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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905629/-reasons-to-recommend-vaccination-against-dengue-in-easter-island-immunization-advisory-committee-of-sociedad-chilena-de-infectolog%C3%A3-a
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Alberto Fica, Marcela Potin, Gabriela Moreno, Liliana Véliz, Jaime Cerda, Carola Escobar, Jan Wilhelm
Dengue was first diagnosed on Easter Island on year 2002 and thereafter recurrent outbreaks have occurred involving different serotypes of dengue virus. Its vector, Aedes aegypti has not been eliminated despite the small size of the island. Conditions at the local hospital preclude adequate management of severe and hemorrhagic cases due to the absence of a Critical Care Unit as well as no availability of platelets, or plasma units for transfusion. Besides, transfer, of severely affected patients to continental Chile is cumbersome, slow and expensive...
August 2016: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905073/critical-comments-on-eeg-sensor-space-dynamical-connectivity-analysis
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Frederik Van de Steen, Luca Faes, Esin Karahan, Jitkomut Songsiri, Pedro A Valdes-Sosa, Daniele Marinazzo
Many different analysis techniques have been developed and applied to EEG recordings that allow one to investigate how different brain areas interact. One particular class of methods, based on the linear parametric representation of multiple interacting time series, is widely used to study causal connectivity in the brain. However, the results obtained by these methods should be interpreted with great care. The goal of this paper is to show, both theoretically and using simulations, that results obtained by applying causal connectivity measures on the sensor (scalp) time series do not allow interpretation in terms of interacting brain sources...
November 30, 2016: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899384/rifampicin-induced-adrenal-crisis-in-a-patient-with-tuberculosis-a-therapeutic-challenge
#3
Nicholas Denny, Sarika Raghunath, Praveen Bhatia, Muntasir Abdelaziz
A 55-year-old Indian man presented with productive cough and a large left pleural effusion. Pleural fluid culture grew Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and he was started on antituberculosis therapy. One week later, the patient presented to hospital with drowsiness, dehydration and hypotension. He was transferred to critical care and only improved after starting hydrocortisone and stopping rifampicin. His short synACTHen test subsequently confirmed primary adrenal insufficiency, and a CT of the abdomen showed bilateral adrenal enlargement...
November 29, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884027/-transfer-of-critically-ill-patients-between-hospitals-fundamentals-and-requirements
#4
Gregor Lichy, Jörg Braun
Due to the increasingly changed clinical landscape, which leads to a reduction of clinical facilities in rural regions. This also leads to a centralized clinical care, in addition to limited care options in the periphery. Therefore the interhospital transfer is becoming increasingly important. Specialized centers have become more and more important through this centralization of clinical care. Not only the number of transports, but also the transport distances have steadily increased in recent years. It is necessary to differentiate centripetal transports into the centers of the maximum and centrifugal transports back to peripheral clinics, weaning devices or rehabilitation facilities...
November 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881152/fitness-and-mobility-training-in-patients-with-intensive-care-unit-acquired-muscle-weakness-fitonicu-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jan Mehrholz, Simone Thomas, Jane H Burridge, André Schmidt, Bettina Scheffler, Ralph Schellin, Stefan Rückriem, Daniel Meißner, Katja Mehrholz, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulf Bodechtel, Bernhard Elsner
BACKGROUND: Critical illness myopathy (CIM) and polyneuropathy (CIP) are a common complication of critical illness. Both cause intensive-care-unit-acquired (ICU-acquired) muscle weakness (ICUAW) which increases morbidity and delays rehabilitation and recovery of activities of daily living such as walking ability. Focused physical rehabilitation of people with ICUAW is, therefore, of great importance at both an individual and a societal level. A recent systematic Cochrane review found no randomised controlled trials (RCT), and thus no supporting evidence, for physical rehabilitation interventions for people with defined CIP and CIM to improve activities of daily living...
November 24, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878350/home-return-after-surgery-in-patients-aged-over-85%C3%A2-years-is-associated-with-preoperative-albumin-levels-the-type-of-surgery-and-apache-ii-score
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Bora Lee, Sungwon Na, Miran Park, Sungyeon Ham, Jeongmin Kim
BACKGROUND: Owing to an aging society, both the number of operations for patients aged >85 years and the average age of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) are rapidly increasing. However, mortality is not an appropriate outcome measurement in patients aged >85 years; a more important outcome is home return (HR), because quality of life is valuable to these patients. We identified predictors for HR of patients aged >85 years admitted to the ICU after surgery...
