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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916121/controversies-in-corticosteroid-use-for-sepsis
#1
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Severe sepsis and septic shock are potentially deadly conditions managed in the emergency department (ED). Management centers on source control, fluid resuscitation, broad-spectrum antimicrobials, and vasopressors as needed. The use of corticosteroids is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the evidence behind corticosteroid therapy in patients with septic shock. DISCUSSION: Septic shock is associated with severe mortality and morbidity...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915308/mutilating-purpura-fulminans-in-an-adult-with-meningococcal-sepsis
#2
María Elena Arnáiz-García, Ana María Arnáiz-García, Francisco Gutierrez-Diez, Juan Francisco Nistal, Jose María González-Santos, Ivana Pulitani, Carlos Amado-Diago, Javier Arnáiz
We report a dramatic case of meningococcal sepsis manifesting as purpura fulminans in an elderly diabetic woman. Hemodynamic instability and severe bilateral cutaneous lesions involving her hands and feet developed rapidly. Specific antibiotic therapy and the administration of inotropic and vasopressor drugs were initiated. The severity and extension of the cutaneous lesions (attributed to purpura fulminans) worsened because of the need for vasoconstrictors for the treatment of septic shock. Bilateral transmetatarsal and metacarpal amputations were required to stabilize the patient...
September 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881451/validation-of-a-pediatric-early-warning-system-for-hospitalized-pediatric-oncology-patients-in-a-resource-limited-setting
#3
Asya Agulnik, Alejandra Méndez Aceituno, Lupe Nataly Mora Robles, Peter W Forbes, Dora Judith Soberanis Vasquez, Ricardo Mack, Federico Antillon-Klussmann, Monica Kleinman, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
BACKGROUND: Pediatric oncology patients are at high risk of clinical deterioration, particularly in hospitals with resource limitations. The performance of pediatric early warning systems (PEWS) to identify deterioration has not been assessed in these settings. This study evaluates the validity of PEWS to predict the need for unplanned transfer to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) among pediatric oncology patients in a resource-limited hospital. METHODS: A retrospective case-control study comparing the highest documented and corrected PEWS score before unplanned PICU transfer in pediatric oncology patients (129 cases) with matched controls (those not requiring PICU care) was performed...
September 7, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873333/role-of-echocardiography-in-reducing-shock-reversal-time-in-pediatric-septic-shock-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Ahmed A El-Nawawy, Aly M Abdelmohsen, Hadir M Hassouna
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of echocardiography in reducing shock reversal time in pediatric septic shock. METHODS: A prospective study conducted in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a tertiary care teaching hospital from September 2013 to May 2016. Ninety septic shock patients were randomized in a 1:1 ratio for comparing the serial echocardiography-guided therapy in the study group with the standard therapy in the control group regarding clinical course, timely treatment, and outcomes...
September 2, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853293/predictors-of-vasopressin-responsiveness-in-critically-ill-adults
#5
Brittainy Allen, Bridgette Kram, Shawn Kram, Jennifer Schultheis, Steven Wolf, Daniel Gilstrap, Mark Shapiro
BACKGROUND: Vasopressin is commonly used as an adjunct vasopressor in shock. However, response to vasopressin varies among critically ill patients. OBJECTIVE: To identify patient-specific factors that are associated with vasopressin responsiveness in critically ill adults. METHODS: This retrospective, multicenter study included adult patients who were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) and received vasopressin for shock. Patients were excluded if they received vasopressin for less than 30 minutes, if vasopressin was initiated prior to ICU arrival, or if an additional vasopressor was initiated within 30 minutes of starting vasopressin...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851407/restricted-fluid-resuscitation-in-sepsis-associated-hypotension-refresh-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
#6
Stephen P J Macdonald, David McD Taylor, Gerben Keijzers, Glenn Arendts, Daniel M Fatovich, Frances B Kinnear, Simon G A Brown, Rinaldo Bellomo, Sally Burrows, John F Fraser, Edward Litton, Juan Carlos Ascencio-Lane, Matthew Anstey, David McCutcheon, Lisa Smart, Ioana Vlad, James Winearls, Bradley Wibrow
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend an initial intravenous (IV) fluid bolus of 30 ml/kg isotonic crystalloid for patients with sepsis and hypotension. However, there is a lack of evidence from clinical trials to support this. Accumulating observational data suggest harm associated with the injudicious use of fluids in sepsis. There is currently equipoise regarding liberal or restricted fluid-volume resuscitation as first-line treatment for sepsis-related hypotension. A randomised trial comparing these two approaches is, therefore, justified...
