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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/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/28328696/enterocolitis-in-a-child-with-hirschsprung-disease
#3
Alexander W D Guillaume, Andrew C Miller, Michael C Nguyen
Hirschsprung disease is a congenital abnormality that can be surgically corrected. However, Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis can be a life-threatening sequela. Very little has been published in the emergency medicine literature about the risk of enterocolitis and shock in patients with a history of Hirschsprung disease. We describe the case of a 6-month-old male infant with a history of multiple surgeries for Hirschsprung disease who presented to the emergency department with a seemingly benign viral gastrointestinal illness...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327497/the-mapping-competences-of-the-nurse-case-care-manager-in-the-context-of-intensive-care
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Emanuela Alfieri, Anna Chiara Ferrini, Francesca Gianfrancesco, Gianluca Lise, Giovanni Messana, Lorenzo Tirelli, Ana Lorenzo, Leopoldo Sarli
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Since the recent introduction of the Case/Care Manager's professional figure, it is quite difficult to identify properly his/her own particular features, which could be mainly be found revising mainly in American studies. Therefore, the present study intended to identify the Case/Care Manager's skills and professional profile in an Intensive Care Unit experience, taking into consideration the staff's activities, perception and expectations towards the Case/Care Manager...
March 15, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326826/predictive-value-of-the-c-reactive-protein-to-prealbumin-ratio-in-medical-icu-patients
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Li Li, Lihua Dai, Xiao Wang, Yao Wang, Luocheng Zhou, Miao Chen, Hairong Wang
AIM: This prospective study aimed to evaluate the relationship between the ratio of C-reactive protein-to-prealbumin (CRP/PAB) and clinical outcomes in medical intensive care unit patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: All 240 consecutive adult patients were enrolled in this study with demographic and clinical features collected. RESULTS: Compared with patients belonging to the CRP/PAB ≤0.24 group, hospital mortality and the total length of stay in hospital (TLSH) were significantly increased in patients in the CRP/PAB >0...
March 14, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325586/-prognostic-indices-for-older-adults-during-the-year-following-hospitalization-in-an-acute-medical-ward-an-update
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Josephine Thomazeau, Samantha Huo Yung Kai, Yves Rolland, Sandrine Sourdet, Nicolas Saffon, Fati Nourhashemi
CONTEXT: As population grow older, chronic diseases are more prevalent. It leads to an increase of hospitalization for acute decompensation, sometimes iterative. Management of these patients is not always clear, and care provided is not always proportional to life expectancy. Making decisions in acute situations is not easy. OBJECTIVE: This review aims to list and describe mortality scores within a year following hospitalization of patients of 65 years or older...
March 18, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325097/regaining-water-swallowing-function-in-the-rehabilitation-of-critically-ill-patients-with-intensive-care-unit-acquired-muscle-weakness
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Simone Thomas, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulrike Starrost, Marcus Pohl, Jan Mehrholz
PURPOSE: Treatment in intensive care units (ICUs) often results in swallowing dysfunction. Recent longitudinal studies have described the recovery of critically ill people, but we are not aware of studies of the recovery of swallowing function in patients with ICU-acquired muscle weakness. This paper aims to describe the time course of regaining water swallowing function in patients with ICU-acquired weakness in the post-acute phase and to describe the risks of regaining water swallowing function and the risk factors involved...
