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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331398/critical-differences-between-elective-and-emergency-surgery-identifying-domains-for-quality-improvement-in-emergency-general-surgery
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Alexandra B Columbus, Megan A Morris, Elizabeth J Lilley, Alyssa F Harlow, Adil H Haider, Ali Salim, Joaquim M Havens
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to characterize providers' impressions of factors contributing to disproportionate rates of morbidity and mortality in emergency general surgery to identify targets for care quality improvement. BACKGROUND: Emergency general surgery is characterized by a high-cost burden and disproportionate morbidity and mortality. Factors contributing to these observed disparities are not comprehensively understood and targets for quality improvement have not been formally developed...
January 10, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327527/role-and-relevance-of-blood-pressure-variability-in-hypertension-related-co-morbidities
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Ashok Kumar, B C Kalmath, Georgi Abraham, Johann Christopher, Pln Kaparthi, Louie Fischer, Neeta Deshpande, N K Mishra, Praveen Raj, Rajesh Javerani, Ramesh Goyal, Reefa Dsouza, Shashank R Joshi
Despite maintaining mean blood pressure at optimal levels, cardiovascular complications still occur in hypertensive patients. Blood pressure variability (BPV) has been implicated as a prominent factor responsible for incurring this additional risk. In this review we attempted to generate a consensus on the importance of BPV in the hypertension management and to evaluate different therapeutic options available to reduce BPV. Panel comprising of 11 leading experts from India in different areas of clinical practice (including nephrology, diabetes and endocrinology, cardiology, and critical care medicine) was convened...
December 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327135/acquiring-and-maintaining-point-of-care-ultrasound-pocus-competence-for-anesthesiologists
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REVIEW
T Jared McCormick, Elizabeth Clarke Miller, Robert Chen, Viren N Naik
PURPOSE: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) involves the bedside use of ultrasound to answer specific diagnostic questions and to assess real-time physiologic responses to treatment. Although POCUS has become a well-established resource for emergency and critical care physicians, anesthesiologists are still working to obtain POCUS skills and to incorporate them into routine practice. This review defines the benefits of POCUS to anesthesia practice, identifies challenges to establishing POCUS in routine anesthesia care, and offers solutions to help guide its incorporation going forward...
January 11, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324562/effectiveness-of-interventions-to-prevent-pre-frailty-and-frailty-progression-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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João Apóstolo, Richard Cooke, Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos, Silvina Santana, Maura Marcucci, Antonio Cano, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Federico Germini, Barbara D'Avanzo, Holly Gwyther, Carol Holland
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions for preventing frailty progression in older adults. INTRODUCTION: Frailty is an age-related state of decreased physiological reserves characterized by an increased risk of poor clinical outcomes. Evidence supporting the malleability of frailty, its prevention and treatment, has been presented. INCLUSION CRITERIA: The review considered studies on older adults aged 65 and over, explicitly identified as pre-frail or frail, who had been undergoing interventions focusing on the prevention of frailty progression...
January 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304746/a-multi-center-study-on-the-risk-factors-of-infection-caused-by-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Huiping Huang, Borong Chen, Gang Liu, Jing Ran, Xianyu Lian, Xinhua Huang, Nan Wang, Zhengjie Huang
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii (AB) is critical for healthcare-associated infections (HAI) with significant regional differences in the resistance rate, but its risk factors and infection trends has not been well studied. We aimed to explore the risk factors, epidemiological characteristics and resistance of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) in intensive care unit inpatients. METHODS: Data of patients with MDR-AB (195 cases), and with antibiotic-sensitive AB infection (294 cases, control) during January to December, 2015 in three medical centers in Xiamen, China were conducted and analyzed in the present retrospective study...
January 5, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297387/personalised-fluid-resuscitation-in-the-icu-still-a-fluid-concept
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REVIEW
Frank van Haren
The administration of intravenous fluid to critically ill patients is one of the most common, but also one of the most fiercely debated, interventions in intensive care medicine. Even though many thousands of patients have been enrolled in large trials of alternative fluid strategies, consensus remains elusive and practice is widely variable. Critically ill patients are significantly heterogeneous, making a one size fits all approach unlikely to be successful.New data from basic, animal, and clinical research suggest that fluid resuscitation could be associated with significant harm...
