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Sarah Lombardo, Thomas Scalea, Jason Sperry, Raul Coimbra, Gary Vercruysse, Toby Enniss, Gregory J Jurkovich, Raminder Nirula
INTRODUCTION: Patients with nontraumatic acute intracranial pathology benefit from neurointensivist care. Similarly, trauma patients with and without traumatic brain injury (TBI) fare better when treated by a dedicated trauma team. No study has yet evaluated the role of specialized neurocritical (NICU) and trauma intensive care units (TICU) in the management of TBI patients, and it remains unclear which TBI patients are best served in NICU, TICU, or general (Med/Surg) ICU. METHODS: This study is a secondary analysis of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multi-Institutional Trials Committee (AAST-MITC) decompressive craniectomy study...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219399/noninvasive-detection-of-alarming-intracranial-pressure-changes-by-auditory-monitoring-in-early-management-of-brain-injury-a-prospective-invasive-versus-noninvasive-study
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Fabrice Giraudet, François Longeras, Aurélien Mulliez, Aurélie Thalamy, Bruno Pereira, Paul Avan, Laurent Sakka
BACKGROUND: In brain-injured patients intracranial pressure (ICP) is monitored invasively by a ventricular or intraparenchymal transducer. The procedure requires specific expertise and exposes the patient to complications such as malposition, hemorrhage or infection. As inner-ear fluid compartments are connected to the cerebrospinal fluid space, ICP changes elicit subtle changes in the physiology of the inner ear. Notably, we previously demonstrated that the phase of cochlear microphonic potential (CM) generated by sound stimuli rotates with ICP...
February 21, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197046/outcome-of-noncardiac-surgical-patients-admitted-to-a-multidisciplinary-intensive-care-unit
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Pradeep Kumar, M K Renuka, M S Kalaiselvan, A S Arunkumar
CONTEXT: Surgical procedures carry significant morbidity and mortality depending on the type of surgery and patients. There is a dearth of evidence from India on the outcome of surgical patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). AIMS: We aimed to describe the incidence and risk factors of postoperative complications and mortality in noncardiac surgical patients admitted to the ICU. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This was a prospective observational study on all perioperative patients admitted to a multidisciplinary ICU for 18 months...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145850/characterization-of-end-of-life-electroencephalographic-surges-in-critically-ill-patients
#4
Lakhmir S Chawla, Megan Terek, Christopher Junker, Seth Akst, Bona Yoon, Ermira Brasha-Mitchell, Michael G Seneff
BACKGROUND: Neuromonitoring devices to assess level of sedation are now used commonly in many hospital settings. We previously reported that electro-encephalic-graphic (EEG) spikes frequently occurred after the time of death in patients being neuro-monitored at the time of cessation of circulation. In addition to our initial report, end of life electrical surges (ELES) have been subsequently documented in animal and human studies by other investigators. The frequency, character, intensity, and significance of ELES are unknown...
February 1, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112704/evaluation-and-treatment-of-hyperglycemia-in-critically-ill-patients
#5
Andrea Balloni, Federico Lari, Fabrizio Giostra
The hyperglycemic reaction to stress is part of adaptive metabolic response to critical illness, especially hypoxia, hemorrhage and sepsis. It involves neuro-endocrine and immune pathways leading to the development of insulin resistance and hepatic glucose production by gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis. Over the last years the concept of stress related hyperglycemia has been replaced by the concept of dysglycemia and its three domains: hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and glycemic variability. Each of the three domains is independently associated with increased risk of mortality in patients admitted in intensive care unit and non critically ill patients, both medical and surgical...
