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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820799/regional-anesthesia-and-analgesia-after-surgery-in-icu
#1
Mathieu Capdevila, Séverin Ramin, Xavier Capdevila
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim is to demonstrate that ICU physicians should play a pivotal role in developing regional anesthesia techniques that are underused in critically ill patients despite the proven facts in perioperative and long-term pain, organ dysfunction, and postsurgery patient health-related quality of life improvement. RECENT FINDINGS: Regional anesthesia and/or analgesia strategies in ICU reduce the surgical and trauma-stress response in surgical patients as well as complications incidence...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819068/rural-emergency-care-360%C3%A2-mobilising-healthcare-professionals-decision-makers-patients-and-citizens-to-improve-rural-emergency-care-in-the-province-of-quebec-canada-a-qualitative-study-protocol
#2
Richard Fleet, Gilles Dupuis, Jean-Paul Fortin, Jocelyn Gravel, Mathieu Ouimet, Julien Poitras, France Légaré
INTRODUCTION: Emergency departments (EDs) are an important safety net for rural populations. Results of our earlier studies suggest that rural Canadian hospitals have limited access to advanced imaging services and intensive care units and that patients are transferred over large distances. They also revealed significant geographical variations in rural services. In the absence of national standards, our studies raise questions about inequities in rural access to emergency services and the risks for citizens...
August 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818188/healthcare-outcomes-in-undocumented-immigrants-undergoing-two-emergency-dialysis-approaches%C3%A2
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S Jawad Sher, Ranjani N Moorthi, Waqas Aftab, Sharon M Moe, Christopher S Weaver, Frank C Messina, Nancy M Martinez-Hoover, Melissa D Anderson, Michael T Eadon
BACKGROUND: Current estimates suggest 6,500 undocumented end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States are ineligible for scheduled hemodialysis and require emergent dialysis. In order to remain in compliance with Emergency Medicaid, an academic health center altered its emergency dialysis criteria from those emphasizing interdialytic interval to a set emphasizing numerical thresholds. We report the impact of this administrative change on the biochemical parameters, utilization, and adverse outcomes in an undocumented patient cohort...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817481/incorporating-dynamic-assessment-of-fluid-responsiveness-into-goal-directed-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Joseph M Bednarczyk, Jason A Fridfinnson, Anand Kumar, Laurie Blanchard, Rasheda Rabbani, Dean Bell, Duane Funk, Alexis F Turgeon, Ahmed M Abou-Setta, Ryan Zarychanski
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic tests of fluid responsiveness have been developed and investigated in clinical trials of goal-directed therapy. The impact of this approach on clinically relevant outcomes is unknown. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate whether fluid therapy guided by dynamic assessment of fluid responsiveness compared with standard care improves clinically relevant outcomes in adults admitted to the ICU. DATA SOURCES: Randomized controlled trials from MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL, clinicaltrials...
September 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817424/impact-of-simulator-based-training-in-focused-transesophageal-echocardiography-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andreas Bloch, Robert von Arx, Reto Etter, David Berger, Heiko Kaiser, Armando Lenz, Tobias M Merz
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine if training in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) using a TEE simulator improves the ability of novice operators to perform and interpret a focused critical care TEE. METHODS: In this prospective, randomized, controlled study with blinded outcome assessment, 44 intensive care unit trainees were randomly assigned to a control group receiving 4 hours of lecture-based training only, or an intervention group which was additionally trained for 4 hours using a TEE simulator...
August 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816851/clinical-practice-guideline-safe-medication-use-in-the-icu
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Sandra L Kane-Gill, Joseph F Dasta, Mitchell S Buckley, Sandeep Devabhakthuni, Michael Liu, Henry Cohen, Elisabeth L George, Anne S Pohlman, Swati Agarwal, Elizabeth A Henneman, Sharon M Bejian, Sean M Berenholtz, Jodie L Pepin, Mathew C Scanlon, Brian S Smith
OBJECTIVE: To provide ICU clinicians with evidence-based guidance on safe medication use practices for the critically ill. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, Scopus, and ISI Web of Science for relevant material to December 2015. STUDY SELECTION: Based on three key components: 1) environment and patients, 2) the medication use process, and 3) the patient safety surveillance system...
