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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033819/an-unusual-presentation-of-pyoderma-gangrenosum-leading-to-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome
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Ali Didan, Alan Donnelly, Hock Chua
This is a report of an atypical presentation of pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) in a 26-year-old male who had a negative septic screen. The patient had a life-threatening presentation requiring an intensive care unit (ICU) admission for vasopressor support. It was thought that the likely cause of circulatory collapse was an overwhelming cytokine reaction or systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) secondary to extensive PG lesions rather than septic shock. The patient presented with multiple large ulcers, the largest being 4 cm in diameter on the central chest...
September 2017: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976870/efficacy-of-a-bundle-approach-in-preventing-the-incidence-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-vap
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Sandra Burja, Tina Belec, Nika Bizjak, Jernej Mori, Andrej Markota, Andreja Sinkovič
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a potentially preventable iatrogenic illness that may develop following mechanical ventilation. A bundle for the prevention of VAP consists of different measures which may vary between institutions, and may include: elevation of the head of the bed, oral care with chlorhexidine, subglottic suctioning, daily assessment for extubation and the need for proton-pump inhibitors, use of closed suction systems, and maintaining endotracheal cuff pressure at 25 cmH2O. Our aim was to determine the efficacy of a VAP prevention bundle, consisting of the above-mentioned measures, by evaluating the incidence of VAP before (no-VAP-B group) and after (VAP-B group) the introduction of the bundle...
October 4, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936962/-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-a-new-fixation-tape-for-tracheal-catheter-in-intensive-care-patients
#3
Limin Chen, Ruihong Liu, Biyu Shen, Lingling Wang, Zhiming Cui, Guanhua Xu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a new type of fixation tape for tracheal catheter in intensive care patients. METHODS: A purposive sampling study was conducted. Ninety patients experienced oral tracheal intubation for mechanical ventilation, and admitted to respiratory intensive care unit (ICU) of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University from November 2015 to February 2017 were enrolled. All the patients were randomly (random number) divided into the control group and the observation group with 45 patients in each group...
September 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933744/energy-and-protein-in-critically-ill-patients-with-aki-a-prospective-multicenter-observational-study-using-indirect-calorimetry-and-protein-catabolic-rate
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Alice Sabatino, Miriam Theilla, Moran Hellerman, Pierre Singer, Umberto Maggiore, Maria Barbagallo, Giuseppe Regolisti, Enrico Fiaccadori
The optimal nutritional support in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) still remains an open issue. The present study was aimed at evaluating the validity of conventional predictive formulas for the calculation of both energy expenditure and protein needs in critically ill patients with AKI. A prospective, multicenter, observational study was conducted on adult patients hospitalized with AKI in three different intensive care units (ICU). Nutrient needs were estimated by different methods: the Guidelines of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) for both calories and proteins, the Harris-Benedict equation, the Penn-State and Faisy-Fagon equations for energy...
July 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923476/evaluation-of-nutrition-support-practices-results-from-a-nationwide-survey
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Wajdy Abi Saleh, Pierre Bou Khalil, Krystel Ouaijan, Fayez Abillama, Sandra Akiki, Nehmat Ahmad, Lama Mattar
BACKGROUND: Multiple clinical guidelines are available to improve and standardize the delivery of nutrition support. However, recommendations are not being universally applied at the bedside due to challenges of resources and barriers of knowledge. Assessing the current level of nutrition support practice is the first step to understand the barriers and ultimately implement potential strategies to increase guideline adherence and promote quality nutrition support in hospitals. There are no published data concerning the practice of nutrition support in Lebanese hospitals...
September 7, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915879/the-effect-of-sedation-and-or-analgesia-as-rescue-treatment-during-noninvasive-positive-pressure-ventilation-in-the-patients-with-interface-intolerance-after-extubation
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Yue-Nan Ni, Ting Wang, He Yu, Bin-Miao Liang, Zong-An Liang
BACKGROUND: Sedation and/or analgesia can relieve the patient-ventilator asynchrony. However, whether sedation and/or analgesia can benefit the clinical outcome of the patients with interface intolerance is still unclear. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on patients with interface intolerance who received noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) after extubation in seven intensive care units (ICU) of West China Hospital, Sichuan University. The primary outcome was rate of NIPPV failure (defined as need for reintubation and mechanical ventilation); Secondary outcomes were hospital mortality rate and length of ICU stay after extubation...
September 15, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889900/a-62-year-old-woman-with-wheezing-respiratory-failure-and-an-abnormal-ct%C3%A2-scan
#7
Peter Hountras, Hector Cajigas
A previously healthy 62-year-old woman was transferred to the ICU from the medical ward with acute bronchospastic respiratory failure requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. Four weeks before, the patient was vacationing in Arizona and acquired a mildly productive cough as well as mild dyspnea. She presented to an urgent care facility and was diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia. She received a 5-day course of azithromycin, with partial improvement of her symptoms. The patient returned home 1 week prior to admission, reporting worsening dyspnea, chest pressure, cough, and fever...
