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Intensive care infection

Sami M Aloush, Faris A Alsaraireh
OBJECTIVE:  To assess nurses' compliance with central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention guidelines related to maintenance of the central line and the predictors of compliance. Method: This was an observational study that used a descriptive cross-sectional design. A sample of 171 intensive care unit (ICU) nurses were observed and their compliance was recorded on a structured observational sheet. The study was conducted in the ICUs of 15 hospitals located in 5 cities in Jordan...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Purva Sharma, Yash Jobanputra, Karen Lewin, Stuart Bagatell, Daniel Lichtstein
BACKGROUND: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious complication of diabetes seen commonly in autoimmune Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM), however patients with Type 2 diabetes are also at risk. Diabetic ketoacidosis may be precipitated by the catabolic stress of acute illness such as trauma, surgery, or infections. Recent studies have suggested that sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors precipitate DKA in Type 2 diabetes. We present a case series of four patients on SGLT-2 inhibitors who presented with DKA...
March 13, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Charlene Eliza Thornton, Hannah Grace Dahlen
OBJECTIVES: To determine incidence, associated factors, outcomes and geographical occurrence of born before arrival (BBA) in New South Wales, Australia. DESIGN: A linked population data study involving population-based surveillance systems was undertaken for the years 2000-2011. SETTING: New South Wales, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: All women who underwent BBA compared with women who birthed in hospital/birth centre settings...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Haili Luo, Shaohong Wang, Tongmei Yuan, Jingtao Liu, Ling Yao, Xianguo Pan, Xuemei Long, Juncheng Wu, Feng Shen
BACKGROUND: More and more cases of human infections with avian influenza A H7N9 have been reported since it was first mentioned in 2013 in China, but concurrence of influenza A H7N9 with Mycoplasma pneumoniae, however, has never been described. Here, we reported the case of a woman co-infected by influenza A H7N9 and Mycoplasma pneumoniae, whose treatment process was a little bit longer and a little bit complicated as well. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was an 80-year-old Chinese woman who presented with fever, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Farouq Muhammad Dayyab, Garba Iliyasu, Aliyu Aminu, Zaiyad Garba Habib, Abdulwasiu Bolaji Tiamiyu, Sirajo Haliru Tambuwal, Muhammad Musa Borodo, Abdulrazaq Garba Habib
Background: Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. This study examined the epidemiology, clinical outcomes and microbiological profile of HAIs. Methods: This prospective study was carried out on patients identified to have developed HAIs while admitted to the medical wards, surgical wards, dialysis unit and intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. Patients were recruited consecutively until the target study population was reached...
March 12, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Solenn Remy, Karine Kolev-Descamps, Morgane Gossez, Fabienne Venet, Julie Demaret, Etienne Javouhey, Guillaume Monneret
BACKGROUND: While the process of sepsis-induced immunosuppression is now well described in adults, very little information is available on immune functions in pediatric sepsis. The current study investigated this in children with septic shock by performing immunomonitoring, including both innate (monocyte human leukocyte antigen-DR, mHLA-DR, expression) and adaptive immunity (lymphocyte subsets count), as well as cytokine concentrations (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1Ra, TNF-α, IFN-γ). Subsequent objectives were to assess the associations between inflammatory response, potential immunosuppression and secondary acquired infection occurrence...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Khansoudaphone Phakhounthong, Pimwadee Chaovalit, Podjanee Jittamala, Stuart D Blacksell, Michael J Carter, Paul Turner, Kheng Chheng, Soeung Sona, Varun Kumar, Nicholas P J Day, Lisa J White, Wirichada Pan-Ngum
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is a re-emerging viral disease commonly occurring in tropical and subtropical areas. The clinical features and abnormal laboratory test results of dengue infection are similar to those of other febrile illnesses; hence, its accurate and timely diagnosis for providing appropriate treatment is difficult. Delayed diagnosis may be associated with inappropriate treatment and higher risk of death. Early and correct diagnosis can help improve case management and optimise the use of resources such as hospital staff, beds, and intensive care equipment...
