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Neuro Intensive Care

Muhammad Waqas Khan, Susanne Muehlschlegel
Shared decision making is a collaborative decision-making process between health care providers and patients or their surrogates, taking into account the best scientific evidence available while considering the patient's values, goals, and preferences. Decision aids are tools enabling SDM. This article discusses shared decision making in general and in the intensive care unit in particular and facilitators and barriers for the creation and implementation of International Patient Decision Aids Standards Collaboration-compliant decision aids for the intensive care unit and neuro-intensive care unit...
April 2018: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
Martin Shaw, Laura Moss, Chris Hawthorne, John Kinsella, Ian Piper
OBJECTIVES: Raised intracranial pressure (ICP) is well known to be indicative of a poor outcome in traumatic brain injury (TBI). This phenomenon was quantified using a pressure time index (PTI) model of raised ICP burden in a paediatric population. Using the PTI methodology, this pilot study is aimed at investigating the relationship between raised ICP and length of stay (LOS) in adults admitted to a neurological intensive care unit (neuro-ICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 10 patients admitted to the neuro-ICU following TBI, ICP was measured and data from the first 24 h were analysed...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Muhammad AlMatter, Marta Aguilar Péreza, Pervinder Bhogal, Victoria Hellstern, Oliver Ganslandt, Hans Henkes
OBJECTIVES: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is associated with high rates of morbidities and fatalities. The continuous evolution of neurosurgical, endovascular and neuro-intensive cares has improved the overall mortality. In this study we sought to evaluate the clinical outcome after aSAH from a single tertiary center. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified and reviewed all consecutive patients with aSAH treated at our center between 2007 and 2016...
February 13, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dnyaneshwar P Mutkule, S Manimala Rao, Jaydip Ray Chaudhuri, Kunche Rajasri
Status epilepticus is frequently encountered in neuro Intensive Care Units. It is a medical emergency and if not treated promptly can lead to severe brain damage and even death. Here, we present the case of a 18-year-old male with uncontrolled and unrelenting seizures with a rare etiology requiring ketamine infusion for burst suppression as it was resistant to thiopentone and midazolam infusions. The management of this case is presented in detail.
January 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Brian C Davis, Jasmohan S Bajaj
Recent advances have led to a greater understanding of how alcohol alters the brain, both in acute stages (intoxication and alcohol withdrawal) and in chronic misuse. This review focuses on the current understanding of how alcohol affects the brain in cirrhosis patients with and without hepatic encephalopathy. Chronic alcohol use is associated with nutritional deficiencies, dementia, cirrhosis, and decompensating events such as hepatic encephalopathy. Direct toxicity on brain tissue, induction of neuro-inflammation, and alcohol's alterations of the gut microbiome are possible mechanisms for the clinical features of hepatic encephalopathy associated with alcohol use...
February 8, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Delphine Georges, Hugues de Courson, Romain Lanchon, Musa Sesay, Karine Nouette-Gaulain, Matthieu Biais
BACKGROUND: In mechanically ventilated patients, an increase in cardiac index during an end-expiratory-occlusion test predicts fluid responsiveness. To identify this rapid increase in cardiac index, continuous and instantaneous cardiac index monitoring is necessary, decreasing its feasibility at the bedside. Our study was designed to investigate whether changes in velocity time integral and in peak velocity obtained using transthoracic echocardiography during an end-expiratory-occlusion maneuver could predict fluid responsiveness...
February 8, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Miran Goo, Kylie Tucker, Leanne M Johnston
AIM: The aim of this study was to identify and examine the psychometric properties of muscle tone assessments for children aged 0 to 12 years. METHOD: Four electronic databases were searched to identify studies that included assessments of resting and/or active muscle tone. Methodological quality and overall psychometric evidence of studies were rated using the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments checklist. RESULTS: Twenty-one assessments were identified from 97 included studies...
