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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215127/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-critically-ill-patients-with-drug-overdose-in-australia-and-new-zealand
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Luca Cioccari, Nora Luethi, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher, Rinaldo Bellomo
OBJECTIVE: The epidemiology of patients admitted to the intensive care unit after a drug overdose (OD) is poorly defined. We aimed to study the incidence, characteristics and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU because of OD in Australia and New Zealand. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: Retrospective study of data from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Adult Patient Database, including all patients admitted to an ICU with OD from 2005 to 2013...
March 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213888/transfusion-in-critical-care-a-uk-regional-audit-of-current-practice
#2
J O M Plumb, M G Taylor, E Clissold, M P W Grocott, R Gill
A consistent message within critical care publications has been that a restrictive transfusion strategy is non-inferior, and possibly superior, to a liberal strategy for stable, non-bleeding critically ill patients. Translation into clinical practice has, however, been slow. Here, we describe the degree of adherence to UK best practice guidelines in a regional network of nine intensive care units within Wessex. All transfusions given during a 2-month period were included (n = 444). Those given for active bleeding or within 24 h of major surgery, trauma or gastrointestinal bleeding were excluded (n = 148)...
February 18, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213377/interventional-treatment-of-pulmonary-embolism
#3
David M Dudzinski, Jay Giri, Kenneth Rosenfield
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious and prevalent cause of vascular disease. Nevertheless, optimal treatment for many phenotypes of PE remains uncertain. Treating PE requires appropriate risk stratification as a first step. For the highest-risk PE, presenting as shock or arrest, emergent systemic thrombolysis or embolectomy is reasonable, while for low-risk PE, anticoagulation alone is often chosen. Normotensive patients with PE but with indicia of right heart dysfunction (by biomarkers or imaging) constitute an intermediate-risk group for whom there is controversy on therapeutic strategy...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212182/what-s-new-in-obstetric-anesthesia-the-2016-gerard-w-ostheimer-lecture
#4
Philip E Hess
This special article presents potentially important trends and issues affecting the field of obstetric anesthesia drawn from publications in 2015. Both maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States have increased in recent years because, in part, of the changing demographics of the childbearing population. Pregnant women are older and have more pre-existing conditions and complex medical histories. Cardiovascular and noncardiovascular medical diseases now account for half of maternal deaths in the United States...
March 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207570/international-survey-of-critically-ill-children-with-acute-neurologic-insults-the-prevalence-of-acute-critical-neurological-disease-in-children-a-global-epidemiological-assessment-study
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Ericka L Fink, Patrick M Kochanek, Robert C Tasker, John Beca, Michael J Bell, Robert S B Clark, Jamie Hutchison, Monica S Vavilala, Anthony Fabio, Derek C Angus, R Scott Watson
OBJECTIVE: The international scope of critical neurologic insults in children is unknown. Our objective was to assess the prevalence and outcomes of children admitted to PICUs with acute neurologic insults. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Multicenter (n = 107 PICUs) and multinational (23 countries, 79% in North America and Europe). PATIENTS: Children 7 days to 17 years old admitted to the ICU with new traumatic brain injury, stroke, cardiac arrest, CNS infection or inflammation, status epilepticus, spinal cord injury, hydrocephalus, or brain mass...
February 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181075/harnessing-the-potential-of-wearable-activity-trackers-for-heart-failure-self-care
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REVIEW
Muaddi Alharbi, Nicola Straiton, Robyn Gallagher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of wearable activity trackers to promote self-care management for physical activity in heart failure (HF). RECENT FINDINGS: Exercise participation decreases hospital admissions and improves quality of life in HF, and activity tracking devices provide more precise means to assess free-living physical activity and thus enable tailored exercise instruction. Use of activity trackers by cardiac patients for self-monitoring and motivational purposes is associated with increased levels of physical activity and is predictive of disease severity...