January 16, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091723/changes-in-the-severity-and-subtype-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-admitted-to-a-specialist-neuromedical-icu-over-a-25%C3%A2-year-period
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C J Taylor, N P Hirsch, D M Kullmann, Robin S Howard
We report a retrospective review of 110 patients with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) admitted to a specialised intensive care unit (ICU) in a tertiary referral centre over a 25 year period, the start of which coincided with the widespread introduction of plasma exchange (PE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). The results were analysed by comparing 52 patients admitted in the first decade (1991-2000; Group 1) with 58 patients admitted between 2001-2014 (Group 2). Patients in both groups were comparable with respect to age and sex, and had a similar incidence and range of ICU complications...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054288/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-complicated-grief-are-common-in-caregivers-of-neuro-icu-patients
#7
Stephen A Trevick, Aaron S Lord
BACKGROUND: To explore the effect of end of life and other palliative decision making scenarios on the mental health of family members of patients in the neuro-intensive care unit. METHODS: Decision makers of patients in the neuro-ICU at a large, urban, academic medical center meeting palliative care triggers were identified from November 10, 2014, to August 27, 2015. Interviews were conducted at 1 and 6 months post-enrollment. At 1 month, the Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised (ICG-R), Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R), and the Family Satisfaction-ICU (FS-ICU) were performed along with basic demographic questionnaires...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030487/neuro-trauma-or-med-surg-icu-does-it-matter-where-polytrauma-patients-with-tbi-are-admitted-secondary-analysis-of-aast-mitc-decompressive-craniectomy-study
#8
Sarah Lombardo, Thomas Scalea, Jason Sperry, Raul Coimbra, Gary Vercruysse, Gregory J Jurkovich, Ram Nirula
INTRODUCTION: Patients with non-traumatic acute intracranial pathology benefit from neurointensivist care. Similarly, trauma patients with and without TBI fare better when treated by a dedicated trauma team. No study has yet evaluated the role of specialized neurocritical (NICU) and trauma intensive care units (TICU) in the management of TBI patients, and it remains unclear which TBI patients are best served in NICU, TICU, or general (Med/Surg) ICU. METHODS: This study is a secondary analysis of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multi-Institutional Trials Committee (AAST-MITC) decompressive craniectomy study...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009337/wireless-multichannel-electroencephalography-in-the-newborn
#9
Z H Ibrahim, G Chari, S Abdel Baki, V Bronshtein, M R Kim, J Weedon, J Cracco, J V Aranda
OBJECTIVES: First, to determine the feasibility of an ultra-compact wireless device (microEEG) to obtain multichannel electroencephalographic (EEG) recording in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Second, to identify problem areas in order to improve wireless EEG performance. STUDY DESIGN: 28 subjects (gestational age 24-30 weeks, postnatal age <30 days) were recruited at 2 sites as part of an ongoing study of neonatal apnea and wireless EEG. Infants underwent 8-9 hour EEG recordings every 2-4 weeks using an electrode cap (ANT-Neuro) connected to the wireless EEG device (Bio-Signal Group)...
2016: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000130/early-mobilization-in-the-neuro-icu-how-far-can-we-go
#10
Brian F Olkowski, Syed Omar Shah
Immobility that is frequently encountered in the intensive care unit (ICU) can lead to patient complications. Early mobilization of patients in the ICU has been shown to reduce the complications associated with critical illness; however, early mobilization in the neurological intensive care unit (NICU) presents a unique challenge for the multidisciplinary team. The early mobilization of patients with acute neurologic injuries such as acute ischemic stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, and neurotrauma varies because of differing disease processes and management...
December 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995066/functional-resting-state-fmri-connectivity-correlates-with-serum-levels-of-the-s100b-protein-in-the-acute-phase-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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William Hedley Thompson, Eric Peter Thelin, Anders Lilja, Bo-Michael Bellander, Peter Fransson
The S100B protein is an intra-cellular calcium-binding protein that mainly resides in astrocytes in the central nervous system. The serum level of S100B is used as biomarker for the severity of brain damage in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. In this study we investigated the relationship between intrinsic resting-state brain connectivity, measured 1-22 days (mean 8 days) after trauma, and serum levels of S100B in a patient cohort with mild-to-severe TBI in need of neuro-intensive care in the acute phase...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987330/protection-of-dexmedetomidine-against-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-apoptotic-insults-to-neuronal-cells-occurs-via-an-intrinsic-mitochondria-dependent-pathway
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Gong-Jhe Wu, Jui-Tai Chen, Hsiao-Chien Tsai, Ta-Liang Chen, Shing-Hwa Liu, Ruei-Ming Chen
Dexmedetomidine, an agonist of alpha2-adrenergic receptors, is used for critically ill patients to induce and maintain sedation and analgesia. Brain ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) usually causes severe neuronal injuries to intensive care unit patients. This study was aimed to evaluate the effects of dexmedetomidine on I/R-induced insults to neuronal cells and the possible mechanisms. Treatment of neuro-2a cells with dexmedetomidine did not affect cell viability but could protect against I/R-induced cell death. Separately, the I/R-triggered cell shrinkage, DNA fragmentation, and apoptosis in neuro-2a cells were alleviated by dexmedetomidine...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928632/ventriculostomy-related-infections-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients-a-retrospective-study-of-incidence-etiology-and-antimicrobial-therapy
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Johan Widén, Britt-Marie Eriksson, Elisabeth Ronne-Engström, Per Enblad, Gabriel Westman
BACKGROUND: This study was performed to investigate the incidence and etiology of ventriculostomy-related infections (VRIs) in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and to assess adherence to local clinical guidelines regarding empirical antimicrobial therapy and diagnostic routines. METHODS: A total of 191 consecutive SAH patients treated in the neuro-intensive care unit of Uppsala University Hospital between 2010 and 2013 were included retrospectively. Information regarding cerebrospinal fluid samples, bacterial cultures, ventriculostomy treatment, patient characteristics, and antibiotic treatment were collected from electronic patient records...
