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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724050/higher-meld-score-increases-the-overall-cost-on-the-waiting-list-for-liver-transplantation-a-micro-costing-analysis-based-study
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Jose Antonio Orellana Turri, Tassia Cristina Decimoni, Leandro Augusto Ferreira, Marcio Augusto Diniz, Luciana Bertocco de Paiva Haddad, Alessandro Gonçalves Campolina
BACKGROUND: The pre-transplant period is complex and includes lots of procedures. The severity of liver disease predisposes to a high number of hospitalizations and high costs procedures. Economic evaluation studies are important tools to handle costs on the waiting list for liver transplantation. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the total cost of the patient on the waiting list for liver transplantation and the main resources related to higher costs...
July 13, 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719887/anesthetic-management-of-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-crs-hipec-the-importance-of-hydro-electrolytic-and-acid-basic-control
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Fabrício Tavares Mendonça, Marília Moreira Guimarães, Sérgio Honorato de Matos, Rúbia Garcia Dusi
JUSTIFICATION AND OBJECTIVES: Patients affected by gynecological or gastrointestinal tract neoplasms that evolve to peritoneal carcinomatosis experience a significant drop in their quality of life, high morbidity and short survival times with currently available chemotherapeutic schemes. The surgical treatment based on cytoreduction and the employment of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in the intra-operative period is a true challenge to anesthesiologist. CASE REPORT: A 67 years old patient diagnosed with mucinous adenocarcinoma of the Appendix associated with mucinous carcinomatosis, was submitted to cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), under general anesthesia and epidural block...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715359/attempting-to-validate-the-over-under-triage-matrix-at-a-level-i-trauma-center
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James W Davis, Rachel C Dirks, Lawrence P Sue, Krista L Kaups
BACKGROUND: The Optimal Resources Document (ORD) mandates trauma activation based on injury mechanism, physiologic and anatomic criteria and recommends using the over/undertriage matrix (Matrix) to evaluate the appropriateness of trauma team activation. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the Matrix method by comparing patients appropriately triaged with those undertriaged. We hypothesized that these two groups are different and Matrix does not discriminate the needs or outcomes of these different groups of patients...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715310/discovering-ways-to-mend-growing-bodies-the-bioengineering-of-devices-for-the-youngest-patients-brings-unique-challenges-and-rewards
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David L Chandler
Some babies are born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia, in which part of the connection between the throat and stomach is missing or nonfunctional. While this was once untreatable and fatal, in recent years surgeons have developed a method using traction to stretch the tissues out on each end until, over time, they are long enough to be sewn together and so substitute for the missing portion of the esophagus. The procedure has allowed many infant patients to go home with a full, normal life ahead of them...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713628/outcomes-of-post-neurosurgical-ventriculostomy-associated-infections
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Muhammad E Bari, Ghani Haider, Komail Malik, Muhammad Waqas, Syed F Mahmood, Mubbashira Siddiqui
BACKGROUND: Ventriculostomy-associated infection (VAI) is a major concern to physicians. Limited studies have looked at the outcomes of external ventricular drain (EVD) infection and predictors of unfavorable outcomes. In this study, we assessed the outcomes of EVD infection and predictors of unfavorable outcomes. METHODS: This was a retrospective medical chart review, conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital. All the patients irrespective of age and gender, fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of VAI were included...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697755/spread-of-resistant-gram-negatives-in-a-sri-lankan-intensive-care-unit
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Kavinda Tissera, Veranja Liyanapathirana, Nilanthi Dissanayake, Vasanthi Pinto, Asela Ekanayake, Manjula Tennakoon, Dinuka Adasooriya, Dulmini Nanayakkara
BACKGROUND: Infections with multi drug resistant (MDR) organisms are a major problem in intensive care units (ICUs). Proper infection control procedures are mandatory to combat the spread of resistant organisms within ICUs. Well stablished surveillance programmes will enhance the adherence of the staff to infection control protocols. The study was conducted to assess the feasibility of using basic molecular typing methods and routine hospital data for laboratory surveillance of resistance organisms in resource limited settings...
July 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697736/end-of-life-perceptions-among-physicians-in-intensive-care-units-managed-by-anesthesiologists-in-germany-a-survey-about-structure-current-implementation-and-deficits
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Manfred Weiss, Andrej Michalsen, Anke Toenjes, Franz Porzsolt, Thomas Bein, Marc Theisen, Alexander Brinkmann, Heinrich Groesdonk, Christian Putensen, Friedhelm Bach, Dietrich Henzler
BACKGROUND: Structural aspects and current practice about end-of-life (EOL) decisions in German intensive care units (ICUs) managed by anesthesiologists are unknown. A survey among intensive care anesthesiologists has been conducted to explore current practice, barriers and opinions on EOL decisions in ICU. METHODS: In November 2015, all members of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) and the Association of German Anesthesiologists (BDA) were asked to participate in an online survey to rate the presence or absence and the importance of 50 items...
