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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911257/individualized-antibiotic-therapy-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Gurdal Yilmaz, Sedat Saylan, Firdevs Aksoy, Iftihar Koksal
The optimal duration of treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is still the subject of debate. While 1-week treatment has been reported as possibly sufficient, patients generally receive antibiotic therapy for 10-14 days. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether length of treatment in patients with VAP can be reduced with an individualized therapeutic strategy. The study was performed prospectively with patients diagnosed with VAP in our hospital's intensive care units between 1 January and 31 December, 2015...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911143/factors-predicting-life-threatening-infections-with-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-adult-patients
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Se Yoon Park, Taeeun Kim, Young Rock Jang, Min-Chul Kim, Yong Pil Chong, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Sung-Han Kim
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a significant cause of acute respiratory illness with a clinical spectrum ranging from self-limiting upper respiratory infection to severe lower respiratory infection in elderly persons as well as young children. However, there are limited data on risk factors for life-threatening infections that could guide the appropriate use of antiviral agents in adult patients with RSV. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study from October 2013 to September 2015...
December 2, 2016: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911103/tools-for-outcome-prediction-in-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Faheem Khan, Mark B Owens, Marcos Restrepo, Pedro Povoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is one of the most common causes of mortality world-wide. The mortality rate of patients with CAP is influenced by the severity of the disease, treatment failure and the requirement for hospitalization and/or intensive care unit (ICU) management, all of which may be predicted by biomarkers and clinical scoring systems. Areas Covered: We review the recent literature examining the efficacy of established and newly-developed clinical scores, biological and inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT) and Interleukin-6 (IL-6), whether used alone or in conjunction with clinical severity scores to assess the severity of CAP, predict treatment failure, guide acute in-hospital or ICU admission and predict mortality...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910867/effects-of-annual-influenza-vaccination-on-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-nationwide-cohort-study
#4
Chi-Ching Chang, Yu-Sheng Chang, Wei-Sheng Chen, Yi-Hsuan Chen, Jin-Hua Chen
Studies on the clinical efficacy of influenza vaccination on patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are scant. The present study compared the incidence of hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality in patients with SLE between cohorts with and without influenza vaccination. We used the Taiwan's insurance claims data between 2001 and 2012 for identifying annual adult patients with SLE with (N = 1765) and without (N = 8360) influenza vaccination. The incidence rate ratio and hazard ratio (HR) for morbidities and mortality were measured for the vaccine and nonvaccine cohorts...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910193/use-of-organs-from-donors-with-bloodstream-infection-pneumonia-and-influenza-results-of-a-survey-of-infectious-diseases-practitioners
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Sanjay R Mehta, Cathy Logan, Camille N Kotton, Deepali Kumar, Saima Aslam
BACKGROUND: Potential organ donors may be admitted with an infection to an intensive care unit, or contract a nosocomial infection during their stay, increasing the risk of potential transmission to the recipient. Because of a lack of practice guidelines and large-scale data on this topic, we undertook a survey to assess the willingness of transplant infectious diseases (ID) physicians to accept such organs. METHODS: We performed a 10-question survey of ID providers from the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Disease Community of Practice to determine the scope of practice regarding acceptance of organs from donors with bloodstream infection, pneumonia, and influenza prior to organ procurement, as well as management of such infections following transplantation...
December 2, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909608/comparison-of-two-different-enteral-nutrition-protocol-in-critically-ill-patients
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Sibel Büyükçoban, Mert Akan, Uğur Koca, Merih Yıldız Eğlen, Meltem Çiçeklioğlu, Ömür Mavioğlu
OBJECTIVE: In this study, two enteral nutrition protocols with different gastric residual volumes (GRVs) and different monitoring intervals were compared with respect to gastrointestinal intolerance findings in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: The study was carried out prospectively in 60 patients in the anaesthesiology and reanimation ICU under mechanical ventilation support, who were scheduled to take enteral feeding. Patients were sequentially divided into two groups: Group 1, GRV threshold of 100 mL, and monitoring interval of 4 hours, and Group 2, GRV threshold of 200 mL, monitoring interval of 8 hours...
