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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231633/barriers-to-regaining-control-within-a-constructivist-grounded-theory-of-family-resilience-in-icu-living-with-uncertainty
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Pauline Wong, Pranee Liamputtong, Susan Koch, Helen Rawson
This paper discusses families' experiences of their interactions when a relative is admitted unexpectedly to an Australian intensive care unit BACKGROUND: The overwhelming emotions associated with the unexpected admission of a relative to an intensive care unit (ICU) are often due to the uncertainty surrounding the condition of their critically ill relative. There is limited in-depth understanding of the nature of uncertainty experienced by families in ICU, and interventions perceived by families to minimise their uncertainty are not well documented...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228969/prevention-and-treatment-of-neonatal-nosocomial-infections
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REVIEW
Jayashree Ramasethu
Nosocomial or hospital acquired infections threaten the survival and neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit, and increase cost of care. Premature infants are particularly vulnerable since they often undergo invasive procedures and are dependent on central catheters to deliver nutrition and on ventilators for respiratory support. Prevention of nosocomial infection is a critical patient safety imperative, and invariably requires a multidisciplinary approach. There are no short cuts...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228057/intravenous-chlorothiazide-versus-enteral-metolazone-to-augment-loop-diuretic-therapy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Christopher J Michaud, Kendall C Mintus
BACKGROUND: In cases of loop diuretic resistance in the intensive care unit (ICU), recommendations for a specific second-line thiazide agent are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of intravenous chlorothiazide (CTZ) and enteral metolazone (MET) on urine output (UOP) when added to furosemide monotherapy therapy in critically ill adults. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted in the medical, surgical, and cardiothoracic ICUs of a quaternary medical center...
April 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227033/advanced-analytics-for-outcome-prediction-in-intensive-care-units
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Ali Jalali, Dieter Bender, Mohamed Rehman, Vinay Nadkanri, C Nataraj, Ali Jalali, Dieter Bender, Mohamed Rehman, Vinay Nadkanri, C Nataraj, Mohamed Rehman, Ali Jalali, Vinay Nadkanri, Dieter Bender, C Nataraj
In this paper we present a new expert knowledge based clinical decision support system for prediction of intensive care units outcome based on the physiological measurements collected during the first 48 hours of the patient's admission to the ICU. The developed CDSS algorithm is composed of several stages. First, we categorize the collected data based on the physiological organ that they represent. We then extract clinically relevant features from each data category and then rank these features based on their mutual information with the outcome...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226652/early-warnings-of-heart-rate-deterioration
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Vania G Almeida, Ian T Nabney, Vania G Almeida, Ian T Nabney, Ian T Nabney, Vania G Almeida
Hospitals can experience difficulty in detecting and responding to early signs of patient deterioration leading to late intensive care referrals, excess mortality and morbidity, and increased hospital costs. Our study aims to explore potential indicators of physiological deterioration by the analysis of vital-signs. The dataset used comprises heart rate (HR) measurements from MIMIC II waveform database, taken from six patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and diagnosed with severe sepsis. Different indicators were considered: 1) generic early warning indicators used in ecosystems analysis (autocorrelation at-1-lag (ACF1), standard deviation (SD), skewness, kurtosis and heteroskedasticity) and 2) entropy analysis (kernel entropy and multi scale entropy)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226045/nursing-practice-environment-and-work-satisfaction-in-critical-units
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Elaine Machado de Oliveira, Ricardo Luis Barbosa, Rafaela Andolhe, Flavia Regina Cocuzza das Eiras, Katia Grillo Padilha
Objective: to analyze the association between the environment of nursing practices and work satisfaction in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Method: a cross-sectional study was performed in eight adult ICUs of a public university hospital between 2012 and 2015. The Nursing Work Index-Revised (NWI-R), in their short forms, and the Index of Work Satisfaction (IWS) were applied to investigate the environment of nursing practices and work satisfaction, respectively. Results: a total of 100 (34...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226029/predictive-value-of-c-reactive-protein-in-critically-ill-patients-after-abdominal-surgery
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Frédéric Sapin, Patrick Biston, Michael Piagnerelli
OBJECTIVES: The development of sepsis after abdominal surgery is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Due to inflammation, it may be difficult to diagnose infection when it occurs, but measurement of C-reactive protein could facilitate this diagnosis. In the present study, we evaluated the predictive value and time course of C-reactive protein in relation to outcome in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after abdominal surgery. METHODS: We included patients admitted to the ICU after abdominal surgery over a period of two years...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225696/what-to-do-when-there-aren-t-enough-beds-in-the-picu
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Michael A Rubin, Robert D Truog
The concepts of medical futility and rationing are often misunderstood and lead to significant consternation when resources are stretched and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds are unavailable. While the two concepts overlap, each has its own distinct application and moral justification. Most importantly, we should avoid using one to justify the other. Bioethics professionals should assist critical care clinicians in clarifying when each rubric should be applied as well as how to develop policies to standardize the approach...
