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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679047/a-quality-improvement-initiative-to-reduce-necrotizing-enterocolitis-across-hospital-systems
#1
Amy T Nathan, Laura Ward, Kurt Schibler, Laurel Moyer, Andrew South, Heather C Kaplan
OBJECTIVE: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating intestinal disease in premature infants. Local rates of NEC were unacceptably high. We hypothesized that utilizing quality improvement methodology to standardize care and apply evidence-based practices would reduce our rate of NEC. STUDY DESIGN: A multidisciplinary team used the model for improvement to prioritize interventions. Three neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) developed a standardized feeding protocol for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, and employed strategies to increase the use of human milk, maximize intestinal perfusion, and promote a healthy microbiome...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678304/improving-postoperative-neonatal-nutritional-practices-in-an-intensive-care-unit-using-the-pdsa-cycle
#2
Jennifer Newcombe, Eileen Fry-Bowers
Quality Improvement models offer a framework for health care professionals to follow in implementing process improvement changes. Use of these models promotes a systematic approach to problem solving, keeps providers from eliminating important steps, facilitates team work, and provides a clear plan for ongoing communication. This paper describes use of the Plan-Do-Study-Act model to implement a unit-based quality improvement project that focused on improving postoperative nutritional practices for neonates with critical congenital heart disease following complex cardiac surgery...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677007/near-continuous-glucose-monitoring-makes-glycemic-control-safer-in-icu-patients
#3
Jean-Charles Preiser, Olivier Lheureux, Aurelie Thooft, Serge Brimioulle, Jacques Goldstein, Jean-Louis Vincent
OBJECTIVES: Tight glycemic control using intermittent blood glucose measurements is associated with a risk of hypoglycemia. Glucose concentrations can now be measured near continuously (every 5-15 min). We assessed the quality and safety of glycemic control guided by a near-continuous glucose monitoring system in ICU patients. DESIGN: Prospective, cluster-randomized, crossover study. SETTING: Thirty-five-bed medico-surgical department of intensive care with four separate ICUs...
April 19, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675629/-geriatric-trauma-center-dgu%C3%A2-evaluation-of-clinical-and-economic-parameters-a-pilot-study-in-a-german-university-hospital
#4
M Knobe, B Böttcher, M Coburn, T Friess, L C Bollheimer, H J Heppner, C J Werner, J-P Bach, M Wollgarten, S Poßelt, C Bliemel, B Bücking
BACKGROUND: Previous studies on orthogeriatric models of care suggest that there is substantial variability in how geriatric care is integrated in the patient management and the necessary intensity of geriatric involvement is questionable. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current prospective cohort study was the clinical and economic evaluation of fragility fracture treatment pathways before and after the implementation of a geriatric trauma center in conformity with the guidelines of the German Trauma Society (DGU)...
April 19, 2018: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670613/innate-immunity-in-the-persistent-inflammation-immunosuppression-and-catabolism-syndrome-and-its-implications-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Hiroyuki Horiguchi, Tyler J Loftus, Russell B Hawkins, Steven L Raymond, Julie A Stortz, McKenzie K Hollen, Brett P Weiss, Elizabeth S Miller, Azra Bihorac, Shawn D Larson, Alicia M Mohr, Scott C Brakenridge, Hironori Tsujimoto, Hideki Ueno, Frederick A Moore, Lyle L Moldawer, Philip A Efron
Clinical and technological advances promoting early hemorrhage control and physiologic resuscitation as well as early diagnosis and optimal treatment of sepsis have significantly decreased in-hospital mortality for many critically ill patient populations. However, a substantial proportion of severe trauma and sepsis survivors will develop protracted organ dysfunction termed chronic critical illness (CCI), defined as ≥14 days requiring intensive care unit (ICU) resources with ongoing organ dysfunction...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667584/pharmacist-interventions-during-patient-rounds-in-two-intensive-care-units-clinical-and-financial-impact
#6
B E Bosma, P M L A van den Bemt, P H G J Melief, J van Bommel, S S Tan, N G M Hunfeld
INTRODUCTION: The risk of prescribing errors and related adverse drug events (ADE) on the intensive care unit (ICU) is high. Based on studies carried out in North America or the UK, a clinical pharmacy service can reduce ADEs and lower overall costs. This study looks into the clinical and financial impact of interventions made by pharmacists during patient rounds in two ICU settings in the Netherlands. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A quality improvement study was performed in a general teaching hospital (GTH) and a university hospital (UH) in the Netherlands...
April 2018: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663015/-palliative-care-challenges-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#7
REVIEW
H Lemm, J Hoeger-Schäfer, M Buerke
Intensive care unit (ICU) stays often result due to an acute, potentially life-threatening illness or aggravation of a chronic life-threatening illness. In many cases, ICU patients die after life-sustaining treatments are withdrawn or withheld. When patients are asked, they prefer to die at home, although logistic and medical problems often prevent this. Therefore, attention focuses on care at the end of life in the ICU. Despite many efforts to improve the quality of care, evidence suggests that the quality in hospitals varies significantly and that palliative care in the ICU has not significantly improved over time...
