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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099295/comparison-of-resource-utilization-and-length-of-hospitalization-between-overweight-and-healthy-weight-pediatric-trauma-patients-presenting-to-a-pediatric-emergency-department-with-moderate-to-severe-injury-a-prospective-study
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Theresa Romano, Ioannis Koutroulis, Evan Weiner, Anthony Little, Sabina Singh
OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to compare overweight and healthy-weight pediatric trauma patient outcomes, specifically with respect to hospital length of stay and resource utilization. We hypothesized that overweight pediatric trauma patients would have increased hospital length of stay and radiographic study use compared with their healthy-weight counterparts. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, cohort study of pediatric trauma patients aged 2 to 19 years presenting to an urban pediatric emergency department over a period of 1 year...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093429/paediatric-ed-bipap-continuous-quality-improvement-programme-with-patient-analysis-2005-2013
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Thomas Abramo, Abby Williams, Samaiya Mushtaq, Mark Meredith, Rawle Sepaule, Kristen Crossman, Cheryl Burney Jones, Suzanne Godbold, Zhuopei Hu, Todd Nick
OBJECTIVE: In paediatric moderate-to-severe asthmatics, there is significant bronchospasm, airway obstruction, air trapping causing severe hyperinflation with more positive intraplural pressure preventing passive air movement. These effects cause an increased respiratory rate (RR), less airflow and shortened inspiratory breath time. In certain asthmatics, aerosols are ineffective due to their inadequate ventilation. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) in acute paediatric asthmatics can be an effective treatment...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092280/challenges-and-opportunities-to-enhance-global-drug-development-in-neonates
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Alexandra M Smith, Jonathan M Davis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study reviews the history of neonatal drug development, recent legislative efforts designed to facilitate the study of therapeutic agents in neonates, and future steps necessary to advance drug development. RECENT FINDINGS: Although many federal regulations have been introduced over the past 15 years to encourage pediatric and neonatal drug development, the majority of medications that are used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in neonates...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079529/leveraging-the-skills-of-nurses-and-the-power-of-language-nutrition-to-ensure-a-better-future-for-children
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Ashley Darcy Mahoney, Lauren Head Zauche, Sunny Hallowell, Arianne Weldon, Jennifer Stapel-Wax
BACKGROUND: Early language exposure is critical for language acquisition and significantly influences a child's literacy skills. However, preterm infants may experience language deprivation in the neonatal intensive care unit. Nurses are vital to helping parents understand their critical role in early language development. PURPOSE: To discuss the impact of language-rich interactions and interventions that promote early language exposure, or Language Nutrition, by parents and caregivers on the long-term developmental, language, and educational outcomes of high-risk infants...
January 11, 2017: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078864/human-herpesviruses-6-and-7-encephalitis-in-immunocompetent-infants-are-they-really-so-uncommon
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L Marseglia, S Manti, G D Angelo, G Stroscio, D Impollonia, S Arena, C Salpietro, E Gitto
Human herpesviruses-6 and -7 (HHV-6 and 7) are considered uncommon causes of central nervous system infection and may occasionally cause encephalitis in young infants, however, the clinical syndrome and incidence are not well defined. In immunosuppressed hosts, reactivation is associated with a worse outcome such as encephalitis, hepatitis, or graft rejection. In immunocompetent hosts, this persistent infection is generally of no consequence. We report 4 cases of immunocompetent critically ill children, affected by HHV-6 and -7 encephalitis, admitted to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072893/a-pediatric-application-of-the-strac-regional-hospital-trauma-registry-database-pediatric-trauma-deaths-in-south-central-texas-during-2004-2013
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Michelle Buehner, Jay Aden, Mathew Borgman, Preston Love, Brandi Wright, Mary Edwards
The purpose of this study was to define the demographics of pediatric traumatic injuries and to understand the predictive value of injury type, prehospital, and emergency department (ED) data regarding the mortality of pediatric trauma patients (<14 years of age) in South Central Texas. We report a retrospective review of pediatric trauma patients presenting to Trauma Service Area P in South Central Texas during 2004-2013. The primary outcome was mortality; secondary outcomes were ventilator days, hospital days, and intensive care unit stay...
