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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29904451/thrombolysis-is-an-effective-and-safe-therapy-in-stuck-mitral-valves-with-delayed-presentation-as-well-as-hemodynamically-unstable-patients-a-single-centre-study
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Arun Shivajirao Bade, Shakil Sattar Ahmed Shaikh, Hemant Khemani, Gurkirat Singh, Narender Omprakash Bansal
Background: Thrombosis is a complication of prosthetic valves on oral anticoagulants which is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. A re-operation carries a substantial risk, with mortality rate from 10% to 15% in selected series, which may be 2- or 3-folds higher in critically ill patients. This study conducted in a tertiary care cardiology unit aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of thrombolytic therapy in stuck mitral bileaflet heart valves. Methods: As a prospective observational study, clinical symptoms and fluoroscopy were the mainstay in diagnosis of stuck mitral valve...
June 2018: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29863638/characteristics-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-use-in-pediatric-cardiac-icus-a-report-from-the-pediatric-cardiac-critical-care-consortium-registry
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Marissa A Brunetti, J William Gaynor, Lauren B Retzloff, Jessica L Lehrich, Mousumi Banerjee, Venugopal Amula, David Bailly, Darren Klugman, Josh Koch, Javier Lasa, Sara K Pasquali, Michael Gaies
OBJECTIVES: Cardiopulmonary failure in children with cardiac disease differs from the general pediatric critical care population, yet the epidemiology of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in cardiac ICUs has not been described. We aimed to characterize extracorporeal membrane oxygenation utilization and outcomes across surgical and medical patients in pediatric cardiac ICUs. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium registry to describe extracorporeal membrane oxygenation frequency and outcomes...
June 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29861368/the-utility-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-targeted-automobile-ramming-mass-casualty-tarmac-attacks
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Hamid Shokoohi, Ali Pourmand, Keith Boniface, Rebecca Allen, Bruno Petinaux, Babak Sarani, James P Phillips
As terrorist actors revise their tactics to outmaneuver increasing counter-terrorism security measures, a recent trend toward less-sophisticated attack methods has emerged. Most notable of these "low tech" trends are the Targeted Automobile Ramming MAss Casualty (TARMAC) attacks. Between 2014 and November 2017, 18 TARMAC attacks were reported worldwide, resulting in 181 deaths and 679 injuries. TARMAC attack-related injuries are unique compared to accidental pedestrian trauma and other causes of mass casualty incidents (MCI), and therefore they require special consideration...
May 29, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29796071/reducing-sound-and-light-exposure-to-improve-sleep-on-the-adult-intensive-care-unit-an-inclusive-narrative-review
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Victoria Bion, Alex Sw Lowe, Zudin Puthucheary, Hugh Montgomery
Purpose: Sleep disturbance is common in intensive care units. It is associated with detrimental psychological impacts and has potential to worsen outcome. Irregular exposure to sound and light may disrupt circadian rhythm and cause frequent arousals from sleep. We sought to review the efficacy of environmental interventions to reduce sound and light exposure with the aim of improving patient sleep on adult intensive care units. Methods: We searched both PubMed (1966-30 May 2017) and Embase (1974-30 May 2017) for all relevant human (adult) studies and meta-analyses published in English using search terms ((intensive care OR critical care), AND (sleep OR sleep disorders), AND (light OR noise OR sound))...
May 2018: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784498/the-year-in-cardiothoracic-critical-care-selected-highlights-from-2017
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REVIEW
Jacob T Gutsche, Kamrouz Ghadimi, John G T Augoustides, Krzysztof Laudanski, Adam Evans, Menachem Weiner, Jesse Raiten, Emily Gordon, Rita Milewski, Jiri Horak, Prakash Patel, Harish Ramakrishna
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April 10, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753669/does-the-weekend-effect-for-postoperative-mortality-stand-up-to-scrutiny-association-for-cardiothoracic-anesthesia-and-critical-care-cohort-study-of-110-728-cardiac-surgical-patients
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Olympia Papachristofi, Andrew A Klein, John Mackay, Samer Nashef, Nick S Fletcher, Linda D Sharples
OBJECTIVE: Ongoing debate focuses on whether patients admitted to the hospital on weekends have higher mortality than those admitted on weekdays. Whether this apparent "weekend effect" reflects differing patient risk, care quality differences, or inadequate adjustment for risk during analysis remains unclear. This study aimed to examine the existence of a "weekend effect" for risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected cardiac registry data...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705217/lower-glucose-target-is-associated-with-improved-30-day-mortality-in-cardiac-and-cardiothoracic-patients
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Andrew M Hersh, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Emily L Wilson, James F Orme, Alan H Morris, Michael J Lanspa
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines recommend against intensive insulin therapy in patients who are critically ill based on trials that had high rates of severe hypoglycemia. Intermountain Healthcare uses a computerized IV insulin protocol that allows choice of blood glucose (BG) targets (80-110 vs 90-140 mg/dL) and has low rates of severe hypoglycemia. We sought to study the effects of BG target on mortality in adult patients in cardiac ICUs that have very low rates of severe hypoglycemia...
