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William Bortcosh, Ashkon Shaahinfar, Sakina Sojar, Jean E Klig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The diagnostic capability, efficiency and versatility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) have enabled its use in paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and paediatric critical care (PICU). This review highlights the current applications of POCUS for the critically ill child across PEM and PICU to identify areas of progress and standardized practice and to elucidate areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: POCUS technology continues to evolve and advance bedside clinical care for critically ill children, with ongoing research extending its use for an array of clinical scenarios, including respiratory distress, trauma and dehydration...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Alejandro Bosch-Alcaraz, Anna Falcó-Pegueroles, Iolanda Jordan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the meaning of comfort and to contextualise it within the framework of paediatric critical care. BACKGROUND: The concept of comfort is closely linked to care in all health contexts. However, in specific settings such as the paediatric critical care unit it takes on particular importance. DESIGN: A literature review was conducted. METHODS: A literature search was performed of articles in English and Spanish in international health science databases, from 1992 to March 2017, applying the quality standards established by the PRISMA methodology and the Joanna Briggs Institute...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Shadia Alshahrani, Judy Magarey, Alison Kitson
AIMS: To explore the nature of relatives' involvement in the care of patients in acute medical settings in Australia and Saudi Arabia and to explore the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of nurses. BACKGROUND: There is little known about how relatives respond to being involved in patient care and the impact this has on the quality of care. Equally, little is known about how nurses enable such involvement. Previous studies have focused on settings such as critical care and paediatrics where relatives' involvement as advocates is mostly acknowledged and accepted...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Barbara Giordani, Annalisa Amato, Fabio Majo, Gianluca Ferrari, Serena Quattrucci, Laura Minicucci, Rita Padoan, Giovanna Floridia, Gianna Puppo Fornaro, Domenica Taruscio, Marco Salvatore
INTRODUCTION: The Italian Cystic Fibrosis Registry (ICFR) is based on a new agreement about the data flow towards the Registry signed on October, 4th 2016 by the Centre for Rare Diseases of the Italian National Institute of Health (NIH), the clinicians of the Italian National Referral and Support Centres for Cystic Fibrosis, the Paediatric Hospital "Bambino Gesù" (Rome), the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Society, and the Italian League for Cystic Fibrosis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present Report is to improve the knowledge on cystic fibrosis (CF) through the epidemiological description of Italian patients...
January 2018: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
Tetsuya Yumoto, Hiromichi Naito, Takashi Yorifuji, Hiroki Maeyama, Yoshinori Kosaki, Hirotsugu Yamamoto, Kohei Tsukahara, Takaaki Osako, Atsunori Nakao
OBJECTIVE: We tested whether Cushing's sign could predict severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) requiring immediate neurosurgical intervention (BI-NSI) in children after blunt trauma. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using Japan Trauma Data Bank. SETTING: Emergency and critical care centres in secondary and tertiary hospitals in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: Children between the ages of 2 and 15 years with Glasgow Coma Scale motor scores of 5 or less at presentation after blunt trauma from 2004 to 2015 were included...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Rachel Agbeko
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February 27, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Christopher S Parshuram, Karen Dryden-Palmer, Catherine Farrell, Ronald Gottesman, Martin Gray, James S Hutchison, Mark Helfaer, Elizabeth A Hunt, Ari R Joffe, Jacques Lacroix, Michael Alice Moga, Vinay Nadkarni, Nelly Ninis, Patricia C Parkin, David Wensley, Andrew R Willan, George A Tomlinson
Importance: There is limited evidence that the use of severity of illness scores in pediatric patients can facilitate timely admission to the intensive care unit or improve patient outcomes. Objective: To determine the effect of the Bedside Paediatric Early Warning System (BedsidePEWS) on all-cause hospital mortality and late admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), cardiac arrest, and ICU resource use. Design, Setting, and Participants: A multicenter cluster randomized trial of 21 hospitals located in 7 countries (Belgium, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and the Netherlands) that provided inpatient pediatric care for infants (gestational age ≥37 weeks) to teenagers (aged ≤18 years)...
