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Jaime Fernández-Sarmiento, Joseph A Carcillo, Claudia M Salinas, Edgar F Galvis, Paula A López, Andrés Jagua-Gualdrón
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate adherence to the sepsis bundle before and after an educational strategy and its impact on hospital stay. DESIGN: A prospective, analytic, before-and-after study of children with severe sepsis and septic shock who presented to the emergency department. SETTING: Carried out from January to December 2014 in the emergency department of a quaternary care hospital. PATIENTS: Of a total of 19,836 children who presented to the emergency department, 4,383 had an infectious pathology, with 203 of these showing severe sepsis and septic shock (124 pre intervention, and 79 post intervention)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Nicholas Agyepong, Usha Govinden, Alex Owusu-Ofori, Sabiha Yusuf Essack
Background: Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria have emerged as major clinical and therapeutic dilemma in hospitals in Ghana.To describe the prevalence and profile of infections attributable to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria among patients at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Methods: Bacterial cultures were randomly selected from the microbiology laboratory from February to August, 2015. Bacterial identification and minimum inhibitory concentrations were conducted using standard microbiological techniques and the Vitek-2 automated system...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Rakesh Quinn, Marie Mansfield, Alexandra Brown, David Rangiah
Post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a common, self-limiting complication following non-cardiac surgery. It is associated with other complications such as pneumonia and sepsis, increased hospital stay and in-hospital mortality. The aim of the study is to identify risk factors, morbidity and mortality associated with POAF. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 571 consecutive patients who presented for colorectal surgery at The Canberra Hospital. Seventy-four patients were excluded due to history of atrial fibrillation and a further 124 patients were lost to follow-up at 1 year...
March 14, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Katherine Murphy, Tim Cooksley, Phil Haji-Michael
Background: There has been a significant increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer related emergencies and potentially requiring critical care admission. Aim: To analyse the short and long term outcomes of patients with solid tumours requiring unplanned medical admission to a specialist cancer intensive care unit (ICU). Design: An unplanned cohort study. Methods: A retrospective analysis of patients admitted to a United Kingdom specialist tertiary oncology CCU between September 2009 and September 2015...
March 9, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Elliot Long, Franz E Babl, Ed Oakley, Bennett Sheridan, Trevor Duke
OBJECTIVES: Fluid bolus therapy is the initial recommended treatment for acute circulatory failure in sepsis, yet it is unknown whether this has the intended effect of increasing cardiac index. We aimed to describe the effect of fluid bolus therapy on cardiac index in children with sepsis. DESIGN: A prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: The Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. PATIENTS: A convenience sample of children meeting international consensus criteria for sepsis with acute circulatory failure...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Alexander R Levine, Midori Tran, Jonathan Shepherd, Edgar Naut
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common reasons women seek treatment in the emergency department (ED). The biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) has gained popularity over the last decade to improve the diagnosis of bacterial infections and reduce unnecessary exposure to antibiotics. PCT has been extensively studied in patients with pneumonia and sepsis and may have additional role in UTI. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients who presented to the ED in which a urinalysis test and a PCT level was obtained within the first 24h of presentation...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Natalie Yu Yi Ng, Hannah Hui En Ang, Jacqueline Chieh Ling Tan, Weng Hoe Ho, Win Sen Kuan, Mui Teng Chua
PURPOSE: We aim to determine whether the combination of regional tissue oxygen saturation (StO2 ) measurement using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), inferior vena cava (IVC) collapsibility and ejection fraction (EF) is able to detect occult sepsis. METHODS: We included adult patients in the emergency department with at least one of the following: fever; any one component of the quick sepsis-related organ function assessment (SOFA) score; heart rate≥100 beats per minute; or white cell count <4...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Antonella Cotoia, Lucia Mirabella, Sabrina Altamura, Rachele Villani, Flavia Marchese, Giuseppe Ferrara, Karim Mariano, Tullo Livio, Gilda Cinnella
BACKGROUND: Sepsis caused by complicated intra-abdominal infection is associated with high mortality. Loss of endothelial barrier integrity, inflammation, and impaired cellular oxygen have been shown to be primary contributors to sepsis. To date, little is known regarding the pathway for the mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) from the bone marrow in sepsis whereas stromal-cell-derived factor 1a (SDF-1a) and hypoxia inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) seem to have a role in the EPC response to hypoxic microenvironments...
