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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134245/esophageal-pressure-research-or-clinical-tool
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REVIEW
E Baedorf Kassis, S H Loring, D Talmor
Esophageal manometry has traditionally been utilized for respiratory physiology research, but clinicians have recently found numerous applications within the intensive care unit. Esophageal pressure (PEs) is a surrogate for pleural pressures (PPl), and the difference between airway pressure (PAO) and PEs provides a good estimate for the pressure across the lung also known as the transpulmonary pressure (PL). Differentiating the effects of mechanical ventilation and spontaneous breathing on the respiratory system, chest wall, and across the lung allows for improved personalization in clinical decision making...
November 13, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089921/the-neurological-wake-up-test-a-role-in-neurocritical-care-monitoring-of-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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REVIEW
Niklas Marklund
The most fundamental clinical monitoring tool in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients is the repeated clinical examination. In the severe TBI patient treated by continuous sedation in a neurocritical care (NCC) unit, sedation interruption is required to enable a clinical evaluation (named the neurological wake-up test; NWT) assessing the level of consciousness, pupillary diameter and reactivity to light, and presence of focal neurological deficits. There is a basic conflict regarding the NWT in the NCC setting; can the clinical information obtained by the NWT justify the risk of inducing a stress response in a severe TBI patient? Furthermore, in the presence of advanced multimodal monitoring and neuroimaging, is the NWT necessary to identify important clinical alterations? In studies of severe TBI patients, the NWT was consistently shown to induce a stress reaction including brief increases in intracranial pressure (ICP) and changes in cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035924/rotational-therapy-in-thoracic-injuries-what-is-the-evidence
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Philipp Störmann, Ingo Marzi, Sebastian Wutzler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the current use of continuous lateral rotational therapy (CLRT) in patients with thoracic injuries and its impact on clinical course, complications and outcome. RECENT FINDINGS: Patient positioning is a key factor in the treatment of severe thoracic injuries and CLRT, and intermittent supine and prone position are basic options. There is a lack of randomized controlled studies for trauma patients with chest injury undergoing kinetic therapy as standard of care...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982305/advanced-modes-of-mechanical-ventilation-introduction-for-the-critical-care-pharmacist
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Michael J Cawley
Mechanical ventilation continues to be an evolving modality in the critical care environment. Technological advances in microprocessor-controlled ventilation integrated with the complexity of new ventilator modes has provided the multidisciplinary team opportunities to further improve the care of the critically ill ventilator patients. As members of the critical care multidisciplinary team, pharmacists require a basic understanding of both conventional and advanced modes of mechanical ventilation in order to assist in optimizing medication use and ultimately patient health-care outcomes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966490/care-bundle-approach-to-reduce-device-associated-infections-in-a-tertiary-care-teaching-hospital-south-india
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Suman Susan Prakash, Deepashree Rajshekar, Anusha Cherian, Apurba Sankar Sastry
CONTEXT: The care bundle approach is a set of evidence-based practices that when performed collectively and reliably have been shown to improve the patient outcome. AIMS: To evaluate the impact of the bundle care approach on reducing device-associated infections (DAIs). SETTINGS AND DESIGN: The study was conducted at a tertiary care hospital, South India. The study period was from January 2016 to September 2016 which was divided into three phases, each comprising 3 months...
October 2017: Journal of Laboratory Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958773/pathophysiological-central-nervous-system-changes-in-a-porcine-model-of-acetaminophen-induced-acute-liver-failure
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Christian Thiel, Johannes Lauber, Wilfried Klingert, Kathrin Klingert, Matthias H Morgalla, Rudi Beschorner, Andreas Peter, Christian Grasshoff, Alfred Königsrainer, Martin Schenk, Karolin Thiel
BACKGROUND: Critical care management of patients suffering from acute liver failure (ALF) continues to be challenging. Animal models studying the pathophysiological central nervous system alterations during the course of ALF provide an opportunity to improve diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The aim of this study was to analyse the course of cerebral oxygenation in addition to conventional neuromonitoring during the course of acetaminophen-induced ALF. METHODS: ALF was induced by intrajejunal acetaminophen administration in 20 German landrace pigs...
