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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225527/neuro-trauma-or-med-surg-intensive-care-unit-does-it-matter-where-multiple-injuries-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury-are-admitted-secondary-analysis-of-the-american-association-for-the-surgery-of-trauma-multi-institutional-trials-committee-decompressive
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Sarah Lombardo, Thomas Scalea, Jason Sperry, Raul Coimbra, Gary Vercruysse, Toby Enniss, Gregory J Jurkovich, Raminder Nirula
INTRODUCTION: Patients with nontraumatic acute intracranial pathology benefit from neurointensivist care. Similarly, trauma patients with and without traumatic brain injury (TBI) fare better when treated by a dedicated trauma team. No study has yet evaluated the role of specialized neurocritical (NICU) and trauma intensive care units (TICU) in the management of TBI patients, and it remains unclear which TBI patients are best served in NICU, TICU, or general (Med/Surg) ICU. METHODS: This study is a secondary analysis of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multi-Institutional Trials Committee (AAST-MITC) decompressive craniectomy study...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209460/pharmacologic-cardioversion-with-intravenous-amiodarone-is-likely-safe-in-neurocritically-ill-patients
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Michael Su, David Seki, Asma M Moheet
Neurological injury is often associated with cardiac abnormalities, including electrophysiological issues. Cardioversion of acute atrial fibrillation (<48h' duration) without anticoagulation carries about a 0.7% risk of thromboembolism. There is limited data on managing acute atrial fibrillation specifically in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) setting. We sought to determine the safety of using intravenous (IV) amiodarone for restoring sinus rhythm in patients with presumed new onset atrial or ventricular tachycardia after neurological injury...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207602/spreading-depolarization-monitoring-in-neurocritical-care-of-acute-brain-injury
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Jed A Hartings
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spreading depolarizations are unique in being discrete pathologic entities that are well characterized experimentally and also occur commonly in patients with substantial acute brain injury. Here, we review essential concepts in depolarization monitoring, highlighting its clinical significance, interpretation, and future potential. RECENT FINDINGS: Cortical lesion development in diverse animal models is mediated by tissue waves of mass spreading depolarization that cause the toxic loss of ion homeostasis and limit energy substrate supply through associated vasoconstriction...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207601/advanced-monitoring-in-traumatic-brain-injury-microdialysis
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Keri L H Carpenter, Adam M H Young, Peter J Hutchinson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here, we review the present state-of-the-art of microdialysis for monitoring patients with severe traumatic brain injury, highlighting the newest developments. Microdialysis has evolved in neurocritical care to become an established bedside monitoring modality that can reveal unique information on brain chemistry. RECENT FINDINGS: A major advance is recent consensus guidelines for microdialysis use and interpretation. Other advances include insight obtained from microdialysis into the complex, interlinked traumatic brain injury disorders of electrophysiological changes, white matter injury, inflammation and metabolism...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190445/management-of-neurologic-complications-of-coagulopathies
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J D Vanderwerf, M A Kumar
Coagulopathy is common in intensive care units (ICUs). Many physiologic derangements lead to dysfunctional hemostasis; these may be either congenital or acquired. The most devastating outcome of coagulopathy in the critically ill is major bleeding, defined by transfusion requirement, hemodynamic instability, or intracranial hemorrhage. ICU coagulopathy often poses complex management dilemmas, as bleeding risk must be tempered with thrombotic potential. Coagulopathy associated with intracranial hemorrhage bears directly on prognosis and outcome...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187816/multimodal-neurologic-monitoring
#6
G Korbakis, P M Vespa
Neurocritical care has two main objectives. Initially, the emphasis is on treatment of patients with acute damage to the central nervous system whether through infection, trauma, or hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke. Thereafter, attention shifts to the identification of secondary processes that may lead to further brain injury, including fever, seizures, and ischemia, among others. Multimodal monitoring is the concept of using various tools and data integration to understand brain physiology and guide therapeutic interventions to prevent secondary brain injury...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187812/family-discussions-on-life-sustaining-interventions-in-neurocritical-care
#7
M M Adil, D Larriviere
Approximately 20% of all deaths in the USA occur in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the majority of ICU deaths involves decision of de-escalation of life-sustaining interventions. Life-sustaining interventions may include intubation and mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition and hydration, antibiotic treatment, brain surgery, or vasoactive support. Decision making about goals of care can be defined as an end-of-life communication and the decision-making process between a clinician and a patient (or a surrogate decision maker if the patient is incapable) in an institutional setting to establish a plan of care...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187810/management-of-infections-associated-with-neurocritical-care
