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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194277/risk-factors-and-prognosis-of-pain-events-during-mechanical-ventilation-a-retrospective-study
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Ayahiro Yamashita, Masaki Yamasaki, Hiroki Matsuyama, Fumimasa Amaya
BACKGROUND: Pain assessment is highly recommended in patients receiving mechanical ventilation. However, pain intensity and its impact on outcomes in these patients remain obscure. We collected the results of routine pain assessments, utilizing the behavioral pain scale (BPS), from 151 patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Risk factors associated with a pain event, defined as BPS of >5, and its impact on patient outcomes were investigated. METHODS: A total of 151 consecutive adult patients receiving mechanical ventilation for more than 24 h in a single 10-bed ICU were enrolled in this study...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190430/delirium-in-critically-ill-patients
#2
A J C Slooter, R R Van De Leur, I J Zaal
Delirium is common in critically ill patients and associated with increased length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) and long-term cognitive impairment. The pathophysiology of delirium has been explained by neuroinflammation, an aberrant stress response, neurotransmitter imbalances, and neuronal network alterations. Delirium develops mostly in vulnerable patients (e.g., elderly and cognitively impaired) in the throes of a critical illness. Delirium is by definition due to an underlying condition and can be identified at ICU admission using prediction models...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181920/can-early-rehabilitation-on-the-general-ward-after-an-intensive-care-unit-stay-reduce-hospital-length-of-stay-in-survivors-of-critical-illness-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Wolfgang Gruther, Karin Pieber, Irene Steiner, Cornelia Hein, Jörg Michael Hiesmayr, Tatjana Paternostro-Sluga
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate if an early rehabilitation program for survivors of critical illness improves functional recovery, reduces length of stay, and reduces hospital costs. DESIGN: This was a prospective randomized controlled trial. Fifty-three consecutive survivors of critical illness were included in the study. After discharge from the intensive care unit, the intervention group received an early rehabilitation program, and the standard-care group received physical therapy as ordered by the primary care team...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179250/impact-of-pharmacist-management-of-pain-agitation-and-delirium-in-the-intensive-care-unit-through-participation-in-multidisciplinary-bundle-rounds
#4
Patricia Louzon, Heath Jennings, Mahmood Ali, Marijo Kraisinger
PURPOSE: A two-phase program to increase pharmacist involvement in management of pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) at a large community teaching hospital is described. SUMMARY: Florida Orlando Hospital implemented a two-phase initiative to decrease intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS), ventilator use, sedative use, and hospital expenditures while advancing pharmacists' scope of practice. Phase 1 of the initiative involved a pilot project to evaluate pharmacist management of sedative therapy for mechanically ventilated patients...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175941/-health-related-quality-of-life-after-mechanical-ventilation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#5
D Schädler, L Kaiser, B Malchow, T Becher, G Elke, I Frerichs, T Küchler, N Weiler
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether health related quality of life measured in German patients one year after mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit is impaired or not. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess health related quality of life one year after inclusion into a randomized controlled trial for weaning from mechanical ventilation with the help of a questionnaire that has never been used in critically ill patients and to investigate whether health related quality of life scores differ between the study population and a general German population...
February 7, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148615/postoperative-patient-controlled-analgesia-in-the-pediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
#6
Hanna M Epstein
BACKGROUND: High rates of uncontrolled pain in critically ill patients remain common. Patient-controlled analgesia is more effective than traditional intravenous as-needed dosing regimens for managing postoperative pain in older children and adults. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pain-related clinical outcomes in patients from age 10 years to adult following cardiac surgery are improved by using patient-controlled analgesia as a pain management strategy. METHODS: Using the plan-do-study-act method of quality improvement, a process was instituted to have both staff and patients' families support the use of patient-controlled analgesia postoperatively as opposed to traditional pain control with as-needed analgesics...
February 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141899/intravenous-midazolam-infusion-for-sedation-of-infants-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#7
REVIEW
Eugene Ng, Anna Taddio, Arne Ohlsson
BACKGROUND: Proper sedation for neonates undergoing uncomfortable procedures may reduce stress and avoid complications. Midazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine that is used increasingly in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). However, its effectiveness as a sedative in neonates has not been systematically evaluated. OBJECTIVES: Primary objeciveTo assess the effectiveness of intravenous midazolam infusion for sedation, as evaluated by behavioural and/or physiological measurements of sedation levels, in critically ill neonates in the NICU...
