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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526309/antimicrobial-stewardship-for-hospitalized-patients-with-viral-respiratory-tract-infections
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Christopher F Lowe, Michael Payne, David Puddicombe, Allison Mah, Davie Wong, Allison Kirkwood, Mark W Hull, Victor Leung
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to implement a targeted antimicrobial stewardship intervention for patients with a viral respiratory tract infection. METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental before and after audit and feedback intervention of adult inpatients with a positive polymerase chain reaction for a respiratory virus in 2 acute care hospitals in Vancouver, Canada. Audit and feedback was implemented based on 2 criteria: microbiology (no positive bacterial cultures) and chest imaging (absence of pneumonia or consolidation on radiology dictation)...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525779/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-renal-replacement-therapy-modalities-for-acute-kidney-injury-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Danielle M Nash, Sebastian Przech, Ron Wald, Daria O'Reilly
PURPOSE: To compare clinical outcomes among critically ill adults with acute kidney injury (AKI) treated with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), intermittent hemodialysis (IHD) or sustained low efficiency dialysis (SLED). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We completed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies published in 2015 or earlier using MEDLINE®, EMBASE®, Cochrane databases and grey literature. Eligible studies included randomized clinical trials (RCTs) or prospective cohort studies comparing outcomes of mortality, dialysis dependence or length of stay among critically ill adults receiving CRRT, IHD or SLED to treat AKI...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524786/variation-in-management-of-in-hospital-newborn-falls-a-single-center-experience
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Doron J Kahn, Paul D Fisher, Dean A Hertzler
OBJECTIVE There are only 3 small case series in the literature that report on the management of in-hospital newborn falls (NFs), and recommendations are unclear. The authors performed a retrospective review to determine outcome and differences in management and to understand why management of NFs varies at their institution. METHODS All NFs occurring within the authors' institution over a 3.5-year period were reviewed. Post-fall management and outcomes of each incident were compared. RESULTS There were 24 NFs out of 40,349 deliveries (5...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523889/collagenase-for-wound-debridement-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-case-series
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Elizabeth Huett, Whitney Bartley, Darla Morris, Della Reasbeck, Beth McKitrick-Bandy, Charlotte Yates
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The use of collagenase for enzymatic wound debridement has been studied extensively and has been established as the standard of care for nonhealing and necrotic wounds in individuals for whom surgical intervention is not an option. Collagenase has been shown to be effective in adults but has been studied in a limited capacity in infants and neonates. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of collagenase in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of infants and neonates admitted to the NICU at Arkansas Children's Hospital with nonhealing wounds for which collagenase was used for wound healing over a 1-year time period...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523364/-structured-patient-handovers-in-perioperative-medicine-rationale-and-implementation-in-clinical-practice
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M J Merkel, V von Dossow, B Zwißler
Clear and consistent communication is pivotal for well-functioning teamwork, in operating theatres as well as intensive care units. However, patient handovers significantly vary between specialties and locations. If communication is not well structured, it might increase the risk for mishaps and malpractice. Therefore, implementing structured handover protocols is pivotal. The perioperative setting is a high-risk environment that is prone to communication failures due to operational design (frequent change of shift due to working time restrictions) and a high work load and multitasking (operating room management, short surgery times, concurrent emergencies)...