September 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881078/the-effects-of-nurse-led-clinical-pathway-in-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-a-quasi-experimental-study
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Ayda Kebapçı, Nevin Kanan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: Develop and evaluate the effects of a nurse-led clinical pathway (CP) for patients undergoing CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery). BACKGROUND: A CP is a multidisciplinary care plan, based on evidence and guidelines to provide consistent, quality care to patients and improve outcomes. DESIGN: Prospective, quasi-experimental design. METHODS: Patients hospitalized for CABG between April 2014 and November 2015 in a hospital in Turkey were studied...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877374/role-of-oral-nystatin-prophylaxis-in-cardiac-surgery-with-prolongedextracorporeal-circulation
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Alessandro Russo, Giovanni Carriero, Alessio Farcomeni, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Luigi Tritapepe, Mario Venditti
Duration >120 minutes of extracorporeal circulation (ECC) during cardiopulmonary bypass procedure was associated to an increased risk of candidemia in the intensive care unit (ICU). To evaluate oral nystatin prophylaxis in cardiac surgery considering its exclusive effect on Candida, in the absence of systemic effects and selection of resistant strains to polyene. We conducted an observational study in the postcardiac surgery ICU of Policlinico "Umberto I" of Rome. From January 2014, all patients with a prolonged ECC >120 minutes were systematically treated with oral nystatin (Prophylaxis group)...
September 6, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873293/the-role-of-midodrine-for-hypotension-outside-of-the-intensive-care-unit
#10
Lawrence B Gutman, Ben J Wilson
Midodrine is an oral, peripherally acting alpha-adrenergic agonist. After gaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1996 for orthostatic hypotension, its use has evolved to target vasoplegic conditions such as intradialytic hypotension in the end-stage renal disease population, refractory ascites in cirrhotic patients to support diuresis, and in hepatorenal syndrome. Upon oral ingestion, the drug undergoes enzymatic hydrolysis to an active metabolite, desglymidodrine. Its use has been well tolerated at 2...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830529/oral-hygiene-in-intensive-care-unit-patients-with-photodynamic-therapy-study-protocol-for-randomised-controlled-trial
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Gabriela Alves Da Collina, Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini-Horliana, Daniela de Fátima Teixeira da Silva, Priscila Larcher Longo, Maria Luisa Faria Makabe, Christiane Pavani
BACKGROUND: In intensive care units (ICUs), nosocomial infections are prevalent conditions and they have been related to high mortality indexes. Some studies have suggested that inefficient oral hygiene and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are related. Nowadays, in the Brazilian public health system there is no well-defined protocol for oral hygiene in an ICU. Due to the drawbacks of the use of antibiotics, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as an interesting technique in order to reduce antimicrobial-resistant pathogens...
August 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829877/effect-of-ganciclovir-on-il-6-levels-among-cytomegalovirus-seropositive-adults-with-critical-illness-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ajit P Limaye, Renee D Stapleton, Lili Peng, Scott R Gunn, Louise E Kimball, Robert Hyzy, Matthew C Exline, D Clark Files, Peter E Morris, Stephen K Frankel, Mark E Mikkelsen, Duncan Hite, Kyle B Enfield, Jay Steingrub, James O'Brien, Polly E Parsons, Joseph Cuschieri, Richard G Wunderink, David L Hotchkin, Ying Q Chen, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Michael Boeckh
Importance: The role of cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation in mediating adverse clinical outcomes in nonimmunosuppressed adults with critical illness is unknown. Objective: To determine whether ganciclovir prophylaxis reduces plasma interleukin 6 (IL-6) levels in CMV-seropositive adults who are critically ill. Design, Setting, and Participants: Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial (conducted March 10, 2011-April 29, 2016) with a follow-up of 180 days (November 10, 2016) that included 160 CMV-seropositive adults with either sepsis or trauma and respiratory failure at 14 university intensive care units (ICUs) across the United States...
August 22, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800373/dysphagia-and-speech-language-pathology-involvement-following-chemical-ingestion-injury-a-review-of-44-cases-admitted-to-a-quaternary-australian-hospital-2008-2012
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Anna F Rumbach, Rebecca Cremer
Purpose: This study aimed to explore the clinical characteristics of an adult chemical ingestion population and examine the course of return to oral intake post injury and speech-language pathologist (SLP) involvement during the initial acute-care admission. Method: A retrospective chart review of adults admitted to a quaternary hospital for the treatment of an acute chemical ingestion injury between 2008 and 2012 was conducted. Results: Forty-four adults (23 men, 21 women) were identified as receiving treatment for ingestion injury, of whom 18 (40...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790009/impact-of-a-visual-aid-on-discordance-between-physicians-and-family-members
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Gabrielle Burelli, Chloé Berthelier, Hélène Vanacker, Léonard Descaillot, Bénédicte Philippon-Jouve, Xavier Fabre, Mahmoud Kaaki, Jean-Charles Chakarian, Alexandre Domine, Pascal Beuret
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the impact of a visual aid on the discordance about prognosis between physicians and family members. METHODS: The study was performed in a general intensive care department with two 6-bed units. In the unit A, family members could consult a visual aid depicting day by day the evolution of global, hemodynamic, respiratory, renal and neurological conditions of the patient on a 10 point scale. In the unit B, they only received oral medical information...
