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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330336/postpartum-modern-contraceptive-use-and-associated-factors-in-northern-ethiopia
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Teklehaymanot Huluf Abraha, Alemayehu Shimeka Teferra, Abebaw Addis Gelagay
OBJECTIVES: Postpartum period is a critical period to address high unmet needs of family planning and to reduce the risks of closely spaced pregnancies. However, contraception during extended postpartum period has given less emphasis concerning contraceptive practice in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study was aimed to assess postpartum modern contraceptive use and associated factors among postpartum women in Northern Ethiopia. METHODS: A community based cross sectional study was done from March to April, 2015...
March 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329734/elevated-mif-2-levels-predict-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Julia Pohl, Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Pia Stock, Peter Luedike, Tienush Rassaf
PURPOSE: D-dopachrome tautomerase (MIF-2 or DDT) is a member of the macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) superfamily and a close structural homolog to MIF. Circulating MIF-2 has been described to be elevated in patients suffering from sepsis, severe burn injury and after surgery. We sought to evaluate the prognostic value of MIF-2 in critically ill patients. METHODS: A total of 72 patients were studied upon admission to the medical intensive care unit (ICU)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329414/a-protocol-for-the-development-of-a-critical-thinking-assessment-tool-for-nurses-using-a-delphi-technique
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Elisabeth Jacob, Christine Duffield, Darren Jacob
AIM: The aim of this study is to develop an assessment tool to measure the critical thinking ability of nurses. BACKGROUND: As an increasing number of complex patients are admitted to hospitals, the importance of nurses recognising changes in health status and picking up on deterioration is more important. To detect early signs of complication requires critical thinking skills. Registered nurses are expected to commence their clinical careers with the necessary critical thinking skills to ensure safe nursing practice...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329355/international-recommendations-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
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Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan A Drezner, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural, or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329238/practice-patterns-and-outcomes-associated-with-procalcitonin-use-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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David C Chu, Anuj B Mehta, Allan J Walkey
Background: Randomized trials support use of procalcitonin-based algorithms to decrease duration of antibiotics for critically ill patients with sepsis. However, current utilization of procalcitonin and associated outcomes in "real world" clinical settings is unclear. We sought to determine procalcitonin utilization in critically ill patients with sepsis in the United States and to examine associations between procalcitonin use and clinical outcomes. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of approximately 20% of patients hospitalized in US Intensive Care Units with sepsis...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328963/chloride-alterations-in-hospitalized-patients-prevalence-and-outcome-significance
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Charat Thongprayoon, Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Zhen Cheng, Qi Qian
Serum Cl (sCl) alterations in hospitalized patients have not been comprehensively studied in recent years. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence and outcome significance of (1) sCl alterations on hospital admission, and (2) sCl evolution within the first 48 hr of hospital admission. We conducted a retrospective study of all hospital admissions in the years 2011-2013 at Mayo Clinic Rochester, a 2000-bed tertiary medical center. Outcome measures included hospital mortality, length of hospital stay and discharge disposition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328824/early-use-of-noninvasive-techniques-for-clearing-respiratory-secretions-during-noninvasive-positive-pressure-ventilation-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-hypercapnic-encephalopathy-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jinrong Wang, Zhaobo Cui, Shuhong Liu, Xiuling Gao, Pan Gao, Yi Shi, Shufen Guo, Peipei Li
Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) might be superior to conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPDs). Inefficient clearance of respiratory secretions provokes NPPV failure in patients with hypercapnic encephalopathy (HE). This study compared CMV and NPPV combined with a noninvasive strategy for clearing secretions in HE and AECOPD patients.The present study is a prospective cohort study of AECOPD and HE patients enrolled between October 2013 and August 2015 in a critical care unit of a major university teaching hospital in China...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328786/high-quality-randomized-controlled-trials-in-pediatric-critical-care-a-survey-of-barriers-and-facilitators
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Mark Duffett, Karen Choong, Jennifer Foster, Maureen Meade, Kusum Menon, Melissa Parker, Deborah J Cook
OBJECTIVES: High-quality, adequately powered, randomized controlled trials are needed to inform the care of critically ill children. Unfortunately, such evidence is not always available. Our objective was to identify barriers and facilitators of conducting high-quality randomized controlled trials in pediatric critical care, from the perspective of trialists in this field. DESIGN: Self-administered online survey. Respondents rated the importance of barriers and effectiveness of facilitators on seven-point scales...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328736/entrustment-decisions-bringing-the-patient-into-the-assessment-equation
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Olle Ten Cate
With the increased interest in the use of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) in undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME) come questions about the implications for assessment. Entrustment assessment combines the evaluation of learners' knowledge, skills, and behaviors with the evaluation of their readiness to be entrusted to perform critical patient care responsibilities. Patient safety, then, should be an explicit component of educational assessments. The validity of these assessments in the clinical workplace becomes the validity of the entrustment decisions...
