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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547318/a-systematic-review-of-alpha-2-agonists-for-sedation-in-mechanically-ventilated-neurocritical-care-patients
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Alexandre Tran, Henrietta Blinder, Brian Hutton, Shane W English
The use of sedative medications is commonplace in intensive care units (ICUs) and an invaluable clinical tool for the intensive care physician. Sedation for critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients provides an opportunity to reduce anxiety, discomfort as well as ventilator intolerance and dyssynchrony. Alpha-2 agonists in particular have become increasingly popular for use in the neurocritical care population due to their proposed effectiveness in facilitating examinations and procedures as well as reducing the need for adjunctive agents...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544539/intensive-care-unit-admissions-and-ventilation-support-in-infants-with-bronchiolitis
#2
Ed Oakley, Vi Chong, Meredith Borland, Jocelyn Neutze, Natalie Phillips, David Krieser, Stuart Dalziel, Andrew Davidson, Susan Donath, Kim Jachno, Mike South, Amanda Fry, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVES: To describe the rate of intensive care unit (ICU) admission, type of ventilation support provided and risk factors for ICU admission in infants with bronchiolitis. DESIGN: Retrospective review of hospital records and Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) registry data for infants 2-12 months old admitted with bronchiolitis. SETTING: Seven Australian and New Zealand hospitals. These infants were prospectively identified through the comparative rehydration in bronchiolitis (CRIB) study between 2009 and 2011...
May 19, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543642/bidirectional-superior-cavopulmonary-anastomosis-with-or-without-cardiopulmonary-bypass-a-randomized-study
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Sachin Talwar, Anish Gupta, Ashima Nehra, Neeti Makhija, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to compare the bidirectional superior cavopulmonary anastomosis (BDG) with or without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). METHODS: 100 patients undergoing BDG were randomized into two groups: Off-CPB or on-CPB groups. All patients underwent near-infrared spectrophotometry (NIRS) and bispectral index (BIS) monitoring and pre- and postoperative serum 100 beta protein measurements (Sβ100) and neuro-cognitive evaluation. Postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) parameters were also studied...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534234/functional-outcome-of-patients-with-prolonged-hypoglycemic-encephalopathy
#4
Guillaume Barbara, Bruno Mégarbane, Laurent Argaud, Guillaume Louis, Nicolas Lerolle, Francis Schneider, Stéphane Gaudry, Nicolas Barbarot, Angéline Jamet, Hervé Outin, Sébastien Gibot, Pierre-Edouard Bollaert
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the causes, clinical course and long-term outcome of comatose patients with prolonged hypoglycemic encephalopathy. METHODS: In a multicenter retrospective study conducted in patients hospitalized from July 1, 2004, to July 1, 2014, we investigated functional long-term prognosis and identified prognosis factors of patients admitted in an intensive care unit (ICU) with prolonged neurological manifestations related to hypoglycemia...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528969/limitation-of-life-sustaining-treatment-in-severe-trauma-in-the-elderly-after-admission-to-an-intensive-care-unit
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Y Peñasco, A González-Castro, J C Rodríguez Borregán, M Ortiz-Lasa, R Jáuregui Solórzano, M J Sánchez Arguiano, P Escudero Acha
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the factors associated to limitation of life-sustaining treatment (LLST) measures in elderly patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) due to trauma. DESIGN: A retrospective, descriptive, observational study was carried out. SETTING: ICU. PATIENTS: A total of 149 patients aged 65 years or older admitted to the ICU due to trauma. Hospital mortality, the decision to limit life-sustaining treatment and the factors associated to these measures were analyzed...