November 5, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922228/anesthesia-capacity-in-ghana-a-teaching-hospital-s-resources-and-the-national-workforce-and-education
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Mark A Brouillette, Alfred J Aidoo, Maria A Hondras, Nana A Boateng, Akwasi Antwi-Kusi, William Addison, Alec R Hermanson
BACKGROUND: Quality anesthetic care is lacking in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Global health leaders call for perioperative capacity reports in limited-resource settings to guide improved health care initiatives. We describe a teaching hospital's resources and the national workforce and education in this LMIC capacity report. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, during 4 weeks in August 2016...
September 14, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864030/a-fatal-outbreak-of-st11-carbapenem-resistant-hypervirulent-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-a-chinese-hospital-a-molecular-epidemiological-study
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Danxia Gu, Ning Dong, Zhiwei Zheng, Di Lin, Man Huang, Lihua Wang, Edward Wai-Chi Chan, Lingbin Shu, Jiang Yu, Rong Zhang, Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae strains often cause life-threatening community-acquired infections in young and healthy hosts, but are usually sensitive to antibiotics. In this study, we investigated a fatal outbreak of ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by a new emerging hypervirulent K pneumoniae strain. METHODS: The outbreak occurred in the integrated intensive care unit of a new branch of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)...
August 29, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832958/the-role-of-heparin-in-sepsis-much-more-than-just-an-anticoagulant
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REVIEW
Xu Li, Xiaochun Ma
Despite progress in antibiotic treatment, mechanical ventilation, fluid resuscitation and blood glucose maintenance, sepsis remains a cause of high mortality in the intensive care unit to date, there are no proven treatment strategies for the routine management of septic patients. The extensive interaction between inflammation and coagulation contributes to the basic pathophysiology of sepsis. Thus, the agents that attenuate the activation of both inflammation and coagulation may improve the outcome in sepsis...
November 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828367/spontaneous-breathing-a-double-edged-sword-to-handle-with-care
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REVIEW
Tommaso Mauri, Barbara Cambiaghi, Elena Spinelli, Thomas Langer, Giacomo Grasselli
In acute hypoxemic respiratory failure (AHRF) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients, spontaneous breathing is associated with multiple physiologic benefits: it prevents muscles atrophy, avoids paralysis, decreases sedation needs and is associated with improved hemodynamics. On the other hand, in the presence of uncontrolled inspiratory effort, severe lung injury and asynchronies, spontaneous ventilation might also worsen lung edema, induce diaphragm dysfunction and lead to muscles exhaustion and prolonged weaning...
July 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777178/sleep-disordered-breathing
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Nancy R Foldvary-Schaefer, Tina E Waters
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sleep-disordered breathing encompasses a broad spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, as well as sleep-related hypoventilation and hypoxemia. Diagnostic criteria have been updated in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Third Edition and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Manual for Scoring Sleep and Associated Events. Neurologic providers should have basic knowledge and skills to identify at-risk patients, as these disorders are associated with substantial morbidity, the treatment of which is largely reversible...
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682893/burden-on-caregivers-of-ventilator-dependent-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Jui-Fang Liu, Man-Chi Lu, Tien-Pei Fang, Hong-Ren Yu, Hui-Ling Lin, Der-Long Fang
Caring for prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) patients imposes heavy psychological, physical, social, and financial burdens on caregivers. Currently, studies regarding the burden on caregivers of PMV patients are scant; therefore, the present study investigated the burden on caregivers of PMV patients.This cross-sectional study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Zuoying Armed Forces General Hospital. A survey was conducted among the caregivers of PMV patients who were admitted to a chronic respiratory care ward (RCW) or were receiving home care from June to December 2010...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677019/-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-basic-principles-and-treatment
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P M Spieth, A Güldner, M Gama de Abreu
Even after many years of intensive research acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is still associated with a high mortality. Epidemiologically, ARDS represents a central challenge for modern intensive care treatment. The multifactorial etiology of ARDS complicates the clear identification and evaluation of new therapeutic interventions. Lung protective mechanical ventilation and adjuvant therapies, such as the prone position and targeted extracorporeal lung support are of particular importance in the treatment of ARDS, depending on the severity of the disease...
July 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639944/clinical-impact-and-efficacy-of-bedside-echocardiography-on-patient-management-in-pediatric-intensive-care-units-picus-a-prospective-study
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Sanliay Şahin, Mutlu Uysal Yazıcı, Ganime Ayar, Tülin Köksal, İbrahim İlker Çetin, Filiz Ekici, Abdullah Kocabaş
OBJECTIVE: To determine the indication and necessity of echocardiographic assessment and therapeutic interventions in critically ill children. METHODS: A total of 140 children, including 75 mechanically ventilated (MV) and 65 spontaneously breathing (SB) children, who were admitted consecutively from March to August 2013 were evaluated prospectively. Data regarding the indication for echocardiography and therapeutic approaches used were documented. For evaluating disease severity, the Pediatric Risk of Mortality Score III (PRISM) was ascertained...