April 16, 2018: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658461/-monitoring-of-kidney-injury-in-preterm-infants
#8
Rong Zhang, Wen-Bin Dong
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication in the neonatal intensive care unit that causes a high mortality of preterm infants and various chronic kidney diseases in adulthood. Preterm infants have immature development of the kidneys at birth. The kidneys continue to develop within a specific time window after birth. However, due to various factors during pregnancy and after birth, preterm infants tend to develop AKI. At present, serum creatinine and urine volume are used for the assessment of kidney injury, and their early sensitivity and specificity have attracted increasing attention...
April 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658187/overview-of-intensive-care-unit-related-physical-and-functional-impairments-and-rehabilitation-related-devices
#9
REVIEW
Katie Koester, Heidi Troeller, Sara Panter, Emily Winter, Jayshil J Patel
Rehabilitation after critical illness requires a multidisciplinary effort. Nutrition support of critically ill patients aims to correct the imbalance between protein synthesis and protein degradation to maximize strengthening and muscle mass, whereas physical and occupational therapists focus on optimizing strength and mobility through functional activity to help intensive care (ICU) patients return to their precritical illness level of function and improve quality of life. Early mobility has become the new standard of care for ICU patients...
April 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656607/expert-agreement-in-the-interpretation-of-lung-ultrasound-studies-performed-on-mechanically-ventilated-patients
#10
Scott J Millington, Robert T Arntfield, Robert Jie Guo, Seth Koenig, Pierre Kory, Vicki Noble, Haney Mallemat, Jordan R Schoenherr
OBJECTIVES: Although lung ultrasound (US) has been shown to have high diagnostic accuracy in patients presenting with acute dyspnea, its precision in critically ill patients is unknown. We investigated common areas of agreement and disagreement by studying 6 experts as they interpreted lung US studies in a cohort of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: A previous study by our group asked experts to rate the quality of 150 lung US studies performed by 10 novices in a population of mechanically ventilated patients...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652752/practice-change-from-intermittent-medication-boluses-to-bolusing-from-a-continuous-infusion-in-pediatric-critical-care-a-quality-improvement-project
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Jessica L Hochstetler, A Jill Thompson, Natalie M Ball, Melissa C Evans, Shaun C Frame, A Lauren Haney, Amelia K Little, Jaime L O'Donnell, Bryna M Rickett, Elizabeth H Mack
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether implementing a guideline to bolus medications from continuous infusions in PICUs affects nursing satisfaction, patient safety, central line entries, medication utilization, or cost. DESIGN: This is a pre- and postimplementation quality improvement study. SETTING: An 11-bed ICU and 14-bed cardiac ICU in a university-affiliated children's hospital. PATIENTS: Patients less than 18 years old admitted to the PICU or pediatric cardiac ICU receiving a continuous infusion of dexmedetomidine, midazolam, fentanyl, morphine, vecuronium, or cisatracurium from May 2015 to May 2016, excluding November 2015 (washout period), were eligible for inclusion...
April 12, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643521/-application-of-support-vector-machine-in-predicting-in-hospital-mortality-risk-of-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-in-icu
#12
K Lin, J Q Xie, Y H Hu, G L Kong
OBJECTIVE: To construct an in-hospital mortality prediction model for patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) in intensive care unit (ICU) by using support vector machine (SVM), and compare it with the simplified acute physiology score II (SAPS-II) which is commonly used in the ICU. METHODS: We used Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care III (MIMIC-III) database as data source. The AKI patients in the MIMIC-III database were selected according to the 2012 Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) definition of AKI...
April 18, 2018: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629983/impact-of-icu-structure-and-processes-of-care-on-outcomes-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Victoria A McCredie, Aziz S Alali, Damon C Scales, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Brian H Cuthbertson, Avery B Nathens
OBJECTIVES: It is uncertain whether dedicated neurocritical care units are associated with improved outcomes for critically ill neurologically injured patients in the era of collaborative protocol-driven care. We examined the association between dedicated neurocritical care units and mortality and the effects of standardized management protocols for severe traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: We surveyed trauma medical directors from centers participating in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program to obtain information about ICU structure and processes of care...
April 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622474/the-burden-of-not-weighted-factors-nursing-workload-in-a-medical-intensive-care-unit
#14
Enrico Giuliani, Giovanni Lionte, Paola Ferri, Alberto Barbieri
OBJECTIVES: Body weight and infection status affect nursing workload and are not accounted for in the Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System 28 (TISS-28) and Nine Equivalents of Nursing Manpower Use Score (NEMS). The objective of this study was to analyse the correlation between weight and infection status with TISS 28 and NEMS in a cohort of medical Intensive Care Unit patients. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: A retrospective observational trial was conducted on the nursing records of 26 randomly selected patients over a 12-month period...
