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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208985/pattern-of-inpatient-dermatology-consultations-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-from-northern-india
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Abhilasha Williams, Anuradha Bhatia, Bimal Kanish, Paulina Rose Chaudhary, Clarence James Samuel
INTRODUCTION: The importance of dermatology inpatient consultation is of significant importance yet is not well documented. AIM: To retrospectively analyse the spectrum of dermatology inpatient consultations from the various departments and to document the most commonly occurring dermatological disorders from each speciality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was done in an 800 bedded premier teaching hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab, North Western India...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207570/international-survey-of-critically-ill-children-with-acute-neurologic-insults-the-prevalence-of-acute-critical-neurological-disease-in-children-a-global-epidemiological-assessment-study
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Ericka L Fink, Patrick M Kochanek, Robert C Tasker, John Beca, Michael J Bell, Robert S B Clark, Jamie Hutchison, Monica S Vavilala, Anthony Fabio, Derek C Angus, R Scott Watson
OBJECTIVE: The international scope of critical neurologic insults in children is unknown. Our objective was to assess the prevalence and outcomes of children admitted to PICUs with acute neurologic insults. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Multicenter (n = 107 PICUs) and multinational (23 countries, 79% in North America and Europe). PATIENTS: Children 7 days to 17 years old admitted to the ICU with new traumatic brain injury, stroke, cardiac arrest, CNS infection or inflammation, status epilepticus, spinal cord injury, hydrocephalus, or brain mass...
February 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193535/the-utility-of-nurse-managed-extracorporeal-life-support-in-an-adult%C3%A2-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
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Amy E Hackmann, Luke M Wiggins, Glenn P Grimes, Richard M Fogel, Felicia A Schenkel, Mark L Barr, Michael E Bowdish, Mark J Cunningham, Vaughn A Starnes
BACKGROUND: The use of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) worldwide has increased exponentially since 2009. The patient requiring ECLS demands an investment of hospital resources, including personnel. Educating bedside nurses to manage ECLS circuits broadens the availability of trained providers. METHODS: Experienced cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) nurses underwent training to manage ECLS circuits, including volume assessment, treatment of arterial blood gas values, the physiology of ECLS, and recognition of common emergencies...
February 10, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190446/prognosis-of-neurologic-complications-in-critical-illness
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M Van Der Jagt, E J O Kompanje
Neurologic complications of critical illness require extensive clinical and neurophysiologic evaluation to establish a reliable prognosis. Many sequelae of intensive care unit (ICU) treatment, such as delirium and ICU-acquired weakness, although highly associated with adverse outcomes, are less suitable for prognostication, but should rather prompt clinicians to seek previously unnoticed persisting underlying illnesses. Prognostication can be confounded by drug administration particularly because its clearance is abnormal in critical illness...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190445/management-of-neurologic-complications-of-coagulopathies
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J D Vanderwerf, M A Kumar
Coagulopathy is common in intensive care units (ICUs). Many physiologic derangements lead to dysfunctional hemostasis; these may be either congenital or acquired. The most devastating outcome of coagulopathy in the critically ill is major bleeding, defined by transfusion requirement, hemodynamic instability, or intracranial hemorrhage. ICU coagulopathy often poses complex management dilemmas, as bleeding risk must be tempered with thrombotic potential. Coagulopathy associated with intracranial hemorrhage bears directly on prognosis and outcome...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190439/neurologic-complications-of-polytrauma
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R M Jha, L Shutter
Neurologic complications in polytrauma can be classified by etiology and clinical manifestations: neurovascular, delirium, and spinal or neuromuscular problems. Neurovascular complications include ischemic strokes, intracranial hemorrhage, or the development of traumatic arteriovenous fistulae. Delirium and encephalopathy have a reported incidence of 67-92% in mechanically ventilated polytrauma patients. Causes include sedation, analgesia/pain, medications, sleep deprivation, postoperative state, toxic ingestions, withdrawal syndromes, organ system dysfunction, electrolyte/metabolic abnormalities, and infections...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190431/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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M Toledano, J E Fugate
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is increasingly diagnosed in the emergency department, and medical and surgical intensive care units. PRES is characterized by acute onset of neurologic symptoms in the setting of blood pressure fluctuations, eclampsia, autoimmune disease, transplantation, renal failure, or exposure to immunosuppressive or cytotoxic drugs, triggers known to admit patients to the intensive care unit (ICU). Although the exact pathophysiology remains unknown, there is growing consensus that PRES results from endothelial dysfunction...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190429/the-scope-of-neurology-of-critical-illness