March 21, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328711/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-secondary-analysis-of-electronic-health-record-data
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Ari Moskowitz, Kenneth P Chen, Avraham Z Cooper, Abdullah Chahin, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Leo Anthony Celi
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response (RVR) is common during critical illness. In this study, we explore the comparative effectiveness of three commonly used drugs (metoprolol, diltiazem, and amiodarone) in the management of atrial fibrillation with RVR in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Data pertaining to the first ICU admission were extracted from the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) III database. Patients who received one of the above pharmacologic agents while their heart rate was > 110bpm and had atrial fibrillation documented in the clinical chart were included...
March 21, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328691/factors-associated-with-discharge-home-after-transfer-to-a-pediatric-emergency-department
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Erin R Peebles, Michael R Miller, Tim P Lynch, Janice A Tijssen
OBJECTIVES: The transfer of children from community emergency departments (EDs) to tertiary care pediatric EDs for investigations, interventions, or a second opinion is common. In order to improve health care system efficiency, we must have a better understanding of this population and identify areas for education and capacity building. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients (aged 0-17 years) who were transferred from community ED to a pediatric ED from November 2013 to November 2014...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328688/prioritizing-the-care-of-critically-ill-children-in-south-africa-how-does-screen-perform-against-other-triage-tools
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Bhakti Hansoti, Peter Hodkinson, Lee Wallis
OBJECTIVE: Childhood mortality remains unacceptably high. In low-resource settings, children with critical illness often present for care. Current triage strategies are time consuming and require trained health care workers. To address this limitation, our team developed a simple subjective tool, SCREEN (Sick Children Require Emergency Evaluation Now), which is easy to administer, to identify critically ill children. This article presents the development of the SCREEN program and evaluates its performance when compared with other commonly implemented triage tools in low-resource settings...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328684/eastern-association-for-the-surgery-of-trauma-society-of-trauma-nurses-advanced-practitioner-position-paper-optimizing-the-integration-of-advanced-practitioners-in-trauma-and-critical-care
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Jonathan Messing, Jasmine Garces-King, Dennis Taylor, Jonathan Van Horn, Babak Sarani, A Britton Christmas
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, collectively known as advanced practitioners (APs), enhance the provision of care for the acutely injured patient. Despite their prevalence, institutions employ, train, and utilize these providers with significant variability. The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), and the American Association of Surgical Physicians Assistants (AASPA) acknowledge the value of APs and support their utilization in the management of injured and critically ill patients...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328679/results-of-a-multicenter-prospective-pivotal-trial-of-the-first-inline-continuous-glucose-monitor-in-critically-ill-patients
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Grant V Bochicchio, Stan Nasraway, Laura Moore, Anthony Furnary, Eden Nohra, Kelly Bochicchio
INTRODUCTION: We have previously demonstrated that tight glycemic control (80-120 mg/dl) improves outcome in critically injured patients. However, many centers have gotten away from aggressive glucose control due to the workload and risk of hypoglycemia. The objective of this pivotal trial is to evaluate the first in human continuous inline glucose monitor (OptiScanner) in critically ill patients. METHODS: A multicenter pivotal trial was conducted over a 1 year period (2014-2015) at 4 major academic centers in 200 critically ill patients...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328654/outcomes-for-children-receiving-noninvasive-ventilation-as-the-first-line-mode-of-mechanical-ventilation-at-intensive-care-admission-a-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study
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Jenny V Morris, Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, Roger C Parslow, Sarah J Fleming
OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes of children receiving noninvasive ventilation with those receiving invasive ventilation as first-line mode of mechanical ventilation following unplanned intensive care admission. DESIGN: Propensity score-matched cohort study analyzing data prospectively collected by the Pediatric Intensive Care Audit Network over 8 years (2007-2014). SETTING: Thirty-one PICUs in the United Kingdom and Ireland; twenty-one of whom submitted Pediatric Critical Care Minimum Dataset data for the entire study period...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328609/evaluation-of-dentoalveolar-trauma-in-children-and-adolescents-a-modified-classification-system-and-surgical-treatment-strategies-for-its-management
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Nadia Theologie-Lygidakis, Ourania K Schoinohoriti, Minas Leventis, Ioannis Iatrou
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively analyze dentoalveolar trauma in pediatric patients, propose a modified classification, and delineate an approach for its urgent care from the surgeon's perspective. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical records of patients, attended at the 'A. and P. Kyriakou' Children's Hospital Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 2000 to 2015, were retrieved and data were analyzed. RESULTS: A total of 365 cases of dentoalveolar trauma, affecting 363 children and adolescents (221 males and 142 females), with an age range from 1 to 15 years, were treated in the authors' department...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328592/status-asthmaticus-and-central-herniation-a-case-for-multidisciplinary-critical-care
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Joelle B Karlik, Tristan Stani, Stephanie Nonas, Aclan Dogan, Ansgar Brambrink
A 24-year-old woman with history of asthma was intubated emergently for acute status asthmaticus triggered by acute respiratory syncytial virus infection and treated with permissive hypercapnia. Her ventilation was complicated by auto-positive end-expiratory pressure and elevated peak airway, plateau, and central venous pressures. On hospital day 2, she was noted to have anisocoria. Imaging showed diffuse cerebral edema with central herniation. Difficult ventilation and hypercapnia directly contributed to her severe cerebral edema...
March 15, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328388/bedside-critical-care-staff-use-of-intensive-care-unit-telemedicine-comparisons-by-intensive-care-unit-complexity
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Jonathan T Thomas, Jane Moeckli, Michelle A Mengeling, Cassie Cunningham Goedken, Jacinda Bunch, Peter Cram, Heather Schacht Reisinger
BACKGROUND: Effects of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) telemedicine on patient and staff outcomes are mixed. Variation in utilization is potentially driving these differences. INTRODUCTION: ICU telemedicine utilization is understudied, with existing research focusing on telemedicine staff. We assess ICU telemedicine utilization from the perspective of the end user-ICU staff-to better understand how telemedicine use is conceptualized and practiced at the bedside. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a thematic content analysis of semistructured interviews with bedside ICU staff...
February 16, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328262/haemodialysis-nutritional-disorders-and-hypoglycaemia-in-critical-care
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Jeiel Carlos Lamonica Crespo, Vanessa Rossato Gomes, Ricardo Luís Barbosa, Katia Grillo Padilha, Silvia Regina Secoli
This study aimed to determine hypoglycemia incidence and associated factors in critically ill patients. It looked at a retrospective cohort with 106 critically ill adult patients with 48 hours of glycaemic control and 72 hours of follow up. The dependent variable, hypoglycaemia (≤70 mg/dl), was assessed with respect to independent variables: age, diet, insulin, catecholamines, haemodialysis, nursing workload and the Simplified Acute Physiology Score. Statistical analysis was performed using Student's t-test, Fisher's exact test and logistic regression at 5% significance level...
March 9, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328243/factors-associated-with-bleeding-and-thrombosis-in-children-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-ecmo
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Heidi J Dalton, Ron Reeder, Pamela Garcia-Filion, Richard Holubkov, Robert A Berg, Athena Zuppa, Frank W Moler, Thomas Shanley, Murray M Pollack, Christopher Newth, John Berger, David Wessel, Joseph Carcillo, Michael Bell, Sabrina Heidemann, Kathleen L Meert, Richard Harrison, Allan Doctor, Robert F Tamburro, J Michael Dean, Tammara Jenkins, Carol Nicholson
RATIONALE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is employed for respiratory and cardiac failure in children but is complicated by bleeding and thrombosis. OBJECTIVES: (1) Measure the incidence of bleeding (blood loss requiring transfusion or intracranial hemorrhage) and thrombosis during ECMO support; (2) identify factors associated with these complications; and (3) determine the impact of these complications on patient outcome. METHODS: Prospective, observational cohort study in pediatric, cardiac, and neonatal intensive care units in eight hospitals from December 2012 to September 2014...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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