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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785938/decision-making-in-end-of-life-care-are-we-really-playing-together-in-the-same-team
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M M Lomero-Martínez, M F Jiménez-Herrera, M A Bodí-Saera, M Llauradó-Serra, N Masnou-Burrallo, E Oliver-Juan, A Sandiumenge-Camps
BACKGROUND: Limitation of life-sustaining treatment is increasingly common in critical care units, and controlled donation after circulatory death is starting to be included as an option within patient care plans. Lack of knowledge and misunderstandings can place a barrier between healthcare professionals. OBJECTIVE: To determine the perceptions, knowledge and attitudes of physicians and nurses working in intensive care units regarding Limitation of life-sustaining treatment and controlled donation after circulatory death...
May 18, 2018: Enfermería Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784051/contributions-of-a-survey-and-retrospective-cohort-study-to-the-planning-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-corticosteroids-in-the-treatment-of-paediatric-septic-shock
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Anna Liu, Kusum Menon
BACKGROUND: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are challenging to conduct in a paediatric critical-care environment. Background work, including surveys and observational studies, is often used to determine disease estimates, sample sizes and design protocols when planning such RCTs. Our objective was to determine the necessity of performing a survey or a retrospective chart review or both when planning an RCT on corticosteroids in the treatment of paediatric septic shock. METHODS: We compared information on corticosteroid use for moderate to severe paediatric septic shock obtained from a survey of physician beliefs and stated practices with that obtained from a retrospective cohort study...
May 21, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784016/goactive-a-protocol-for-the-mixed-methods-process-evaluation-of-a-school-based-physical-activity-promotion-programme-for-13-14year-old-adolescents
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Stephanie T Jong, Helen Elizabeth Brown, Caroline H D Croxson, Paul Wilkinson, Kirsten L Corder, Esther M F van Sluijs
BACKGROUND: Process evaluations are critical for interpreting and understanding outcome trial results. By understanding how interventions function across different settings, process evaluations have the capacity to inform future dissemination of interventions. The complexity of Get others Active (GoActive), a 12-week, school-based physical activity intervention implemented in eight schools, highlights the need to investigate how implementation is achieved across a variety of school settings...
May 21, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783088/evaluation-of-genotoxicity-and-mutagenic-effects-of-vector-dna-nanocomplexes-in-transfected-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-flow-cytometry
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Alireza Nomani, Xuguang Chen, Arash Hatefi
In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in ex-vivo genetic modification of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to meet various biomedical needs. Considering the self-renewal potential of MSCs, it is critically important to ensure that transfection vectors (gene carriers) do not induce genotoxicity because they could theoretically turn a single stem cell into a cancer-initiating cell. Unfortunately, there is currently no reliable, unbiased, and quantitative method to measure genotoxicity (micronuclei formation) of gene carriers directly in transfected MSCs...
May 18, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781041/a-bead-based-immunogold-silver-staining-assay-on-capillary-driven-microfluidics
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Ngoc M Pham, Sebastian Rusch, Yuksel Temiz, Robert D Lovchik, Hans-Peter Beck, Walter Karlen, Emmanuel Delamarche
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are critically needed for the detection of infectious diseases, particularly in remote settings where accurate and appropriate diagnosis can save lives. However, it is difficult to implement immunoassays, and specifically immunoassays relying on signal amplification using silver staining, into POC diagnostic devices. Effective immobilization of antibodies in such devices is another challenge. Here, we present strategies for immobilizing capture antibodies (cAbs) in capillary-driven microfluidic chips and implementing a gold-catalyzed silver staining reaction...
May 21, 2018: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777581/in-vivo-performance-of-a-visible-wavelength-optical-sensor-for-monitoring-intestinal-perfusion-and-oxygenation
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Mitchell B Robinson, Anna M Wisniowiecki, Ryan J Butcher, Mark A Wilson, M Nance Ericson, Gerard L Cote
Traumatic injury resulting in hemorrhage is a prevalent cause of death worldwide. The current standard of care for trauma patients is to restore hemostasis by controlling bleeding and administering intravenous volume resuscitation. Adequate resuscitation to restore tissue blood flow and oxygenation is critical within the first hours following admission to assess severity and avoid complications. However, current clinical methods for guiding resuscitation are not sensitive or specific enough to adequately understand the patient condition...
May 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771251/-ebm-guidelines-protocols-knowledge-attitudes-and-utilization-in-the-era-of-law-on-professional-responsibility-and-safety-of-health-care
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Silvia Minozzi, Francesca Ruggiero, Matteo Capobussi, Marien González-Lorenzo, Micaela La Regina, Alessandro Squizzato, Lorenzo Moja, Francesco Orlandini
INTRODUCTION: <AbstractText Label="INTRODUCTION" NlmCategory="BACKGROUND">The knowledge of principles and methods of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines to inform clinical decisions are recognised as key instruments to improve the quality of care. In Italy the Parliament has revised the legal system that rules the responsibilities of health professionals and health care safety, prescribing health professionals to adhere to guidelines and good practice recommendations...