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072671/evaluation-of-the-association-of-early-elevated-lactate-with-outcomes-in-children-with-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock
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Noelle Gorgis, Jeannette M Asselin, Cynthia Fontana, R Scott Heidersbach, Heidi R Flori, Shan L Ward
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the association of initial lactate (L0) with mortality in children with severe sepsis. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 74 patients younger than 18 years with severe sepsis admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a tertiary, academic children's hospital with lactate measured within 3 hours of meeting severe sepsis or septic shock. The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality. The secondary outcomes included PICU and hospital length of stay...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068786/topical-and-low-dose-intravenous-tranexamic-acid-in-cyanotic-cardiac-surgery
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Jigar Patel, Mrugesh Prajapati, Hardik Patel, Hemang Gandhi, Shilpa Deodhar, Himani Pandya
Background Coagulopathy is a major problem in surgery for cyanotic congenital heart disease. Tranexamic acid has been used both topically and systemically and plays a vital role in pediatric cardiac surgery by reducing blood loss and blood product requirement. We aimed to determine the anti-fibrinolytic effectiveness of low-dose systemic or topical tranexamic acid or a combination of both. Methods Seventy-five patients were divided in 3 groups of 25. Group A patients were given tranexamic acid 20 mg kg(-1) intravenously after sternotomy and 20 mg kg(-1) after heparin reversal...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067012/venous-thromboembolism-in-pediatric-trauma-patients-ten-year-experience-and-long-term-follow-up-in-a-tertiary-care-center
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Christine M Leeper, Madhav Vissa, James D Cooper, Lynn M Malec, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Pediatric trauma patients are at high risk for development of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Our objective is to describe incidence, risk factors, and timing of development of VTE, anticoagulation complications, and long-term VTE outcomes in a critically injured pediatric population. PROCEDURE: We did a retrospective review of pediatric (0-17 years) trauma admissions to intensive care unit from 2005 to 2014. Our center employs VTE screening and prevention protocols for high-risk patients based on hypercoagulable history, age, injuries, and medical interventions...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063864/the-end-of-life-experience-of-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
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Seth A Hollander, John Dykes, Sharon Chen, Lynsey Barkoff, Barbara Sourkes, Harvey Cohen, David N Rosenthal, Daniel Bernstein, Beth D Kaufman
CONTEXT: Despite advances in therapies, many pediatric heart transplant (Htx) recipients will die prematurely. We characterized the circumstances surrounding death in this cohort, including location of death and interventions performed in the final 24 hours. METHODS: We reviewed all patients who underwent Htx at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford, survived hospital discharge, and subsequently died between 7/19/2007-9/13/2015. The primary outcome studied was location of death, characterized as inpatient, outpatient, or emergency department (ED)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057037/role-of-vasopressin-and-terlipressin-in-refractory-shock-compared-to-conventional-therapy-in-the-neonatal-and-pediatric-population-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Reem Masarwa, Gideon Paret, Amichai Perlman, Shimon Reif, Bruria Hirsh Raccah, Ilan Matok
BACKGROUND: Vasopressin (AVP) and terlipressin (TP) have been used as last-line therapy in refractory shock in children. However, the efficacy and safety profiles of AVP and TP have not been determined in pediatric refractory shock of different origins. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of the addition of AVP/TP therapy in pediatric refractory shock of all causes compared to conventional therapy with fluid resuscitation and vasopressor and inotropic therapy. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review, meta-analysis, and trial sequential analysis (TSA) comparing AVP and TP to conventional therapy...
January 5, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046188/comparative-effectiveness-of-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-treatment-vs-no-treatment-for-patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-preterm-infants
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Jonathan L Slaughter, Patricia B Reagan, Thomas B Newman, Mark A Klebanoff
Importance: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is associated with increased mortality and worsened respiratory outcomes, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), in preterm infants. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are efficacious in closing PDA, but the effectiveness of NSAID-mediated PDA closure in improving mortality and preventing BPD is unclear. Objective: To determine the effectiveness of NSAID treatment for PDA in reducing mortality and moderate/severe BPD at 36 weeks postmenstrual age...
January 3, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029754/pulmonary-hemorrhage-as-a-complication-of-respiratory-syncyntial-virus-rsv-bronchiolitis
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Audrey K S Soo, David P Inwald
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common cause of bronchiolitis. Although there are a number of recognized complications, pulmonary hemorrhage has not been reported previously. A retrospective case notes review was performed through an electronic search of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit's medical records. Seven patients with RSV infection and pulmonary hemorrhage were identified and included in this case series. Six of the seven patients were born prematurely (30-36 weeks gestation). All patients required blood transfusion...
December 28, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027602/is-size-the-only-determinant-of-delayed-abdominal-closure-in-pediatric-liver-transplant
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Shirin Elizabeth Khorsandi, Arthur William Raven Day, Miriam Cortes, Akash Deep, Anil Dhawan, Hector Vilca-Melendez, Nigel Heaton
The aim was to determine the factors associated with the use of delayed abdominal closure in pediatric liver transplant and whether this affected outcome. From a prospectively maintained database, transplants performed in children (≤ 18 years) were identified (October 2010 - March 2015). Primary abdominal closure was defined as mass closure performed at time of transplant. Delayed abdominal closure was defined as mass closure not initially performed at the same time as transplant. 230 children underwent liver transplantation...