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L Rivera-Lara, W Ziai, P Nyquist
The reported incidence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the neurointensive care unit (NICU) ranges from 20% to 30%. HAIs in US hospitals cost between $28 and $45 billion per year in direct medical costs. These infections are associated with increased length of hospital stay and increased morbidity and mortality. Infection risk is increased in NICU patients due to medication side-effects, catheter and line placement, neurosurgical procedures, and acquired immune suppression secondary to steroid/barbiturate use and brain injury itself...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187807/neuropulmonology
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A Balofsky, J George, P Papadakos
Neuropulmonology refers to the complex interconnection between the central nervous system and the respiratory system. Neurologic injury includes traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage, stroke, and seizures, and in each there are far-reaching effects that can result in pulmonary dysfunction. Systemic changes can induce impairment of pulmonary function due to changes in the core structure and function of the lung. The conditions and disorders that often occur in these patients include aspiration pneumonia, neurogenic pulmonary edema, and acute respiratory distress syndrome, but also several abnormal respiratory patterns and sleep-disordered breathing...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187805/the-history-of-neurocritical-care
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E F M Wijdicks
Critical care medicine came into sharp focus in the second part of the 20th century. The care of acutely ill neurologic patients in the USA may have originated in postoperative neurosurgical units, but for many years patients with neurocritical illness were admitted to intensive care units next to patients with general medical or surgical conditions. Neurologists may have had their first exposure to the complexity of neurocritical care during the poliomyelitis epidemics, but few were interested. Much later, the development of neurocritical care as a legitimate subspecialty was possible as a result of a new cadre of neurologists, with support by departments of neurosurgery and anesthesia, who appreciated their added knowledge and expertise in care of acute neurologic illness...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187798/critical-care-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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M McDermott, T Jacobs, L Morgenstern
Most ischemic strokes are managed on the ward or on designated stroke units. A significant proportion of patients with ischemic stroke require more specialized care. Several studies have shown improved outcomes for patients with acute ischemic stroke when neurocritical care services are available. Features of acute ischemic stroke patients requiring intensive care unit-level care include airway or respiratory compromise; large cerebral or cerebellar hemisphere infarction with swelling; infarction with symptomatic hemorrhagic transformation; infarction complicated by seizures; and a large proportion of patients require close management of blood pressure after thrombolytics...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187796/management-of-status-epilepticus
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M Pichler, S Hocker
Status epilepticus is a neurologic and medical emergency manifested by prolonged seizure activity or multiple seizures without return to baseline. It is associated with substantial medical cost, morbidity, and mortality. There is a spectrum of severity dependent on the type of seizure, underlying pathology, comorbidities, and appropriate and timely medical management. This chapter discusses the evolving definitions of status epilepticus and multiple patient and clinical factors which influence outcome. The pathophysiology of status epilepticus is reviewed to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms which contribute to status epilepticus, as well as the potential long-term effects...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175450/327%C3%A2-a-prospective-analysis-of-hypovitaminosis-d-and-mortality-in-400-patients-in-the-neurocritical-care-setting
#13
Jian Guan, Michael Karsy, Andrea Archambault Brock, Ilyas Eli, Holly Ledyard, Gregory W J Hawryluk, Min S Park
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2016: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173638/valproate-protein-binding-is-highly-variable-in-icu-patients-and-not-predicted-by-total-serum-concentrations-a-case-series-and-literature-review
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Richard R Riker, David J Gagnon, Colman Hatton, Teresa May, David B Seder, Katie Stokem, Gilles L Fraser
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The free fraction of valproate (the pharmacologically active moiety, normally 5-10%) may vary significantly in critically ill patients, but this topic is understudied, with only 4 prior ICU case reports. The objective of this study was to evaluate the range of valproate plasma protein binding in ICU patients. DESIGN: Observational study of consecutive ICU patients. SETTING: Neurocritical and medical critical care services in a non-university academic medical center...