May 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768975/arresting-dentine-caries-with-silver-diamine-fluoride-what-s-behind-it
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M L Mei, E C M Lo, C H Chu
Unlike other fluoride-based caries preventive agents, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) can simultaneously prevent and arrest coronal and root dentine caries. The profound clinical success of SDF has drawn many clinicians and researchers to study the mechanism of SDF in arresting dentine caries. This critical review discusses how silver and fluoride contribute to caries arrest, in terms of their effects on bacteria as well as on the mineral and organic content of dentine. Silver interacts with bacterial cell membrane and bacterial enzymes, which can inhibit bacterial growth...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764391/practice-and-outcomes-of-neonatal-resuscitation-for-newborns-with-birth-asphyxia-at-kakamega-county-general-hospital-kenya-a-direct-observation-study
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Duncan N Shikuku, Benson Milimo, Elizabeth Ayebare, Peter Gisore, Gorrette Nalwadda
BACKGROUND: About three - quarters of all neonatal deaths occur during the first week of life, with over half of these occurring within the first 24 h after birth. The first minutes after birth are critical to reducing neonatal mortality. Successful neonatal resuscitation (NR) has the potential to prevent these perinatal mortalities related to birth asphyxia. This study described the practice of NR and outcomes of newborns with birth asphyxia in a busy referral hospital. METHODS: Direct observations of 138 NRs by 28 healthcare providers (HCPs) were conducted using a predetermined checklist adapted from the national pediatric resuscitation protocol...
May 15, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762314/effectiveness-of-dexmedetomidine-versus-propofol-on-extubation-times-length-of-stay-and-mortality-rates-in-adult-cardiac-surgery-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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John Nguyen, Noel Nacpil
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of dexmedetomidine versus propofol on extubation time, intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, total hospital length of stay and in-hospital mortality rates in cardiac surgery patients. INTRODUCTION: Recovery from cardiovascular surgery involves weaning from mechanical ventilation. Mechanical ventilation decreases the work of breathing for patients by inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide via a ventilator or breathing machine...
May 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762304/effectiveness-and-harms-of-pharmacological-interventions-in-the-treatment-of-delirium-in-adults-in-intensive-care-units-post-cardiac-surgery-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Vivienne Leigh, Catalin Tufanaru, Rosalind Elliott
The review objective is to synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness and harms of pharmacological interventions in the treatment of delirium in adults in intensive care units (ICU) after cardiac surgery.The specific review question is: What is the effectiveness and what are the harms of pharmacological interventions in relation to the duration and severity of delirium episodes, length of stay in ICU, length of stay in hospital, functional capacity and quality of life and mortality for critically ill adult patients treated in intensive care after cardiac surgery?...
May 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761482/timing-of-onset-of-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-the-icu-protocol-for-a-preplanned-observational-study
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A Granholm, T Lange, C T Anthon, S Marker, M Krag, T S Meyhoff, M P Wise, M Borthwick, S Bendel, F Keus, A B Guttormsen, J C Schefold, J Wetterslev, A Perner, M H Møller
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients are at risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, but clinically important gastrointestinal bleeding is rare. The majority of intensive care unit (ICU) patients receive stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP), despite uncertainty concerning the balance between benefit and harm. For approximately half of ICU patients with gastrointestinal bleeding, onset is early, ie within the first two days of the ICU stay. The aetiology of gastrointestinal bleeding and consequently the balance between benefit and harm of SUP may differ between patients with early vs late gastrointestinal bleeding...