May 18, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523268/the-sedative-effect-of-propranolol-on-critically-ill-patients-a-case-series
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Junji Shiotsuka, Andrew Steel, James Downar
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have examined the effectiveness of alpha-2 adrenergic agonists for controlling delirium and agitation. Propranolol, a non-selective beta-adrenergic antagonist with good penetration of the blood-brain barrier, has not been investigated for this purpose. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all patients who were prescribed propranolol in our Medical Surgical ICU from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2013...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521523/sepsis-in-internal-medicine-wards-current-knowledge-uncertainties-and-new-approaches-for-management-optimization
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Vincenzo Zaccone, Alberto Tosoni, Giovanna Passaro, Carla Vallone, Michele Impagnatiello, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Salvatore De Cosmo, Raffaele Landolfi, Antonio Mirijello
Sepsis represents a global health problem in terms of morbidity, mortality, social and economic costs. Although usually managed in Intensive Care Units, sepsis showed an increased prevalence among Internal Medicine wards in the last decade. This is substantially due to the ageing of population and to multi-morbidity. These characteristics represent both a risk factor for sepsis and a relative contra-indication for the admission to Intensive Care Units. Although there is a lack of literature on the management of sepsis in Internal Medicine, the outcome of these patients seems to be gradually improving...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520621/outbreaks-in-the-adult-icus
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Hasan M Al-Dorzi, Yaseen M Arabi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Infectious disease outbreaks in the critical care setting are common and serious consequence. This article reviews and summarizes recent outbreaks in the adult ICUs. RECENT FINDINGS: Outbreaks of multidrug-resistant bacteria, fungi, and emerging viruses in ICUs from different countries are common. Outbreak investigation relies on epidemiologic methods, microbiologic studies, and molecular typing methods. Overuse of antibiotics, gaps in implementing infection prevention measures, and contaminated environment are common causes of ICU outbreaks...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520538/treatment-strategies-for-paradoxical-hypertension-following-surgical-correction-of-coarctation-of-the-aorta-in-children
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Peter P Roeleveld, Eline G Zwijsen
BACKGROUND: Paradoxical hypertension after repair of coarctation of the aorta is a well-known phenomenon. The pathogenesis involves the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (first phase) and renin-angiotensin system (second phase). Only a limited number of different treatment strategies have been published in the literature, without any comparative studies. METHODS: Our aim was to describe the current international practice variation surrounding pharmacological treatment currently being employed to treat paradoxical hypertension following the repair of coarctation of the aorta in children...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516821/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-outbreak-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-attributed-to-hospital-tap-water
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Cara Bicking Kinsey, Samir Koirala, Benjamin Solomon, Jon Rosenberg, Byron F Robinson, Antonio Neri, Alison Laufer Halpin, Matthew J Arduino, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Judith Noble-Wang, Nora Chea, Carolyn V Gould
OBJECTIVE To investigate an outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections and colonization in a neonatal intensive care unit. DESIGN Infection control assessment, environmental evaluation, and case-control study. SETTING Newly built community-based hospital, 28-bed neonatal intensive care unit. PATIENTS Neonatal intensive care unit patients receiving care between June 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. METHODS Case finding was performed through microbiology record review. Infection control observations, interviews, and environmental assessment were performed...
May 18, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515611/malposition-of-the-central-venous-catheter-a-diagnostic-dilemma
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Sameer N Desai, Santosh K Dasar, V Mithali
A 50-year-old male was admitted to Intensive Care Unit with head and chest injury needed multiple central venous catheter (CVC) for the long-term intravenous access. Right internal jugular vein was cannulated uneventfully, and the tip of CVC was confirmed in the chest radiograph along the right border of the mediastinum. After few days, left subclavian vein was cannulated and the procedure was uneventful. However, the postprocedure Chest X-ray showed the CVC along the left border of mediastinum rather than the right border...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509676/isolated-right-ventricular-mechanical-support-outcomes-and-prognosis
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Teresa A Mulaikal, Laura H Bell, Boyangzi Li, Gebhard Wagener, Hiroo Takayama
Right ventricular (RV) failure that necessitates isolated mechanical support is extremely rare. Outcomes have not been described and are limited to case reports. We sought to evaluate this select group of patients and determine their 30 day and 1 year survival. We retrospectively reviewed the Mechanical Assist Device Database at Columbia University from 2007 to 2015. Inclusion criteria consisted of patients who received isolated RV assist devices (RVADs) without mechanical support of the left ventricle. We evaluated survival, duration of support, intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, and adverse events...
May 12, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508438/the-effect-of-chronotherapy-on-delirium-in-critical-care%C3%A2-%C3%A2-a-systematic-review
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Roseanne Luther, Anne McLeod
BACKGROUND: Delirium is highly prevalent within critical care and is linked to adverse clinical outcomes, increased mortality and impaired quality of life. Development of delirium is thought to be caused by multiple risk factors, including disruption of the circadian rhythm. Chronotherapeutic interventions, such as light therapy, music and use of eye shades, have been suggested as an option to improve circadian rhythm within intensive care units. AIM: This review aims to answer the question: Can chronotherapy reduce the prevalence of delirium in adult patients in critical care? DESIGN: This study is a systematic review of quantitative studies...
May 15, 2017: Nursing in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506648/antegrade-versus-continuous-retrograde-del-nido-cardioplegia-in-the-david-i-operation
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Xuan Jiang, Tianxiang Gu, Enyi Shi, Chun Wang, Zongyi Xiu, Guangwei Zhang
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of continuous retrograde del Nido cardioplegia for myocardial protection is still controversial. We hypothesised that antegrade and retrograde cardioplegia offer equivalent safety for myocardial protection in the David I procedure. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 33 patients undergoing the David I operation with antegrade or retrograde del Nido solution from June 2014 to January 2016. The outcomes were compared. The follow-up was 1 month to 15 months...