November 22, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872086/intensive-care-discharge-summaries-for-general-practice-staff-a-focus-group-study
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Suzanne Bench, Jocelyn Cornish, Andreas Xyrichis
BACKGROUND: Understanding how patients and relatives can be supported after hospital discharge is a UK research priority. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) discharge summaries are a simple way of providing GPs with the information they require to coordinate ongoing care, but little evidence is available to guide best practice. AIM: This study aimed at better understanding the information needs of GP staff (GPs and practice nurses) supporting former patients of ICUs and their families following discharge from hospital, and identifying the barriers/facilitators associated with ICU-primary care information transfer...
December 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869724/mosquito-oviposition-behavior-and-vector-control
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Jonathan F Day
The burden of gene transfer from one mosquito generation to the next falls on the female and her eggs. The selection of an oviposition site that guarantees egg and larval survival is a critical step in the reproductive process. The dangers associated with ephemeral aquatic habitats, lengthy droughts, freezing winters, and the absence of larval nutrition makes careful oviposition site selection by a female mosquito extremely important. Mosquito species exhibit a remarkable diversity of oviposition behaviors that ensure eggs are deposited into microenvironments conducive for successful larval development and the emergence of the next mosquito generation...
November 18, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860170/variation-across-u-s-assisted-living-facilities-admissions-resident-care-needs-and-staffing
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Kihye Han, Alison M Trinkoff, Carla L Storr, Nancy Lerner, Bo Kyum Yang
PURPOSE: Though more people in the United States currently reside in assisted living facilities (ALFs) than nursing homes, little is known about ALF admission policies, resident care needs, and staffing characteristics. We therefore conducted this study using a nationwide sample of ALFs to examine these factors, along with comparison of ALFs by size. DESIGN: Cross-sectional secondary data analysis using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850171/531-a-national-study-of-critical-care-services-provided-prior-to-emergency-department-transfer
#10
Christopher Hansen, Patrick Hosokawa, Jason Brainard, Adit Ginde
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832843/time-is-the-enemy-mortality-in-trauma-patients-with-hemorrhage-from-torso-injury-occurs-long-before-the-golden-hour
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A Q Alarhayem, J G Myers, D Dent, L Liao, M Muir, D Mueller, S Nicholson, R Cestero, M C Johnson, R Stewart, Grant O'Keefe, B J Eastridge
INTRODUCTION: The concept of the "Golden Hour" has been a time-honored tenet of prehospital trauma care, despite a paucity of data to substantiate its validity. Non-compressible torso hemorrhage has been demonstrated to be a significant cause of mortality in both military and civilian settings. We sought to characterize the impact of prehospital time and torso injury severity on survival. Furthermore, we hypothesized that time would be a significant determinant of mortality in patients with higher Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) grades of torso injury (AIS ≥ 4) and field hypotension (prehospital SBP ≤ 110 mmHg) as these injuries are commonly associated with hemorrhage...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822907/multiple-intra-hospital-transports-during-relocation-to-a-new-critical-care-unit
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R-A O'Leary, I Conrick-Martin, C O'Loughlin, M-R Curran, B Marsh
OBJECTIVE: Intra-hospital transport (IHT) of critically ill patients is associated with morbidity and mortality. Mass transfer of patients, as happens with unit relocation, is poorly described. We outline the process and adverse events associated with the relocation of a critical care unit. DESIGN: Extensive planning of the relocation targeted patient and equipment transfer, reduction in clinical pressure prior to the event and patient care during the relocation phase...
November 7, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822371/improving-admission-medication-reconciliation-compliance-using-the-electronic-tool-in-admitted-medical-patients
#13
Haytham Taha, Dana Abdulhay, Neama Luqman, Samer Ellahham
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi is the main tertiary care referral hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 560 bed capacity that is fully occupied most of the time. SKMC senior management has made a commitment to make quality and patient safety a top priority. Our governing body Abu Dhabi Health Services Company has identified medication reconciliation as a critical patient safety measure and key performance indicator (KPI). The medication reconciliation electronic form a computerized decision support tool was introduced to improve medication reconciliation compliance on transition of care at admission, transfer and discharge of patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821731/in-situ-solid-state-electrochemistry-of-mass-selected-ions-at-well-defined-electrode-electrolyte-interfaces
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Venkateshkumar Prabhakaran, Grant E Johnson, Bingbing Wang, Julia Laskin
Molecular-level understanding of electrochemical processes occurring at electrode-electrolyte interfaces (EEIs) is key to the rational development of high-performance and sustainable electrochemical technologies. This article reports the development and application of solid-state in situ thin-film electrochemical cells to explore redox and catalytic processes occurring at well-defined EEIs generated using soft-landing (SL) of mass- and charge-selected cluster ions. In situ cells with excellent mass-transfer properties are fabricated using carefully designed nanoporous ionic liquid membranes...