August 29, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820036/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-early-addition-of-vasopressin-to-norepinephrine-in-septic-shock
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Drayton A Hammond, Julia Cullen, Jacob T Painter, Kelsey McCain, Oktawia A Clem, Amy L Brotherton, Divyan Chopra, Nikhil Meena
BACKGROUND: Delays in achievement of target mean arterial pressure (MAP) have been associated with increased mortality in patients with septic shock. Vasopressin may be added to norepinephrine to raise MAP or decrease norepinephrine dosage. The purpose of this study was to determine whether early initiation of vasopressin to norepinephrine resulted in a reduced time to target MAP compared to norepinephrine monotherapy. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study compared early addition of vasopressin within 4 hours of septic shock onset to norepinephrine versus initial norepinephrine monotherapy in medically, critically ill patients with septic shock admitted from May 2014 to October 2015...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807037/selepressin-a-novel-selective-vasopressin-v1a-agonist-is-an-effective-substitute-for-norepinephrine-in-a-phase-iia-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-in-septic-shock-patients
#8
James A Russell, Jean-Louis Vincent, Anne Louise Kjølbye, Håkan Olsson, Allan Blemings, Herbert Spapen, Peder Carl, Pierre-Francois Laterre, Lars Grundemar
BACKGROUND: Vasopressin is widely used for vasopressor support in septic shock patients, but experimental evidence suggests that selective V1A agonists are superior. The initial pharmacodynamic effects, pharmacokinetics, and safety of selepressin, a novel V1A-selective vasopressin analogue, was examined in a phase IIa trial in septic shock patients. METHODS: This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial in 53 patients in early septic shock (aged ≥18 years, fluid resuscitation, requiring vasopressor support) who received selepressin 1...
August 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799416/evaluating-the-effects-of-chronic-antihypertensives-on-vasopressor-dosing-in-septic-shock
#9
Joshua M DeMott, Gourang Patel, Ishaq Lat
BACKGROUND: In septic shock, chronic antihypertensive medications are held acutely. Vasopressors are often required to maintain blood pressure. The effect of chronic exposure to antihypertensive therapies on vasopressor dosing in septic shock is not known. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of chronic exposure to antihypertensive therapies, specifically β-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, on cumulative vasopressor dosing in septic shock...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750598/hemodynamic-instability-secondary-to-vasopressin-withdrawal-in-septic-shock
#10
Brittany D Bissell, Carolyn Magee, Peter Moran, Melissa L Thompson Bastin, Alexander H Flannery
RATIONALE: Vasopressors such as norepinephrine are first line for support of mean arterial pressure (MAP) in the management of septic shock. Their use, however, is commonly associated with many adverse events. These detriments frequently trigger the use of alternative, noncatecholamine therapies, including vasopressin. Vasopressin deficiency is a known physiologic consequence of septic shock, and while guidelines recommend vasopressin in addition to norepinephrine, no consensus exists on the duration of deficiency or ideal time of cessation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749114/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-admitted-for-intensive-care-a-single-centre-experience
#11
Shafaq Maqsood, Farhana Badar, Abdul Hameed
Background and Purpose: Patients with hematological malignancies admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) generally have a high mortality rate. The aim of our study was to assess the characteristics and outcomes of such patients and to identify factors predicting ICU mortality. Material and Methods: This retrospective chart review was conducted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre over a period of 5 years, from January 2010 to January 2015. Results: Characteristics :A total of 213 patients were included in this study...
July 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730906/mortality-intensive-care-treatment-and-cost-evaluation-role-of-a-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-in-patients-with-sepsis
#12
Markota Andrej, Sinkovič Andreja
Objective We examined whether patients with a positive SeptiFast (SF) assay (LightCycler SeptiFast; Roche Diagnostics, Basel, Switzerland) developed higher long-term mortality, a more difficult course of treatment, and a higher antimicrobial treatment cost than patients with a negative SF assay. Methods We performed a post-hoc analysis of data collected in a 1-year prospective interventional study of adults with severe sepsis and septic shock. In addition to the standard treatment, an additional 5 ml of blood was obtained for an SF assay, and the antimicrobial treatment was changed according to the SF results...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726362/early-hypertension-after-vasopressor-weaning-during-septic-shock-associated-factors-and-prognostic-significance
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Rostane Gaci, Jérémie Lemarie, Marie Conrad, Aurélie Cravoisy, Pierre E Bollaert, Sébastien Gibot
BACKGROUND: During septic shock, early development of hypertension after vasopressors weaning seems paradoxical. The aim of this study was to authenticate this empirical observation, identify associated factors and document its prognostic significance. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive, retrospective study in a medical ICU of a teaching hospital among adult patients with septic shock. RESULTS: From 01.01.2013 to 31.12.2014, 262 consecutive patients over 18 years of age were admitted because of septic shock; 195 of them were successfully weaned from vasopressors...
July 20, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710027/admission-lactate-predicts-poor-prognosis-independently-of-the-crb-curb-65-scores-in-community-acquired-pneumonia
#14
Frederik S Frenzen, Ulrike Kutschan, Nils Meiswinkel, Bernhard Schulte-Hubbert, Santiago Ewig, Martin Kolditz
OBJECTIVES: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with a high risk of respiratory failure or septic organ dysfunction. Lactate is an established early marker of prognosis and sepsis severity, but few data exist in patients with CAP. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of consecutive adult CAP patients without treatment restrictions or direct ICU admission. Lactate was measured as point of care test within the capillary admission blood gas analysis and its prognostic value was compared to the CRB/CURB-65 criteria by multivariate and ROC curve analysis...
