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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521686/prothymosin-alpha-an-alarmin-and-more
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Pinelopi Samara, Chrysoula-Evangelia Karachaliou, Kyriaki Ioannou, Nikos E Papaioannou, Ioannis F Voutsas, Christos Zikos, Ioannis Pirmettis, Minas Papadopoulos, Hubert Kalbacher, Evangelia Livaniou, Ourania E Tsitsilonis, Wolfgang Voelter
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Prothymosin alpha (proTα) is a ubiquitous polypeptide first isolated by Haritos in 1984, whose role still remains partly elusive. We know that proTα acts both, intracellularly, as an anti-apoptotic and proliferation mediator, and extracellularly, as a biologic response modifier mediating immune responses similarly to molecules termed "alarmins". Our research team pioneered the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying the observed activities of proTα. RESULTS: We were the first to demonstrate that proTα levels increase during normal and abnormal cell proliferation...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506711/screening-for-sepsis-in-general-hospitalised-patients-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Laura Alberto, Andrea P Marshall, Rachel Walker, Leanne M Aitken
INTRODUCTION: Sepsis is a common condition observed outside critical care areas. The purpose of this review was to examine the application of sepsis screening tools for early recognition of sepsis in general hospitalised patients to: (i) identify the accuracy of these tools; (ii) determine the outcomes associated with their implementation and; (iii) describe the implementation process. METHOD: A systematic review method was used. PubMed, CINAHL, COCHRANE, SCOPUS, Web of Science and EMBASE databases were systematically searched for primary articles, published from January 1990 to June 2016, that investigated screening tools or alert mechanisms for early identification of sepsis in adult general hospitalized patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445172/telehealth-intensive-care-unit-nurse-surveillance-of-sepsis
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Teresa A Rincon, E LaVerne Manos, Janet D Pierce
The purpose of this article is to describe the usability and human factors engineering standards used in development of a sepsis alert known as the sepsis prompt. Sensory processing, cognitive processing, signal detection, criterion response, and user satisfaction were evaluated with controlled user testing and critical incident response techniques. Nurses reported that the sepsis prompt was visible and distinct, making it easily detectable. The prompt provided a clear response mechanism and adequately balanced the number of false alerts with the likelihood of misses...
April 25, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430045/laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-changes-in-the-last-decade-differences-in-morbidity-and-weight-loss
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Andrea Balla, Silvia Quaresima, Frida Leonetti, Emanuela Paone, Marco Brunori, Teresa Messina, Ardit Seitaj, Alessandro M Paganini
PURPOSE: Aim is to report the learning curve and standardization process of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG), describing the evolution in surgical technique and patient management in the authors' experiences. METHODS: One hundred twenty-seven patients were divided in three Groups (A, B, and C), based on bougie size and technical details, and included 36, 46, and 45 patients, respectively. RESULTS: Mean operative time in Groups A, B, and C was 201...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425610/bacterial-screening-of-platelet-components-by-national-health-service-blood-and-transplant-an-effective-risk-reduction-measure
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Carl McDonald, Jennifer Allen, Susan Brailsford, Anjana Roy, Joanne Ball, Richard Moule, Mariza Vasconcelos, Rachael Morrison, Tyrone Pitt
BACKGROUND: Bacterial contamination of blood components remains a major cause of sepsis in transfusion medicine. Between 2006 and 2010 in the 5 years before the introduction of bacterial screening of platelet (PLT) components by National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), seven cases of PLT component-associated transmission of bacterial infection were recorded for 10 patients, three of which were fatal. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Sampling of individual PLT components was undertaken at 36 to 48 hours after donation and tested in the BacT/ALERT system with 8 mL inoculated into each of aerobic and anaerobic culture bottles...