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E F M Wijdicks
Critical illness increases the probability of a neurologic complication. There are many reasons to consult a neurologist in a critically ill patient and most often it is altered alertness with no intuitive plausible explanation. Other common clinical neurologic problems facing the intensive care specialist and consulting neurologist in everyday decisions are coma following prolonged cardiovascular surgery, newly perceived motor asymmetry, seizures or other abnormal movements, and generalized muscle weakness...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179097/octogenarian-donors-in-liver-transplantation-grant-an-equivalent-perioperative-course-than-ideal-young-donors
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Gianni Biancofiore, Maria Bindi, Davide Ghinolfi, Quirino Lai, Massimo Bisa, Massimo Esposito, Luca Meacci, Roberto Mozzo, Alicia Spelta, Franco Filipponi
BACKGROUND: Use of grafts from very old donors for liver transplantation is controversial. AIM: To compare the perioperative course of patients receiving liver grafts from young ideal vs octogenarian donors. METHODS: Analysis of the perioperative course of patients receiving liver grafts from young, ideal (18-39 years) vs octogenarian (≥80years) deceased donors between 2001 and 2014. RESULTS: 346 patients were studied: 179 (51...
January 21, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176472/suspected-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-in-two-post-partum-patients-with-foetal-death-in-utero-responding-to-eculizumab
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Justin Chua, Kathy Paizis, Simon Z He, Peter Mount
BACKGROUND: Atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare condition with the triad of microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury. Other conditions that present in a similar manner peri-partum include thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura, and pregnancy associated conditions including HELLP syndrome (haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets), severe pre-eclampsia and less commonly acute fatty liver of pregnancy. CASE REPORTS: We describe two cases of suspected aHUS, who presented post-partum with foetal death-in-utero at 33 and 37 weeks respectively...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169942/rbc-transfusion-improves-cerebral-oxygen-delivery-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Rajat Dhar, Allyson R Zazulia, Colin P Derdeyn, Michael N Diringer
OBJECTIVES: Impaired oxygen delivery due to reduced cerebral blood flow is the hallmark of delayed cerebral ischemia following subarachnoid hemorrhage. Since anemia reduces arterial oxygen content, it further threatens oxygen delivery increasing the risk of cerebral infarction. Thus, subarachnoid hemorrhage may constitute an important exception to current restrictive transfusion practices, wherein raising hemoglobin could reduce the risk of ischemia in a critically hypoperfused organ...
February 6, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169858/central-nervous-system-infections-in-immunocompromised-patients
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Romain Sonneville, Eric Magalhaes, Geert Meyfroidt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although rare, central nervous system (CNS) infections are increasingly being recognized in immunocompromised patients. The goal of the present review is to provide a practical diagnostic approach for the intensivist, and to briefly discuss some of the most prevalent conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: Immunocompromised patients presenting with new neurological symptoms should always be suspected of a CNS infection. These infections carry a poor prognosis, especially if intracranial hypertension, severely altered mental status or seizures are present...
February 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168730/continuous-lidocaine-infusion-as-adjunctive-analgesia-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Yoonsun Mo, Michael C Thomas, Abigail D Antigua, Alex M Ebied, George E Karras
Despite a paucity of data, the role of intravenous lidocaine (IVLI) as adjunctive analgesia in the intensive care unit (ICU) seems promising due to a low potential to contribute to respiratory depression. A retrospective chart review was conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of IVLI for the treatment of pain in ICU patients with varying degrees of organ dysfunction from March 2014 to March 2016. The primary outcomes included the time to a ≥20% reduction in pain scores after the initiation of IVLI and the difference in opioid requirements as well as pain scores prior to and during IVLI therapy...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159575/changing-target-temperature-from-33%C3%A2-c-to-36%C3%A2-c-in-the-icu-management-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-before-and-after-study
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Janet E Bray, Dion Stub, Jason E Bloom, Louise Segan, Biswadev Mitra, Karen Smith, Judith Finn, Stephen Bernard
INTRODUCTION: In December 2013, our institution changed the target temperature management (TTM) for the first 24h in ventricular fibrillation out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (VF-OHCA) patients from 33°C to 36°C. This study aimed to examine the impact this change had on measured temperatures and patient outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of consecutive VF-OHCA patients admitted to a tertiary referral hospital in Melbourne (Australia) between January 2013 and August 2015...
