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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078864/human-herpesviruses-6-and-7-encephalitis-in-immunocompetent-infants-are-they-really-so-uncommon
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L Marseglia, S Manti, G D Angelo, G Stroscio, D Impollonia, S Arena, C Salpietro, E Gitto
Human herpesviruses-6 and -7 (HHV-6 and 7) are considered uncommon causes of central nervous system infection and may occasionally cause encephalitis in young infants, however, the clinical syndrome and incidence are not well defined. In immunosuppressed hosts, reactivation is associated with a worse outcome such as encephalitis, hepatitis, or graft rejection. In immunocompetent hosts, this persistent infection is generally of no consequence. We report 4 cases of immunocompetent critically ill children, affected by HHV-6 and -7 encephalitis, admitted to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072930/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-be-prepared
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J S Evans, S J Huang, A S McLean, M Nalos
The current trend to treat hypotension in critically ill patients is to place a greater emphasis on inotropic support and less on fluid resuscitation in order to limit the potential harm from fluid overload. This combination may trigger left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) in susceptible patients. Although LVOTO is classically described in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy it has been reported in other conditions including septic shock, apical ballooning syndrome, myocardial infarction, respiratory failure, and post valvular surgery...
January 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060857/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-induces-lung-injury-through-tnf-%C3%AE-c-jun-nh2-terminal-kinase-pathways
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Ying-Wei Yang, Yu-Zhen Jiang, Ching-Mei Hsu, Lee-Wei Chen
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common nosocomial infection among intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is the most common multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogen and VAP caused by PA carries a high rate of morbidity and mortality. This study examined the molecular mechanism of PA VAP-induced lung injury. C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) mice and JNK1 knockout (JNK1-/-) mice received mechanical ventilation (MV) for 3 h at 2 days after receiving nasal instillation of PA. The WT and JNK1-/- mice also received MV after the induction of lung injury by instillation of supernatants from PA-stimulated alveolar macrophages (AMs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052198/contribution-of-surface-chemistry-to-the-shear-thickening-of-silica-nanoparticle-suspensions
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Wufang Yang, Yang Wu, Xiaowei Pei, Feng Zhou, Qunji Xue
Shear thickening is a general process crucial for many processed products ranging from food and care to pharmaceuticals. Theoretical calculation and mathematical simulations of hydrodynamic interactions and granular-like contacts have proved that contact forces between suspended particles dominate the rheological characteristic of colloidal suspensions. However, relevant experimental studies are very rare. This study was conducted to reveal the influence of nanoparticle (NP) interaction on the rheological behavior of shear-thickening fluids (STFs) by changing the colloidal surface chemistries...
January 4, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051046/typhoid-perforation-post-operative-intensive-care-unit-care-and-outcome
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Mukaila Oyegbade Akinwale, Arinola A Sanusi, Oluwaseun K Adebayo
BACKGROUND: Typhoid perforation ileitis is a serious complication of typhoid fever, a common and unfortunate health problem in a resource-poor country like Nigeria. Following bowel perforation, treatment is usually by simple closure or bowel resection and anastomosis after adequate aggressive fluid resuscitation and electrolyte correction. Postoperatively, some of these patients do require management in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on account of sepsis or septic shock and to improve survival...
October 2016: African Journal of Paediatric Surgery: AJPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018763/predicting-central-venous-pressure-by-measuring-femoral-venous-diameter-using-ultrasonography
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Akram Malik, Aftab Akhtar, Shoab Saadat, Salman Mansoor
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this exploratory study was to find out the correlation of femoral vein diameter (FVD) to central venous pressure (CVP) measurements and to derive a prediction equation to help ascertain the fluid volume status in a critical patient. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a single-centered prospective cohort study designed and conducted by the critical care department of Shifa International hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. Patients were enrolled from the medical and surgical intensive care units...
November 23, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998322/international-federation-for-emergency-medicine-consensus-statement-sonography-in-hypotension-and-cardiac-arrest-shoc-an-international-consensus-on-the-use-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-undifferentiated-hypotension-and-during-cardiac-arrest
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Paul Atkinson, Justin Bowra, James Milne, David Lewis, Mike Lambert, Bob Jarman, Vicki E Noble, Hein Lamprecht, Tim Harris, Jim Connolly
: Introduction The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Ultrasound Special Interest Group (USIG) was tasked with development of a hierarchical consensus approach to the use of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) in patients with hypotension and cardiac arrest. METHODS: The IFEM USIG invited 24 recognized international leaders in PoCUS from emergency medicine and critical care to form an expert panel to develop the sonography in hypotension and cardiac arrest (SHoC) protocol...