March 21, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324982/multi-task-transfer-learning-for-in-hospital-death-prediction-of-icu-patients
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Chandan Karmakar, Budhaditya Saha, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Svetha Venkatesh
Multi-Task Transfer Learning (MTTL) is an efficient approach for learning from inter-related tasks with small sample size and imbalanced class distribution. Since the intensive care unit (ICU) data set (publicly available in Physionet) has subjects from four different ICU types, we hypothesize that there is an underlying relatedness amongst various ICU types. Therefore, this study aims to explore MTTL model for in-hospital mortality prediction of ICU patients. We used single-task learning (STL) approach on the augmented data as well as individual ICU data and compared the performance with the proposed MTTL model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324899/infant-guided-co-regulated-feeding-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-part-i-theoretical-underpinnings-for-neuroprotection-and-safety
#9
Catherine S Shaker
The rapid progress in medical and technical innovations in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been accompanied by concern for outcomes of NICU graduates. Although advances in neonatal care have led to significant changes in survival rates of very small and extremely preterm neonates, early feeding difficulties with the transition from tube feeding to oral feeding are prominent and often persist beyond discharge to home. Progress in learning to feed in the NICU and continued growth in feeding skills after the NICU may be closely tied to fostering neuroprotection and safety...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324770/a-non-fatal-intoxication-and-seven-deaths-involving-the-dissociative-drug-3-meo-pcp
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Anna Johansson, Daniel Lindstedt, Markus Roman, Gunilla Thelander, Elisabet I Nielsen, Ulrica Lennborn, Håkan Sandler, Sten Rubertsson, Johan Ahlner, Robert Kronstrand, Fredrik C Kugelberg
INTRODUCTION: 3-methoxyphencyclidine (3-MeO-PCP) appeared on the illicit drug market in 2011 and is an analogue of phencyclidine, which exhibits anesthetic, analgesic and hallucinogenic properties. In this paper, we report data from a non-fatal intoxication and seven deaths involving 3-MeO-PCP in Sweden during the period March 2014 until June 2016. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: The non-fatal intoxication case, a 19-year-old male with drug problems and a medical history of depression, was found awake but tachycardic, hypertensive, tachypnoeic and catatonic at home...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324049/piloting-a-remission-strategy-in-type-2-diabetes-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natalia McInnes, Ada Smith, Rose Otto, Jeffrey Vandermey, Zubin Punthakee, Diana Sherifali, Kumar Balasubramanian, Stephanie Hall, Hertzel C Gerstein
Context: Medical strategies targeting remission of type 2 diabetes have not been systematically studied. Objective: This trial assessed the feasibility, safety and potential to induce remission of a short-term intensive metabolic strategy. Design: A randomized, parallel, open-label pilot trial in 83 participants followed for 52 weeks. Setting: Ambulatory care. Participants: Patients with type 2 diabetes of up to 3 years in duration...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323727/experience-with-the-use-of-single-use-disposable-bronchoscope-in-the-icu-in-a-tertiary-referral-center-of-singapore
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Dominic C Marshall, Rucha S Dagaonkar, Chan Yeow, Anura T Peters, Siew Kin Tan, Dessmon Y H Tai, Soon Keng Gohs, Albert Y H Lim, Benjamin Ho, Sennen J W Lew, John Abisheganaden, Akash Verma
BACKGROUND: Flexible bronchoscopy is performed frequently in intensive care units (ICUs) for various indications using the reusable conventional bronchoscope (CB). Recently, "single-use disposable bronchoscope" (SB) was introduced into the health care industry. The purpose of this study was to compare the utility of SB with CB in ICU. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records of patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy in the ICUs in the year 2015. RESULTS: Ninety-three patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy in the ICU were studied...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323290/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-delirium-development-in-icu-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Marcela Kanova, Peter Sklienka, Roman Kula, Michal Burda, Jana Janoutova
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Delirium is an acute brain dysfunction and a frequent complication in critically ill patients. When present it significantly worsens the prognosis of patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of delirium and risk factors for delirium in a mixed group of trauma, medical and surgical ICU patients. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in one of the six-bed Intensive Care Units of the University Hospital Ostrava in the Czech Republic during a 12-month period...