October 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909603/analyzing-exposures-to-electromagnetic-fields-in-an-intensive-care-unit
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Necati Gökmen, Sabri Erdem, Kadir Atilla Toker, Elvan Öçmen, Başak Ilgım Gökmen, Ahmet Özkurt
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we conducted a numerical analysis of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in a hospital's intensive care unit that is one of the most crucial one in terms of hazardous areas among all service units. This is a new study for measuring exposure to EMFs in an intensive care unit as well as other healthcare services in Turkey. METHODS: We measured the EMFs in the intensive care unit with a SRM-3006 (selective radiation metre), which was used for measurement of the absolute and the limit values of high frequency EMFs...
October 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909593/our-anaesthetic-experiences-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-mitraclip-implantation
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Ezgi Erkılıç, Elvin Kesimci, Cihan Döğer, Tülin Gümüş, Süleyman Ellik, Orhan Kanbak
OBJECTIVE: Percutaneous mitraclip implantation system, is a new technique developed for patients with high surgical risks. It is generally performed in a catheterisation laboratory with the guidance of fluoroscopy and transesophageal echocardiography. In this study, we aimed to share our experiences on anaesthetic in patients undergoing mitraclip implantation under general anaesthesia. METHODS: Eighty four patients with severe, symptomatic mitral insufficiency, who had undergone MitraClip implantation under general anaesthesia between July 2012 and March 2015 (54 male, 30 female; mean age: 68...
August 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909374/cardiorespiratory-physiotherapy-around-the-clock-experience-at-a-university-hospital
#9
Marianne Devroey, Catherine Buyse, Michelle Norrenberg, Anne-Marie Ros, Jean-Louis Vincent
Purpose: To document and describe the use of a hospital-wide, 24-hour cardiorespiratory physiotherapy service run by an intensive care unit (ICU) team of physiotherapists. Methods: We prospectively collected data on all non-ICU hospital patients who used the 24-hours-per-day cardiorespiratory physiotherapy service over a 1-year period between July 2013 and June 2014. The ICU physiotherapists documented the reason, origin of referral, time of call, and type and frequency of treatment of each patient. Results: Over the 1-year period, the ICU physiotherapists administered 2,192 out-of-hours cardiorespiratory physiotherapy treatments (n=685 patients) outside the ICU...
2016: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909277/-complete-transection-of-the-cervical-trachea-caused-by-chest-blunt-trauma
#10
Masahiro Yamada, Masami Abiko
A 52-year-old man was injured when driving through the gate by a motorcycle without noticing the rope between the gateposts. He developed hoarseness, subcutaneous emphysema and dyspnea, and was transferred to our hospital by an ambulance. Chest X-ray and computed tomography showed subcutaneous and mediastinal emphysema, and complete transection of the cervical trachea. Since respiratory distress progressed rapidly, we performed tracheostomy in the intensive care unit, and the patient was carried to the operating room...
December 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908955/measuring-family-satisfaction-with-care-delivered-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#11
Kathleen Clark, Kerry A Milner, Marlene Beck, Virginia Mason
BACKGROUND: In our competitive health care environment, measuring the experience of family members of patients in the intensive care unit to ensure that health care providers are meeting families' needs is critical. Surveys from Press Ganey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are unable to capture families' satisfaction with care in this setting. OBJECTIVE: To implement a sustainable measure for family satisfaction in a 12-bed medical and surgical intensive care unit...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908954/chlorhexidine-impregnated-dressings-and-prevention-of-catheter-associated-bloodstream-infections-in-a-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Duygu Sönmez Düzkaya, Nejla Canbulat Sahiner, Gülzade Uysal, Tülay Yakut, Agop Çitak
BACKGROUND: Bloodstream infections related to use of catheters are associated with increased morbidity and mortality rates, prolonged hospital lengths of stay, and increased medical costs. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings with that of standard dressings in preventing catheter-related bloodstream infections. METHODS: A total of 100 children were randomly divided into 2 groups of 50 each: a chlorhexidine group and a standard group...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908947/integrating-nurse-practitioners-into-intensive-care-units
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Shari Simone, Carmel A McComiskey, Brooke Andersen
As demand for nurse practitioners in all types of intensive care units continues to increase, ensuring successful integration of these nurses into adult and pediatric general and specialty intensive care units poses several challenges. Adding nurse practitioners requires strategic planning to define critical aspects of the care delivery model before the practitioners are hired, develop a comprehensive program for integrating and training these nurses, and create a plan for implementing the program. Key strategies to ensure successful integration include defining and implementing the role of nurse practitioners, providing options for orientation, and supporting and training novice nurse practitioners...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908944/use-of-neuromuscular-blockers-during-therapeutic-hypothermia-after-cardiac-arrest-a-nursing-protocol
