė, Almantas Maleckas, Algimantas Kriščiukaitis, Vytautas Mačiulis, Andrius Macas, Sharad Mohite, Zoltan Narancsik, Hugon Možina, Sara Nikolić, Jan Hansel, Rok Petrovčič, Una Mršić, Simon Orlob, Markus Lerchbaumer, Niklas Schönegger, Reinhard Kaufmann, Chun-I Pan, Chien-Hung Wu, Sarah Pasquale, Stephanie J Doniger, Sharon Yellin, Gerardo Chiricolo, Maja Potisek, Borut Drnovšek, Boštjan Leskovar, Kristine Robinson, Clara Kraft, Benjamin Moser, Stephen Davis, Shelley Layman, Yusef Sayeed, Joseph Minardi, Irmina Sefic Pasic, Amra Dzananovic, Anes Pasic, Sandra Vegar Zubovic, Ana Godan Hauptman, Ana Vujaklija Brajkovic, Jaksa Babel, Marina Peklic, Vedran Radonic, Luka Bielen, Peh Wee Ming, Nur Hafiza Yezid, Fatahul Laham Mohammed, Zainal Abidin Huda, Wan Nasarudin Wan Ismail, W Yus Haniff W Isa, Hashairi Fauzi, Praveena Seeva, Mohd Zulfakar Mazlan
A1 Point-of-care ultrasound examination of cervical spine in emergency departmentYahya Acar, Onur Tezel, Necati SalmanA2 A new technique in verifying the placement of a nasogastric tube: obtaining the longitudinal view of nasogastric tube in addition to transverse view with ultrasoundYahya Acar, Necati Salman, Onur Tezel, Erdem CevikA3 Pseudoaneurysm of the femoral artery after cannulation of a central venous line. Should we always use ultrasound in these procedures?Margarita Algaba-Montes, Alberto Oviedo-García, Mayra Patricio-BordomásA4 Ultrasound-guided supraclavicular subclavian vein catheterization...
September 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Zoe Konstanti, Mary Gouva, Elena Dragioti, Georgios Nakos, Vasilios Koulouras
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown an association between intensive care unit environments and symptoms of psychological distress in family members of critically ill patients. OBJECTIVE: To investigate levels of cardiac anxiety in family members of intensive care unit patients. METHODS: From March 2012 to July 2013, on the third day after the patient's admission, 223 family members of 147 patients completed the Cardiac Anxiety Questionnaire. A total score was calculated from 3 subscales: fear and worry about heart sensations, avoidance of activities reproducing cardiac symptoms, and heart-focused attention and monitoring of cardiac activity...
September 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Robert S Green, Dean A Fergusson, Alexis F Turgeon, Lauralyn A McIntyre, George J Kovacs, Donald E Griesdale, Ryan Zarychanski, Michael B Butler, Nelofar Kureshi, Mete Erdogan
OBJECTIVES: Various medications and devices are available for facilitation of emergent endotracheal intubations (EETIs). The objective of this study was to survey which medications and devices are being utilized for intubation by Canadian physicians. METHODS: A clinical scenario-based survey was developed to determine which medications physicians would administer to facilitate EETI, their first choice of intubation device, and backup strategy should their first choice fail...
August 30, 2016: CJEM
Sion Jo, Jaechol Yoon, Jae Baek Lee, Youngho Jin, Taeoh Jeong, Boyoung Park
STUDY OBJECTIVES: What is the predictive value of the National Early Warning Score-Lactate (NEWS-L) score for mortality and the need for critical care in general emergency department (ED) patients? METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we enrolled all adult patients who visited the ED of an urban academic tertiary-care university hospital in South Korea over 2 consecutive months. The primary outcome was 2-day mortality. The secondary outcomes were the need for critical care (advanced airway use, vasopressor or inotropic agent use, intensive care unit admission) during an ED stay; 2-day composite outcome (2-day mortality and the need for critical care); 7-day mortality; and in-hospital mortality...
June 29, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Xiao-Jing Hu, Qu-Ming Zhao, Xiao-Jing Ma, Wei-Li Yan, Xiao-Ling Ge, Bing Jia, Fang Liu, Lin Wu, Ming Ye, Guo-Ying Huang
AIM: Limited data have been available regarding critical congenital heart disease (CHD) screening in neonatal intensive care unit (NICUs). This study evaluated the feasibility of screening for CHD by adding pulse oximetry (POX) to clinical evaluation in a NICU in Shanghai, China. METHODS: We screened 4128 eligible consecutive NICU admissions using POX plus clinical evaluation. Infants with positive screening results were then evaluated with echocardiography. Those with negative screening results were put under observation, and they also underwent echocardiography if their oxygen saturation fell below 95% on room air during hospitalisation...
November 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Dong W Chang, Martin F Shapiro
Importance: Maximizing the value of critical care services requires understanding the relationship between intensive care unit (ICU) utilization, clinical outcomes, and costs. Objective: To examine whether hospitals had consistent patterns of ICU utilization across 4 common medical conditions and the association between higher use of the ICU and hospital costs, use of invasive procedures, and mortality. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study of 156 842 hospitalizations in 94 acute-care nonfederal hospitals for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), pulmonary embolism (PE), upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), and congestive heart failure (CHF) in Washington state and Maryland from 2010 to 2012...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Joseph M Krepp, Shrinivas Hebsur, Julio A Panza, Howard A Cooper, Federico M Asch
The need for cardiovascular expertise in the treatment of advanced heart failure (AHF), malignant arrhythmias, and structural heart disease has shifted the role of the CCU to a more diverse and medically complex patient population. This study's purpose was to analyze the temporal trends in the principal diagnosis leading to admission to the CCU in a tertiary referral hospital. Over the last 15 years, the CCU has evolved from a medical unit strictly focusing on the care of patients with ACS to an advanced cardiac intensive care unit...
December 2015: Acute Cardiac Care
Collin John, John Phillips, Candice Hamilton, Allison Lastliger
BACKGROUND: In March 2012 the West Virginia legislature passed a law that mandates birth hospitals to perform pulse oximetry screening for all well-babies in the newborn nursery to improve the detection of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). CCHD screening data collection began on September 1, 2012 at all 28 birthing hospitals. The purpose of this study was to review the first year of pulse oximetry screening outcomes and identify barriers to implementation and solutions to improve tracking and policy...
July 2016: West Virginia Medical Journal
Narendra R Dereddy, Eniko K Pivnick, Kirtikumar Upadhyay, Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, Ajay J Talati
Objectives Trisomy 18 is presumed to be a lethal chromosomal abnormality; medical management of infants with this aneuploidy is controversial. Our objective was to describe our approach and experience with trisomy 18 infants. Study Design We reviewed the initial hospital course, management, and factors predicting discharge from the hospital from two large tertiary care neonatal intensive care units in the southern United States over 26 years. Results Of the 29 infants with trisomy 18, 21 (72%) died in the hospital and 8 (28%) were discharged home...
August 4, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
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