March 14, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322431/exploring-societal-solidarity-in-the-context-of-extreme-prematurity
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Manya J Hendriks, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Sabine D Klein, Jürg C Streuli, Ruth Baumann-Hölzle, Jean-Claude Fauchère
QUESTION: Extreme prematurity can result in long-term disabilities. Its impact on society is often not taken into account and deemed controversial. Our study examined attitudes of the Swiss population regarding extreme prematurity and people's perspectives regarding the question of solidarity with disabled people. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide representative anonymous telephone survey with 1210 Swiss residents aged 18 years or older. We asked how people estimate their own personal solidarity, the solidarity of their social environment and the solidarity across the country with disabled persons...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322074/speaking-a-different-language
#15
Anne G Ciriello, Zoelle B Dizon, Tessie W October
BACKGROUND: Family conferences in the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) often include palliative care (PC) providers. We do not know how ICU communication differs when the PC team is present. AIM: To compare language used by PC team and ICU physicians during family conferences. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort review of ICU family conferences with and without the PC team. SETTING: Forty-four bed pediatric ICU in a tertiary medical center...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321913/heart-rate-variability-can-be-used-to-evaluate-wellbeing-in-preterm-infants
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K Kaar, J Brandner, B Minnich, J Hilberath, C Weisser, M Wald
Preterm infants are exposed to various potentially stressful procedures during intensive care, which have been shown to compromise development. We explored the potential stress caused by echocardiograph and the correlation between the duration of the investigation and the amplitude of the alteration. The usefulness of the Newborn Infant Parasympathetic Evaluation (NIPE) monitor (Mdoloris Medical Systems, Loos, France) for assessing acute distress during daily routines, based on heart rate variability, was also investigated...
March 21, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321786/adherence-to-pediatric-diabetic-ketoacidosis-guidelines-by-community-emergency-departments-providers
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Janine E Zee-Cheng, Emily C Webber, Samer Abu-Sultaneh
BACKGROUND: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a common presentation of type I diabetes mellitus to the emergency departments. Most children with DKA are initially managed in community emergency departments where providers may not have easy access to educational resources or pediatric-specific guidelines and protocols that are readily available at pediatric academic medical centers. The aim of this study is to evaluate adherence of community emergency departments in the state of Indiana to the pediatric DKA guidelines...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320787/investigating-skin-to-skin-care-patterns-with-extremely-preterm-infants-in-the-nicu-and-their-effect-on-early-cognitive-and-communication-performance-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jenn Gonya, William C Ray, R Wolfgang Rumpf, Guy Brock
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the study was to investigate how patterns of skin-to-skin care might impact infant early cognitive and communication performance. DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study. SETTING: This study took place in a level-IV all-referral neonatal intensive care unit in the Midwest USA specialising in the care of extremely preterm infants. PARTICIPANTS: Data were collected from the electronic medical records of all extremely preterm infants (gestational age <27 weeks) admitted to the unit during 2010-2011 and who completed 6-month and 12-month developmental assessments in the follow-up clinic (n=97)...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320611/the-challenges-in-caring-for-morbidly-obese-patients-in-intensive-care-a-focused-ethnographic-study
#19
Caz Hales, Maureen Coombs, Kay de Vries
BACKGROUND: Critically ill morbidly obese patients pose considerable healthcare delivery and resource utilisation challenges. However little is known about the care of these patients in intensive care. OBJECTIVE: To explore medical and nursing practices and attitudes in intensive care when caring for critically ill morbidly obese patients. METHODS: A focused ethnographic approach was adopted. Participant observation of care practices and interviews with intensive care doctors and nurses were undertaken over a four month period...
March 17, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320565/handshake-free-zone-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-initial-feasibility-study
#20
Joanna J Parga, Maria Valadez, Ruey-Kang R Chang, Anahit Sarin-Gulian, Heaven Holdbrooks, Mark S Sklansky
BACKGROUND: The handshake represents a social custom with special importance in health care settings. However, handshakes can transmit disease and compliance with hand hygiene protocols averages <50%. We hypothesized that a handshake-free zone (HFZ) could be established within our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and would be well-received by patient families and their health care providers (HCPs). METHODS: We established an HFZ and conducted a prospective cohort study in the NICU at 2 UCLA Medical Centers...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
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