February 6, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Yasser B Abulhasan, Susan P Rachel, Marc-Olivier Châtillon-Angle, Najayeb Alabdulraheem, Ian Schiller, Nandini Dendukuri, Mark R Angle, Charles Frenette
BACKGROUND: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur frequently in neurological intensive care units (neuro-ICUs); however, data differentiating associations with various diagnostic categories and resulting burdens are limited. This prospective cohort study reported incidence rates, pathogen distribution, and patient-related outcomes of HAIs in a neuro-ICU population from April 2010 to March 2016. METHODS: Laboratory results and specific clinical indicators were used to categorize infections as per National Healthcare Safety Network nosocomial infection surveillance definitions...
January 25, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
Lisa Manente, Terri McCluskey, Rachel Shaw
Transitioning patients from one unit to another is a nursing function that occurs daily. When done effectively, it streamlines continuity of care, decreases anxiety, ensures patients and families maintain confidence in care providers, and avoids readmissions to the intensive care unit (ICU). This article describes a transition plan for transferring patients from the ICU to the general pediatric unit developed by an inpatient, non-critical care cardiology/neuro logical unit to facilitate a smooth and informational transition from the ICU to the non-critical unit...
March 2017: Pediatric Nursing
Henry Llewellyn, Jane Neerkin, Lewis Thorne, Elena Wilson, Louise Jones, Elizabeth L Sampson, Emma Townsley, Joseph T S Low
BACKGROUND: Primary brain tumours newly affect >260 000 people each year worldwide. In the UK, every year >10 000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour while >5000 die annually from the disease. Prognoses are poor, cognitive deterioration common and patients have prolonged palliative needs. Advance care planning (ACP) may enable early discussion of future care decisions. Although a core commitment in the UK healthcare strategy, and the shared responsibility of clinical teams, ACP appears uncommon in practice...
January 31, 2018: BMJ Open
Mohamad Hasyizan Hassan, Wan Mohd Nazaruddin Wan Hassan, Rhendra Hardy Mohd Zaini, Wan Fadzlina Wan Muhd Shukeri, Huda Zainal Abidin, Chong Soon Eu
Background: Normal saline (NS) is a common fluid of choice in neurosurgery and neuro-intensive care unit (ICU), but it does not contain other electrolytes and has the potential to cause hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis with prolonged infusion. These problems may be reduced with the availability of balanced fluid (BF), which becomes a more physiological isotonic solution with the presence of complete electrolyte content. This study aimed to compare the changes in electrolytes and acid-base between NS and BF (Sterofundin® ISO) therapy for post-operative severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients in neuro-ICU...
October 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
R Muthuchellappan, N A Shaikh, R M Surve, U R S Ganne, M Philip
BACKGROUND: Although central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2 ) is used to decide on red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, whether its improvement is associated with parallel improvement in cerebral oxygenation is not adequately studied. This study looked at changes in regional cerebral tissue oxygen saturation (rSO2 ) following RBC transfusion in neuro-intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: In this prospective observational pilot study, rSO2 was measured in adult neuro-ICU patients before RBC transfusion, at the end and at 6, 12, 18 and 24 h after RBC transfusion...
January 10, 2018: Transfusion Medicine
Sophie Janet, Verena I Carrara, Julie A Simpson, Nant War War Thin, Wah Wah Say, Naw Ta Mlar Paw, Kesinee Chotivanich, Claudia Turner, Jane Crawley, Rose McGready
BACKGROUND: Of the 4 million neonatal deaths worldwide yearly, 98% occur in low and middle-income countries. Effective resuscitation reduces mortality and morbidity but long-term outcomes in resource-limited settings are poorly described. This study reports on newborn neurological outcomes following resuscitation at birth in a resource-limited setting where intensive newborn care including intubation is unavailable. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of births records from 2008 to 2015 at Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) on the Thailand-Myanmar border...