May 14, 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757680/comparison-of-two-veterinary-emergency-and-critical-care-clerkship-grading-protocols
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Bobbi J Conner, Linda S Behar-Horenstein, Yu Su
Universal guidelines for evaluating veterinary students' clinical clerkship performance are unavailable. At our institution, each service determines its own grading protocol. In this study, researchers compared clinician, staff, and student perceptions of a traditional and newly devised grading practice on the Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) clerkship. ECC clinicians and technicians were asked to assess the existing grading protocol for the clerkship. The system was then revised to better align with clerkship objectives...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756070/reducing-severe-hypoglycaemia-in-hospitalised-patients-with-diabetes-early-outcomes-of-standardised-reporting-and-management
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Katherine A Araque, Deepak K Kadayakkara, Nino Gigauri, Diane Sheehan, Sachin Majumdar, Gregory Buller, Clare A Flannery
Background: Severe hypoglycaemic events (HGEs) in hospitalised patients are associated with poor outcomes and prolonged hospitalization. Systematic, coordinated care is required for acute management and prevention of HGEs; however, studies evaluating quality control efforts are scarce. Objective: To investigate the effectiveness of system-based interventions to improve management response to HGEs. Methods: System-based interventions were designed and implemented following a root cause analysis of HGE in adult patients with diabetes from two general medical wards with the highest incidence of HGE...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754983/cognitive-impairment-in-intensive-care-unit-patients-a-pilot-mixed-methods-feasibility-study-exploring-incidence-and-experiences-for-recovering-patients
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Rosalind Elliott, Elizabeth Yarad, Sarah Webb, Katherine Cheung, Frances Bass, Naomi Hammond, Doug Elliott
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in survival after critical illness and intensive care unit (ICU) treatment, some recovering patients still face ongoing challenges. There are few investigations exploring the incidence, risk factors, and trajectory for cognitive impairment (CI) in former ICU patients in Australia. OBJECTIVES: To test the feasibility of a study protocol designed to ascertain the incidence and impact of CI during recovery from a critical illness. METHODS: We conducted a mixed-methods longitudinal single-centre pilot study...
May 10, 2018: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754433/unsung-heroes-flying-blind-a-metasynthesis-of-parents-experiences-of-caring-for-children-with-special-health-care-needs-at-home
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Carina Nygård, Anne Clancy
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To aggregate, synthesize and interpret qualitative research studies of parents' experiences of caring for a child with special health care needs at home. BACKGROUND: Advances in the field of medical and nursing science have ensured better survival rates for children with chronic illnesses. Many of these children have significant special health care needs. Today parents assume a caregiver role, undertaking tasks previously provided by nurses in hospitals...
May 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748754/rational-selection-criticality-assessment-and-tiering-of-quality-attributes-and-test-methods-for-analytical-similarity-evaluation-of-biosimilars
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Kristof Vandekerckhove, Andreas Seidl, Hiten Gutka, Manish Kumar, Gyöngyi Gratzl, David Keire, Todd Coffey, Henriette Kuehne
Leading regulatory agencies recommend biosimilar assessment to proceed in a stepwise fashion, starting with a detailed analytical comparison of the structural and functional properties of the proposed biosimilar and reference product. The degree of analytical similarity determines the degree of residual uncertainty that must be addressed through downstream in vivo studies. Substantive evidence of similarity from comprehensive analytical testing may justify a targeted clinical development plan, and thus enable a shorter path to licensing...
May 10, 2018: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747662/progressive-mobility-program-and-technology-to-increase-the-level-of-physical-activity-and-its-benefits-in-respiratory-muscular-system-and-functionality-of-icu-patients-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Debora Stripari Schujmann, Adriana Claudia Lunardi, Carolina Fu
BACKGROUND: Enhanced mobility in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) could minimize the negative effects of critical illness, such as declines in cognitive, muscular, respiratory, and functional capacity. We aim to compare the functional status at ICU discharge of patients who underwent a progressive mobilization protocol versus patients who received conventional physiotherapy. We also examine the level of physical activity in the ICU, the degree of pulmonary and muscle function, and the length of stay to analyze correlations between these variables...
May 10, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746721/melatonin-for-the-promotion-of-sleep-in-adults-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Sharon R Lewis, Michael W Pritchard, Oliver J Schofield-Robinson, Phil Alderson, Andrew F Smith
BACKGROUND: Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) experience sleep deprivation caused by environmental disruption, such as high noise levels and 24-hour lighting, as well as increased patient care activities and invasive monitoring as part of their care. Sleep deprivation affects physical and psychological health, and patients perceive the quality of their sleep to be poor whilst in the ICU. Artificial lighting during night-time hours in the ICU may contribute to reduced production of melatonin in critically ill patients...
May 10, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743765/practice-guidelines-for-nutrition-in-critically-ill-patients-a-relook-for-indian-scenario
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Yatin Mehta, J D Sunavala, Kapil Zirpe, Niraj Tyagi, Sunil Garg, Saswati Sinha, Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, Sanghamitra Chakravarti, M N Sivakumar, Sambit Sahu, Pradeep Rangappa, Tanmay Banerjee, Anshu Joshi, Ganesh Kadhe
Background and Aim: Intensive-care practices and settings may differ for India in comparison to other countries. While international guidelines are available to direct the use of enteral nutrition (EN), there are no recommendations specific to Indian settings. Advisory board meetings were arranged to develop the practice guidelines specific to Indian context, for the use of EN in critically ill patients and to overcome challenges in this field. Methods: Various existing guidelines, meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, controlled trials, and review articles were reviewed for their contextual relevance and strength...
April 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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