February 27, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Sumona Chaudhury, Ellen Hertzmark, Aisa Muya, David Sando, Nzovu Ulenga, Lameck Machumi, Donna Spiegelman, Wafaie W Fawzi
INTRODUCTION: Global scale up of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has led to expansion of HIV treatment and prevention across sub-Saharan Africa. However, age and gender-specific disparities persist leading to failures in fulfillment of Sustainability Development Goals, including SDG3 (achieving healthy lives and wellbeing for all, at all ages) and SDG5 (gender equality). We assessed ART initiation and adherence, loss to follow-up, all-cause death and early death, according to SDG3 and SDG5 indicators among a cohort of HIV-infected children and adolescents enrolled in care in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania METHODS: SDG3 indicators included young (<5 years) and older paediatric children (5 to <10 years), early adolescent (10 to <15 years) and late adolescent (15 to <20 years) age group divisions and the SDG5 indicator was gender...
February 2018: Journal of the International AIDS Society
Michael Narvey, Kenny K Wong, Anne Fournier
Pulse oximetry screening is safe, noninvasive, easy to perform and proven to enhance detection of critical congenital heart disease in newborns. However, this test has yet to be adopted as routine practice in Canada. The present practice point highlights essential details and recommendations for screening, which research has shown to be highly specific, with low false-positive rates. Optimal screening for critical congenital heart disease should include prenatal ultrasound, physical examination and pulse oximetry screening...
November 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Abdullah AlShammari, Aman Inayah, Nasir Ali Afsar, Akram Nurhussen, Amna Siddiqui, Muhammad Lucman Anwer, Sadek Obeidat, Mohammed Khaled Bakro, Tawfik Samer Abu Assale, Eyad Almidani, Abdullah Alsonbul, Sami Alhaider, Ibrahim Bin Hussain, Emad Khadawardi, Muhammad Zafar
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of simulation training on paediatric residents' confidence and skills in managing advanced skills in critical care. METHODS: The study was conducted at Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from March to June 2016, and comprised junior residents in paediatrics. All paediatric residents (years 1 and 2) were recruited into two workshops, held one week apart. The first workshop covered lumbar puncture/ cerebrospinal fluid interpretation, oral intubation, bone marrow aspiration, and critical airway management...
February 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Neeta Rampersad, Barry Wilkins, Jonathan R Egan
AIM: The aim of this study was to characterise patients with asthma admitted to an Australian paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). METHODS: This was a retrospective review of patients with asthma admitted to a university-affiliated, 23-bed, tertiary PICU between January 2000 and December 2011, with a subset of pharmacotherapy and biochemical data from patients admitted between July 2007 and December 2011. RESULTS: A total of 589 admissions (501 patients) with asthma over 12 years constituted 4...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Dora Wood, Sophie Geoghegan, Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, Peter J Davis, John V Pappachan, Sarah Goodwin, Jo Wray
Critically ill adolescents are usually treated on intensive care units optimised for much older adults or younger children. The way they access and experience health services may be very different to most adolescent service users, and existing quality criteria may not apply to them. The objectives of this pilot study were, firstly, to determine whether adolescents and their families were able to articulate their experiences of their critical care admission and secondly, to identify the factors that are important to them during their intensive care unit (ICU) or high dependency unit (HDU) stay...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
Tashunka Taylor-Miller, Peter J Simm
BACKGROUND: Growth is one of the fundamental processes of adolescent development. Careful history and examination, and relevant tar-geted investigations, can streamline the referral process, highlighting the important role of primary healthcare clinicians. OBJECTIVE: This article will provide a guide for clinicians to categorise growth patterns in adolescents, and recognise patients who may have a growth disorder. It will assist clinicians in considering appropriate investigations, and provide guidance for when to refer the adolescent to appropriate paediatric specialists...
December 2017: Australian Family Physician
Sören Verstraete, Ilse Vanhorebeek, Esther van Puffelen, Inge Derese, Catherine Ingels, Sascha C Verbruggen, Pieter J Wouters, Koen F Joosten, Jan Hanot, Gonzalo G Guerra, Dirk Vlasselaers, Jue Lin, Greet Van den Berghe
BACKGROUND: Children who have suffered from critical illnesses that required treatment in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) have long-term physical and neurodevelopmental impairments. The mechanisms underlying this legacy remain largely unknown. In patients suffering from chronic diseases hallmarked by inflammation and oxidative stress, poor long-term outcome has been associated with shorter telomeres. Shortened telomeres have also been reported to result from excessive food consumption and/or unhealthy nutrition...