January 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109052/the-use-of-methadone-to-facilitate-opioid-weaning-in-pediatric-critical-care-patients-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Leslie A Dervan, Beryl Yaghmai, Robert Scott Watson, Fredric M Wolf
BACKGROUND: Continuous opioid infusion therapy is commonly utilized in the pediatric intensive care setting to treat pain and facilitate tolerance of invasive therapies. Transitioning to methadone is one common strategy for weaning from continuous opioid infusions, but in practice this transition can be challenging, and many children still experience iatrogenic withdrawal. AIM: We reviewed the literature to evaluate the best available evidence to guide methadone therapy in this setting, and to summarize associated adverse events...
January 20, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099638/risk-factors-for-agitation-in-critically-ill-patients
#9
Thiago Miranda Lopes de Almeida, Luciano Cesar Pontes de Azevedo, Paulo Maurício Garcia Nosé, Flavio Geraldo Resende de Freitas, Flávia Ribeiro Machado
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of agitation in the first 7 days after intensive care unit admission, its risk factors and its associations with clinical outcomes. Methods: This single-center prospective cohort study included all patients older than 18 years with a predicted stay > 48 hours within the first 24 hours of intensive care unit admission. Agitation was defined as a Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale score ≥ +2, an episode of agitation or the use of a specific medication recorded in patient charts...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066556/does-the-combination-use-of-two-pain-assessment-tools-have-a-synergistic-effect
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EDITORIAL
Takeshi Suzuki
Pain management is a very important aspect in the intensive care unit (ICU), as adequate pain control has been shown to be associated with better clinical outcomes in critically ill patients. A Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) ranging from 0 to 10 (0, no pain; 10, maximum pain), which is based on a patient's self-report, is the gold standard for pain evaluation in patients who can communicate their pain intensity. On the other hand, it is very difficult to evaluate the degree of pain in critically ill patients owing to decreased consciousness level, delirium, and the effect of sedation for mechanical ventilation management...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060003/clinical-characteristics-of-mixed-arteriovenous-leg-ulcers-a-descriptive-study
#11
Joseph A Marin, Kevin Y Woo
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical characteristics of mixed arteriovenous leg ulcers (MLU) that differentiated them from venous leg ulcers (VLU). DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data from larger electronic database. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The sample comprised 1007 persons with lower extremity ulcers. Two hundred sixty three individuals with MLU were compared to 744 individuals with VLU; their ankle brachial indices were 0...
January 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977013/acupuncture-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-using-ancient-medicine-to-help-today-s-babies-a-review
#12
K L Chen, I Quah-Smith, G M Schmölzer, R Niemtzow, J L Oei
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine for a variety of conditions and illnesses, including pain. Neonatal intensive care, on the other hand, is a relatively new branch of medicine that has emerged as the pivotal influence in increasing survival of critically ill newborn infants only within the last 50 years. Unfortunately, pain is an inevitable part of treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The control and prevention of pain remains a major issue for clinicians despite recognition and understanding of the myriad of short- and long-term problems that are associated with both pain and its treatment within the NICU environment...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965233/research-in-review-advancing-critical-care-practice
#13
Elizabeth Bridges, Margaret M McNeill, Nancy Munro
Research published in 2016 identified strategies to enhance acute and critical care, initiated discussions on professional roles and responsibilities, clarified complex care issues, and led to robust debate. Some of this important work addressed strategies to prevent delirium and pressure ulcers, considerations for pain management within the context of the opioid abuse crisis, strategies to guide fluid resuscitation in patients with sepsis and heart failure, and ways to enhance care for family members of intensive care patients...
December 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965224/feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-a-delirium-prevention-bundle-in-critically-ill-patients
#14
Claudia DiSabatino Smith, Petra Grami
BACKGROUND: Strategies for preventing delirium include early identification and avoiding or modifying patient, environmental, and iatrogenic factors. Minimal research exists on a prescriptive delirium prevention bundle that details elements or strategies for each bundle component. Even less research has been focused on nurse-driven interventions or components. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a delirium prevention bundle in decreasing delirium incidence in 2 medical-surgical intensive care units in a large Texas medical center...