December 28, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295496/roles-of-heat-shock-proteins-in-apoptosis-oxidative-stress-human-inflammatory-diseases-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Paul Chukwudi Ikwegbue, Priscilla Masamba, Babatunji Emmanuel Oyinloye, Abidemi Paul Kappo
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) play cytoprotective activities under pathological conditions through the initiation of protein folding, repair, refolding of misfolded peptides, and possible degradation of irreparable proteins. Excessive apoptosis, resulting from increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) cellular levels and subsequent amplified inflammatory reactions, is well known in the pathogenesis and progression of several human inflammatory diseases (HIDs) and cancer. Under normal physiological conditions, ROS levels and inflammatory reactions are kept in check for the cellular benefits of fighting off infectious agents through antioxidant mechanisms; however, this balance can be disrupted under pathological conditions, thus leading to oxidative stress and massive cellular destruction...
December 23, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290896/prognostic-value-of-cortisol-and-thyroid-function-tests-in-poisoned-patients-admitted-to-toxicology-icu
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Shahin Shadnia, Nasim Zamani, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Hamed Shafaroodi, Mina Padandar, Mohammad Hasan Rezaeizadeh
BACKGROUND: Prognostic value of cortisol and thyroid function tests (TFTs) has previously been evaluated in medical ICUs. We aimed to evaluate prognostic efficacy of cortisol and TFTs in critically ill poisoned patients admitted to toxicology intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: In a prospective study of consecutively enrolled subjects admitted to the toxicology ICU, lab analyses included TFTs (total T3 and T4 as well as TSH) and cortisol levels drawn between 8 am-10 am during period of the first 24 hours post-ingestion/exposure...
2018: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290509/ambient-mass-spectrometry-for-rapid-diagnosis-of-psychoactive-drugs-overdose-in-an-unstable-patient
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Chi-Wei Lee, Yu-Ying Chao, Jentaie Shiea, Jheng-Heng Shen, Hei-Hwa Lee, Bai-Hsiun Chen
A 25-year-old man suffered from consciousness change was sent to our emergency department by friends who reported that they were not sure what had happened to him. Physical examination revealed bilateral pupils dilatation, lethargy, slurred speech, and ataxia. Computer-aided tomographic scan of the brain revealed no definite evidence of intracranial lesions. Routine laboratory tests revealed total physiological turmoil. Despite immediate commencement of aggressive treatment, the patient's condition deteriorated long before the traditional drug screen provided an answer for the identities of the multiple drugs overdose...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286270/landmark-lecture-on-cardiac-intensive-care-and-anaesthesia-continuum-and-conundrums
#10
Peter C Laussen
Cardiac anesthesia and critical care provide an important continuum of care for patients with congenital heart disease. Clinicians in both areas work in complex environments in which the interactions between humans and technology is critical. Understanding our contributions to outcomes (modifiable risk) and our ability to perceive and predict an evolving clinical state (low failure-to-predict rate) are important performance metrics. Improved methods for capturing continuous physiologic signals will allow for new and interactive approaches to data visualization, and for sophisticated and iterative data modeling that will help define a patient's phenotype and response to treatment (precision physiology)...
December 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279635/reliability-and-validity-of-the-checklist-for-early-recognition-and-treatment-of-acute-illness-and-injury-as-a-charting-tool-in-the-medical-intensive-care-unit
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Alexander Kogan, Kelly M Pennington, Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Mikhail Dziadzko, Courtney E Bennett, Jeffrey B Jensen, Ognjen Gajic, John C O'Horo
Background: Resuscitation of critically ill patients is complex and potentially prone to diagnostic errors and therapeutic harm. The Checklist for early recognition and treatment of acute illness and injury (CERTAIN) is an electronic tool that aims to provide decision-support, charting, and prompting for standardization. This study sought to evaluate the validity and reliability of CERTAIN in a real-time Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Materials and Methods: This was a prospective pilot study in the medical ICU of a tertiary care medical center...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29262436/multimodality-monitoring-toward-improved-outcomes
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Richard Gandee, Chad Miller
Multimodality monitoring provides insights into the critically ill brain-injured patient through the assessment of biochemical, physiological, and electrical data that provides insight into a patient's condition and what strategies may be available to limit further damage and improve the odds for recovery. Modalities utilized include evaluation of intracranial pressure along with cerebral perfusion pressure to determine adequate blood flow; continuous electroencephalography to protect the patient from seizures and to identify early functional manifestations of ischemia and toxicity; transcranial Doppler evaluation for bedside review of circulatory adequacy; tissue oxygen monitoring to establish that brain tissue is receiving adequate oxygen from blood flow; and microdialysis to evaluate the metabolic function of the tissue in areas of concern...
December 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261516/neonatal-neuroprotection-bringing-best-practice-to-the-bedside-in-the-nicu
#13
Terrie Lockridge
Preterm birth interrupts the precise process of fetal maturation, forcing critical neurologic growth to continue within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Concern for the impact of the NICU experience on the developing brain led to a unit-based Quality Improvement (QI) project to promote best outcomes for our graduates. The objective was to implement a standard of care for neonatal neuroprotection in a large urban tertiary center. A multidisciplinary committee researched and developed the Neonatal Neuroprotective Best Practice Guidelines to identify optimal interventions, as well as provide physiologic rationales to reinforce importance of these practices...