July 11, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695245/risk-factors-for-peri-procedural-arterial-ischaemic-stroke-in-children-with-cardiac-disease
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Hiroko Asakai, Belinda Stojanovski, John C Galati, Dianna Zannino, Michael Cardamone, Darren Hutchinson, Michael M H Cheung, Mark T Mackay
Improved survival of children with congenital heart disease has led to increasing focus on neurodevelopmental outcome, as close to half of the infants undergoing cardiac surgery are affected by neurodevelopmental disability. Stroke is particularly important as it frequently results in permanent neurologic sequelae. The aim of this study was to investigate risk factors for peri-procedural arterial ischaemic stroke (AIS) in children with cardiac disease. A retrospective case-control analysis of children aged <18 years with radiologically confirmed AIS following a cardiac procedure admitted to the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne between 1993 and 2010...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689443/does-having-a-gastrectomy-delay-time-to-feeding-and-prolong-hospital-stay-in-patients-undergoing-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy
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Nicholas B Shannon, Grace Hwei Ching Tan, Claramae Shulyn Chia, Khee Chee Soo, Melissa Ching Teo
AIM: Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) are routinely used to treat selected patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis, but can be associated with prolonged hospital stay, significant morbidity and mortality. Our objective was to assess whether patients undergoing gastrectomy as part of CRS/HIPEC were at increased risk of delayed feeding time and prolonged hospital stay. METHOD: 214 consecutive patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis treated with CRS/HIPEC between 2001 and 2016 were stratified by whether CRS included gastrectomy (n = 19, 9%) and compared...
July 9, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685812/simulation-based-training-program-with-deliberate-practice-for-ultrasound-guided-jugular-central-venous-catheter-placement
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M A Corvetto, J C Pedemonte, D Varas, C Fuentes, F R Altermatt
BACKGROUND: Current evidence supports the utility of simulation training for bedside procedures such as ultrasound-guided jugular central venous catheter (CVC) insertion. However, a standardized methodology to teach procedural skills has not been determined yet. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a simulation-based training program for improving novice technical performance during ultrasound-guided internal jugular CVC placement. METHODS: Postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) residents from anesthesiology, emergency medicine, cardiology, ICU, and nephrology specialties were trained in four deliberate practice sessions...
July 6, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682859/multidisciplinary-interventions-and-continuous-quality-improvement-to-reduce-unplanned-extubation-in-adult-intensive-care-units-a-15-year-experience
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chih-Cheng Lai, Khee-Siang Chan, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Chung-Han Ho, Chin-Ming Chen, Willy Chou
We conduct a retrospective study of patients with unplanned extubation (UE) in adult intensive care units (ICU) at a medical center. In 2001, a multidisciplinary team of intensivists, senior residents, nurses, and respiratory therapists was established at Chi Mei Medical Center. The improvement interventions, implemented between 2001 and 2015, were organized around 8 key areas: standardizing procedures, improving communication skills, revising sedation and weaning protocols, changing strategies for restraints, establishing a task force for identifying and managing high-risk patients, using new quality-improvement models as breakthrough series and team resource management, using the strategy of accountability without assigning blame, and changing a new method to secure endotracheal tube...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681751/assessment-of-surgical-risk-factors-in-the-development-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-neurosurgical-intensive-care-unit-patients-alarming-observations
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Deepashu Sachdeva, Daljit Singh, Poonam Loomba, Amandeep Kaur, Monica Tandon, Ishu Bishnoi
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most frequent nosocomial infection in patients receiving mechanical ventilation (MV) and contributes to a longer intensive care unit (ICU) stay, duration of MV, and a high morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of study was to determine the incidence of VAP in neurosurgery ICU patients and to assess the probable contributing neurosurgical risk factors like the site and nature of the lesion in the brain, the duration of surgery, blood loss during surgery, and infection elsewhere in the body, in the development of VAP...