February 8, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176924/high-stakes-and-high-emotions-providing-safe-care-in-canadian-emergency-departments
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Samina Ali, Denise Thomson, Timothy A D Graham, Sean E Rickard, Antonia S Stang
BACKGROUND: The high-paced, unpredictable environment of the emergency department (ED) contributes to errors in patient safety. The ED setting becomes even more challenging when dealing with critically ill patients, particularly with children, where variations in size, weight, and form present practical difficulties in many aspects of care. In this commentary, we will explore the impact of the health care providers' emotional reactions while caring for critically ill patients, and how this can be interpreted and addressed as a patient safety issue...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167634/management-of-patients-on-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-acute-care-and-periprocedural-setting-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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Amish N Raval, Joaquin E Cigarroa, Mina K Chung, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Deborah Diercks, Jonathan P Piccini, Hee Soo Jung, Jeffrey B Washam, Babu G Welch, Allyson R Zazulia, Sean P Collins
Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now widely used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and management of venous thromboembolism. In clinical practice, there is still widespread uncertainty on how to manage patients on NOACs who bleed or who are at risk for bleeding. Clinical trial data related to NOAC reversal for bleeding and perioperative management are sparse, and recommendations are largely derived from expert opinion. Knowledge of time of last ingestion of the NOAC and renal function is critical to managing these patients given that laboratory measurement is challenging because of the lack of commercially available assays in the United States...
February 6, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163912/the-benefits-of-youth-are-lost-on-the-young-cardiac-arrest-patient
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REVIEW
Brian Griffith, Patrick Kochanek, Cameron Dezfulian
Children and young adults tend to have reduced mortality and disability after acquired brain injuries such as trauma or stroke and across other disease processes seen in critical care medicine. However, after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), outcomes are remarkably similar across age groups. The consistent lack of witnessed arrests and a high incidence of asphyxial or respiratory etiology arrests among pediatric and young adult patients with OHCA account for a substantial portion of the difference in outcomes...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154296/age-specific-trends-in-the-incidence-and-in-hospital-mortality-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-over-30-years-in-japan%C3%A3-report-from-the-miyagi-ami-registry-study
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Yuanji Cui, Kiyotaka Hao, Jun Takahashi, Satoshi Miyata, Tomohiko Shindo, Kensuke Nishimiya, Yoku Kikuchi, Ryuji Tsuburaya, Yasuharu Matsumoto, Kenta Ito, Yasuhiko Sakata, Hiroaki Shimokawa
BACKGROUND: We are now facing rapid population aging in Japan, which will affect the actual situation of cardiovascular diseases. However, age-specific trends in the incidence and mortality of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Japan remain to be elucidated.Methods and Results:We enrolled a total of 27,220 AMI patients (male/female 19,818/7,402) in our Miyagi AMI Registry during the past 30 years. We divided them into 4 age groups (≤59, 60-69, 70-79 and ≥80 years) and examined the temporal trends in the incidence and in-hospital mortality of AMI during 3 decades (1985-1994, 1995-2004 and 2005-2014)...
February 2, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151783/organizational-learning-in-a-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-a-learning-history
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Bret Lyman, Kalene M Ethington, Carly King, Jonathan D Jacobs, Hayley Lundeen
INTRODUCTION: Providing high-quality care to every patient is challenging, particularly in critical care units (CCUs). However, this standard can be achieved through organizational learning. Unfortunately, the process of organizational learning in CCUs is not well understood. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to describe the developmental progression of a cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) to reach its current state of reliably excellent clinical performance...
March 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151454/effects-of-blood-transfusion-on-oxygen-extraction-ratio-and-central-venous-saturation-in-children-after-cardiac-surgery
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Bana Nasser, Mohmad Tageldein, Abdulrahman AlMesned, Mohammad Kabbani
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell transfusion is common in critically ill children after cardiac surgery. Since the threshold for hemoglobin (Hb) transfusion need is not well defined, the threshold Hb level at which dependent critical oxygen uptake-to-delivery (VO2-DO2) status compensation is uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of blood transfusion on the oxygen extraction ratio (O2ER) and central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2) to identify a critical O2ER value that could help us determine the critical need for blood transfusion...