2018: PloS One
Thomas Geeraerts, Lionel Velly, Lamine Abdennour, Karim Asehnoune, Gérard Audibert, Pierre Bouzat, Nicolas Bruder, Romain Carrillon, Vincent Cottenceau, François Cotton, Sonia Courtil-Teyssedre, Claire Dahyot-Fizelier, Frédéric Dailler, Jean-Stéphane David, Nicolas Engrand, Dominique Fletcher, Gilles Francony, Laurent Gergelé, Carole Ichai, Etienne Javouhey, Pierre-Etienne Leblanc, Thomas Lieutaud, Philippe Meyer, Sébastien Mirek, Gilles Orliaguet, François Proust, Hervé Quintard, Catherine Ract, Mohamed Srairi, Karim Tazarourte, Bernard Vigué, Jean-François Payen
The latest French Guidelines for the management in the first 24hours of patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were published in 1998. Due to recent changes (intracerebral monitoring, cerebral perfusion pressure management, treatment of raised intracranial pressure), an update was required. Our objective has been to specify the significant developments since 1998. These guidelines were conducted by a group of experts for the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine (Société Francaise d'Anesthésie Réanimation (SFAR)) in partnership with the Association de Neuro-Anesthésie-Réanimation de Langue Française (ANARLF), the Société Française de Neurochirurgie (SFN), the Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et d'Urgences Pédiatriques (GFRUP) and the Association des Anesthésistes-Réanimateurs Pédiatriques d'Expression Française (ADARPEF)...
December 27, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Antara Gokhale, Atheel Kimona, Sandeep Kantor, S Prakash, Yogesh Manhas
Introduction: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is characterized by a range of clinico neuro radiological manifestation along with hypertension due to varied etiology. Contrary to its name, a small number of patients have residual neurological deficits. Patients with severe manifestation of PRES may get admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to coma or status epilepticus. Small case series and large multicenter studies have been reported. Materials and Methods: We report a single center series of ten cases admitted to ICU over a 5 year period in a tertiary care centre...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Mårten Unnerbäck, Johnny T Ottesen, Peter Reinstrup
BACKGROUND: The intracranial pressure (ICP) curve with its different peaks has been extensively studied, but the exact physiological mechanisms behind its morphology are still not fully understood. Both intracranial volume change (ΔICV) and transmission of the arterial blood pressure have been proposed to shape the ICP curve. This study tested the hypothesis that the ICP curve correlates to intracranial volume changes. METHODS: Cine phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations were performed in neuro-intensive care patients with simultaneous ICP monitoring...
December 22, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
Livio Provenzi, Giunia Scotto di Minico, Roberto Giorda, Rosario Montirosso
Preterm infants present an immature neurobehavioral profile at birth, even in absence of severe brain injuries and perinatal complications. As such, they require a long-lasting hospitalization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is thought to grant at-risk newborns' survival, but still entails a number of physical, painful, and socio-emotional stressors. Hence, preterm birth and NICU stay represent an early adverse experience, which has been linked to detrimental consequences for neurological, neuro-endocrinal, behavioral, and socio-emotional development, as well as to disease later in life...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Brian J Yun, Pierre Borczuk, Lulu Wang, Stephen Dorner, Benjamin A White, Ali S Raja
OBJECTIVES: Among emergency physicians, there is wide variation in admitting practices for patients who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) with an intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of implementing a protocol in the emergency department (ED) observation unit for patients with mild TBI and ICH. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was approved by the institutional review board. Study subjects were patients ≥ 18 years of age with an International Classification of Diseases code corresponding to a traumatic ICH and admitted to an ED observation unit (EDOU) of an urban, academic Level I trauma center between February 1, 2015, and January 31, 2017...
November 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
A Dencker, M Kristiansen, B A Rix, P Bøge, T Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
Patients' family relations play an important part in the provision of patient-centred cancer care, not least when healthcare professionals encounter seriously ill patients with dependent children. Little is known about how children are perceived and dealt with in clinical encounters. In this qualitative comparative study, we explore the influence of medical contexts in three Danish hospital wards, haematology, oncological gynaecology and neuro-intensive care, on communication with patients about their children...
November 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
Stefano Spina, Chiara Marzorati, Alessia Vargiolu, Federico Magni, Matteo Riva, Matteo Rota, Carlo Giussani, Erik P Sganzerla, Giuseppe Citerio
BACKGROUND: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) admitted to intensive care is deem of poor prognosis. To compare observed and predicted 30-days mortality and to evaluate long term functional outcome in a consecutive ICH cohort. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of ICH patients managed in a Neuro-ICU from 2012 to 2015. RESULTS: 136 consecutive patients; 34 (25%) had "withholding of life-sustaining treatment" (WLST) order and 102 (75%) received a "full treatment" (FT)...
November 6, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
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