March 13, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Maureen Campion, Gail Scully
Appropriate antimicrobial therapy is essential to ensuring positive patient outcomes. Inappropriate or suboptimal utilization of antibiotics can lead to increased length of stay, multidrug-resistant infections, and mortality. Critically ill intensive care patients, particularly those with severe sepsis and septic shock, are at risk of antibiotic failure and secondary infections associated with incorrect antibiotic use. Through the initiation of active empiric antibiotic therapy based upon local susceptibilities, daily evaluation of signs and symptoms of infection and narrowing of antibiotic therapy when feasible, providers can streamline the treatment of common intensive care unit (ICU) infections...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Hayley K Hutton, Heather J Zar, Andrew C Argent
Aim: Severe acute lower respiratory tract infection (ALRTI) remains an important cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. Methods: This is a 12-month retrospective cohort study of children (0-12 years) admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with ALRTI to investigate risk factors, clinical course and in-hospital survival. Results: In total, 265 patients (median age = 4 months [2-12 months]) were identified. In all,102 (38...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Katherine Murphy, Tim Cooksley, Phil Haji-Michael
Background: There has been a significant increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer related emergencies and potentially requiring critical care admission. Aim: To analyse the short and long term outcomes of patients with solid tumours requiring unplanned medical admission to a specialist cancer intensive care unit (ICU). Design: An unplanned cohort study. Methods: A retrospective analysis of patients admitted to a United Kingdom specialist tertiary oncology CCU between September 2009 and September 2015...
March 9, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Agnieszka Chmielarczyk, Monika Pobiega, Grzegorz Ziółkowski, Monika Pomorska-Wesołowska, Dorota Romaniszyn, Lech Krawczyk, Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach
BACKGROUND: The impact of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), including non-fermentative bacilli (NFBs), is rising and underestimated, especially in intensive care units (ICUs). The growing prevalence of multidrug resistance (MDR) and extensive drug resistance (XDR) is challenging for clinicians, as the treatment options are limited. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to analyze the extent of the epidemiological problem of multidrugresistant, extensively drug-resistant and pandrug-resistant (PDR) non-fermentative bacilli isolated from pneumonia and bloodstream infections (BSIs) in patients hospitalized in southern Poland...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Andrea O Rossetti, Kaspar Schindler, Vincent Alvarez, Raoul Sutter, Jan Novy, Mauro Oddo, Loane Warpelin-Decrausaz, Stephan Rüegg
Continuous video-EEG is recommended for patients with altered consciousness; as compared to routine EEG (lasting <30 minutes), it improves seizure detection, but is time- and resource-consuming. Although North American centers increasingly implement continuous video-EEG, most other (including European) hospitals have insufficient resources. Only one study suggested that continuous video-EEG could improve outcome in adults, and a recent assessments challenge this view. This article reviews current evidence on the added value for continuous video-EEG in clinical terms and describes a design for a prospective study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
W Scott Beattie, Duminda N Wijeysundera, Matthew T V Chan, Philip J Peyton, Kate Leslie, Michael J Paech, Daniel I Sessler, Sophie Wallace, Paul S Myles, W Galagher, C Farrington, A Ditoro, S Baulch, S Sidiropoulos, R Bulach, D Bryant, E O'Loughlin, V Mitteregger, S Bolsin, C Osborne, R McRae, M Backstrom, R Cotter, S March, B Silbert, S Said, R Halliwell, J Cope, D Fahlbusch, D Crump, G Thompson, A Jefferies, M Reeves, N Buckley, T Tidy, T Schricker, R Lattermann, D Iannuzzi, J Carroll, M Jacka, C Bryden, N Badner, M W Y Tsang, B C P Cheng, A C M Fong, L C Y Chu, E G Y Koo, N Mohd, L E Ming, D Campbell, D McAllister, S Walker, S Olliff, R Kennedy, A Eldawlatly, T Alzahrani, N Chua, R Sneyd, H McMillan, I Parkinson, A Brennan, P Balaji, J Nightingale, G Kunst, M Dickinson, B Subramaniam, V Banner-Godspeed, J Liu, A Kurz, B Hesler, A Y Fu, C Egan, A N Fiffick, M T Hutcherson, A Turan, A Naylor, D Obal, E Cooke
BACKGROUND: Globally, >300 million patients have surgery annually, and ≤20% experience adverse postoperative events. We studied the impact of both cardiac and noncardiac adverse events on 1-year disability-free survival after noncardiac surgery. METHODS: We used the study cohort from the Evaluation of Nitrous oxide in Gas Mixture of Anesthesia (ENIGMA-II) trial, an international randomized trial of 6992 noncardiac surgical patients. All were ≥45 years of age and had moderate to high cardiac risk...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Guibo Feng, Xin Tian, Liang Wang, Libo Zhao, Xuefeng Wang
BACKGROUND: To investigate the prognostic value of acute thyroid function in patients with severe encephalitis. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed information from patients with severe encephalitis from June 2012 to June 2017. Using multivariate logistic regression analysis, we examined predictors of poor outcomes in these patients after 6 months. RESULTS: A total of 94 patients with severe encephalitis were included in the study. Univariate analysis showed that patients with good or poor outcomes had significantly different total thyroxine (TT4) (P = 0...
