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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456606/sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-dynamic-cavity-obstruction-the-case-for-a-decatecholaminisation-strategy
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Cosmin Balan, Adrian View-Kim Wong
Catecholamines are entrenched in the management of shock states. A paradigm shift has pervaded the critical care arena in recent years acknowledging their propensity to cause harm and fuel a 'death-spiral'. We present the case of a 21-year-old male following a witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who received high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation and standard advanced life support for refractory ventricular fibrillation until return of spontaneous circulation after 70 min. Early post-admission echocardiography revealed severe diffuse sub-basal left ventricular hypertrophy with dynamic mid-cavity obstruction and akinetic apical pouching...
February 2018: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455775/stress-cardiomyopathy-of-the-critically-ill-spectrum-of-secondary-global-probable-and-subclinical-forms
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REVIEW
Anand Chockalingam
Stress cardiomyopathy (SC) typically presents as potential acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in previously healthy people. While there may be physical or mental stressors, the initial symptom is usually chest pain. This form conforms to the published Mayo diagnostic criteria, is well reported and as the presentation is initially cardiac, is considered primary SC. Increasingly we see SC develop several days into the hospitalization secondary to medical or surgical critical illness. This condition is more complex, presents atypically, is not easy to recognize and carries a much worse prognosis...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441512/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-consensus-document-of-association-of-cardiovascular-interventions-and-heart-rhythm-section-of-polish-cardiac-society
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Marek Grygier, Wojtek Wojakowski, Grzegorz Smolka, Marcin Demkow, Wojtek Wąsek, Danuta Sorysz, Paweł Kralisz, Krzysztof Bartuś, Adam Sukiennik, Radosław Pracoń, Adam Witkowski, Oskar Kowalski, Jacek Legutko
Left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion devices have the potential to influence the clinical approach to stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. A number of percutaneous techniques have been proposed, including various intracardiac plugs and also external ligation. Several devices have been already used in Poland. One of them has been evaluated in randomised controlled trials compared with the current standard of care. Others are less well studied but quite commonly used in Europe. It is anticipated that the use of LAA occlusion technologies in clinical practice will expand...
February 14, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441169/perioperative-stroke-pathophysiology-and-management
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REVIEW
Sang-Bae Ko
Although perioperative stroke is uncommon during low-risk non-vascular surgery, if it occurs, it can negatively impact recovery from the surgery and functional outcome. Based on the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Consensus Statement, perioperative stroke includes intraoperative stroke, as well as postoperative stroke developing within 30 days after surgery. Factors related to perioperative stroke include age, sex, a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack, cardiac surgery (aortic surgery, mitral valve surgery, or coronary artery bypass graft surgery), and neurosurgery (external carotid-internal carotid bypass surgery, carotid endarterectomy, or aneurysm clipping)...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440830/impact-of-intensive-care-unit-attending-physician-training-background-on-outcomes-in-children-undergoing-heart-operations
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Priya Bhaskar, Mallikarjuna Rettiganti, Jeffrey M Gossett, Punkaj Gupta
Background: The existing training pathways to become a pediatric cardiac intensivist are very variable with physicians coming from varied training backgrounds of pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology, neonatology, or pediatric anesthesia. Aim: To evaluate the impact of cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) attending physician training background on outcomes in children undergoing heart operations. Setting and Design: Patients in the age group from 1 day to 18 years undergoing heart operation at a Pediatric Health Information System database participating hospital were included (2010-2015)...
January 2018: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438177/eeg-factors-after-pediatric-cardiac-arrest
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Nicholas S Abend, Douglas J Wiebe, Rui Xiao, Shavonne L Massey, Mark Fitzgerald, France Fung, Alexis A Topjian
PURPOSE: We aimed to determine whether conventional standardized EEG features could be consolidated into a more limited number of factors and whether the derived factor scores changed during the acute period after pediatric cardiac arrest. METHODS: Children resuscitated after cardiac arrest underwent conventional continuous EEG monitoring. The EEG was scored in 12-hour epochs for up to 72-hours after return of circulation by an electroencephalographer using standardized critical care EEG terminology...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437083/the-fontan-procedure-for-single-ventricle-physiology
#7
Melissa Beaudet Jones
The Fontan procedure is the final procedure in staged palliation for patients with functional single-ventricle physiology. The goal of the procedure is to separate systemic and pulmonary blood flow by directing systemic venous return through the Fontan connection to the pulmonary arteries and the lungs without ventricular contribution. Following the procedure, pulmonary blood flow is completely passive and dependent on pressure gradients, resulting in complex postoperative cardiopulmonary interactions. Understanding the physiology is essential to effectively manage these patients...