June 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625234/-effect-of-global-end-diastolic-volume-index-guidance-fluid-resuscitation-in-elderly-patients-with-septic-shock
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Shuang Ma, Rumin Zhang, Shifu Wang, Meiling Zhao, Lei Wang, Yun Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of global end diastolic volume index (GEDVI) on fluid resuscitation in elderly patients with septic shock. METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted. Septic shock patients over 65 years admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Shandong Province, Zibo Central Hospital from January 2013 to December 2015 were enrolled. The patients were randomly divided into control group and observation group, 20 cases in each group...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622477/an-examination-of-factors-affecting-the-length-of-stay-in-a-palliative-care-center
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Metin Dincer, Kadriye Kahveci, Cihan Doger
BACKGROUND: With the increase in elderly population, life-threatening chronic diseases are increasing, simultaneously increasing the need for palliative care centers (PCCs). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the factors affecting the length of stay (LOS) and discharge of patients from a PCC. METHODS: A retrospective scan was made of the records of patients followed up in the PCC between January 2013 and March 2016. A record was made of patient age, gender, diagnosis, conditions/comorbidities, Glasgow Coma Scale, Karnofsky Performance Scale, LOS, prognosis (exitus or surviving), percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), tracheostomy, mechanical ventilator, nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN] or enteral nutrition), and the results of cultures taken during stay in PCCs (blood, tracheal aspirate, urine, rectal swab, wound)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571104/a-review-of-the-burns-caseload-of-a-physician-based-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Karina Hall, Brian Burns
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe patient demographics, injuries, physiology and interventions performed by retrieval physicians in the care of burns patients in both a pre-hospital and interhospital setting. METHODS: A retrospective review of patient records from a large Australian Helicopter Emergency Medical Service was conducted. Demographics, injury, burn type, physiology and intervention data were extracted into a database for statistical analysis...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535026/tetanus-%C3%A2-n%C3%A3-stan-bortgl%C3%A3-md-men-allvarlig-sjukdom-%C3%A3-ldre-kvinnor-%C3%A3-r-en-riskgrupp-diagnosen-kan-vara-en-utmaning
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Bernhard Hozgraefe, Akad Koria, Victoria Sem, Joak Johansson
Tetanus, an almost forgotten but serious disease Tetanus is the systemic consequence of a local infection with Clostridium tetani, that produces toxin which spreads in the systemic circulation. In developed countries, it is extremely rare. Women born before 1950 are a group at risk due to lower prevalence of immunisation. This report describes a case of tetanus. The patient is a previously healthy 82-year-old woman. She presented to primary care with a complaint of stiffness in the neck and jaw. A physical exam and basic laboratory tests were normal apart from a slightly increased blood pressure...
May 22, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524029/-predictive-value-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-on-mechanical-ventilation-weaning
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Hui Wang, Ming Ma, Desheng Chen, Gang Li, Shupeng Wang, Jingen Xia, Jun Duan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of left ventricular diastolic function on mechanical ventilation weaning in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 0.50. METHODS: A retrospective case control study was conducted. Sixty-five patients with LVEF > 0.50 undergoing mechanical ventilation for more than 48 hours admitted to surgery intensive care unit (ICU) of China-Japan Friendship Hospital from June 2014 to December 2016 were enrolled...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482805/management-of-potentially-life-threatening-emergencies-at-74-primary-level-hospitals-in-mongolia-results-of-a-prospective-observational-multicenter-study
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Naranpurev Mendsaikhan, Davaa Gombo, Ganbold Lundeg, Christian Schmittinger, Martin W Dünser
BACKGROUND: While the capacities to care for and epidemiology of emergency and critically ill patients have been reported for secondary and tertiary level hospitals in Mongolia, no data exist for Mongolian primary level hospitals. METHODS: In this prospective, observational multicenter study, 74 primary level hospitals of Mongolia were included. We determined the capacities of these hospitals to manage medical emergencies. Furthermore, characteristics of patients presenting with potentially life-threatening emergencies to these hospitals were evaluated during a 6 month period...
May 8, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
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