February 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224111/attributable-cost-of-a-nosocomial-infection-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Binila Chacko, Kurien Thomas, Thambu David, Hema Paul, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan, John Victor Peter
AIM: To study the impact of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) on cost and outcome from intensive care units (ICU) in India. METHODS: Adult patients (> 18 years) admitted over 1-year, to a 24-bed medical critical care unit in India, were enrolled prospectively. Treatment cost and outcome data were collected. This cost data was merged with HAI data collected prospectively by the Hospital Infection Control Committee. Only infections occurring during ICU stay were included...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224107/risk-factors-for-mortality-in-postoperative-peritonitis-in-critically-ill-patients
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Yoann Launey, Benjamin Duteurtre, Raphaëlle Larmet, Nicolas Nesseler, Audrey Tawa, Yannick Mallédant, Philippe Seguin
AIM: To identify the risk factors for mortality in intensive care patients with postoperative peritonitis (POP). METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis using a prospective database that includes all patients hospitalized in a surgical intensive care unit for POP from September 2006 to August 2011. The data collected included demographics, comorbidities, postoperative severity parameters, bacteriological findings, adequacy of antimicrobial therapy and surgical treatments...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224105/nutrient-stimulation-of-mesenteric-blood-flow-implications-for-older-critically-ill-patients
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REVIEW
Thu An Nguyen, Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid, Liza K Phillips, Leeanne S Chapple, Michael Horowitz, Karen L Jones, Adam M Deane
Nutrient ingestion induces a substantial increase in mesenteric blood flow. In older persons (aged ≥ 65 years), particularly those with chronic medical conditions, the cardiovascular compensatory response may be inadequate to maintain systemic blood pressure during mesenteric blood pooling, leading to postprandial hypotension. In older ambulatory persons, postprandial hypotension is an important pathophysiological condition associated with an increased propensity for syncope, falls, coronary vascular events, stroke and death...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224093/pediatric-asthma-severity-score-is-associated-with-critical-care-interventions
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Danielle K Maue, Nadia Krupp, Courtney M Rowan
AIM: To determine if a standardized asthma severity scoring system (PASS) was associated with the time spent on continuous albuterol and length of stay in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). METHODS: This is a single center, retrospective chart review study at a major children's hospital in an urban location. To qualify for this study, participants must have been admitted to the PICU with a diagnosis of status asthmaticus. There were a total of 188 participants between the ages of two and nineteen, excluding patients receiving antibiotics for pneumonia...
February 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222811/recurring-septic-shock-in-a-patient-with-blunt-abdominal-and-pelvic-trauma-how-mandatory-is-source-control-surgery-a-case-report
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Antonella Frattari, Giustino Parruti, Rocco Erasmo, Luigi Guerra, Ennio Polilli, Rosamaria Zocaro, Giuliano Iervese, Paolo Fazii, Tullio Spina
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients with colonization/infection of multidrug-resistant organisms, source control surgery is one of the major determinants of clinical success. In more complex cases, the use of different tools for sepsis management may allow survival until complete source control. CASE PRESENTATION: A 42-year-old white man presented with traumatic hemorrhagic shock. Unstable pelvic fractures led to emergency stabilization surgery. Fever ensued with diarrhea, followed by septic shock...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222699/suspicion-of-respiratory-tract-infection-with-multidrug-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-from-a-paediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Hanna Renk, Lenja Stoll, Felix Neunhoeffer, Florian Hölzl, Matthias Kumpf, Michael Hofbeck, Dominik Hartl
BACKGROUND: Multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections are a serious concern for children admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Tracheal colonization with MDR Enterobacteriaceae predisposes to respiratory infection, but underlying risk factors are poorly understood. This study aims to determine the incidence of children with suspected infection during mechanical ventilation and analyses risk factors for the finding of MDR Enterobacteriaceae in tracheal aspirates. METHODS: A retrospective single-centre analysis of Enterobacteriaceae isolates from the lower respiratory tract of ventilated PICU patients from 2005 to 2014 was performed...