February 2018: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433727/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Steven J Campbell, Rabih Bechara, Shaheen Islam
Spreading beyond the realm of tertiary academic medical centers, point-of-care ultrasound in the intensive care unit is an important diagnostic tool. The real-time feedback garnered can lead to critical and clinically relevant changes in management and decrease potential complications. Bedside ultrasound evaluation in the intensive care setting with a small, portable equipment is well-suited for placement of central lines, lumbar puncture, thoracentesis or other bedside ICU procedures and in the evaluation of cardiac activity, pleural and abdominal cavity and the overall fluid volume...
March 2018: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432248/neurologic-complications-in-the-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
#9
Mark S Wainwright
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: All critical care is directed at maintaining brain health, but recognizing neurologic complications of critical illness in children is difficult, and limited data exist to guide practice. This article discusses an approach to the recognition and management of seizures, stroke, and cardiac arrest as complications of other critical illnesses in the pediatric intensive care unit. RECENT FINDINGS: Convulsive and nonconvulsive seizures occur frequently in children after cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury and during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation...
February 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431046/intermediate-care-units-a-survey-of-organization-practices-across-the-united-states
#10
Blair Wendlandt, Thomas Bice, Shannon Carson, Lydia Chang
PURPOSE: Intermediate care units (IMCUs) represent an alternative care setting with nurse staffing levels between those of the general ward and the intensive care unit (ICU). Despite rising prevalence, little is known about IMCU practices across US hospitals. The purpose of this study is to characterize utilization patterns and assess for variation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 14-item survey was distributed to a random nationwide sample of pulmonary and critical care physicians between January and April 2017...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430443/electrical-impedance-tomography
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REVIEW
Beatriz Lobo, Cecilia Hermosa, Ana Abella, Federico Gordo
Continuous assessment of respiratory status is one of the cornerstones of modern intensive care unit (ICU) monitoring systems. Electrical impedance tomography (EIT), although with some constraints, may play the lead as a new diagnostic and guiding tool for an adequate optimization of mechanical ventilation in critically ill patients. EIT may assist in defining mechanical ventilation settings, assess distribution of tidal volume and of end-expiratory lung volume (EELV) and contribute to titrate positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP)/tidal volume combinations...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428185/lack-of-correlation-between-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-velocity-time-integral-and-stroke-volume-index-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients
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R Blancas, Ó Martínez-González, D Ballesteros, A Núñez, J Luján, D Rodríguez-Serrano, A Hernández, C Martínez-Díaz, C M Parra, B L Matamala, M A Alonso, M Chana
OBJECTIVE: To assess the correlation between left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral (LVOT VTI) and stroke volume index (SVI) calculated by thermodilution methods in ventilated critically ill patients. DESIGN: A prospective, descriptive, multicenter study was performed. SETTING: Five intensive care units from university hospitals. PATIENTS: Patients older than 17 years needing mechanical ventilation and invasive hemodynamic monitoring were included...
February 7, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427013/assessment-of-fluid-responsiveness-in-spontaneously-breathing-patients-a-systematic-review-of-literature
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REVIEW
Renato Carneiro de Freitas Chaves, Thiago Domingos Corrêa, Ary Serpa Neto, Bruno de Arruda Bravim, Ricardo Luiz Cordioli, Fabio Tanzillo Moreira, Karina Tavares Timenetsky, Murillo Santucci Cesar de Assunção
Patients who increase stoke volume or cardiac index more than 10 or 15% after a fluid challenge are usually considered fluid responders. Assessment of fluid responsiveness prior to volume expansion is critical to avoid fluid overload, which has been associated with poor outcomes. Maneuvers to assess fluid responsiveness are well established in mechanically ventilated patients; however, few studies evaluated maneuvers to predict fluid responsiveness in spontaneously breathing patients. Our objective was to perform a systematic review of literature addressing the available methods to assess fluid responsiveness in spontaneously breathing patients...