May 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412015/managing-sepsis-electronic-recognition-rapid-response-teams-and-standardized-care-save-lives
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Faheem W Guirgis, Lisa Jones, Rhemar Esma, Alice Weiss, Kaitlin McCurdy, Jason Ferreira, Christina Cannon, Laura McLauchlin, Carmen Smotherman, Dale F Kraemer, Cynthia Gerdik, Kendall Webb, Jin Ra, Frederick A Moore, Kelly Gray-Eurom
PURPOSE: Sepsis can lead to poor outcomes when treatment is delayed or inadequate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate outcomes after initiation of a hospital-wide sepsis alert program. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of patients ≥18years treated for sepsis. RESULTS: There were 3917 sepsis admissions: 1929 admissions before, and 1988 in the after phase. Mean age (57.3 vs. 57.1, p=0.94) and Charlson Comorbidity Scores (2...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403899/hepato-bronchial-fistula-secondary-to-perforated-sigmoid-diverticulitis-a-case-report
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Jun Sunny Yin, Shaylan Govind, Daniele Wiseman, Richard Inculet, Raymond Kao
BACKGROUND: Patients with diverticulitis are predisposed to hepatic abscesses via seeding through the portal circulation. Hepatic abscesses are well-documented sequelae of diverticulitis, however instances of progression to hepato-bronchial fistulization are rare. We present a case of diverticulitis associated with hepatic abscess leading to hepato-bronchial fistulization, which represents a novel disease course not yet reported in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A 61-year-old Caucasian man presented with a history of unintentional weight loss and dyspnea both at rest and with exertion...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316887/comparison-of-methods-of-alert-acknowledgement-by-critical-care-clinicians-in-the-icu-setting
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Andrew M Harrison, Charat Thongprayoon, Christopher A Aakre, Jack Y Jeng, Mikhail A Dziadzko, Ognjen Gajic, Brian W Pickering, Vitaly Herasevich
BACKGROUND: Electronic Health Record (EHR)-based sepsis alert systems have failed to demonstrate improvements in clinically meaningful endpoints. However, the effect of implementation barriers on the success of new sepsis alert systems is rarely explored. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis time to severe sepsis alert acknowledgement by critical care clinicians in the ICU setting would be reduced using an EHR-based alert acknowledgement system compared to a text paging-based system...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283014/-fungemia-and-septic-arthritis-caused-by-saprochaete-capitata-in-a-patient-with-fanconi-aplastic-anemia-a-case-report
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Ömür Mustafa Parkan, Mustafa Altay Atalay, Ayşe Nedret Koç, Çiğdem Pala, Gonca Aydemir, Leylagül Kaynar
Saprochaete capitata (formerly known as Blastoschizomyces capitatus, Trichosporon capitatum, Geotrichum capitatum) is a rare but emerging yeast-like fungus. It is commonly found in environmental sources and can be isolated from skin, gastrointestinal system and respiratory tract of healthy individuals as well. It mainly infects patients with hematological malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), especially in the presence of neutropenia; and mortality rates are high in those patients. Although the data about the in vitro antifungal susceptibility are limited, it is being reported that amphotericin B and voriconazole are more effective on S...
January 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276800/sepsis-alert-a-triage-model-that-reduces-time-to-antibiotics-and-length-of-hospital-stay
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Mari Rosenqvist, Emma Fagerstrand, Peter Lanbeck, Olle Melander, Per Åkesson
OBJECTIVE: To study if a modified triage system at an Emergency Department (ED) combined with educational efforts resulted in reduced time to antibiotics and decreased length of hospital stay (LOS) for patients with severe infection. METHODS: A retrospective, observational study comparing patients before and after the start of a new triage model at the ED of a University Hospital. After the implementation of the model, patients with fever and abnormal vital signs were triaged into a designated sepsis line (Sepsis Alert) for rapid evaluation by the attending physician supported by a infectious diseases (IDs) specialist...
July 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275488/early-management-of-sepsis-with-emphasis-on-early-goal-directed-therapy-ame-evidence-series-002
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REVIEW
Zhongheng Zhang, Yucai Hong, Nathan J Smischney, Han-Pin Kuo, Panagiotis Tsirigotis, Jordi Rello, Win Sen Kuan, Christian Jung, Chiara Robba, Fabio Silvio Taccone, Marc Leone, Herbert Spapen, David Grimaldi, Sven Van Poucke, Steven Q Simpson, Patrick M Honore, Stefan Hofer, Pietro Caironi
Severe sepsis and septic shock are major causes of morbidity and mortality in patients entering the emergency department (ED) or intensive care unit (ICU). Despite substantial efforts to improve patient outcome, treatment of sepsis remains challenging to clinicians. In this context, early goal directed therapy (EGDT) represents an important concept emphasizing both early recognition of sepsis and prompt initiation of a structured treatment algorithm. As part of the AME evidence series on sepsis, we conducted a systematic review of all randomized controlled EGDT trials...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149888/scoring-systems-for-the-characterization-of-sepsis-and-associated-outcomes
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COMMENT
Natalie McLymont, Guy W Glover
Sepsis is responsible for the utilisation of a significant proportion of healthcare resources and has high mortality rates. Early diagnosis and prompt interventions are associated with better outcomes but is impeded by a lack of diagnostic tools and the heterogeneous and enigmatic nature of sepsis. The recently updated definitions of sepsis have moved away from the centrality of inflammation and the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria which have been shown to be non-specific. Sepsis is now defined as a "life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection"...
