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Manasi Hulyalkar, Stephen J Gleich, Rahul Kashyap, Amelia Barwise, Harsheen Kaur, Yue Dong, Lei Fan, Srinivas Murthy, Grace M Arteaga, Sandeep Tripathi
Increasing process complexity in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) can lead to information overload resulting in missing pertinent information and potential errors during morning rounds. An efficient model using a novel electronic rounding tool was designed as part of a broader critical care decision support system-checklist for early recognition and treatment of acute illness and injury in pediatrics (CERTAINp). We aimed to evaluate its impact on improving the process of care during rounding. Prospective pre- and post-interventional data included: team performance baseline assessment, patient safety discussion, guideline adherence, rounding time, and a survey of Residents' and Nurses' perception using a Likert scale...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Shashank S Sinha, Devraj Sukul, John J Lazarus, Vivek Polavarapu, Paul S Chan, Robert W Neumar, Brahmajee K Nallamothu
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrest is a major public health concern worldwide. The extent and types of randomized controlled trials (RCT)-our most reliable source of clinical evidence-conducted in these high-risk patients over recent years are largely unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a systematic review, identifying all RCTs published in PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library from 1995 to 2014 that focused on the acute treatment of nontraumatic cardiac arrest in adults...
October 18, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Sandy Middleton, Chris Levi, Simeon Dale, N Wah Cheung, Elizabeth McInnes, Julie Considine, Catherine D'Este, Dominique A Cadilhac, Jeremy Grimshaw, Richard Gerraty, Louise Craig, Verena Schadewaldt, Patrick McElduff, Mark Fitzgerald, Clare Quinn, Greg Cadigan, Sonia Denisenko, Mark Longworth, Jeanette Ward
BACKGROUND: Internationally recognised evidence-based guidelines recommend appropriate triage of patients with stroke in emergency departments (EDs), administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and proactive management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing before prompt transfer to a stroke unit to maximise outcomes. We aim to evaluate the effectiveness in EDs of a theory-informed, nurse-initiated, intervention to improve multidisciplinary triage, treatment and transfer (T(3)) of patients with acute stroke to improve 90-day death and dependency...
October 18, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
Ramachandran Rameshkumar, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Rajesh Nachiappa Ganesh, Subramanian Mahadevan, Parameswaran Narayanan, Ponnarmeni Satheesh, Puneet Jain
BACKGROUND: Septic acute kidney injury (AKI) accounts for more than half of all cases of AKI in critically ill children. The renal histology was found to alter the management in more than two-third of cases of adult acute renal failure. Better insight into the pathogenesis of pediatric septic AKI could be based on developing a clearer appreciation of the histopathological changes. No comprehensive study of the histopathological features of septic AKI in critically ill children has yet been performed...
October 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yasumasa Kawano, Shinichi Morimoto, Yoshito Izutani, Kentaro Muranishi, Hironari Kaneyama, Kota Hoshino, Takeshi Nishida, Hiroyasu Ishikura
BACKGROUND: Augmented renal clearance (ARC) of circulating solutes and drugs has been recently often reported in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. However, only few studies on ARC have been reported in Japan. The aims of this pilot study were to determine the prevalence and risk factors for ARC in Japanese ICU patients with normal serum creatinine levels and to evaluate the association between ARC and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) calculated using the Japanese equation...
2016: Journal of Intensive Care
Jin Young Lee, Tae Hwa Hong, Kyung Won Lee, Myung Jae Jung, Jae Gil Lee, Seung Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: Chloride is important for maintaining acid-base balance, muscular activity, osmosis and immunomodulation. In patients with major trauma, chloride levels increase after fluid therapy; this is associated with poor clinical outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine whether hyperchloremia was associated with increased mortality in patients who had sustained major trauma. METHODS: This study enrolled 266 major trauma patients by retrospective chart review, from January 2011 to December 2015...