August 5, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767690/a-simplified-prevention-bundle-with-dual-hand-hygiene-audit-reduces-early-onset-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-cardiovascular-surgery-units-an-interrupted-time-series-analysis
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Kang-Cheng Su, Yu Ru Kou, Fang-Chi Lin, Chieh-Hung Wu, Jia-Yih Feng, Shiang-Fen Huang, Tao-Fen Shiung, Kwei-Chun Chung, Yu-Hsiu Tung, Kuang-Yao Yang, Shi-Chuan Chang
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of a simplified prevention bundle with alcohol-based, dual hand hygiene (HH) audit on the incidence of early-onset ventilation-associated pneumonia (VAP). METHODS: This 3-year, quasi-experimental study with interrupted time-series analysis was conducted in two cardiovascular surgery intensive care units in a medical center. Unaware external HH audit (eHH) performed by non-unit-based observers was a routine task before and after bundle implementation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743340/-ventilator-bundle-guided-by-context-of-jci-settings-can-effectively-reduce-the-morbidity-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
#16
Lili Zhao, Lili Liu, Jing Chen, Caili Yang, Jianjian Nie, Minwei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the impact of improving the compliance of ventilator bundle on morbidity of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in intensive care unit (ICU) patients undergoing mechanical ventilation (MV) guided by context of Joint Commission International (JCI) settings, and to study the oral care efficacy of suction tube sponge brush. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted. The patients who needed MV admitted to Department of Critical Care Medicine of the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University from January 2013 to December 2016 were enrolled...
July 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702304/oral-versus-intravenous-clarithromycin-in-moderate-to-severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-an-observational-study
#17
Nikolas Rae, Aran Singanayagam, Stuart Schembri, James D Chalmers
OBJECTIVES: British Thoracic Society guidelines recommend clarithromycin in addition to beta-lactam antibiotics for patients with community-acquired pneumonia and CURB-65 score 2-5. Intravenous therapy is commonly used but there are few data on whether oral therapy is equally effective. METHODS: This observational study used propensity matching to compare two groups of patients with moderate to severe community-acquired pneumonia (CURB-65 score 2-5) treated with oral (n = 226) or intravenous (n = 226) clarithromycin on admission...
2017: Pneumonia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631452/the-impact-of-the-anaesthetic-conserving-device-on-occupational-exposure-to-isoflurane-among-intensive-care-healthcare-professionals
#18
Jennifer Herzog-Niescery, Heike Vogelsang, Philipp Gude, Hans-Martin Seipp, Horst Bartz, Waldemar Uhl, Thomas P Weber, Martin Bellgardt
BACKGROUND: Use of Anesthetic Conserving Devices (ACD) for inhalational isoflurane sedation in intensive care units (ICU) has grown in recent years, and healthcare professionals are concerned about isoflurane pollution and exposure-related health risks. Real-time measurements to determine isoflurane exposure in ICU personnel during short-term patient care procedures and ACD handling have not yet been performed. METHODS: Isoflurane concentrations in the breathing zones of ICU staff (25 cm around the nose and mouth) were measured, by photoacoustic gas monitoring, during daily practice including tracheal suctioning, oral hygiene, body care, and patient positioning...
June 14, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616433/medication-errors-in-patients-with-enteral-feeding-tubes-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#19
Seyed Mojtaba Sohrevardi, Mohammad Hossein Jarahzadeh, Ehsan Mirzaei, Mahtabalsadat Mirjalili, Arefeh Dehghani Tafti, Behrooz Heydari
OBJECTIVE: Most patients admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) have problems in using oral medication or ingesting solid forms of drugs. Selecting the most suitable dosage form in such patients is a challenge. The current study was conducted to assess the frequency and types of errors of oral medication administration in patients with enteral feeding tubes or suffering swallowing problems. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in the ICU of Shahid Sadoughi Hospital, Yazd, Iran...
April 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594615/oral-decontamination-techniques-and-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
#20
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ranjitha Chacko, Amala Rajan, Prabha Lionel, M Thilagavathi, Bijesh Yadav, Jeyarani Premkumar
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the major nosocomial infections in the intensive care unit (ICU), contributing to increased mortality and morbidity. Studies have shown that oral decontamination through the use of mechanical and pharmacological agents significantly reduces the incidence of VAP, but oral care practices in ICUs are not consistent. A double-blind randomised controlled trial was undertaken in the medical ICU of a tertiary care centre in India, to assess the efficacy of a toothbrush-based oral care technique in reducing incidence of VAP...
June 8, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
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