February 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907954/today-s-approach-to-treating-brain-swelling-in-the-neuro-intensive-care-unit
#14
Shreyansh Shah, W Taylor Kimberly
Brain swelling is an urgent clinical problem that frequently accompanies ischemic stroke, brain hemorrhage, and traumatic brain injury; it increases morbidity and mortality associated with them. It occurs due to failure of membrane transporters and leakage of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), resulting in combination of cytotoxic, ionic, and vasogenic edema. Currently, decompressive craniectomy and osmotherapy are the mainstays of management, but these therapies do not halt the underlying molecular cascade leading to brain swelling...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856381/what-questionnaires-to-use-when-measuring-quality-of-life-in-sacral-tumor-patients-the-updated-sacral-tumor-survey
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Olivier D R van Wulfften Palthe, Stein J Janssen, Jay S Wunder, Peter C Ferguson, Guo Wei, Peter S Rose, Micheal J Yaszemski, Franklin H Sim, Patrick J Boland, John H Healey, Francis J Hornicek, Joseph H Schwab
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Patient-reported outcomes are becoming increasingly important when investigating results of patient and disease management. In sacral tumor, the symptoms of patients can vary substantially; therefore, no single questionnaire can adequately account for the full spectrum of symptoms and disability. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to analyze redundancy within the current sacral tumor survey and make a recommendation for an updated version based on the results and patient and expert opinions...
November 14, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833207/brain-death-and-true-patient-care
#16
Doyen Nguyen
The "brain death" standard as a criterion of death is closely associated with the need for transplantable organs from heart-beating donors. Are all of these potential donors really dead, or does the documented evidence of patients destined for organ harvesting who improve, or even recover to live normal lives, call into question the premise underlying "brain death"? The aim of this paper is to re-examine the notion of "brain death," especially its clinical test-criteria, in light of a broad framework, including medical knowledge in the field of neuro-intensive care and the traditional ethics of the medical profession...
August 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789620/scalp-congenital-hemangioma-with-associated-high-output-cardiac-failure-in-a-premature-infant-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#17
Sumedh S Shah, Brian M Snelling, Samir Sur, Alexandra R Ramnath, Emmalee S Bandstra, Dileep R Yavagal
Introduction Scalp congenital hemangiomas (CHs) are rare vascular malformations among infants; they can be associated with an array of complications, including cardiac and cosmetic issues. Here, we report the endovascular treatment of a premature infant with a suspected large right parietal scalp hemangioma and associated high-output cardiac failure. Case description A two-day-old female premature infant (29 weeks gestational age; 1330 g birth weight) was referred by the neonatologists to our department for consultation and potential treatment of a large right parietal CH causing abrupt hypotension and high-output cardiac failure...
February 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771198/yield-of-repeated-intermittent-eeg-for-seizure-detection-in-critically-ill-adults
#18
Yannick Fogang, Benjamin Legros, Chantal Depondt, Nicolas Mavroudakis, Nicolas Gaspard
INTRODUCTION: Seizures are common in critically ill patients and prevalence can exceed 30% in the neuro-intensive care unit (ICU). Continuous EEG monitoring (cEEG) is the gold standard for seizure detection in critically ill patients. OBJECTIVES: To determine the yield of intermittent EEG (iEEG) to detect critically ill adult patients with seizures and to identify the factors that affect this yield. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed cEEG data and medical records from 977 consecutive critically ill patients undergoing cEEG...
October 19, 2016: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763820/is-there-hope-is-she-there-how-families-and-clinicians-experience-severe-acute-brain-injury
#19
Rachael E C Schutz, Heather L Coats, Ruth A Engelberg, J Randall Curtis, Claire J Creutzfeldt
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe acute brain injury (SABI) raise important palliative care considerations associated with sudden devastating injury and uncertain prognosis. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to explore how family members, nurses, and physicians experience the palliative and supportive care needs of patients with SABI receiving care in the neuroscience intensive care unit (neuro-ICU). DESIGN: Semistructured interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, and analyzed using thematic analysis...
February 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749460/utility-of-continuous-eeg-monitoring-in-noncritically-lll-hospitalized-patients
#20
Santoshi Billakota, Saurabh R Sinha
INTRODUCTION: Continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring is used in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting to detect seizures, especially nonconvulsive seizures and status epilepticus. The utility and impact of such monitoring in non-ICU patients are largely unknown. METHODS: Hospitalized patients who were not in an ICU and underwent cEEG monitoring in the first half of 2011 and 2014 were identified. Reason for admission, admitting service (neurologic and nonneurologic), indication for cEEG, comorbid conditions, duration of recording, EEG findings, whether an event/seizure was recorded, and impact of EEG findings on management were reviewed...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
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