February 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222474/folgen-kritischer-erkrankung-und-m%C3%A3-gliche-interventionen
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Frank Dodoo-Schittko, Susanne Brandstetter, Christian Apfelbacher, Thomas Bein
Surviving critical illness is often associated with persistent physical and mental morbidity, which cannot be reduced to late sequelae of the primary underlying diseases. A frequent combination of physical, mental and cognitive deficits is referred to as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). This article illuminates the epidemiology of these impairments and discusses post-intensive care interventions aiming at prevention and recovery.
February 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219766/mitochondrial-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-dysfunction-and-related-defense-mechanisms-in-critical-illness-induced-multiple-organ-failure
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REVIEW
Steven E Thiessen, Greet Van den Berghe, Ilse Vanhorebeek
Patients with critical illness-induced multiple organ failure suffer from a very high morbidity and mortality, despite major progress in intensive care. The pathogenesis of this condition is complex and incompletely understood. Inadequate tissue perfusion and an overwhelming inflammatory response with pronounced cellular damage have been suggested to play an important role, but interventions targeting these disturbances largely failed to improve patient outcome. Hence, new therapeutic perspectives are urgently needed...
February 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219327/incidence-timing-and-outcome-of-aki-in-critically-ill-patients-varies-with-the-definition-used-and-the-addition-of-urine-output-criteria
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J Koeze, F Keus, W Dieperink, I C C van der Horst, J G Zijlstra, M van Meurs
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a serious complication of critical illness with both attributed morbidity and mortality at short-term and long-term. The incidence of AKI reported in critically ill patients varies substantially with the population evaluated and the definitions used. We aimed to assess which of the AKI definitions (RIFLE, AKIN or KDIGO) with or without urine output criteria recognizes AKI most frequently and quickest. Additionally, we conducted a review on the comparison of incidence proportions of varying AKI definitions in populations of critically ill patients...
February 20, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219190/-efficacy-and-safety-of-procalcitonin-guidance-in-reducing-the-duration-of-antibiotic-treatment-of-sepsis-patients
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X L Xu, F D Yan, J Q Yu, Q H Chen, H Lin, R Q Zheng
Objective: To assesse the efficacy and safety of procalcitonin-guided antibiotic treatment of sepsis patients in intensive care units (ICU). Methods: A prospective, randomised, controlled trial was gone in ICU of Northern Jiangsu People's Hospital.Between January 2013 and December 2015.One hundred and fifty-six patients assessed for eligibility were randomly assigned to the procalcitonin-guided group (PCT group, 79) or to regular antibiotic group (RAT group, 77). Patients who received antibiotics for presumed infection according to principle of antimicrobial usage...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215171/oral-colonization-by-nosocomial-pathogens-during-hospitalization-in-invasive-care-unit-and-prevention-strategies
#19
Hossein Kazemian, Samane Bourbour, Maryam Beheshti, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients are very susceptible to a variety of disorders and infections during hospitalization in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Among these problems, nosocomial infections are major causes of morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Nosocomial pneumonias, specifically ventilator associated pneumonias have become a major health care issue. The implication of oral care in hospital presents challenges that can prevent or reduce the risk of nosocomial pneumonias in ICU...
February 15, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215131/angiotensin-ii-for-the-treatment-of-high-output-shock-3-athos-3-protocol-for-a-phase-iii-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Lakhmir S Chawla, James A Russell, Sean M Bagshaw, Andrew D Shaw, Stuart L Goldstein, Mitchell P Fink, George F Tidmarsh
OBJECTIVE: Catecholamine-resistant hypotension (CRH) is characterised by inadequate response to standard doses of vasopressors, and increased mortality. Our Angiotensin II for the Treatment of High-Output Shock 3 (ATHOS-3) trial compares the efficacy and safety of angiotensin II (ANGII) versus placebo in CRH. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A phase III, multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of LJPC-501 (synthetic ANGII) for CRH in up to 120 intensive care units...
March 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
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