April 26, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685796/fluids-and-organ-dysfunction-a-narrative-review-of-the-literature-and-discussion-of-5-controversial-topics
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Adam J Kingeter, Meredith A Kingeter, Andrew D Shaw
Evidence-based clinical decision making is at the forefront of modern cardiothoracic anesthesia practice. Therefore, as a field, cardiac anesthesiologist should strive to ensure that the available evidence is of the highest possible quality. In this narrative review, 5 important topics that the authors believe require additional investigation in cardiothoracic anesthesia and critical care related to fluid therapy and organ dysfunction are outlined briefly. In particular, the authors believe that the areas of pulmonary artery catheter use, restrictive versus liberal transfusion strategies, cardiopulmonary bypass prime composition, colloid use in resuscitation and its effects on acute kidney injury, and management of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery hold many unanswered questions and opportunities for continued improvement in the specialty of cardiac anesthesia...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670358/multidisciplinary-approach-to-the-management-of-pulmonary-embolism-patients-the-pulmonary-embolism-response-team-pert
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REVIEW
Christopher W Root, David M Dudzinski, Bishoy Zakhary, Oren A Friedman, Akhilesh K Sista, James M Horowitz
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a potentially fatal disease with a broad range of treatment options that spans multiple specialties. The rapid evolution and expansion of novel therapies to treat PE make it a disease process that is well suited to a multidisciplinary approach. In order to facilitate a rapid, robust response to the diagnosis of PE, some hospitals have established multidisciplinary pulmonary embolism response teams (PERTs). The PERT model is based on existing multidisciplinary teams such as heart teams and rapid response teams...
2018: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660009/critical-care-in-the-military-health-system-a-24-h-point-prevalence-study
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Raymond Fisher, Christopher J Colombo, Cristin A Mount, Elizabeth A Mann-Salinas, Adam W Bostick, Konrad Davis, James K Aden, Kevin K Chung, Mary S McCarthy, Jeremy C Pamplin
Background: Healthcare expenditures are a significant economic cost with critical care services constituting one of its largest components. The Military Health System (MHS) is the largest, global healthcare system of its kind. In this project, we sought to describe critical care services and the patients who receive them in the MHS. Methods: We surveyed 26 military treatment facilities (MTFs) representing 38 critical care services or intensive care units (ICUs)...
April 11, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29529170/focus-cardiac-ultrasound-core-curriculum-and-core-syllabus-of-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging%C3%A2
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Aleksandar N Neskovic, Henry Skinner, Susanna Price, Gabriele Via, Stefan De Hert, Ivan Stankovic, Maurizio Galderisi, Erwan Donal, Denisa Muraru, Erik Sloth, Luna Gargani, Nuno Cardim, Alexandros Stefanidis, Matteo Cameli, Gilbert Habib, Bernard Cosyns, Patrizio Lancellotti, Thor Edvardsen, Bogdan A Popescu
There is a growing trend of using ultrasound examination of the heart as a first-line diagnostic tool for initial patient evaluation in acute settings. Focus cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) is a standardized but restricted cardiac ultrasound examination that may be undertaken by a range of medical professionals with diverse backgrounds. The intention of this core curriculum and syllabus is to define a unifying framework for educational and training processes/programmes that should result in competence in FoCUS for various medical professionals dealing with diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular emergencies...
February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497829/the-safe-use-of-surgical-energy-devices-by-surgeons-may-be-overestimated
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Ally Ha, Carly Richards, Erik Criman, Jillian Piaggione, Christopher Yheulon, Robert Lim
BACKGROUND: Surgical energy injuries are an underappreciated phenomenon. Improper use of surgical energy or poor attention to patient safety can result in operating room fires, tissue injuries, and interferences with other electronic devices, while rare complications can be devastatingly severe. Despite this, there is no current standard requirement for educating surgeons on the safe use of energy-based devices or evaluation of electrosurgery (ES) education in residency training, credentialing, or practice...
March 1, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456363/inadvertent-central-arterial-catheterization-an-unusual-cause-of-ischemic-stroke
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Nakul Katyal, Amanda Korzep, Christopher Newey
Central venous catheter (CVC) insertion is extensively utilized in Intensive Care Units for evaluation of hemodynamic status, administration of intravenous drugs, and for providing nutritional support in critically ill patients. Unfortunately, CVC use is associated with complications including lung injury, bleeding, infection, and thrombosis. We present a patient with an acute ischemic stroke from an inadvertently placed CVC into the right common carotid artery. A 57-year-old male presented to our institution for left hemiplegia and seizures 2 days after a CVC was placed...