May 18, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528140/maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-of-respiratory-failure-during-pregnancy
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Chen-Yiu Hung, Han-Chung Hu, Li-Chung Chiu, Chih-Hao Chang, Li-Fu Li, Chung-Chi Huang, Chuan-Chi Kao, Po-Jen Cheng, Kuo-Chin Kao
BACKGROUND: Obstetric patients comprise a limited portion of intensive care unit patients, but they often present with unfamiliar conditions and exhibit the potential for catastrophic deterioration. This study evaluated the maternal and neonatal outcomes of respiratory failure during pregnancy. METHODS: Information on 71 patients at >25 weeks gestation in the ICU with respiratory failure was recorded between 2009 and 2013. The characteristics and outcomes of mothers and fetuses were determined through a retrospective chart review and evaluated using Student's t test, chi-square test, and Fisher's exact test...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523031/myocardial-protection-with-glucose-insulin-potassium-infusion-during-adult-cardiac-surgery
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Suhail Ahmad, Rana Altaf Ahmad, Bilal Ahsan Qureshi, Mirza Ahmad Raza Baig
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Recent meta-analysis reports have called for more randomized trials to evaluate the effectiveness of GIK solution in patients of cardiac surgery. So this study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) solutions in non-diabetic patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS: A total number of one hundred and sixty (160) patients were randomized into two equal groups; GIK Group and non-GIK group...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506865/protocol-driven-neurological-prognostication-and-withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapy-after-cardiac-arrest-and-targeted-temperature-management
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Irina Dragancea, Matthew P Wise, Nawaf Al-Subaie, Julius Cranshaw, Hans Friberg, Guy Glover, Tommaso Pellis, Rebecca Rylance, Andrew Walden, Niklas Nielsen, Tobias Cronberg
BACKGROUND: Brain injury is reportedly the main cause of death for patients resuscitated after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). However, the majority may actually die following withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy (WLST) with a presumption of poor neurological recovery. We investigated how the protocol for neurological prognostication was used and how related treatment recommendations might have affected WLST decision-making and outcome after OHCA in the Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) trial...
May 12, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506244/early-eeg-for-outcome-prediction-of-postanoxic-coma-prospective-cohort-study-with-cost-minimization-analysis
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Lotte Sondag, Barry J Ruijter, Marleen C Tjepkema-Cloostermans, Albertus Beishuizen, Frank H Bosch, Janine A van Til, Michel J A M van Putten, Jeannette Hofmeijer
BACKGROUND: We recently showed that electroencephalography (EEG) patterns within the first 24 hours robustly contribute to multimodal prediction of poor or good neurological outcome of comatose patients after cardiac arrest. Here, we confirm these results and present a cost-minimization analysis. Early prognosis contributes to communication between doctors and family, and may prevent inappropriate treatment. METHODS: A prospective cohort study including 430 subsequent comatose patients after cardiac arrest was conducted at intensive care units of two teaching hospitals...
May 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498294/target-serum-sodium-levels-during-intensive-care-unit-management-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Tomoya Okazaki, Toru Hifumi, Kenya Kawakita, Hajime Shishido, Daisuke Ogawa, Masanobu Okauchi, Atsushi Shindo, Masahiko Kawanishi, Takashi Tamiya, Yasuhiro Kuroda
INTRODUCTION: Dysnatremia commonly occur in the intensive care unit (ICU)- management of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). However, detailed management strategies have not been provided even by current guidelines. The purposes of this study were to examine the association of abnormal serum sodium levels with unfavorable neurologic outcomes and to identify the target range of serum sodium in patients with SAH. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who were consecutively hospitalized with a confirmed diagnosis of SAH between January 2009 and December 2015...
May 11, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495240/risk-factors-for-pulmonary-complication-following-operative-fixation-of-spine-fractures
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Douglas S Weinberg, Brian Z Hedges, Jonathan E Belding, Timothy A Moore, Heather A Vallier
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Previous studies have suggested pulmonary complications are common among patients undergoing fixation for traumatic spine fractures. This leads to prolonged hospital stay, worse functional outcomes, and increased economic burden. However, only limited prognostic information exists regarding which patients are at greatest risk for pulmonary complications. PURPOSE: To identify factors predictive of perioperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing fixation of spine fractures...
May 8, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478880/neurologic-intensive-care-unit-electrolyte-management
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REVIEW
Craig Hutto, Mindy French
Dysnatremia is a common finding in the intensive care unit (ICU) and may be a predictor for mortality and poor clinical outcomes. Depending on the time of onset (ie, on admission vs later in the ICU stay), the incidence of dysnatremias in critically ill patients ranges from 6.9% to 15%, respectively. The symptoms of sodium derangement and their effect on brain physiology make early recognition and correction paramount in the neurologic ICU. Hyponatremia in brain injured patients can lead to life-threatening conditions such as seizures and may worsen cerebral edema and contribute to alterations in intracranial pressure...
June 2017: Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474648/a-prospective-study-of-ventilator-associated-tracheobronchitis-incidence-and-etiology-in-intensive-care-unit-of-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Ujjwayini Ray, Suresh Ramasubban, Chandrashish Chakravarty, Lawni Goswami, Soma Dutta
CONTEXT: Ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis (VAT) is an infective complication of mechanical ventilation and is a part of the spectrum of ventilator-associated respiratory infections. In the Intensive Care Units (ICUs), VAT is a relatively common problem but in comparison to ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), much less data are available on VAT and its management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients ventilated for more than 48 hours were screened daily for the development of VAT...