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Coraline Boulila, Samia Ben Abdallah, Aude Marincamp, Vincent Coic, Romuald Lauverjat, Nicole Ericher, Wulfran Bougouin, Jean-Paul Mira, Alain Cariou, Guillaume Geri
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular blockers used to prevent shivering during therapeutic hypothermia in comatose patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are associated with adverse events. OBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of a nurse-implemented protocol on use of neuromuscular blockers in patients treated with 24-hour therapeutic hypothermia after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. METHODS: A before and after study was done in a 24-bed cardiac arrest center...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907968/palliative-care-practice-in-neurocritical-care
#15
Andrea K Knies, David Y Hwang
Many neurocritically ill patients and their families have high amounts of palliative care needs. Multiple professional societies relevant to neurocritical care have released consensus statements on meeting palliative care needs in neuroscience intensive care units. In this review, the authors discuss the ongoing debate regarding what model of palliative care delivery is optimal, focus on the process of shared decision making during goals-of-care discussions, and briefly comment on transitions from intensive care to comfort care...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907967/modern-approach-to-brain-death
#16
Panayiotis N Varelas, Ariane Lewis
People die either when their heart and respiration stop or when their brain irreversibly stops functioning. This latter mode of death by neurologic criteria (also called brain death) emerged after the development of ventilators and intensive care units in the late 1950s and 1960s. Brain death is universally accepted as a modern entity, but the complex process for declaring a patient brain dead is not uniformly followed across country and state lines or even hospital policies, creating unacceptable variability and risks for falsely pronouncing a patient dead...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907966/getting-rid-of-weakness-in-the-icu-an-updated-approach-to-the-acute-management-of-myasthenia-gravis-and-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
#17
Alexis A Lizarraga, Karlo J Lizarraga, Michael Benatar
After prompt diagnosis, severe myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) usually require management in the intensive care unit. In the myasthenic patient, recognition of precipitating factors is paramount, and frequent monitoring of bulbar, upper airway, and/or respiratory muscle strength is needed to identify impending myasthenic crisis. Noninvasive ventilation can be attempted prior to intubation and mechanical ventilation in the setting of respiratory failure. Cholinesterase inhibitors should be discontinued, but resumed prior to extubation, and steroid dosage could be increased once the airway is secured...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907965/movement-disorders-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#18
Sara M Schaefer, Rezvan Rostami, David M Greer
Movement disorders are common; yet to those without subspecialty experience they can be difficult to recognize, categorize, and manage. Although most frequently encountered in an outpatient setting, patients with movement disorders are commonly hospitalized and often admitted to the intensive care unit, leading to possible confusion about their proper care. In addition, movement disorders can arise in critical care settings for several reasons, including medication side effects, substance withdrawal, or development of a new syndrome...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907964/critical-care-neurology-perspective-on-delirium
#19
Matthew B Maas, Andrew M Naidech
The evidence linking delirium to poor outcomes after critical illness is compelling, including higher mortality, prolonged mechanical ventilation, longer length of intensive care unit stay, and long-term cognitive impairments. The attitude toward delirium in the neurologic community is shifting away from viewing it as an unmodifiable, inevitable consequence of severe illness to treating it is as a neurologic emergency, akin to seizures or encephalitis. Delirium, like other manifestations of critical illness encephalopathy, is an organ dysfunction syndrome...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907963/optimizing-medication-outcomes-in-neurocritical-care-focus-on-clinical-pharmacology
#20
Denise H Rhoney, Kathryn Morbitzer, Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek
Drug dosing in neurocritically ill patients presents enormous challenges for clinicians due to the complex pathophysiological alterations. These alterations are dynamic both between and within patients. Unpredictable exposure from standard dosing regimens, which were extrapolated to intensive care unit patients from healthy volunteer studies, may influence medication outcomes. Knowledge of potential alterations in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics in these patients could be applied to maximize the clinical response and minimize adverse effects...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
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