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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733536/do-cancer-patients-with-dementia-receive-less-aggressive-treatment-in-end-of-life-care-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Huei-Kai Huang, Jyh-Gang Hsieh, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Ying-Wei Wang
Dementia is a progressive, incurable disease that can deprive patients of the ability to make decisions. This study determines whether dementia influences the medical care that a cancer patient receives at the end of life. We conducted a nationwide population-based cohort study on patients aged ≥20 with newly diagnosed cancer during 2000-2012. After matching to reduce confounders, there were 7,111 patients with and 28,444 without dementia. The adjusted odd ratios (OR) for medical interventions, including intensive care, palliative care, invasive procedures, and advanced diagnostic testing, were calculated for the final month and three months of life by a multiple logistic regression model...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720671/the-impact-of-ventilator-associated-events-in-critically-ill-subjects-with-prolonged-mechanical-ventilation
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Hidetsugu Kobayashi, Shigehiko Uchino, Masanori Takinami, Shoichi Uezono
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a surveillance definition for respiratory complications in ventilated patients, ventilator-associated events (VAE), to replace ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). VAE consists of ventilator-associated conditions (VAC), infection-related ventilator-associated complications (IVAC), and possible VAP. A duration of mechanical ventilation of at least 4 d is required to diagnose VAE. However, the observed duration of mechanical ventilation was < 4 d in many previous studies...
July 18, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719660/factors-associated-with-life-sustaining-treatment-restriction-in-a-general-intensive-care-unit
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Stein Arve Skjaker, Henrik Hoel, Vegard Dahl, Knut Stavem
PURPOSE: Few previous studies have investigated associations between clinical variables available after 24 hours in the intensive care unit (ICU), including the Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI), and decisions to restrict life-sustaining treatment. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with the life-sustaining treatment restriction and to explore if CCI contributes to explaining decisions to restrict life-sustaining treatment in the ICU at a university hospital in Norway from 2007 to 2009...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718658/the-effect-of-nurse-to-patient-ratios-on-nurse-sensitive-patient-outcomes-in-acute-specialist-units-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andrea Driscoll, Maria J Grant, Diane Carroll, Sally Dalton, Christi Deaton, Ian Jones, Daniela Lehwaldt, Gabrielle McKee, Theresa Munyombwe, Felicity Astin
BACKGROUND: Nurses are pivotal in the provision of high quality care in acute hospitals. However, the optimal dosing of the number of nurses caring for patients remains elusive. In light of this, an updated review of the evidence on the effect of nurse staffing levels on patient outcomes is required. AIM: To undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the association between nurse staffing levels and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716363/clinical-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-of-patients-with-severe-influenza-receiving-intravenous-peramivir-salvage-therapy-in-intensive-care-units
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Ching-Yuan Yeh, Fu-Der Wang, Yu-Chung Chuang, Chia-Jui Yang, Shiang-Fen Huang, Wen-Sung Weng, Chun-Hsin Liaw, Wang-Huei Sheng
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated patients with severe influenza who receive intravenous peramivir for salvage therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data from 71 patients with severe influenza who received intravenous peramivir therapy in the intensive care units of three medical centers between 2012 and 2016. All patients received oseltamivir or zanamivir before the administration of peramivir. RESULTS: A total of 44 men and 27 women with a median age of 55 years were enrolled...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712581/cost-and-contribution-margin-of-transcatheter-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement
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Fenton H McCarthy, Danielle C Savino, Chase R Brown, Joseph E Bavaria, Vinay Kini, Danielle D Spragan, Taylor R Dibble, Howard C Herrmann, Saif Anwaruddin, Jay Giri, Wilson Y Szeto, Peter W Groeneveld, Nimesh D Desai
OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost of and payments for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a novel and expensive technology, and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). METHODS: Medicare claims provided hospital charges, payments, and outcomes between January and December 2012. Hospital costs and charges were estimated using hospital-specific cost-to-charge ratios. Costs and payments were examined in propensity score- matched TAVR and SAVR patients. RESULTS: Medicare spent $215,770,200 nationally on 4083 patients who underwent TAVR in 2012...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703019/effectiveness-and-safety-of-magnesium-replacement-in-critically-ill-patients-admitted-to-the-medical-intensive-care-unit-in-an-academic-medical-center-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Drayton A Hammond, Jelena Stojakovic, Niranjan Kathe, Julie Tran, Oktawia A Clem, Kristina Erbach, Jarrod King