January 31, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156637/complications-of-intrathecal-pump-therapy-in-malignancy-related-pain
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Egidio Del Fabbro
: 102 Background: Intrathecal pumps (ITP) are used to manage severe malignancy related pain by delivering analgesics directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, in theory allowing for a reduced opioid dose and fewer complications. Although there is literature to support efficacy in patients with cancer, including improved survival, this mode of drug delivery also carries a risk of serious complications. Reports of complications in non-malignant pain suggest the risks and mortality related to ITP may be under-appreciated and that injury and liability occur with both ITP placement and ITP maintenance...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155184/blood-product-transfusion-in-emergency-department-patients-a-case-control-study-of-practice-patterns-and-impact-on-outcome
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Alexander Beyer, Ryan Rees, Christopher Palmer, Brian T Wessman, Brian M Fuller
BACKGROUND: Blood product transfusion occurs in a significant percentage of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Pulmonary complications, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), occurring in the setting of transfusion, are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Contrary to the ICU setting, there is little evidence describing the epidemiology of transfusion in the emergency department (ED) or its potential impact on outcome. The objectives of this study were to: (1) characterize transfusion practices in the ED with respect to patient characteristics and pre-transfusion laboratory values; and (2) investigate the effect of ED blood product transfusion on the incidence of pulmonary complications after admission...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152018/acute-kidney-injury-burden-in-different-clinical-units-data-from-nationwide-survey-in-china
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Xiaojing Tang, Dongping Chen, Shengqiang Yu, Li Yang, Changlin Mei
BACKGROUND: The inpatient morbidity and mortality of acute kidney injury (AKI) vary considerably in different clinical units, yet studies to compare the difference remain limited. METHODS: We compared the clinical characteristics of AKI in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), medical and surgical departments by using the data derived from the 2013 nationwide cross-sectional survey of AKI in China to capture variations among different clinical departments in recognition, management, and outcomes of AKI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149085/complications-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-of-guillain-barre-syndrome-and-their-prognostic-value
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Archana Becket Netto, Arun B Taly, Girish B Kulkarni, G S Uma Maheshwara Rao, Shivaji Rao
INTRODUCTION: The spectrum of various complications in critically ill Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and its effect on the prognosis is lacking in literature. This study aimed at enumerating the complications in such a cohort and their significance in the prognosis and mortality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective case record analysis of all consecutive mechanically ventilated patients of GBS in neurology Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a tertiary care institute for 10 years was done...
January 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139304/development-and-implementation-of-a-comprehensive-multidisciplinary-emergency-department-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-program
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Joseph E Tonna, Craig H Selzman, Michael P Mallin, Brigham R Smith, Scott T Youngquist, Antigoni Koliopoulou, Frederick Welt, Kathleen Diane Stoddard, Ram Nirula, Richard Barton, James Franklin Fair, James C Fang, Stephen McKellar
Despite advances in the medical and surgical management of cardiovascular disease, greater than 350,000 patients experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States annually, with only a 12% neurologically favorable survival rate. Of these patients, 23% have an initial shockable rhythm of ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT), a marker of high probability of acute coronary ischemia (80%) as the precipitating factor. However, few patients (22%) will experience return of spontaneous circulation and sufficient hemodynamic stability to undergo cardiac catheterization and revascularization...
January 27, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135750/-ophthalmic-plastic-surgery-of-exposure-keratopathy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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C Siebert, A Menges, F H Tost
Critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) may develop eye problems, due to impaired ocular protective mechanisms or direct involvement of the eye in severe systemic diseases. If eye infections or ocular surface disorders are not identified in time, endophthalmitis or corneal ulcer may develop and can cause permanent functional injuries of the eye. A retrospective analysis was performed and a total of 283 complete intensive care courses of treatment were evaluated, taking into account ophthalmic medical consultations for frequent cardinal symptoms...
January 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
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