April 2, 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29616202/pediatric-critical-care-in-resource-limited-settings-overview-and-lessons-learned
#15
REVIEW
Tina M Slusher, Andrew W Kiragu, Louise T Day, Ashley R Bjorklund, Arianna Shirk, Colleen Johannsen, Scott A Hagen
Pediatric critical care is an important component of reducing morbidity and mortality globally. Currently, pediatric critical care in low middle-income countries (LMICs) remains in its infancy in most hospitals. The majority of hospitals lack designated intensive care units, healthcare staff trained to care for critically ill children, adequate numbers of staff, and rapid access to necessary medications, supplies and equipment. In addition, most LMICs lack pediatric critical care training programs for healthcare providers or certification procedures to accredit healthcare providers working in their pediatric intensive care units (PICU) and high dependency areas...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615134/improving-outcomes-after-pediatric-cardiac-arrest-the-icu-resuscitation-project-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Ron W Reeder, Alan Girling, Heather Wolfe, Richard Holubkov, Robert A Berg, Maryam Y Naim, Kathleen L Meert, Bradley Tilford, Joseph A Carcillo, Melinda Hamilton, Matthew Bochkoris, Mark Hall, Tensing Maa, Andrew R Yates, Anil Sapru, Robert Kelly, Myke Federman, J Michael Dean, Patrick S McQuillen, Deborah Franzon, Murray M Pollack, Ashley Siems, John Diddle, David L Wessel, Peter M Mourani, Carleen Zebuhr, Robert Bishop, Stuart Friess, Candice Burns, Shirley Viteri, David A Hehir, R Whitney Coleman, Tammara L Jenkins, Daniel A Notterman, Robert F Tamburro, Robert M Sutton
BACKGROUND: Quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is associated with survival, but recommended guidelines are often not met, and less than half the children with an in-hospital arrest will survive to discharge. A single-center before-and-after study demonstrated that outcomes may be improved with a novel training program in which all pediatric intensive care unit staff are encouraged to participate in frequent CPR refresher training and regular, structured resuscitation debriefings focused on patient-centric physiology...
April 3, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609651/the-use-of-standardized-management-protocols-for-critically-ill-patients-with-non-traumatic-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-protocol-of-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Shaurya Taran, Vatsal Trivedi, Jeffrey M Singh, Shane W English, Victoria A McCredie
BACKGROUND: Caring for patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) presents unique challenges, due in part to the severity of the underlying insult, competing systemic injuries, and unpredictable clinical course. Even when management occurs in dedicated critical care settings, treatment uncertainty often persists, and morbidity and mortality from the condition remain high. Complex decisions in SAH care may be simplified with the use of standardized management protocols (SMPs). SMPs incorporate evidence-based guidelines into a practical framework for decision-making, thereby providing clinicians with an algorithm for organizing treatments...
April 2, 2018: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609274/-practice-and-thinking-about-the-establishment-and-management-of-burn-intensive-care-unit
#18
X J Li
The treatment of critically burned patients has benefited from the development of knowledge and technologies that we got in critical care medicine of our country in the past ten years. The close-ended management model of general intensive care unit (ICU) and the idea of general ICU doctors who treat the monitoring of organ function and alternative therapy of organs as their primary tasks would affect the treatments for special critical patients hospitalized in general ICU, especially for those patients who were severely burned...
March 20, 2018: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29608545/adherence-to-20-emergency-general-surgery-best-practices-results-of-a-national-survey
#19
Angela M Ingraham, M Didem Ayturk, Catarina I Kiefe, Heena P Santry
OBJECTIVE: To examine national adherence to emergency general surgery (EGS) best practices. BACKGROUND: There is a national crisis in access to high-quality care for general surgery emergencies. Acute care surgery (ACS), a specialty leveraging strengths of trauma systems, may ameliorate this crisis. A critical component of trauma care is adherence to clinical guidelines. We previously established best practices for EGS using RAND Appropriateness Methodology and pilot data...
March 30, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29607165/a-quality-improvement-program-with-nutrition-therapy-restriction-of-lipid-emulsions-in-cardiac-surgical-patients
#20
Jian Gao, Guo-Wei Tu, Chun-Sheng Wang, Du-Ming Zhu, Lan Liu, Hua Liu, Xiao-Mei Yang, Zhe Luo
Background: To evaluate the effect of restriction of soybean-based intravenous fat emulsions (IVFEs) in clinical outcomes in cardiac surgical patients. Methods: This was a before-and-after interventional study comparing the clinical outcomes regarding the intervention of IVFEs restriction. Before August 2015, parenteral nutrition (PN) using a soy-based lipid emulsion was routinely implemented if patients failed to meet >60% of energy requirements in 48 h post cardiac surgery (Period A)...
February 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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