March 13, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Richa Aggarwal, Neha Rastogi, Purva Mathur, Kapil Dev Soni, Subodh Kumar, Amit Gupta, Sushma Sagar
Introduction: There have been isolated case reports and reports of outbreak of colistin-resistant Klebsiella from various parts of the world but only two from India and that too from oncology centers. We report cluster of colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia bloodstream infection cases from our surgical trauma Intensive Care Unit. Methodology: The study was carried out in surgical ICU of Level-I trauma center. Retrospective analysis of all the five patients with CRK was done...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Susanne Sütterlin, Carlos J Téllez-Castillo, Leticia Anselem, Hong Yin, James E Bray, Martin C J Maiden
Antimicrobial resistance is a major health care problem, with the intensive use of heavy metals and biocides recently being identified as potential contributing factors to the aggravation of this situation. This study investigated heavy metal susceptibility and genetic resistance determinants in Escherichia coli isolated from clinical urine samples from Sweden, Germany and Spain. A total of 186 isolates were tested for minimal inhibition concentration to sodium arsenite, silver nitrate and copper (II) sulphate...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Natalie Yu Yi Ng, Hannah Hui En Ang, Jacqueline Chieh Ling Tan, Weng Hoe Ho, Win Sen Kuan, Mui Teng Chua
PURPOSE: We aim to determine whether the combination of regional tissue oxygen saturation (StO2 ) measurement using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), inferior vena cava (IVC) collapsibility and ejection fraction (EF) is able to detect occult sepsis. METHODS: We included adult patients in the emergency department with at least one of the following: fever; any one component of the quick sepsis-related organ function assessment (SOFA) score; heart rate≥100 beats per minute; or white cell count <4...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Antonella Cotoia, Lucia Mirabella, Sabrina Altamura, Rachele Villani, Flavia Marchese, Giuseppe Ferrara, Karim Mariano, Tullo Livio, Gilda Cinnella
BACKGROUND: Sepsis caused by complicated intra-abdominal infection is associated with high mortality. Loss of endothelial barrier integrity, inflammation, and impaired cellular oxygen have been shown to be primary contributors to sepsis. To date, little is known regarding the pathway for the mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) from the bone marrow in sepsis whereas stromal-cell-derived factor 1a (SDF-1a) and hypoxia inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) seem to have a role in the EPC response to hypoxic microenvironments...
March 12, 2018: Trials
Hoon Suk Park, Joonsung Choi, Hyung Wook Kim, Jun Hyun Baik, Cheol Whee Park, Young Ok Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Dong Chan Jin
PURPOSE: The exchange from a non-tunneled hemodialysis catheter to a tunneled one over a guidewire using a previous venotomy has been reported to be safe. However, some concerns that it may increase infection risk prevent its clinical application. This approach seems particularly useful for acute kidney injury patients requiring initial renal replacement therapy, in whom we frequently worry about the choice of non-tunneled versus tunneled catheters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From March 2012 to February 2016, 88 cases to receive the over-the-guidewire exchange method from a non-tunneled to a tunneled catheter and 521 cases to receive de novo tunneled catheter placement from the hemodialysis vascular access cohort were compared retrospectively...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Neha N Passi, Jim Buckley
Patients with tuberculosis admitted to the intensive care unit represent a small (1-3%) yet significant subset of the global tuberculosis burden. This article reviews current evidence supporting the diagnosis and management of patients with tuberculosis admitted to an intensive care unit from a combination of cohort studies and national and international tuberculosis guidelines. This review considers admission, diagnosis, mechanical ventilation, infection control, treatment and prognosis of patients with tuberculosis admitted to an intensive care unit...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
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