October 4, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Chih-Wen Cheng, Fu-Chao Liu, Jr-Rung Lin, Yung-Fong Tsai, Hsiu-Pin Chen, Huang-Ping Yu
The aim of this study was to assess whether the case volume of surgeons and hospitals affects the rates of postoperative complications and survival after liver transplantation. This population-based retrospective cohort study included 2938 recipients of liver transplantation performed between 1998 and 2012, enrolled from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. They were divided into two groups, according to the cumulative case volume of their operating surgeons and the case volume of their hospitals...
2016: PloS One
Willeke F Westendorp, Jan-Dirk Vermeij, Matthijs C Brouwer, Y B W E M Roos, Paul J Nederkoorn, Diederik van de Beek
BACKGROUND: Stroke-associated infections occur frequently and are associated with unfavorable outcome. Previous cohort studies suggest a protective effect of beta-blockers (BBs) against infections. A sympathetic drive may increase immune suppression and infections. AIM: This study is aimed at investigating the association between BB treatment at baseline and post-stroke infection in the Preventive Antibiotics in Stroke Study (PASS), a prospective clinical trial...
October 5, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Alicia I Fayad, Daniel G Buamscha, Agustín Ciapponi
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common condition among patients in intensive care units (ICU), and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is a blood purification technique used to treat the most severe forms of AKI but its effectiveness remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of different intensities (intensive and less intensive) of CRRT on mortality and recovery of kidney function in critically ill AKI patients...
October 4, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Nadia Roumeliotis, Thierry Ducruet, Scot T Bateman, Adrienne G Randolph, Jacques Lacroix, Guillaume Emeriaud
BACKGROUND: There are no well-designed prospective studies evaluating transfusion practices in pediatric trauma. We sought to describe red blood cell (RBC) transfusion practices in trauma patients who were admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This study is a post-hoc analysis of a prospective, 6-month observational study in 30 PICUs. We studied a total of 580 patients aged less than 18 years who had been admitted to a PICU for more than 48 hours, including 95 who were trauma patients...
October 2, 2016: Transfusion
A Demoule, M Clavel, C Rolland-Debord, S Perbet, N Terzi, A Kouatchet, F Wallet, H Roze, F Vargas, C Guerin, J Dellamonica, S Jaber, L Brochard, T Similowski
PURPOSE: Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) is a ventilatory mode that tailors the level of assistance delivered by the ventilator to the electromyographic activity of the diaphragm. The objective of this study was to compare NAVA and pressure support ventilation (PSV) in the early phase of weaning from mechanical ventilation. METHODS: A multicentre randomized controlled trial of 128 intubated adults recovering from acute respiratory failure was conducted in 11 intensive care units...
September 30, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Jean-Pascal Devailly, Laurence Josse
OBJECTIVE: In all countries, the boundaries are ambiguous between acute and post-acute as well as defining the dimensions of care. The aim of this study is to analyze relations between segmentation of care and payment systems. In the new prospective payment system implemented in French SSR, the grouping unit is inpatient stay and the week for day hospitalization. In 1991, the field of SSR mixed structures as diverse in their purposes as public or private hospital units of rehabilitation and "nursing homes"...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Bertrand Glize, Manon Mauclere, Pierre-Alain Joseph, Igor Sibon, Patrick Dehail
OBJECTIVE: Access to a specialized rehabilitation is limited for most of post stroke patients who are often transferred in non-specialized rehabilitation hospitals. We have set up a multidisciplinary mobile team working in these hospitals. The aim of this pilot study was to describe the contribution of our mobile team specialized in post acute care of stroke. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: We collected the changes in the management of rehabilitation for 31 patients hospitalized in non-specialized rehabilitation hospital referred to our mobile team...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Simone Thomas, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulrike Starrost, Marcus Pohl, Jan Mehrholz
BACKGROUND: Treatment of critical illness on intensive-care-units (ICU) results often in persistent invasive endotracheal intubation which might delay rehabilitation and increases the risk of mortality. Recent longitudinal studies have described the recovery of critically ill people, but the detailed time course of decannulation in patients with chronic critical illness with ICU- acquired muscle weakness (ICUAW) is not well known. AIM: The aim of our study was therefore to describe the decannulation times and associated risk factors in patients who are chronic critically ill with ICU acquired weakness...