July 11, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701197/a-case-of-bowel-perforation-due-to-traumatic-hernia-at-a-pelvic-fracture-site-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
Ryota Tanaka, Hisashi Nagahara, Kiyoshi Maeda, Hiroshi Ohtani, Masatsune Shibutani, Tatsuro Tamura, Tetsuro Ikeya, Kenji Sugano, Yasuhito Iseki, Katsunobu Sakurai, Sadaaki Yamazoe, Kenjiro Kimura, Takahiro Toyokawa, Ryosuke Amano, Naoshi Kubo, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazuya Muguruma, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
BACKGROUND: Common complications of pelvic fractures include visceral injury, large-volume hemorrhage, genitourinary injury, rectal injury, and pulmonary embolism. On the other hand, traumatic hernia is a rare complication, especially in association with pelvic fractures. We report a case of bowel perforation due to traumatic hernia at a pelvic fracture site. CASE PRESENTATION: A 65-year-old female was presented at our hospital for further examination and treatment of ileus...
July 12, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687209/new-sepsis-and-septic-shock-definitions-clinical-implications-and-controversies
#16
REVIEW
Chanu Rhee, Michael Klompas
New sepsis definitions shift emphasis from the systemic inflammatory response syndrome to organ dysfunction, quantified using the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score. The new definitions also propose Quick SOFA criteria to rapidly identify potentially infected patients at risk for poor outcomes. The diagnosis of septic shock requires vasopressor dependence and increased lactate levels. Strengths of these definitions include their simplicity and clear association with adverse outcomes. However, their utility in identifying patients with serious infections before frank sepsis ensues remains to be seen...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683810/effect-of-dextran-70-on-outcome-in-severe-sepsis-a-propensity-score-matching-study
#17
Peter Bentzer, Marcus Broman, Thomas Kander
BACKGROUND: Albumin may be beneficial in patients with septic shock but availability is limited and cost is high. The objective of the present study was to investigate if the use of dextran-70 in addition to albumin and crystalloids influences organ failure or mortality in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. METHODS: Patients with severe sepsis or septic shock (n = 778) admitted to a university hospital intensive care unit (ICU) between 2007 and 2015 that received dextran-70 during resuscitation were propensity score matched to controls at a 1 to 1 ratio...
July 6, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680609/hydrocortisone-therapy-in-a-cat-with-vasopressor-refractory-septic-shock-and-suspected-critical-illness-related-corticosteroid-insufficiency
#18
Simone R R Pisano, Judith Howard, Horst Posthaus, Alan Kovacevic, Ivayla D Yozova
A 27-month-old female cat was presented with septic peritonitis secondary to a ruptured pyometra and subsequent pyothorax. Vasopressor-refractory septic shock led to a suspicion of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency, successfully treated with intravenous hydrocortisone. Previous megestrol acetate administration may have played a role in the development of adrenocortical dysfunction.
July 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679413/double-carbapenem-as-a-rescue-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-severe-carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-infections-a-two-center-matched-case-control-study
#19
Gennaro De Pascale, Gennaro Martucci, Luca Montini, Giovanna Panarello, Salvatore Lucio Cutuli, Daniele Di Carlo, Valentina Di Gravio, Roberta Di Stefano, Guido Capitanio, Maria Sole Vallecoccia, Piera Polidori, Teresa Spanu, Antonio Arcadipane, Massimo Antonelli
BACKGROUND: Recent reports have suggested the efficacy of a double carbapenem (DC) combination, including ertapenem, for the treatment of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-Kp) infections. We aimed to evaluate the clinical impact of such a regimen in critically ill patients. METHODS: This case-control (1:2), observational, two-center study involved critically ill adults with a microbiologically documented CR-Kp invasive infection treated with the DC regimen matched with those receiving a standard treatment (ST) (i...
July 5, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672146/stroke-volume-guided-resuscitation-in-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-improves-outcomes
#20
Heath E Latham, Charles D Bengtson, Lewis Satterwhite, Mindy Stites, Dipti P Subramaniam, G John Chen, Steven Q Simpson
To determine whether stroke volume (SV) guided fluid resuscitation in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock alters Intensive Care Unit (ICU) fluid balance and secondary outcomes, this retrospective cohort study evaluated consecutive patients admitted to an ICU with the primary diagnosis of severe sepsis or septic shock. Cohorts were based on fluid resuscitation guided by changes in SV or by usual care (UC). The SV group comprised 100 patients, with 91 patients in the UC group. Net fluid balance for the ICU stay was lower in the SV group (1...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
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