BACKGROUND: "Rules of thumb" for the replacement of electrolytes, including magnesium, in critical care settings are used, despite minimal empirical validation of their ability to achieve a target serum concentration. This study's purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety surrounding magnesium replacement in medically, critically ill patients with mild-to-moderate hypomagnesemia. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective, observational evaluation of episodes of intravenous magnesium replacement ordered for patients with mild-to-moderate hypomagnesemia (1...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701223/low-dose-immunoglobulin-g-is-not-associated-with-mortality-in-patients-with-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Yusuke Iizuka, Masamitsu Sanui, Yusuke Sasabuchi, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Mineji Hayakawa, Shinjiro Saito, Shigehiko Uchino, Kazuma Yamakawa, Daisuke Kudo, Kohei Takimoto, Toshihiko Mayumi, Takeo Azuhata, Fumihito Ito, Shodai Yoshihiro, Katsura Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi Nakashima, Takayuki Ogura, Eiichiro Noda, Yoshihiko Nakamura, Ryosuke Sekine, Yoshiaki Yoshikawa, Motohiro Sekino, Keiko Ueno, Yuko Okuda, Masayuki Watanabe, Akihito Tampo, Nobuyuki Saito, Yuya Kitai, Hiroki Takahashi, Iwao Kobayashi, Yutaka Kondo, Wataru Matsunaga, Sho Nachi, Toru Miike, Hiroshi Takahashi, Shuhei Takauji, Kensuke Umakoshi, Takafumi Todaka, Hiroshi Kodaira, Kohkichi Andoh, Takehiko Kasai, Yoshiaki Iwashita, Hideaki Arai, Masato Murata, Masahiro Yamane, Kazuhiro Shiga, Naoto Hori
BACKGROUND: The administration of low-dose intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIgG) (5 g/day for 3 days; approximate total 0.3 g/kg) is widely used as an adjunctive treatment for patients with sepsis in Japan, but its efficacy in the reduction of mortality has not been evaluated. We investigated whether the administration of low-dose IVIgG is associated with clinically important outcomes including intensive care unit (ICU) and in-hospital mortality. METHODS: This is a post-hoc subgroup analysis of data from a retrospective cohort study, the Japan Septic Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (JSEPTIC DIC) study...
July 13, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698269/urinary-matrix-metalloproteinase-7-predicts-severe-aki-and-poor-outcomes-after-cardiac-surgery
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Xiaobing Yang, Chunbo Chen, Siyuan Teng, Xiaorui Fu, Yan Zha, Huafeng Liu, Li Wang, Jianwei Tian, Xiangyan Zhang, Youhua Liu, Jing Nie, Fan Fan Hou
Urinary matrix metalloproteinase-7 (uMMP-7) levels consistently reflect the activity of intrarenal Wnt/β-catenin, which is activated in AKI models. To test the hypothesis that uMMP-7 is a predictor for severe AKI in patients after cardiac surgery, we performed a prospective, multicenter, two-stage cohort study in 721 patients undergoing cardiac surgery. In stage 1, we enrolled 323 children from three academic medical centers. In stage 2, we enrolled 398 adults at six centers. We analyzed levels of uMMP-7 and other injury biomarkers during the perioperative period...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697155/effect-of-a-training-strategy-in-improving-medication-fallacies-during-pediatric-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-before-and-after-study-from-a-developing-country
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Jhuma Sankar, Rashmi Ranjan Das, Samarendra Mahapatro, M Jeeva Sankar
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effect of structured training on resident performance in improving medication fallacies during pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). METHODS: This before-and-after study was conducted in the pediatric acute care areas of tertiary care teaching hospitals of a developing country from August to December 2015. Case records of children younger than 18 years who underwent CPR were reviewed. Senior residents rotating through pediatric emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit were evaluated for their knowledge...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682951/preoperatively-screened-obstructive-sleep-apnea-is-associated-with-worse-postoperative-outcomes-than-previously-diagnosed-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Ana Fernandez-Bustamante, Karsten Bartels, Claudia Clavijo, Benjamin K Scott, Rachel Kacmar, Kenneth Bullard, Angela F D Moss, William Henderson, Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, Leslie Jameson
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects up to 26% of US adults, is often undiagnosed, and increases perioperative morbidity. We hypothesized that patients screened on the day of surgery as moderate/high risk for OSA (S-OSA) present similar perioperative respiratory complications, hospital use, and mortality than patients with previously diagnosed OSA (D-OSA). Second, we hypothesized that both OSA groups have more respiratory complications than No-OSA patients. METHODS: The electronic medical database from 1 academic and 2 community hospitals was retrospectively queried to identify adults undergoing nonemergent inpatient surgery (January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014)...
August 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669554/a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-the-effect-of-a%C3%A2-double-check-on-the-detection-of-medication%C3%A2-errors
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Amy M Douglass, Joshua Elder, Robin Watson, Tom Kallay, David Kirsh, William G Robb, Amy H Kaji, Clinton J Coil
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The use of a double check by 2 nurses has been advocated as a key error-prevention strategy. This study aims to determine how often a double check is used for high-alert medications and whether it increases error detection. METHODS: Emergency department and ICU nurses worked in pairs to care for a simulated patient. Nurses were randomized into single- and double-check groups. Errors intentionally introduced into the simulation included weight-based dosage errors and wrong medication vial errors...