December 19, 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242524/clinical-implications-of-the-plasma-epha2-receptor-level-in-critically-ill-patients-with-septic-shock
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Su Hwan Lee, Ju Hye Shin, Joo Han Song, Ah Young Leem, Moo Suk Park, Young Sam Kim, Joon Chang, Kyung Soo Chung
The Eph/ephrin receptor ligand system is known to play a role in inflammation induced by infection, injury, and inflammatory diseases. The present study aimed to evaluate plasma EphA2 receptor levels in critically ill patients with sepsis. This study was a prospective cohort study evaluating samples and clinical data from the medical intensive care unit (MICU) of a 2000-bed university tertiary referral hospital in South Korea. Positive correlations of the plasma EphA2 receptor level with the acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE) II score and the sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score were observed...
December 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239978/picu-length-of-stay-factors-associated-with-bed-utilization-and-development-of-a-benchmarking-model
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Murray M Pollack, Richard Holubkov, Ron Reeder, J Michael Dean, Kathleen L Meert, Robert A Berg, Christopher J L Newth, John T Berger, Rick E Harrison, Joseph Carcillo, Heidi Dalton, David L Wessel, Tammara L Jenkins, Robert Tamburro
OBJECTIVES: ICU length of stay is an important measure of resource use and economic performance. Our primary aims were to characterize the utilization of PICU beds and to develop a new model for PICU length of stay. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. The main outcomes were factors associated with PICU length of stay and the performance of a regression model for length of stay. SETTING: Eight PICUs. PATIENTS: Randomly selected patients (newborn to 18 yr) from eight PICUs were enrolled from December 4, 2011, to April 7, 2013...
December 12, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239951/the-clinical-utility-of-noninvasive-pulse-co-oximetry-hemoglobin-measurements-in-dark-skinned-critically-ill-patients
#16
Susan M Murphy, Shahed Omar
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study was to assess the clinical usefulness of a point-of-care device which measures hemoglobin noninvasively (SpHb) in a group of critically ill participants with dark skin pigmentation. METHODS: One hundred forty-six adult and pediatric participants from a multidisciplinary intensive care unit had intermittent readings of noninvasive hemoglobin measurements performed at a minimum of 4 hourly intervals. A total of 371 readings were analyzed...
December 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232903/pediatric-thermal-burns-and-treatment-a-review-of-progress-and-future-prospects
#17
REVIEW
Elton Mathias, Madhu Srinivas Murthy
Burn injuries are a devastating critical care problem. In children, burns continue to be a major epidemiologic problem around the globe resulting in significant morbidity and death. Apparently, treating these burn injuries in children and adults remains similar, but there are significant physiological and psychological differences. The dermal layer of the skin is generally thinner in neonates, infants, and children than in adults. Enhanced evaporative loss and need for isotonic fluids increases the risk of hypothermia in the pediatric population...
December 11, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230392/non-invasive-monitoring-of-cardiac-output-in-critical-care-medicine
#18
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/29220864/the-nature-of-catecholamine-containing-neurons-in-the-enteric-nervous-system-in-relationship-with-organogenesis-normal-human-anatomy-and-neurodegeneration
#19
G Natale, L Ryskalin, C L Busceti, F Biagioni, F Fornai
The gastrointestinal tract is provided with extrinsic and intrinsic innervation. The extrinsic innervation includes the classic vagal parasympathetic and sympathetic components, with afferent sensitive and efferent secretomotor fibers. The intrinsic innervations is represented by the enteric nervous system (ENS), which is recognized as a complex neural network controlling a variety of cell populations, including smooth muscle cells, mucosal secretory cells, endocrine cells, microvasculature, immune and inflammatory cells...
September 1, 2017: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219627/non-oncotic-properties-of-albumin-a-multidisciplinary-vision-about-the-implications-for-critically-ill-patients
#20
Ricard Ferrer, Xavier Mateu, Emilio Maseda, Juan Carlos Yébenes, César Aldecoa, Candelaria De Haro, Juan Carlos Ruiz-Rodriguez, José Garnacho-Montero
Effective resuscitation with human albumin solutions is achieved with less fluid than with crystalloid solutions. However, the role of albumin in today's critical care unit is also linked to its multiple pharmacological effects. Areas covered: The potential clinical benefits of albumin in select populations of critically ill patients like sepsis seem related to immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects, antibiotic transportation and endothelial stabilization. Albumin transports many drugs used in critically ill patients...
December 8, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
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