January 2018: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344778/the-relationship-between-vancomycin-trough-concentrations-and-auc-mic-ratios-in-pediatric-patients-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Stacey Tkachuk, Kyle Collins, Mary H H Ensom
BACKGROUND: In adults, the area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) divided by the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) is associated with better clinical and bacteriological response to vancomycin in patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus who achieve target AUC/MIC ≥ 400. This target is often extrapolated to pediatric patients despite the lack of similar evidence. The impracticalities of calculating the AUC in practice means vancomycin trough concentrations are used to predict the AUC/MIC...
April 2018: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338605/noteworthy-literature-published-in-2017-for-cardiac-critical-care
#15
Natalia S Ivascu, Liang Shen, Edward Noguera, Brigid C Flynn
In 2017, many high-impact articles appeared in the literature. This is the third edition of an annual review of articles related to postoperative cardiac critical care that may affect the cardiac anesthesiologist. This year explores vasopressor and inotropic support, timing of renal replacement therapy, management of postoperative respiratory insufficiency, and targeted temperature therapy.
March 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331011/transfusion-related-acute-lung-injury-in-a-paediatric-intensive-care-unit-of-pakistan
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Muhammad Tariq Jamil, Zehra Dhanani, Qalab Abbas, Humaira Jurair, Farheen Karim Mahar, Anwarul Haque
Background: Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) is a major cause of transfusionrelated morbidity and mortality in the intensive care unit setting. There is a paucity of such data from Pakistan. The purpose of this study is to assess the incidence and outcome of TRALI in critically ill children admitted in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of Pakistan. Methods: This is a retrospective cohort study of all critically ill or injured children who developed TRALI or "possible" TRALI after blood transfusion based on Canadian Conference Consensus criteria in a closed multidisciplinary-cardiothoracic PICU from January 2012 to June 2016...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325842/use-of-dexmedetomidine-in-cardiothoracic-and-vascular-anesthesia
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REVIEW
Lucía Gallego-Ligorit, Marc Vives, Jorge Vallés-Torres, T Alberto Sanjuán-Villarreal, Azucena Pajares, Mario Iglesias
Dexmedetomidine is a highly selective α2 -adrenergic agonist with analgesic and sedative properties. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the drug for short-lasting sedation (24 h) in intensive care units (ICUs) in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation and endotracheal intubation. In October 2008, the Food and Drug Administration extended use of the drug for the sedation of nonintubated patients before and during surgical and nonsurgical procedures. In the European Union, the European Medicine Agency approved the use of dexmedetomidine in September 2011 with a single recognized indication: ICU adult patients requiring mild sedation and awakening in response to verbal stimulus...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306908/systematic-comparison-of-routine-laboratory-measurements-with-in-hospital-mortality-icu-labome-a-large-cohort-study-of-critically-ill-patients
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Edris M Alkozai, Bakhtawar K Mahmoodi, Johan Decruyenaere, Robert J Porte, Annemieke Oude Lansink-Hartgring, Ton Lisman, Maarten W Nijsten
BACKGROUND: In intensive care unit (ICU) patients, many laboratory measurements can be deranged when compared with the standard reference interval (RI). The assumption that larger derangements are associated with worse outcome may not always be correct. The ICU-Labome study systematically evaluated the univariate association of routine laboratory measurements with outcome. METHODS: We studied the 35 most frequent blood-based measurements in adults admitted ≥6 h to our ICU between 1992 and 2013...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206729/extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-the-pediatric-cardiac-population-in-search-of-a-standard-of-care
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Javier J Lasa, Parag Jain, Tia T Raymond, Charles G Minard, Alexis Topjian, Vinay Nadkarni, Michael Gaies, Melania Bembea, Paul A Checchia, Lara S Shekerdemian, Ravi Thiagarajan
OBJECTIVES: Although clinical and pharmacologic guidelines exist for the practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in children (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), the practice of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pediatric cardiac patients remains without universally accepted standards. We aim to explore variation in extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures by surveying clinicians who care for this high-risk patient population. DESIGN: A 28-item cross-sectional survey was distributed via a web-based platform to clinicians focusing on cardiopulmonary resuscitation practices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation team dynamics immediately prior to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulation...
February 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179572/when-and-why-do-neonatal-and-pediatric-critical-care-physicians-consult-palliative-care
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Claire A Richards, Helene Starks, M Rebecca O'Connor, Erica Bourget, Taryn Lindhorst, Ross Hays, Ardith Z Doorenbos
BACKGROUND: Parents of children admitted to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) are at increased risk of experiencing acute and post-traumatic stress disorder. The integration of palliative care may improve child and family outcomes, yet there remains a lack of information about indicators for specialty-level palliative care involvement in this setting. OBJECTIVE: To describe neonatal and pediatric critical care physician perspectives on indicators for when and why to involve palliative care consultants...
June 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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