December 21, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994358/retrospective-analysis-of-multiplex-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-molecular-diagnostics-ses-in-70-patients-with-suspected-central-nervous-system-infections-a-single-center-study
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Rama Krishnan Tiruppur Chinnappan Ramalingam, Dipanjan Chakraborty
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) infections present a grave health care challenge due to high morbidity and mortality. Clinical findings and conventional laboratory assessments are not sufficiently distinct for specific etiologic diagnosis. Identification of pathogens is a key to appropriate therapy. AIM: In this retrospective observational study, we evaluated the efficacy and clinical utility of syndrome evaluation system (SES) for diagnosing clinically suspected CNS infections...
October 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989360/complications-in-neonatal-surgery
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Mauricio A Escobar, Michael G Caty
Neonatal surgery is recognized as an independent discipline in general surgery, requiring the expertise of pediatric surgeons to optimize outcomes in infants with surgical conditions. Survival following neonatal surgery has improved dramatically in the past 60 years. Improvements in pediatric surgical outcomes are in part attributable to improved understanding of neonatal physiology, specialized pediatric anesthesia, neonatal critical care including sophisticated cardiopulmonary support, utilization of parenteral nutrition and adjustments in fluid management, refinement of surgical technique, and advances in surgical technology including minimally invasive options...
December 2016: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981285/utility-of-transthoracic-echocardiography-tte-in-assessing-fluid-responsiveness-in-critically-ill-patients-a-challenge-for-the-bedside-sonographer
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Wojciech Mielnicki, Agnieszka Dyla, Tomasz Zawada
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has become one of the most important diagnostic tools in the treatment of critically ill patients. It allows clinicians to recognise potentially reversible life-threatening situations and is also very effective in the monitoring of the fluid status of patients, slowly substituting invasive methods in the intensive care unit. Hemodynamic assessment is based on a few static and dynamic parameters. Dynamic parameters change during the respiratory cycle in mechanical ventilation and the level of this change directly corresponds to fluid responsiveness...
December 5, 2016: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27969574/disparities-in-hemodynamic-resuscitation-of-the-obese-critically-ill-septic-shock-patient
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Chere Adams, Calvin Tucker, Bryan Allen, Andrew McRae, Julia Balazh, Spencer Horst, Donald Johnson, Jason Ferreira
BACKGROUND: With a growing obesity epidemic, the approach to care of this patient remains controversial and in many circumstances different than the general population. Appropriate hemodynamic support, although still controversial, remains a cornerstone of septic shock therapy. Catecholamines are currently recommended by guidelines without a preferred dosing strategy. However, the use of weight-based (μg kg(-1) min(-1)) or nonweight-based (μg/min) vasopressor drip rates may impact patient care in these populations...
February 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968814/practical-assessment-of-volume-status-in-daily-practice
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Paula Johnson
Fluid therapy is considered the cornerstone of treatment for patients suffering from various medical ailments particularly in emergency and critical care situations where hypovolemia commonly occurs. The ability to accurately assess a patient's volume status is critical to the decision making process when synthesizing and implementing a fluid therapy plan. Both extremes, over supplementation or not supplementing enough fluid can be detrimental to the patient. Precisely assessing a patient's blood volume without access to advanced often complicated equipment and monitoring devices is challenging...
September 2016: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965233/research-in-review-advancing-critical-care-practice
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Elizabeth Bridges, Margaret M McNeill, Nancy Munro
Research published in 2016 identified strategies to enhance acute and critical care, initiated discussions on professional roles and responsibilities, clarified complex care issues, and led to robust debate. Some of this important work addressed strategies to prevent delirium and pressure ulcers, considerations for pain management within the context of the opioid abuse crisis, strategies to guide fluid resuscitation in patients with sepsis and heart failure, and ways to enhance care for family members of intensive care patients...