February 9, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423554/performance-of-a-second-generation-pulmonary-capnotracking-system-for-continuous-monitoring-of-cardiac-output
#14
Philip J Peyton, Monique Kozub
Technologies for minimally-invasive cardiac output measurement in patients during surgery remain little used in routine practice. We tested a redeveloped system based on CO 2 elimination (VCO 2 ) by the lungs for use in ventilated patients, which can be seamlessly integrated into a modern anesthesia/monitoring platform, and provides automated, continuous breath-by-breath cardiac output monitoring. A prototype measurement system was constructed to measure VCO 2 and end-tidal CO 2 concentration with each breath...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420218/neighborhood-socioeconomic-status-and-outcomes-following-the-norwood-procedure-an-analysis-of-the-pediatric-heart-network-single-ventricle-reconstruction-trial-public-data-set
#15
Emily M Bucholz, Lynn A Sleeper, Jane W Newburger
BACKGROUND: Children with single ventricle heart disease require frequent interventions and follow-up. Low socioeconomic status (SES) may limit access to high-quality care and place these children at risk for poor long-term outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the SVR (Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial Public Use) data set were used to examine the relationship of US neighborhood SES with 30-day and 1-year mortality or cardiac transplantation and length of stay among neonates undergoing the Norwood procedure (n=525)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419625/use-of-a-standardized-care-communication-checklist-during-multidisciplinary-rounds-in-pediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-a-best-practice-implementation-project
#16
Julianna Boydston
OBJECTIVES: This project aimed to improve thoroughness and continuity of care of patients in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. Specific objectives were to increase support of clinical nurse and family participation in multidisciplinary rounds (MDR), as well as full use of a multi-component Complex Care Checklist (CCC) by all nurses in this unit. INTRODUCTION: Communication and collaboration are paramount for safe care and positive outcomes of critically ill patients hospitalized in intensive care units...
February 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415773/end-expiratory-occlusion-maneuver-to-predict-fluid-responsiveness-in-the-intensive-care-unit-an-echocardiographic-study
#17
Delphine Georges, Hugues de Courson, Romain Lanchon, Musa Sesay, Karine Nouette-Gaulain, Matthieu Biais
BACKGROUND: In mechanically ventilated patients, an increase in cardiac index during an end-expiratory-occlusion test predicts fluid responsiveness. To identify this rapid increase in cardiac index, continuous and instantaneous cardiac index monitoring is necessary, decreasing its feasibility at the bedside. Our study was designed to investigate whether changes in velocity time integral and in peak velocity obtained using transthoracic echocardiography during an end-expiratory-occlusion maneuver could predict fluid responsiveness...
February 8, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29409551/impact-of-prenatal-diagnosis-on-the-management-and-early-outcome-of-critical-duct-dependent-cardiac-lesions
#18
Varsha Thakur, Nathalie Dutil, Steven M Schwartz, Edgar Jaeggi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the preoperative management and outcome of neonates with duct-dependent critical CHD with fetal versus postnatal diagnosis. METHODS: Patients referred with CHD to our centre from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010 were enrolled prospectively. Live births with a critical form of CHD, a gestational age ⩾36 weeks and a weight ⩾2 kg at birth, and the intention-to-treat were included in this sub-study. Excluded were neonates with lethal non-cardiac and/or genetic anomalies...
February 7, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29407008/cardiac-intensive-care-unit-management-of-patients-after-cardiac-arrest-now-the-real-work-begins
#19
REVIEW
Varinder K Randhawa, Brian E Grunau, Derek B Debicki, Jian Zhou, Ahmed F Hegazy, Terry McPherson, A Dave Nagpal
Survival with a good quality of life after cardiac arrest continues to be abysmal. Coordinated resuscitative care does not end with the effective return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)-in fact, quite the contrary is true. Along with identifying and appropriately treating the precipitating cause, various components of the post-cardiac arrest syndrome also require diligent observation and management, including post-cardiac arrest neurologic injury and myocardial dysfunction, systemic ischemia-reperfusion phenomenon with potential consequent multiorgan failure, and the various sequelae of critical illness...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406374/cerebral-oxygen-metabolism-before-and-after-rbc-transfusion-in-infants-following-major-surgical-procedures
#20
Felix Neunhoeffer, Michael Hofbeck, Martin Ulrich Schuhmann, Jörg Fuchs, Christian Schlensak, Martin Esslinger, Ines Gerbig, Vanya Icheva, Ellen Heimberg, Matthias Kumpf, Jörg Michel
OBJECTIVE: Although infants following major surgery frequently require RBC transfusions, there is still controversy concerning the best definition for requirement of transfusion in the individual patient. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of RBC transfusion on cerebral oxygen metabolism in noncardiac and cardiac postsurgical infants. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Pediatric critical care unit of a tertiary referral center...
February 5, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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