December 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097288/secondary-analysis-of-an-electronic-surveillance-system-combined-with-multi-focal-interventions-for-early-detection-of-sepsis
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Bonnie L Westra, Sean Landman, Pranjul Yadav, Michael Steinbach
To conduct an independent secondary analysis of a multi-focal intervention for early detection of sepsis that included implementation of change management strategies, electronic surveillance for sepsis, and evidence based point of care alerting using the POC AdvisorTM application. METHODS: Propensity score matching was used to select subsets of the cohorts with balanced covariates. Bootstrapping was performed to build distributions of the measured difference in rates/means. The effect of the sepsis intervention was evaluated for all patients, and High and Low Risk subgroups for illness severity...
January 18, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938401/testing-modes-of-computerized-sepsis-alert-notification-delivery-systems
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Mikhail A Dziadzko, Andrew M Harrison, Ing C Tiong, Brian W Pickering, Pablo Moreno Franco, Vitaly Herasevich
BACKGROUND: The number of electronic health record (EHR)-based notifications continues to rise. One common method to deliver urgent and emergent notifications (alerts) is paging. Despite of wide presence of smartphones, the use of these devices for secure alerting remains a relatively new phenomenon. METHODS: We compared three methods of alert delivery (pagers, EHR-based notifications, and smartphones) to determine the best method of urgent alerting in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting...
December 9, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918869/paramedic-initiated-cms-sepsis-core-measure-bundle-prior-to-hospital-arrival-a-stepwise-approach
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Jason G Walchok, Ronald G Pirrallo, Douglas Furmanek, Martin Lutz, Colt Shope, Brandi Giles, Greta Gue, Aaron Dix
BACKGROUND: To improve patient outcomes, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented core measures that outline the initial treatment of the septic patient. These measures include initial blood culture collection prior to antibiotics, adequate intravenous fluid resuscitation, and early administration of broad spectrum antibiotics. We sought to determine if Paramedics can initiate the CMS sepsis core measure bundle in the prehospital field reliably. METHODS: This is a retrospective, case series from a 3rd service EMS system model in Greenville, South Carolina between November 17, 2014 and February 20, 2016...
May 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851113/1477-sofa-scores-in-patients-triggering-an-emr-based-sepsis-alert
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Julie Graham, Bunny Krall, Asaf Presente, Jacqueline Saucier, Ian Butler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850914/1278-design-of-an-electronic-medical-record-based-alert-system-to-detect-the-onset-of-severe-sepsis
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Stephanie Fountain, James Perry, Brenda Stoffer, Robert Raschke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752318/a-collaborative-improvement-project-by-an-nhs-emergency-department-and-scottish-ambulance-paramedics-to-improve-the-identification-and-delivery-of-sepsis-6
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Martin Carberry, John Harden
Early identification of patients with sepsis is key to the delivery of the sepsis 6 bundle including antibiotic therapy within an hour.[1-3] Demand versus capacity challenges in the Emergency Department (ED) led to delays in antibiotic and sepsis 6 delivery. An alerting tool was developed that provided criteria for Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Paramedics to alert the ED of potential sepsis patients. Data from patients presenting to the ED prior to the alerting process commencing (n=50) and during alerting (n=50) were analysed, a questionnaire was used to ascertain feedback from all staff groups; nurses doctors, and paramedics (n=38)...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631709/automated-detection-of-sepsis-using-electronic-medical-record-data-a-systematic-review
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Laurel A Despins
Severe sepsis and septic shock are global issues with high mortality rates. Early recognition and intervention are essential to optimize patient outcomes. Automated detection using electronic medical record (EMR) data can assist this process. This review describes automated sepsis detection using EMR data. PubMed retrieved publications between January 1, 2005 and January 31, 2015. Thirteen studies met study criteria: described an automated detection approach with the potential to detect sepsis or sepsis-related deterioration in real or near-real time; focused on emergency department and hospitalized neonatal, pediatric, or adult patients; and provided performance measures or results indicating the impact of automated sepsis detection...
September 13, 2016: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628652/nosocomial-sepsis-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-preventive-measures-in-a-level-iii-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Catarina Cardoso de Almeida, Susana Maria Saraiva Pissarra da Silva, Filipa Silveira Dias Flor de Lima Caldas de Oliveira, Maria Hercília Ferreira Guimarães Pereira Areias
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate nosocomial infections preventive bundle, implemented in April 2010 in Centro Hospitalar de São João (CHSJ) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) effectiveness. METHODS: Newborns admitted to level-III NICU of CHSJ, between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2013, with sepsis as discharge diagnosis, were selected and divided into two periods (Period 1 and 2, before and after new preventive bundle introduction). Data from the two periods were compared...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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