February 21, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Maria R Dahm, Andrew Georgiou, Johanna I Westbrook, David Greenfield, Andrea R Horvath, Denis Wakefield, Ling Li, Ken Hillman, Patrick Bolton, Anthony Brown, Graham Jones, Robert Herkes, Robert Lindeman, Michael Legg, Meredith Makeham, Daniel Moses, Dauda Badmus, Craig Campbell, Rae-Anne Hardie, Julie Li, Euan McCaughey, Gorkem Sezgin, Judith Thomas, Nasir Wabe
INTRODUCTION: The failure to follow-up pathology and medical imaging test results poses patient-safety risks which threaten the effectiveness, quality and safety of patient care. The objective of this project is to: (1) improve the effectiveness and safety of test-result management through the establishment of clear governance processes of communication, responsibility and accountability; (2) harness health information technology (IT) to inform and monitor test-result management; (3) enhance the contribution of consumers to the establishment of safe and effective test-result management systems...
February 15, 2018: BMJ Open
Andrea Poscia, Simonetta Ferro, Lauretta Tribuzi, Antonietta Spadea
INTRODUCTION: The Italian Ministry of Health has launched an alert about the reduction in vaccine coverage (VC), which decreased below 95% since 2014 for many paediatric vaccines, oppositely from the National Prevention Plan 2014-18 and the National Immunization Plan 2017-2019. Even though the growing vaccine hesitancy attracts the attention of the media in the last few years, the organization of an easily accessible and efficient supply network remains a crucial imperative for ensuring satisfactory and uniform vaccine coverage...
September 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, Konstantinos Dimitriades, Lynsey Freeburn, Aravind Kashyap, Michaela Dixon, Peter W Barry, Kathryn Claydon-Smith, Allan Wardhaugh, Caroline R Lamming, Elizabeth S Draper
OBJECTIVES: International data on characteristics and outcomes of children transported from general hospitals to PICUs are scarce. We aimed to 1) describe the development of a common transport dataset in the United Kingdom and Ireland and 2) analyze transport data from a recent 2-year period. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. SETTING: Specialist pediatric critical care transport teams and PICUs in the United Kingdom and Ireland...
February 9, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Eliana María Cano Londoño, Isabel Cristina Mejía Gil, Katerine Uribe Hernández, Carmenza Alexandra Ricardo Ramírez, Matilde Ligia Álvarez Gómez, Ricardo Antonio Consuegra Peña, Camilo Andrés Agudelo Vélez, Susana Zuluaga Penagos, Mussatye Elorza Parra, José G Franco Vásquez
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence and characteristics of delirium during the initial evaluation of critically ill patients aged 5-14 years. METHOD/DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study in a critical care unit. For six months, all patients were evaluated within the first 24-72 hours or when sedation permitted the use of the paediatric confusion assessment method for the intensive care unit (PCAM-ICU) and the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 items #7 and #8 to determine motor type...
April 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Moise Muzigaba, Brian Van Wyk, Thandi Puoane
BACKGROUND: Despite the widespread implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the management of severe malnutrition in South Africa, poor treatment outcomes for children under 5 years are still observed in some hospitals, particularly in rural areas. OBJECTIVE: To explore health care workers' perceptions about upstream and proximal factors contributing to poor treatment outcomes for severe acute malnutrition in two district hospitals in South Africa...
January 30, 2018: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
Jessica A Schults, Marie Cooke, Debbie A Long, Andreas Schibler, Robert S Ware, Marion L Mitchell
INTRODUCTION: Endotracheal suction (ETS) is a frequent and necessary airway intervention for the intubated child. The aim of ETS is to clear the endotracheal tube and airways of respiratory secretions; however, the methods of performing ETS are varied. Internationally a number of ETS treatments are in use. Many have not been rigorously evaluated in a randomised controlled trial setting, and it is uncertain whether any are associated with better outcomes for the critically ill child. With approximately 50% of paediatric intensive care admissions requiring intubation, ETS interventions that maximise the efficacy and minimise the complications of ETS could translate to improved health for substantial numbers of critically ill children, and significant cost savings...
January 31, 2018: BMJ Open
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