February 7, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171804/hemodynamic-and-neuro-monitoring-for-neurocritically-ill-patients-an-international-survey-of-intensivists
#15
Sanjeev Sivakumar, Fabio S Taccone, Mohammed Rehman, Holly Hinson, Neeraj Naval, Christos Lazaridis
PURPOSE: To investigate multimodality systemic and neuro-monitoring practices in acute brain injury (ABI) and to analyze differences among "neurointensivists" (NI; clinical practice comprised >1/3 by neurocritical care), and other intensivists (OI). METHODS: Anonymous 22-question Web-based survey among physician members of SCCM and ESICM. RESULTS: Six hundred fifty-five responded (66% completion rate); 422 (65%) were OI, and 226 (35%) were NI...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169857/intersection-of-prognosis-and-palliation-in-neurocritical-care
#16
Michael Rubin, Jordan Bonomo, J Claude Hemphill
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Difficult discussions regarding end-of-life care are common in neurocritical care. Because of a patient's neurological impairment, decisions regarding continuing or limiting aggressive care must often be made by patients' families in conjunction with medical providers. This review provides perspective on three major aspects of this circumstance: prognostication, family-physician discussions, and determination of death (specifically as it impacts on organ donation). RECENT FINDINGS: Numerous studies have now demonstrated that prediction models developed from populations of brain-injured patients may be misleading when applied to individual patients...
February 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168536/systemic-complications-following-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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REVIEW
Ravi Garg, Barak Bar
Many systemic complications follow aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and are primarily due to sympathetic nervous system activation. These complications play an important role in the overall outcome of patients. The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management of systemic complications specifically associated with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Special focus has been made on systemic complications that occur more frequently in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage compared to other stroke subtypes and in the neurocritical care patient population...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157753/discussing-life-sustaining-therapy-with-surrogate-decision-makers
#18
David Y Hwang
Clinicians caring for patients with severe stroke in intensive care units often grapple with requests from surrogate decision makers for life-prolonging treatment that members of the care team may believe to be futile. An example is a surrogate decision maker's request to place a tracheostomy and feeding tube in a patient who, in the clinical judgment of the neurocritical care team, is very unlikely to recover interactive capacity. This article presents a case, discusses definitions of medical futility, and summarizes recommended steps for mediating conflict regarding potentially inappropriate treatment...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118746/frontal-intermittent-rhythmic-delta-activity-firda-in-the-neurological-intensive-care
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Nese Dericioglu, Farid Khasiyev, E Murat Arsava, M Akif Topcuoglu
INTRODUCTION: Frontal intermittent rhythmic delta activity (FIRDA), a transient rhythmic slow wave pattern over the anterior EEG leads, has been reported in a wide variety of cerebral lesions and different metabolic disturbances. Few authors have analyzed the frequency and clinical significance of FIRDA in the critical care setting. We aimed to better understand these issues in our intensive care cohort and if possible, try to delineate its underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Video-EEG reports of consecutive adult patients in the neurological intensive care unit (NICU) since 2009 were retrospectively reviewed to identify cases with FIRDA...
January 1, 2017: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087091/effect-of-single-dose-of-tolvaptan-in-neurocritical-patients-with-hyponatremia-due-to-syndrome-of-inappropriate-antidiuretic-hormone-secretion
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J A Llompart-Pou, J Pérez-Bárcena, M Novo, J M Raurich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
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