May 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470557/development-of-a-canadian-deceased-donation-education-program-for-health-professionals-a-needs-assessment-survey
#14
Jennifer Hancock, Sam D Shemie, Ken Lotherington, Amber Appleby, Richard Hall
PURPOSE: The purpose of this survey was to determine how Canadian healthcare professionals perceive their deficiencies and educational requirements related to organ and tissue donation. METHODS: We surveyed 641 intensive care unit (ICU) physicians, 1,349 ICU nurses, 1,561 emergency room (ER) physicians, and 1,873 ER nurses. The survey was distributed by the national organization for each profession (the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the National Emergency Nurses Association)...
May 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466149/potentially-modifiable-factors-contributing-to-sepsis-associated-encephalopathy
#15
Romain Sonneville, Etienne de Montmollin, Julien Poujade, Maïté Garrouste-Orgeas, Bertrand Souweine, Michael Darmon, Eric Mariotte, Laurent Argaud, François Barbier, Dany Goldgran-Toledano, Guillaume Marcotte, Anne-Sylvie Dumenil, Samir Jamali, Guillaume Lacave, Stéphane Ruckly, Bruno Mourvillier, Jean-François Timsit
PURPOSE: Identifying modifiable factors for sepsis-associated encephalopathy may help improve patient care and outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of a prospective multicenter database. Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) was defined by a score on the Glasgow coma scale (GCS) <15 or when features of delirium were noted. Potentially modifiable risk factors for SAE at ICU admission and its impact on mortality were investigated using multivariate logistic regression analysis and Cox proportional hazard modeling, respectively...
May 2, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466119/critical-care-management-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
#16
REVIEW
Matthew B Bevers, W Taylor Kimberly
Ischemic stroke accounts for approximately 85% of all strokes. Although severe strokes constitute a minority of cases, they are associated with a majority of the subsequent disability and death. Reperfusion therapy with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or endovascular thrombectomy is a mainstay of acute stroke management. Intensive care management of stroke is focused on reducing complications of reperfusion, such as hemorrhagic transformation, and minimizing secondary brain injury, including brain edema and progressive stroke...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465381/two-year-follow-up-after-percutaneous-dilatational-tracheostomy-in-a-surgical-icu
#17
Maria Theresa Voelker, Marcus Wiechmann, Andreas Dietz, Sven Laudi, Sven Bercker
BACKGROUND: The modalities of tracheostomy for critically ill patients are still controversially discussed. Although the use of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) is generally accepted to be a safe procedure, it is still not considered to be suitable for patients requiring a permanent tracheostomy. METHODS: This was an observational cohort study investigating long-term outcome parameters of PDT. All patients having received a PDT at the interdisciplinary ICU at the University of Leipzig between October 2008 and August 2009 that survived to discharge were asked for consent to participate (n = 103)...
May 2, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460590/a-dedicated-neurological-intensive-care-unit-offers-improved-outcomes-for-patients-with-brain-and-spine-injuries
#18
Jin-Heon Jeong, JaeSeung Bang, WonJoo Jeong, KyuSun Yum, JunYoung Chang, Jeong-Ho Hong, Kiwon Lee, Moon-Ku Han
BACKGROUND: Admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) specialized for brain and spine injury patients is associated with improved outcome. We investigated the effects of the first dedicated, combined neurological and neurosurgical ICU (NeuroICU) in Korea on patient outcomes. METHODS: The first dedicated NeuroICU in Korea was established in March 2013. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data and compared the outcomes between patients admitted to the ICU before and after NeuroICU establishment...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458650/plasma-soluble-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-is-not-associated-with-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#19
Heikki Kiiski, Ville Jalkanen, Marika Ala-Peijari, Mari Hämäläinen, Eeva Moilanen, Jukka Peltola, Jyrki Tenhunen
OBJECT: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a common cause of death or long-term disability. Despite advances in neurocritical care, there is still only a very limited ability to monitor the development of secondary brain injury or to predict neurological outcome after aSAH. Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) has shown potential as a prognostic and as an inflammatory biomarker in a wide range of critical illnesses since it displays an association with overall immune system activation...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
#20
EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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