September 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815080/mckeown-or-ivor-lewis-totally-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-for-cancer-of-the-esophagus-and-gastroesophageal-junction-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Frans van Workum, Gijs H Berkelmans, Bastiaan R Klarenbeek, Grard A P Nieuwenhuijzen, Misha D P Luyer, Camiel Rosman
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) has consistently been associated with improved perioperative outcome and similar oncological safety compared to open esophagectomy. However, it is currently unclear what type of MIE is preferred for patients with resectable esophageal cancer. METHODS: Literature was searched in Medline, Embase and the Cochrane library combining relevant search terms. Articles that included patients undergoing totally minimally invasive esophagectomy (TMIE) or hybrid minimally invasive esophagectomy (HMIE) and compared McKeown with Ivor Lewis procedures were included...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810207/intermediate-care-to-intensive-care-triage-a-quality-improvement-project-to-reduce-mortality
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David N Hager, Pranav Chandrashekar, Robert W Bradsher, Ali M Abdel-Halim, Souvik Chatterjee, Melinda Sawyer, Roy G Brower, Dale M Needham
PURPOSE: Medical patients whose care needs exceed what is feasible on a general ward, but who do not clearly require critical care, may be admitted to an intermediate care unit (IMCU). Some IMCU patients deteriorate and require medical intensive care unit (MICU) admission. In 2012, staff in the Johns Hopkins IMCU expressed concern that patient acuity and the threshold for MICU admission were too high. Further, shared triage decision-making between residents and supervising physicians did not consistently occur...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807696/a-tailored-intervention-to-improving-the-quality-of-intrahospital-nursing-handover
#9
Jochen Bergs, Frank Lambrechts, Ines Mulleneers, Kim Lenaerts, Caroline Hauquier, Geert Proesmans, Sarah Creemers, Dominique Vandijck
INTRODUCTION: Nursing handover is a process central to the delivery of high-quality and safe care. We aimed to improve the quality of nursing handover from the emergency department to ward and intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: A quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group pre-test - post-test design was applied. Handover quality was measured using the Handover Evaluation Scale (HES). A tailored intervention, inspired by appreciative inquiry, was designed to improve the implementation of an existing handover form and procedure...
August 11, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806982/software-guided-versus-nurse-directed-blood-glucose-control-in-critically-ill-patients-the-logic-2-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Dieter Mesotten, Jasperina Dubois, Tom Van Herpe, Roosmarijn T van Hooijdonk, Ruben Wouters, Domien Coart, Pieter Wouters, Aimé Van Assche, Guy Veraghtert, Bart De Moor, Joost Wauters, Alexander Wilmer, Marcus J Schultz, Greet Van den Berghe
BACKGROUND: Blood glucose control in the intensive care unit (ICU) has the potential to save lives. However, maintaining blood glucose concentrations within a chosen target range is difficult in clinical practice and holds risk of potentially harmful hypoglycemia. Clinically validated computer algorithms to guide insulin dosing by nurses have been advocated for better and safer blood glucose control. METHODS: We conducted an international, multicenter, randomized controlled trial involving 1550 adult, medical and surgical critically ill patients, requiring blood glucose control...
August 14, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804862/oncological-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prognosis-decision-making-therapies-and-end-of-life-care
#11
Ewelina Biskup, Fengfeng Cai, Marcus Vetter, Stephan Marsch
The effectiveness of intensive care unit (ICU) care for cancer patients remains controversial. Advances in antitumour and supportive care led to major improvements in outcomes of oncological patients in the ICU. Improved cancer therapies and supportive management of organ dysfunctions have contributed to improved survival rates. As a consequence, the number of cancer patients requiring ICU admission is rising. Frequently, cancer patients have a poor performance status and are vulnerable. It is a heterogeneous population, where the nature and curability of the neoplasm and the severity of critical illness cause a plethora of issues about ICU admissions...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802347/using-quality-improvement-tools-to-reduce-chronic-lung-disease
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REVIEW
Alan Peter Picarillo, Waldemar Carlo
Rates of chronic lung disease (CLD) in very low birthweight infants have not decreased at the same pace as other neonatal morbidities over the past 20 years. Multifactorial causes of CLD make this common morbidity difficult to reduce, although there have been several successful quality improvement (QI) projects in individual neonatal intensive care units. QI projects have become a mainstay of neonatal care over the past decade, with an increasing number of publications devoted to this topic. A specific QI project for CLD must be based on best available evidence in the medical literature, expert recommendations, or based on work by previous QI initiatives...
September 2017: Clinics in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802344/creating-a-highly-reliable-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-through-safer-systems-of-care
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REVIEW
Patoula G Panagos, Stephen A Pearlman
Neonates requiring intensive care are at high risk for medical errors due to their unique characteristics and high acuity. Designing a safer work environment begins with safe processes. Creating a culture of safety demands the involvement of all organizational levels and an interdisciplinary approach. Adverse events can result from suboptimal communication and lack of a shared mental model. This chapter describes tools to promote better patient safety in the NICU through monitoring adverse events, improving communication and using information technology...
September 2017: Clinics in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802334/has-quality-improvement-really-improved-outcomes-for-babies-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#14
REVIEW
Alan R Spitzer
During the past decade, the emergence of outcome measurement and quality improvement in the neonatal intensive care unit, far more than the introduction of new research approaches or novel therapies, has had a profound effect on improving outcomes for premature neonates. Collection of outcome data, review of those data, and strategies to identify and resolve problems using continuous quality improvement methods can dramatically improve patient outcomes. It is likely that further initiatives in quality improvement will continue to have additional beneficial effects for the neonate...