December 27, 2016: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025242/a-new-era-in-quality-measurement-the-development-and-application-of-quality-measures
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Terry Adirim, Kelley Meade, Kamila Mistry
Quality measures are used for a variety of purposes in health care, including clinical care improvement, regulation, accreditation, public reporting, surveillance, and maintenance of certification. Most quality measures are 1 of 3 types: structure, process, or outcome. Health care quality measures should address the domains of quality across the continuum of care and reflect patient and family experience. Measure development for pediatric health care has a number of important challenges, including gaps in the evidence base; the fact that measures for most conditions must be age-specific; the long, resource-intensive development process; and the national focus on measure development for adult conditions...
January 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018153/a-pediatric-diabetic-ketoacidosis-management-protocol-incorporating-a-two-bag-intravenous-fluid-system-decreases-duration-of-intravenous-insulin-therapy
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Megan Veverka, Kourtney Marsh, Susan Norman, Michael Alan Brock, Monica Peng, Jennifer Shenk, Jerome Gene Chen
OBJECTIVES: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children with type 1 diabetes. We implemented a standardized DKA management protocol by using a 2-bag intravenous (IV) fluid system. The purpose of the study was to examine if the protocol improved clinical outcomes and process efficiency. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients who did and did not undergo the protocol. Patients were included if they were 18 years of age or younger, were diagnosed with DKA, admitted to an intensive care unit or stepdown unit, and received continuous IV insulin...
November 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018150/frequency-of-and-risk-factors-for-acute-kidney-injury-associated-with-vancomycin-use-in-the-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Sarah Bonazza, Lauren C Bresee, Timothy Kraft, B Catherine Ross, Deonne Dersch-Mills
BACKGROUND: Published information evaluating frequency of and risk factors for vancomycin-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) population is conflicting. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to describe the proportion of our PICU patients who developed AKI with intravenous (IV) vancomycin. The secondary objective was to describe the associated potential risk factors. METHODS: Pediatric patients (0-18 years) who received their first IV vancomycin dose in the PICU were evaluated in this retrospective chart review...
November 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017414/improved-outcomes-for-inborn-babies-with-uncomplicated-gastroschisis
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B G Dalton, K W Gonzalez, S R Reddy, R J Hendrickson, C W Iqbal
INTRODUCTION: Gastroschisis (GS) is a common abdominal wall defect necessitating neonatal surgery and intensive care. We hypothesized that inborn patients had improved outcomes compared to patients born at an outside hospital (outborn) and transferred for definitive treatment. METHODS: A single center, retrospective chart review at a pediatric tertiary care center was performed from 2010 to 2015. All patients whose primary surgical treatment of GS was performed at this center were included...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010922/risk-factors-for-symptomatic-venous-and-arterial-thromboembolism-in-newborns-children-and-adolescents-what-did-we-learn-within-the-last-20years
#19
Gili Kenet, Verena Limperger, Maria Shneyder, Ulrike Nowak-Göttl
Venous thrombosis (VTE) in children is increasingly diagnosed, as advanced medical care has increased treatment intensity of hospitalized pediatric patients. The aim of this review was to summarize the data available and to discuss the controversial issue of thrombophilia screening in the light of the pediatric data available. Follow-up data for VTE recurrence in children suggest a recurrence rate between 3% (neonates) and 21% in individuals with unprovoked VTE. Apart from underlying medical conditions, recently reported systematic reviews on pediatric VTE (70% provoked) have shown significant associations between thrombosis and presence of protein C-, protein S- and antithrombin deficiency, factor 5 (F5: rs6025), factor 2 (F2: rs1799963), even more pronounced when combined inherited thrombophilias [IT] were involved...
December 14, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007779/health-care-transition-preparation-and-experiences-in-a-u-s-national-sample-of-young-adults-with-type-1-diabetes
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Katharine C Garvey, Nicole C Foster, Shivani Agarwal, Linda A DiMeglio, Barbara J Anderson, Sarah D Corathers, Marisa E Desimone, Ingrid M Libman, Sarah K Lyons, Anne L Peters, Jennifer K Raymond, Lori M Laffel
OBJECTIVE: Young adults with type 1 diabetes transitioning from pediatric to adult care are at risk for adverse outcomes. We developed a survey to evaluate transition experiences in two groups of young adults with type 1 diabetes, before (PEDS) and after (ADULT) transition to adult care. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We fielded an electronic survey to young adults (18-<30 years) at 60 T1D Exchange Clinic Registry centers. RESULTS: Surveys were completed by 602 young adults, 303 in the PEDS group (60% female, age 20 ± 2 years) and 299 in the ADULT group (62% female, age 24 ± 3 years)...
December 22, 2016: Diabetes Care
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