April 26, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506546/a-model-for-electronic-handoff-between-the-emergency-department-and-inpatient-units
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Leon D Sanchez, David T Chiu, Larry Nathanson, Steve Horng, Richard E Wolfe, Mark L Zeidel, Kirsten Boyd, Carrie Tibbles, Shelley Calder, Jane Dufresne, Julius J Yang
BACKGROUND: Patient handoffs between units can introduce risk and time delays. Verbal communication is the most common mode of handoff, but requires coordination between different parties. OBJECTIVE: We present an asynchronous patient handoff process supported by a structured electronic signout for admissions from the emergency department (ED) to the inpatient medicine service. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients admitted to the medical service from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015 at a tertiary referral center with 520 inpatient beds and 57,000 ED visits annually...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506413/nasotracheal-prolonged-safe-extubation-in-acute-respiratory-failure-post-thyroidectomy-an-efficacious-technique-to-avoid-tracheotomy-a-retrospective-analysis-of-a-large-case-series
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F Ferraro, C Gambardella, D Testa, L Santini, R Marfella, P Fusco, C P Lombardi, A Polistena, A Sanguinetti, N Avenia, G Conzo
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory failure is a rare life threatening complication following thyroid surgery and its incidence is reported as high as 0.9%. Clinical presentation of severe acute respiratory failure is characterized by dyspnea, inspiratory airways distress, hypoxia and its standard current management is the orotracheal intubation and safe extubation. In case of persistent distress, tracheotomy is mandatory. The Authors, analysing a large acute respiratory failure clinical series, describe an innovative treatment of this severe condition: the nasotracheal prolonged safe extubation...
May 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506358/-research-advances-in-noninvasive-high-frequency-oscillatory-ventilation-in-neonates
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Jia Huang, Lin Yuan, Chao Chen
Noninvasive ventilation is an important respiratory management technique for the treatment of mild or moderate respiratory failure in the neonatal intensive care unit. Its reasonable application can effectively avoid the use of invasive ventilation and related complications. Recent studies have found that noninvasive high-frequency oscillatory ventilation has the advantages of both nasal continuous positive airway pressure and high-frequency ventilation and can rapidly improve oxygenation, effectively remove carbon dioxide, and improve respiratory failure...
May 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503976/self-extubation-laryngeal-injuries-at-an-academic-tertiary-care-center-a-retrospective-pilot-study
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Jason E Cohn, Andrew Touati, Mark Lentner, Mark Weitzel, Casey Fisher, Robert T Sataloff
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to identify laryngeal symptoms and injuries in self-extubated patients. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted to identify symptoms and clinical findings associated with self-extubation. A novel scoring system was developed and used to quantify these findings. Symptom score included all symptoms that patients reported after self-extubation. Clinical score consisted of laryngeal findings visualized on nasopharyngeal laryngoscopy...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503258/feasibility-of-pancreatectomy-following-high-dose-proton-therapy-for-unresectable-pancreatic-cancer
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Kathryn E Hitchcock, R Charles Nichols, Christopher G Morris, Debashish Bose, Steven J Hughes, John A Stauffer, Scott A Celinski, Elizabeth A Johnson, Robert A Zaiden, Nancy P Mendenhall, Michael S Rutenberg
AIM: To review surgical outcomes for patients undergoing pancreatectomy after proton therapy with concomitant capecitabine for initially unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS: From April 2010 to September 2013, 15 patients with initially unresectable pancreatic cancer were treated with proton therapy with concomitant capecitabine at 1000 mg orally twice daily. All patients received 59.40 Gy (RBE) to the gross disease and 1 patient received 50.40 Gy (RBE) to high-risk nodal targets...
April 27, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502326/k-and-mg-2-dyshomeostasis-in-acute-hyperadrenergic-stressor-states
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Mannu Nayyar, Jawwad Yusuf, M Usman Khan, Karl T Weber
Acute stressor states are linked to neurohormonal activation that includes the adrenergic nervous system. Elevations in circulating epinephrine and norepinephrine unmask an interdependency that exists between K(+) and Mg(2+) based on their regulation of a large number of Mg(2+)-dependent Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase pumps present in skeletal muscle. The hyperadrenergic state accounts for a sudden translocation of cations into muscle with the rapid appearance of hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia. The resultant hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia will cause a delay in myocardial repolarization and electrocardiographic QTc prolongation raising the propensity for supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias...
May 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
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