March 12, 2018: Trials
Andrew N Claxton, Paul M Dark
Sepsis is a medical emergency, which requires the initiation of broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents as early as possible. In the absence of positive microbiological cultures providing targeted antimicrobial advice, broad-spectrum antibiotics are commonly continued until there is clinical evidence of infection resolution. With an absence of robust evidence to inform when it is safe to stop antimicrobial agents in sepsis, the duration of antimicrobial courses may be longer than is required. Prolonged courses of potent broad-spectrum antimicrobials increase the risk of adverse drug events and contribute to the growing emergence of multidrug resistant pathogens, which is a global public health emergency...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Rachel Levene, Elza Pollak-Christian, Ashish Garg, Michael Keenaghan
Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a congenital cardiac malformation that is well understood. Despite being well characterized, CoA is a commonly missed congenital heart disease (CHD) during the newborn period. We report a full-term nine-day-old male who presented to the pediatric emergency department (ED) with isolated tachypnea. After an initial sepsis workup, subsequent investigations revealed critical CoA. Because the primary workup focused on sepsis, there was a significant delay in prostaglandin E1 (PGE1 ) initiation...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Valerie Charbonneau, Edmund Kwok, Loree Boyle, Ian G Stiell
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to determine if ED surge and end-of-shift assessment of patients affect the extent of diagnostic tests, therapeutic interventions and accuracy of diagnosis prior to referral to internal medicine. METHODS: This study was a health records review of consecutive patients referred to the internal medicine service with an ED diagnosis of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or sepsis starting 1 December 2013 until 100 cases for each condition had been obtained...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Gail G Salvatierra, Bernice G Gulek, Baran Erdik, Deborah Bennett, Kenn B Daratha
BACKGROUND: More than a million people a year in the United States experience sepsis or sepsis-related complications, and sepsis remains the leading cause of in-hospital deaths. Unlike many other leading causes of in-hospital mortality, sepsis detection and treatment are not dependent on the presence of any technology or services that differ between tertiary and non-tertiary hospitals. OBJECTIVE: To compare sepsis mortality rates between tertiary and non-tertiary hospitals in Washington State...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
J A van Erven, L S van Galen, A A Hettinga-Roest, E P J Claessens, J C Roos, M H H Kramer, P W B Nanayakkara
BACKGROUND: This study investigates (1) whether the hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR) model underestimates or overestimates disease severity and (2) the completeness of the data collected by administrators to calculate HSMR in a cohort of deceased patients with the diagnosis of pneumonia. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) and Abbreviated Mortality in Emergency Department Sepsis (abbMEDS) scores and associated mortality probabilities were obtained from 32 deceased pneumonia patients over the year 2014 in the VU University Medical Centre...
March 2018: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Neha Bansal, Henry L Walters, Daisuke Kobayashi
Purulent pericarditis is a rare infectious disease with significant mortality, even in the modern antibiotic era. The presenting signs can often be subtle and patients can deteriorate rapidly with cardiac tamponade. We report a previously healthy 16-month-old female who developed purulent pericarditis associated with paronychia and sepsis caused by methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to antibiotic treatment, she required emergent pericardiocentesis for cardiac tamponade, followed by two surgical interventions including full median sternotomy incision and partial pericardiectomy...
January 1, 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Majid Shojaee, Saeed Safari, Anita Sabzghabaei, Mostafa Alavi-Moghaddam, Ali Arhami Dolatabadi, Hamid Kariman, Soheil Soltani
Introduction: Pro-brain natriuretic peptide (Pro-BNP) can act as an independent predictor of mortality in septic patients. This study aimed to compare the diagnostic accuracy of pro-BNP and Mortality in Emergency Department Sepsis (MEDS) score in this regard. Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted on > 14 years old sepsis patients of an emergency department (ED), during 2 years. The level of Pro-BNP and MEDS score were measured for all eligible patients and considering one month mortality as reference, screening performance characteristics of the two tests were compared using SPSS 21 and STATS 11...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Chen-Hsiang Lee, I-Ling Chen, Chia-Chin Li, Chun-Chih Chien
Objectives: Cefotaxime-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CE) infections are intractable, with limited treatment options. Though carbapenems are frequently prescribed for CE infections, the emergence of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is of huge concern. Flomoxef is effective against CE in vitro, and some clinical data on its demonstrated effectiveness against CE bloodstream infections (BSIs) exists. Patients and methods: We conducted a retrospective study on adults with BSI caused by flomoxef-susceptible CE to investigate the efficacy of flomoxef compared with that of ertapenem...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Irene A Stafford, Eliza Rodrigue, Alexandra Berra, Wesley Adams, Asha J Heard, Joseph L Hagan, Shawn J Stafford
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a leading cause of newborn gastrointestinal emergencies, affecting 1-3 per 1000 live births. Although NEC has been linked to a microbial etiology, associations with maternal intrapartum and resultant newborn early-onset invasive Group B streptococcus (EO-GBS) have been weakly defined. OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to determine the relationship between EO-GBS and NEC. STUDY DESIGN: Data from 2008 to 2015 were collected from pediatric records with ICD diagnosis codes consistent with all stages of NEC, with the exception of neonatal EO-GBS data (only available 2011-2015)...
February 24, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Kevin Y Pei, Yawei Zhang, Timur Sarac, Kimberly A Davis
OBJECTIVES: There is evidence to suggest outcomes may be related to surgeon experience or skill level. Lower extremity amputations are performed by both general surgeons (GS) and vascular surgeons (VS); however, the effect of specialty on post-operative outcome in below-knee amputation is not known. This retrospective study compares outcomes in below-knee amputations between VS and GS. METHODS: Patients who underwent below-knee amputations (BKA) between 2005 and 2014 were identified from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) database...
February 28, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Masaaki Kawakami, Mizuki Hattori, Wakana Ohashi, Toshio Fujimori, Kohshi Hattori, Mariko Takebe, Kengo Tomita, Hiroki Yokoo, Naoyuki Matsuda, Mitsuaki Yamazaki, Yuichi Hattori
Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE), characterized as diffuse brain dysfunction and neurological manifestations secondary to sepsis, is a common complication in critically ill patients and can give rise to poor outcome, but understanding the molecular basis of this disorder remains a major challenge. Given the emerging role of G protein-coupled receptor 2 (GRK2), first identified as a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) regulator, in the regulation of non-GPCR-related molecules contributing to diverse cellular functions and pathology, including inflammation, we tested the hypothesis that GRK2 may be linked to the neuropathogenesis of SAE...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
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