June 29, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669363/the-effect-of-adding-comorbidities-to-current-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection-risk-adjustment-methodology
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Sarah S Jackson, Surbhi Leekha, Laurence S Magder, Lisa Pineles, Deverick J Anderson, William E Trick, Keith F Woeltje, Keith S Kaye, Kristen Stafford, Kerri Thom, Timothy J Lowe, Anthony D Harris
BACKGROUND Risk adjustment is needed to fairly compare central-line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates between hospitals. Until 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) methodology adjusted CLABSI rates only by type of intensive care unit (ICU). The 2017 CDC models also adjust for hospital size and medical school affiliation. We hypothesized that risk adjustment would be improved by including patient demographics and comorbidities from electronically available hospital discharge codes...
July 3, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668927/delirium-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Jennifer L Giuseffi, Nyal E Borges, Leanne M Boehm, Li Wang, John A McPherson, Joseph L Fredi, Rashid M Ahmad, E Wesley Ely, Pratik P Pandharipande
BACKGROUND: Postoperative delirium is associated with increased mortality. Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement are at risk for delirium because of comorbid conditions. OBJECTIVE: To compare the incidence, odds, and mortality implications of delirium between patients undergoing transcatheter replacement and patients undergoing surgical replacement. METHODS: The Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale and the Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit were used to assess arousal level and delirium prospectively in all patients with severe aortic stenosis who had transcatheter or surgical aortic valve replacement at an academic medical center...
July 2017: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665468/impact-of-arm-selection-on-the-incidence-of-picc-complications-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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France Paquet, Louis-Martin Boucher, David Valenti, Richard Lindsay
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to determine if right arm peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) experienced fewer complications while controlling for gender, hand dominance, history of malignancy, dwell time and catheter size. METHODS: This was an intention-to-treat randomized controlled trial conducted in an academic medical center on two different sites between September 2012 and September 2015. All patients older than 18 years or age without known history of previous central line, contraindication to the use of a specific arm or hospitalized in the intensive care unit regardless of coagulation status, were considered for the study...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662606/patients-with-vasculitides-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit-implications-from-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Yael Haviv, Ora Shovman, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Kassem Sharif, Yarden Yavne, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Howard Amital, Abdulla Watad
BACKGROUND: Vasculitides are a group of disorders characterized by inflammation of vessels. Vasculitides may have life-threatening complications with significant morbidity and mortality; however, information regarding the outcome and prognosis of patients with vasculitides requiring intensive care unit (ICU) is scarce. METHODS: Data of patients with vasculitides admitted to the ICU of the Sheba Medical Center between the years 2000 and 2014 were retrieved retrospectively...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661790/selected-use-of-telemedicine-in-intensive-care-units-based-on-severity-of-illness-improves-cost-effectiveness
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Byung-Kwang Yoo, Minchul Kim, Tomoko Sasaki, Jeffrey S Hoch, James P Marcin
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine in the intensive care unit (tele-ICU) is expected to address geographic health disparities through more efficient resource allocation. Our previous economic evaluation demonstrated tele-ICU to be cost-effective in most cases and cost saving in some cases, compared to conventional intensive care unit (ICU) care without adequate intensivist coverage. INTRODUCTION: This study's objective is to examine how to optimize the cost-effectiveness of tele-ICU use by selecting highest risk (i...
June 29, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659886/molecular-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-of-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-infections-in-eastern-china
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Bing Zheng, Yingxin Dai, Yang Liu, Weiyang Shi, Erkuan Dai, Yichao Han, Dandan Zheng, Yuetian Yu, Min Li
Background: The increasing prevalence of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) poses an immediate threat to treatment worldwide. This retrospective study assessed the molecular epidemiology and determined the risk factors for and outcomes of CRKP infections in a general teaching hospital in Shanghai, China. Methods: From January 2013 to July 2015, 100 consecutive unique CRKP isolates isolated from hospitalized patients were collected. Isolates were screened for antibiotic resistance genes by polymerase chain reaction and molecular typing was performed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654692/heart-rate-variability-as-predictor-of-mortality-in-sepsis-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Fábio M de Castilho, Antonio Luiz P Ribeiro, José Luiz P da Silva, Vandack Nobre, Marcos R de Sousa
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a serious medical condition with increasing prevalence and high mortality. The role of the autonomic nervous system in pathophysiology of sepsis has been increasingly researched. The objective of this study is to evaluate the Heart rate variability (HRV) as a predictor of mortality in septic patients. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort of patients diagnosed with sepsis. Patient recruitment was carried out at ICU in tertiary university hospital between March 2012 and February 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651512/survival-and-functional-outcomes-of-patients-with-metastatic-solid-organ-cancer-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit-of-a-tertiary-centre
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Francis J Ha, Andrew J Weickhardt, Sagun Parakh, Andrew D Vincent, Neil J Glassford, Stephen Warrillow, Daryl Jones
OBJECTIVE: Metastatic solid organ cancer is associated with a poor prognosis, and admission of patients with these cancers to the intensive care unit remains a dilemma. We aimed to assess outcomesin a cohort of these patients who were admitted to the ICU of a general tertiary centre. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: A retrospective observational study of patients with incurable metastatic solid organ malignancies who had unplanned admission to a tertiary hospital ICU between 1 January 2010 and 30 June 2015...
June 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
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