December 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922495/toxic-and-endocrine-myopathies
#15
Hans D Katzberg, Charles D Kassardjian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses the clinical features, pathophysiology, and management of toxic and endocrine myopathies. RECENT FINDINGS: Early detection and expeditious correction of metabolic disturbances in endocrinopathies such as Cushing syndrome, thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and acromegaly can minimize and prevent neurologic complications including myopathy. Recently proposed mechanisms of injury in patients with critical illness myopathy include inhibition of protein synthesis, mitochondrial dysfunction, disruption of the ubiquitin-proteasome system, oxidative stress, and disruption of intramuscular calcium homeostasis, which can cause a myosin-loss myopathy...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907964/critical-care-neurology-perspective-on-delirium
#16
Matthew B Maas, Andrew M Naidech
The evidence linking delirium to poor outcomes after critical illness is compelling, including higher mortality, prolonged mechanical ventilation, longer length of intensive care unit stay, and long-term cognitive impairments. The attitude toward delirium in the neurologic community is shifting away from viewing it as an unmodifiable, inevitable consequence of severe illness to treating it is as a neurologic emergency, akin to seizures or encephalitis. Delirium, like other manifestations of critical illness encephalopathy, is an organ dysfunction syndrome...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904628/validation-of-critical-care-pain-observation-tool-in-patients-hospitalized-in-surgical-wards
#17
Malihe Rafiei, Ahmad Ghadami, Alireza Irajpour, Avat Feizi
BACKGROUND: Application of a reliable and authentic behavioral tool for measuring patients' pain, hospitalized in intensive care units who are not able to establish relationship, is needed severely. Therefore, this study is conducted with the aim of validating Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) in patients hospitalized in surgical wards. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CPOT was first translated into Persian and was psychometrically measured in terms of content. RESULTS: It should be noted that the content validity of CPOT was approved by panel of specialists...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902388/the-exploration-of-risk-factors-of-concurrent-bacteraemia-in-patients-critically-ill-with-severe-dengue
#18
Chin-Ming Chen, Khee-Siang Chan, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Willy Chou, Hui-Chun Chao, Chiu-Yin Yeh, Wen-Liang Yu
We investigated the clinical features of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with concomitant severe dengue infection and bacteraemia to identify risk factors for this comorbidity. The records of all ICU dengue patients admitted during the period of 31 July-30 November 2015 were reviewed. Patients with 'concurrent bacteremia' (positive bacterial blood culture within 72 h of ICU admission) were identified. ICU admission was required for 142 patients, of which 22 (15.5 %) had concurrent bacteraemia. Species of the genus Streptococcus was the most common pathogens, followed by Escherichia coli then species of the genus Staphylococcus...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867308/effect-of-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-antagonist-dextromethorphan-on-opioid-analgesia-in-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
#19
Mohammed Naeem, Hala Al Alem, Ali Al Shehri, Majed Al-Jeraisy
Objective. Pain control is an essential goal in the management of critical children. Narcotics are the mainstay for pain control. Patients frequently need escalating doses of narcotics. In such cases an adjunctive therapy may be beneficial. Dextromethorphan (DM) is NMDA receptor antagonist and may prevent tolerance to narcotics; however, its definitive role is still unclear. We sought whether dextromethorphan addition could decrease the requirements of fentanyl to control pain in critical children. Design. Double-blind, randomized control trial (RCT)...
2016: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849239/importance-of-the-use-of-protocols-for-the-management-of-analgesia-and-sedation-in-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
#20
Emiliana Motta, Michele Luglio, Artur Figueiredo Delgado, Werther Brunow de Carvalho
Introduction: Analgesia and sedation are essential elements in patient care in the intensive care unit (ICU), in order to promote the control of pain, anxiety and agitation, prevent the loss of devices, accidental extubation, and improve the synchrony of the patient with mechanical ventilation. However, excess of these medications leads to rise in morbidity and mortality. The ideal management will depend on the adoption of clinical and pharmacological measures, guided by scales and protocols...
September 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
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