September 27, 2016: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Liane Rabinowich, Julia Wendon, William Bernal, Oren Shibolet
AIM: To assess the practice of caring for acute liver failure (ALF) patients in varying geographic locations and medical centers. METHODS: Members of the European Acute Liver Failure Consortium completed an 88-item questionnaire detailing management of ALF. Responses from 22 transplantation centers in 11 countries were analyzed, treating between 300 and 500 ALF cases and performing over 100 liver transplants (LT) for ALF annually. The questions pertained to details of the institution and their clinical activity, standards of care, referral and admission, ward- based care versus intensive care unit (ICU) as well as questions regarding liver transplantation - including criteria, limitations, and perceived performance...
September 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Simone Thomas, Jane H Burridge, Marcus Pohl, Frank Oehmichen, Jan Mehrholz
OBJECTIVES: To describe the time course of recovery of sit-to-stand function in patients with intensive-care-unit-acquired muscle weakness and the impact of recovery. METHODS: A cohort study in post-acute intensive care unit and rehabilitation units. Patients with chronic critical illness and intensive-care-unit-acquired muscle weakness were included. Sit-to-stand function was measured daily, using a standardized chair height, defined as 120% of the individual's knee height...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Manuel J Richter, Ralf Ewert, Christian Warnke, Henning Gall, Simon Classen, Friedrich Grimminger, Eckhard Mayer, Werner Seeger, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani
BACKGROUND: In patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension, subcutaneous or catheter-based intravenous application of prostanoids carries a risk of local side effects or systemic infections, which limits their use and acceptance. Recently, a fully implantable pump for continuous application of intravenous treprostinil was approved in Germany. However, surgery is a major risk for patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension. The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety of a fully implantable pump inserted under local or general anesthesia in patients with severe pulmonary hypertension...
September 26, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Jorrit S Lemkes, Gladys N Janssens, Heleen M Oudemans-van Straaten, Paul W Elbers, Nina W van der Hoeven, Jan G P Tijssen, Luuk C Otterspoor, Michiel Voskuil, Joris J van der Heijden, Martijn Meuwissen, Tom A Rijpstra, Georgios J Vlachojannis, Raoul M van der Vleugel, Koen Nieman, Lucia S D Jewbali, Gabe B Bleeker, Rémon Baak, Bert Beishuizen, Martin G Stoel, Pim van der Harst, Cyril Camaro, José P S Henriques, Maarten A Vink, Marcel T M Gosselink, Hans A Bosker, Harry J G M Crijns, Niels van Royen
BACKGROUND: Ischemic heart disease is a major cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The role of immediate coronary angiography (CAG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) after restoration of spontaneous circulation following cardiac arrest in the absence of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains debated. HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesize that immediate CAG and PCI, if indicated, will improve 90-day survival in post-cardiac arrest patients without signs of STEMI...
October 2016: American Heart Journal
Dolores Sánchez-Rodríguez, Ester Marco, Natalia Ronquillo-Moreno, Ramón Miralles, Olga Vázquez-Ibar, Ferran Escalada, Josep M Muniesa
BACKGROUNDS & AIMS: The European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) consensus definition of malnutrition has been applied in hospitalized older diabetics and middle-aged patients, geriatric outpatients, and healthy elderly and young individuals. In a post-acute care setting, our aim was to assess malnutrition (ESPEN definition) and determine its relationship with sarcopenia in older in-patients deconditioned due to an acute process. METHODS: Eighty-eight in-patients aged ≥70 years with body mass index (BMI) <30 kg/m(2) were included (84...
September 9, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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