December 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956843/lung-protective-mechanical-ventilation-strategies-in-cardiothoracic-critical-care-a-retrospective-study
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Vasileios Zochios, Matthew Hague, Kimberly Giraud, Nicola Jones
A body of evidence supports the use of low tidal volumes in ventilated patients without lung pathology to slow progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to ventilator associated lung injury. We undertook a retrospective chart review and tested the hypothesis that tidal volume is a predictor of mortality in cardiothoracic (medical and surgical) critical care patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Independent predictors of mortality in our study included: type of surgery, albumin, H(+), bilirubin, and fluid balance...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927604/factors-predicting-failure-of-noninvasive-ventilation-assist-for-preventing-reintubation-among-medical-critically-ill-patients
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Preecha Thomrongpairoj, Surat Tongyoo, Withaya Tragulmongkol, Chairat Permpikul
PURPOSE: Reintubation after failed extubation is associated with high mortality. Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has been used to prevent reintubation, but the results have been inconclusive. We investigated the factors predicting failure of NIV-assisted extubation among medical critically ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study enrolled patients who were admitted to medical intensive care units at Siriraj Hospital between March 2012 and August 2015 who required more than 48 hours of mechanical ventilation and who received NIV after endotracheal extubation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923389/the-importance-of-albumin-infusion-rate-for-plasma-volume-expansion-following-major-abdominal-surgery-air-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Svajunas Statkevicius, Johan Bonnevier, Björn P Bark, Erik Larsson, Carl M Öberg, Päivi Kannisto, Bobby Tingstedt, Peter Bentzer
BACKGROUND: Administration of fluids to restore normovolaemia is one of the most common therapeutic interventions performed peri-operatively and in the critically ill, but no study has evaluated the importance of infusion rate for the plasma volume-expanding effect of a resuscitation fluid. The present study is designed to test the hypothesis that a slow infusion of resuscitation fluid results in better plasma volume expansion than a rapid infusion. METHODS/DESIGN: The study is a single-centre, assessor-blinded, parallel-group, randomised prospective study...
December 7, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920421/a-missing-guide-wire-after-placement-of-peripherally-inserted-central-venous-catheter
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Muhammad Kashif, Hafiz Hashmi, Preeti Jadhav, Misbahuddin Khaja
BACKGROUND Central venous catheterization is a common tool used in critically ill patients to monitor central venous pressure and administer fluids and medications such as vasopressors. Here we present a case of a missing guide wire after placement of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), which was incidentally picked up by bedside ultrasound in the intensive care unit.  CASE REPORT A 50-year-old Hispanic male was admitted to the intensive care unit for alcohol intoxication. He was managed for septic shock and required placement of a peripherally inserted central line in his left upper extremity for antibiotics and vasopressor administration...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911381/a-novel-approach-for-the-administration-of-medications-and-fluids-in-emergency-scenarios-and-settings
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Akilesh Honasoge, Neal Lyons, Kathleen Hesse, Braden Parker, Robert Mokszycki, Kelly Wesselhoff, Rolla Sweis, Erik B Kulstad
The available routes of administration commonly used for medications and fluids in the acute care setting are generally limited to oral, intravenous, or intraosseous routes, but in many patients, particularly in the emergency or critical care settings, these routes are often unavailable or time-consuming to access. A novel device is now available that offers an easy route for administration of medications or fluids via rectal mucosal absorption (also referred to as proctoclysis in the case of fluid administration and subsequent absorption)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910706/intravenous-oxygen-a-novel-method-of-oxygen-delivery-in-hypoxemic-respiratory-failure
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Jonathan A Gehlbach, Kyle J Rehder, Michael A Gentile, David A Turner, Daniel J Grady, Ira M Cheifetz
Hypoxemic respiratory failure is a common problem in critical care. Current management strategies, including mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal membranous oxygenation, can be efficacious but these therapies put patients at risk for toxicities associated with invasive forms of support. Areas covered: In this manuscript, we discuss intravenous oxygen (IVO2), a novel method to improve oxygen delivery that involves intravenous administration of a physiologic solution containing dissolved oxygen at hyperbaric concentrations...
January 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902388/the-exploration-of-risk-factors-of-concurrent-bacteraemia-in-patients-critically-ill-with-severe-dengue
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Chin-Ming Chen, Khee-Siang Chan, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Willy Chou, Hui-Chun Chao, Chiu-Yin Yeh, Wen-Liang Yu
We investigated the clinical features of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with concomitant severe dengue infection and bacteraemia to identify risk factors for this comorbidity. The records of all ICU dengue patients admitted during the period of 31 July-30 November 2015 were reviewed. Patients with 'concurrent bacteremia' (positive bacterial blood culture within 72 h of ICU admission) were identified. ICU admission was required for 142 patients, of which 22 (15.5 %) had concurrent bacteraemia. Species of the genus Streptococcus was the most common pathogens, followed by Escherichia coli then species of the genus Staphylococcus...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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