January 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151402/mental-health-among-parents-of-children-with-critical-congenital-heart-defects-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sarah E Woolf-King, Alexandra Anger, Emily A Arnold, Sandra J Weiss, David Teitel
BACKGROUND: Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects (PCCHDs) may be at high risk for mental health morbidity; however, the literature is not well characterized. Given that compromised parental mental health can lead to long-term cognitive, health-related, and behavioral problems in children, a systematic review of this literature could provide informed recommendations for continued research and enhance the care of families of children living with critical congenital heart defects...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149575/veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-cannulation-techniques
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REVIEW
Carlo Banfi, Matteo Pozzi, Nils Siegenthaler, Marie-Eve Brunner, Didier Tassaux, Jean-Francois Obadia, Karim Bendjelid, Raphaël Giraud
The development of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology allows a new approach for the intensive care management of acute cardiac and/or respiratory failure in adult patients who are not responsive to conventional treatment. Current ECMO therapies provide a variety of options for the multidisciplinary teams who are involved in the management of these critically ill patients. In this regard, veno-venous ECMO (VV-ECMO) can provide quite complete respiratory support, even if this highly complex technique presents substantial risks, such as bleeding, thromboembolic events and infection...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149031/thoughts-on-the-current-management-of-acute-aluminum-phosphide-toxicity-and-proposals-for-therapy-an-evidence-based-review
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REVIEW
Maryam Vasheghani Farahani, Davood Soroosh, Sayed Mahdi Marashi
The majority of aluminum phosphide (ALP) toxicity cases are suicidal attempts. Despite advances in critical care medicine, the mortality rate of ALP remains very high. Unfortunately, knowledge on the toxicokinetics of ALP is very low. An obsolete idea was proposed that inhibition of complex IV of cytochrome C oxidase is responsible for multiorgan dysfunction. However, based on human studies, this effect might be insignificant. Thus, a novel idea proposes that the main mechanism might be vascular wall integrity disruption...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148615/postoperative-patient-controlled-analgesia-in-the-pediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
#16
Hanna M Epstein
BACKGROUND: High rates of uncontrolled pain in critically ill patients remain common. Patient-controlled analgesia is more effective than traditional intravenous as-needed dosing regimens for managing postoperative pain in older children and adults. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pain-related clinical outcomes in patients from age 10 years to adult following cardiac surgery are improved by using patient-controlled analgesia as a pain management strategy. METHODS: Using the plan-do-study-act method of quality improvement, a process was instituted to have both staff and patients' families support the use of patient-controlled analgesia postoperatively as opposed to traditional pain control with as-needed analgesics...
February 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148612/cardioembolic-stroke-a-case-study
#17
Lisa A Babkair
Cardioembolic stroke is a critical health condition that requires immediate intervention. Cardiac emboli are the most common type of embolism and account for 14% to 30% of all ischemic strokes. Atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of cardioembolic strokes, and its prevalence increases substantially with age. Other factors that increase the risk for cardioembolic stroke include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, cardiac disease, and lifestyle choices. General supportive care and treatment of the acute phase and subsequent complications should be started immediately...
February 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148334/training-fellows-and-residents-in-paediatric-cardiac-critical-care
#18
Sarah Tabbutt, Nancy Ghanayem, Melvin C Almodovar, John Charpie, Stephen J Roth, James Fortenberry, Ron Bronicki
As pediatric cardiac critical care becomes more sub-specialized it is reasonable to assume that dedicated units may provide a better infrastructure for improved multidisciplinary care, cardiac-specific patient safety initiatives, and dedicated training of fellows and residents. The knowledge base required to optimally manage pediatric patients with critical cardiac disease has evolved sufficiently to consider a standardized training curriculum and board certification for pediatric cardiac critical care. This strategy would potentially provide consistency of training and healthcare and improve quality of care and patient safety...
December 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148323/primary-care-management-of-patients-with-coarctation-of-the-aorta
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REVIEW
Jeffrey R Boris
Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital cardiac defect that results in a variable degree of obstruction to the left side of the heart. It can present with either acute shock in the neonatal period as a critical lesion or it can appear more insidiously with hypertension or other findings later in life. This article summarises aspects of outpatient care of patients with this lesion, including clinical history and physical examination, ancillary testing, and issues associated with long-term follow-up and management...
December 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145044/a-single-center-tertiary-care-experience-utilizing-the-large-volume-mega-50cc-intra-aortic-balloon-counterpulsation-in-contemporary-clinical-practice
#20
Gautam K Visveswaran, Marc Cohen, Ahmed Seliem, Michael DiVita, Jonathan K R McNamara, Amar Dave, Najam Wasty, David A Baran
OBJECTIVE: Clinical outcomes and adverse events utilizing the large volume 50cc intra-aortic balloon (IAB) in contemporary clinical practice. BACKGROUND: The newer large volume 50cc IAB, recently introduced into clinical practice offers improved diastolic augmentation and better left ventricular (LV) unloading compared to the older 40cc IAB. METHODS: In 150 consecutive patients who received intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) with a 50cc balloon from 2011 to 2015, we retrospectively analyzed demographic, clinical, laboratory, and hemodynamic variables, adverse events and survival to discharge from index hospitalization...
February 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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