September 2017: Clinics in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800804/intensive-care-and-its-discontents-psychiatric-illness-in-the-critically-ill
#15
REVIEW
Ali M Hashmi, Jin Y Han, Vishal Demla
Critically ill patients can develop a host of cognitive and psychiatric complaints during their intensive care unit (ICU) stay, many of which persist for weeks or months following discharge from the ICU and can seriously affect their quality of life, including their ability to return to work. This article describes some common psychiatric problems encountered by clinicians in the ICU, including their assessment and management. A comprehensive approach is needed to decrease patient suffering, improve morbidity and mortality, and ensure that critically ill patients can return to the highest quality of life after an ICU stay...
September 2017: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796559/improvements-in-patient-and-health-system-outcomes-using-an-integrated-oncology-and-palliative-medicine-approach-on-a-solid-tumor-inpatient-service
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Richard F Riedel, Kim Slusser, Steve Power, Christopher A Jones, Thomas W LeBlanc, Arif H Kamal, Devi Desai, Deborah Allen, Yinxi Yu, Steven Wolf, Anthony N Galanos
PURPOSE: Early palliative care (PC) improves outcomes for outpatients with advanced cancer. Its effect on hospitalized patients with cancer is unknown. Herein, we report on the influence of a novel, fully integrated inpatient medical oncology and PC partnership at a tertiary medical center during its first year of implementation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, longitudinal, pre- and postintervention cohort study at Duke University Hospital. Pre- and postintervention cohorts were defined as all patients admitted to the solid tumor inpatient service from September 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, and September 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777116/emergency-airway-response-team-simulation-training-a-nursing-perspective
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Janet T Crimlisk, Gintas P Krisciunas, Gregory A Grillone, R Mauricio Gonzalez, Michael R Winter, Susan C Griever, Eduarda Fernandes, Ron Medzon, Joseph S Blansfield, Adam Blumenthal
BACKGROUND: Simulation-based education is an important tool in the training of professionals in the medical field, especially for low-frequency, high-risk events. An interprofessional simulation-based training program was developed to enhance Emergency Airway Response Team (EART) knowledge, team dynamics, and personnel confidence. This quality improvement study evaluated the EART simulation training results of nurse participants. METHOD: Twenty-four simulation-based classes of 4-hour sessions were conducted during a 12-week period...
September 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777112/the-relationship-between-professional-quality-of-life-and-caring-ability-in-critical-care-nurses
#18
Marzieh Mohammadi, Hamid Peyrovi, Mahmood Mahmoodi
BACKGROUND: Critical care nursing has some features that may affect the ability of critical care nurses to provide care. Professionals as critical care nurses who deal with peoples' health and life often experience some levels of stress that affects their quality of life. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the relationship between professional quality of life and caring ability of critical care nurses. METHOD: In this descriptive correlational study, 253 critical care nurses working in the medical and surgical intensive care units of Tehran University of Medical Sciences were recruited by convenience sampling method...
September 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770545/how-to-reduce-cisatracurium-consumption-in-ards-patients-the-tof-ards-study
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Sami Hraiech, Jean-Marie Forel, Christophe Guervilly, Romain Rambaud, Samuel Lehingue, Mélanie Adda, Pierre Sylla, Sabine Valera, Julien Carvelli, Marc Gainnier, Laurent Papazian, Jérémy Bourenne
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) have been shown to improve the outcome of the most severely hypoxemic, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients. However, the recommended dosage as well as the necessity of monitoring the neuromuscular block is unknown. We aimed to evaluate the efficiency of a nurse-directed protocol of NMBA administration based on a train-of-four (TOF) assessment to ensure a profound neuromuscular block and decrease cisatracurium consumption compared to an elevated and constant dose regimen...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767690/a-simplified-prevention-bundle-with-dual-hand-hygiene-audit-reduces-early-onset-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-cardiovascular-surgery-units-an-interrupted-time-series-analysis
#20
Kang-Cheng Su, Yu Ru Kou, Fang-Chi Lin, Chieh-Hung Wu, Jia-Yih Feng, Shiang-Fen Huang, Tao-Fen Shiung, Kwei-Chun Chung, Yu-Hsiu Tung, Kuang-Yao Yang, Shi-Chuan Chang
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of a simplified prevention bundle with alcohol-based, dual hand hygiene (HH) audit on the incidence of early-onset ventilation-associated pneumonia (VAP). METHODS: This 3-year, quasi-experimental study with interrupted time-series analysis was conducted in two cardiovascular surgery intensive care units in a medical center. Unaware external HH audit (eHH) performed by non-unit-based observers was a routine task before and after bundle implementation...
2017: PloS One
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