November 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821581/association-between-the-use-of-long-acting-insulin-and-hypoglycemia-in-nondiabetic-patients-in-the-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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Jordan Masse, Christopher Alan Giuliano, Sara Brown, Renee Alexander Paxton
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between long-acting insulin and hypoglycemia in nondiabetic surgical intensive care patients. METHODS: This single-center, retrospective cohort study evaluated glycemic control in nondiabetic critically ill surgical patients receiving long-acting insulin plus sliding scale versus those receiving sliding scale alone. Patients were matched based on sliding scale order and type of surgery. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients who experienced hypoglycemia (glucose values <70 mg/dL)...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821065/predictors-of-survival-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-ards-an-observational-study
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Felix Balzer, Mario Menk, Jannis Ziegler, Christian Pille, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke, Claudia Spies, Maren Schmidt, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Maria Deja
BACKGROUND: Currently there is no ARDS definition or classification system that allows optimal prediction of mortality in ARDS patients. This study aimed to examine the predictive values of the AECC and Berlin definitions, as well as clinical and respiratory parameters obtained at onset of ARDS and in the course of the first seven consecutive days. METHODS: The observational study was conducted at a 14-bed intensive care unit specialized on treatment of ARDS. Predictive validity of the AECC and Berlin definitions as well as PaO2/FiO2 and FiO2/PaO2*Pmean (oxygenation index) on mortality of ARDS patients was assessed and statistically compared...
November 8, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815110/hospital-to-post-acute-care-facility-transfers-identifying-targets-for-information-exchange-quality-improvement
#17
Christine D Jones, Ethan Cumbler, Benjamin Honigman, Robert E Burke, Rebecca S Boxer, Cari Levy, Eric A Coleman, Heidi L Wald
INTRODUCTION: Information exchange is critical to high-quality care transitions from hospitals to post-acute care (PAC) facilities. We conducted a survey to evaluate the completeness and timeliness of information transfer and communication between a tertiary-care academic hospital and its related PAC facilities. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional Web-based 36-question survey of 110 PAC clinicians and staff representing 31 PAC facilities conducted between October and December 2013...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805298/telestroke-imaging-a-review
#18
Fahad J Laghari, Maxim D Hammer
The use of telecommunications technology to provide the healthcare services, telemedicine, has been in use since the 1860s. The use of technology has ranged from providing medical care to far-off places during wartimes to monitoring physiological measurements of astronauts in space. Since the 1990s, reports have been published on diagnoses of neurological diseases with the use of video links. Studies confirm that the neurological examinations, including the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, performed during teleneurology are dependable...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804912/emerging-therapies-for-acute-intermittent-porphyria
#19
Antonio Fontanellas, Matías A Ávila, Pedro Berraondo
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is an autosomal dominant metabolic disease caused by hepatic deficiency of hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS), the third enzyme of the heme synthesis pathway. The dominant clinical feature is acute neurovisceral attack associated with high production of potentially neurotoxic porphyrin precursors due to increased hepatic heme consumption. Current Standard of Care is based on a down-regulation of hepatic heme synthesis using heme therapy. Recurrent hyper-activation of the hepatic heme synthesis pathway affects about 5% of patients and can be associated with neurological and metabolic manifestations and long-term complications including chronic kidney disease and increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma...
November 2, 2016: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801708/pediatric-critical-care-transport-as-a-conduit-to-terminal-extubation-at-home-a-case-series
#20
Corina Noje, Meghan L Bernier, Philomena M Costabile, Bruce L Klein, Sapna R Kudchadkar
OBJECTIVES: To present our single-center's experience with three palliative critical care transports home from the PICU for terminal extubation. DESIGN: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients transported between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2014. SETTING: All cases were identified from our institutional pediatric transport database. PATIENTS: Patients were terminally ill children unable to separate from mechanical ventilation in the PICU, who were transported home for terminal extubation and end-of-life care according to their families' wishes...
October 28, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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