July 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679919/proposal-for-the-implementation-of-quality-standards-in-a-medical-unit-through-integration-to-the-hospital-information-system
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Irene Karampela, Evangelos Tzortzis, Ioanna Kefala, Eleutheria Zygoura, Vasiliki Mantzana, Apostolos Armaganidis
Quality standards (QS) support and enhance health care services provided to patients and citizens, especially in sophisticated medical departments, such as Intensive Care Units (ICU). However, ICU staff lag behind in the adoption and compliance of QS protocols. In this paper, QS protocols implemented in the Intensive Care Unit of the Attiko University Hospital, a tertiary teaching hospital of the University of Athens, will be discussed. In this hospital, standardized procedures are implemented through the HIS, facilitating routine administration and services...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659919/the-%C3%AE-d-endoglucuronidase-heparanase-is-a-danger-molecule-that-drives-systemic-inflammation-and-correlates-with-clinical-course-after-open-and-endovascular-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-lessons-learnt-from-mice-and-men
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Lukas Martin, Alexander Gombert, Jianmin Chen, Julia Liebens, Julia Verleger, Johannes Kalder, Gernot Marx, Michael Jacobs, Christoph Thiemermann, Tobias Schuerholz
Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) is a highly lethal disorder requiring open or endovascular TAAA repair, both of which are rare, but extensive and complex surgical procedures associated with a significant systemic inflammatory response and high post-operative morbidity and mortality. Heparanase is a β-d-endoglucuronidase that remodels the endothelial glycocalyx by degrading heparan sulfate in many diseases/conditions associated with systemic inflammation including sepsis, trauma, and major surgery. We hypothesized that (a) perioperative serum levels of heparanase and heparan sulfate are associated with the clinical course after open or endovascular TAAA repair and (b) induce a systemic inflammatory response and renal injury/dysfunction in mice...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652590/the-incidence-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-postoperative-acute-kidney-injury-in-neurosurgical-critically-ill-patients
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Yujun Deng, Jie Yuan, Ruibin Chi, Heng Ye, Dong Zhou, Sheng Wang, Cong Mai, Zhiqiang Nie, Lin Wang, Yiling Zhai, Lu Gao, Danqing Zhang, Linhui Hu, Yiyu Deng, Chunbo Chen
We investigated the incidence, perioperative risk factors, and outcomes of postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI) in neurosurgical critically ill patients. A prospective multicenter cohort study was conducted, enrolling adult patients who underwent neurosurgical procedure and admitted to the neurosurgical intensive care units (ICU). Postoperative AKI was diagnosed within 7 days after surgery based on the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes criteria. Of 624 enrolled patients, postoperative AKI occurred in 84 patients...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651504/critical-care-management-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-in-australia-and-new-zealand-what-are-we-doing-and-where-to-from-here
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Andrew A Udy, Sacha Schweikert, James Anstey, Matthew Anstey, Jeremy Cohen, Oliver Flower, Edward Saxby, Andrew van der Poll, Anthony Delaney
Patients with an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) frequently require admission to the intensive care unit. There, a variety of therapeutic strategies are initiated, in addition to definitive procedures aimed at securing the aneurysm. Despite a substantial investment in caring for these patients, outcomes for this group remain poor. Although the severity of the initial bleed is crucial in this context, many patients undergo further deterioration in the ICU. Delayed cerebral ischaemia is a significant cause of longterm morbidity and mortality after SAH...
June 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648671/late-complications-of-percutaneous-tracheostomy-using-the-balloon-dilation-technique
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J B Araujo, J M Añón, A García de Lorenzo, A M García-Fernandez, M Esparcia, J Adán, S Relanzon, D Quiles, V de Paz, A Molina
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the late complications in critically ill patients requiring percutaneous tracheostomy (PT) using the balloon dilation technique. DESIGN: A prospective, observational cohort study was carried out. SCOPE: Two medical-surgical intensive care units (ICU). PATIENTS: All mechanically ventilated adult patients consecutively admitted to the ICU with an indication of tracheostomy...
June 22, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631452/the-impact-of-the-anaesthetic-conserving-device-on-occupational-exposure-to-isoflurane-among-intensive-care-healthcare-professionals
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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/28627291/early-complications-morbidity-and-mortality-in-octo-and-nonagenarians-undergoing-posterior-intraoperative-spinal-navigation-based-c1-2-fusion-for-type-ii-odontoid-process-fractures
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Basem Ishak, Till Schneider, Valerie Gimmy, Andreas W Unterberg, Karl L Kiening
Type II odontoid fractures represent the most common cervical spine injury in the elderly. The decision for surgical treatment is still controversial, particularly with regard to the elevated perioperative risk attributed to frequent comorbidities and poor bone quality. Purpose of this study was to assess both short-term mortality and mid-term clinical and radiological outcome in the elderly. Between January 2007 and December 2015, 35 patients with type II odontoid process fractures who underwent posterior atlanto-axial instrumentation using a modified Goel-Harms technique were retrospectively analyzed and prospectively examined clinically and radiologically...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623434/-cost-analysis-as-a%C3%A2-tool-for-assessing-the-efficacy-of-intensive-care-units
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T Maierhofer, F Pfisterer, A Bender, H Küchenhoff, O Moerer, H Burchardi, W H Hartl
BACKGROUND: The German "Hospital Structure Act" intends to align the state hospital planning on quality criteria. Within this process cost-utility analyses (CUAs) shall be used to assess the efficacy of medical care. To be objective, CUAs of intensive care units (ICUs) require standardization (adjustment) of costs. The present study analyzed the extent to which treatment costs are related to patient-specific baseline variables (such as type and severity of the primary disease). METHODS: From 2000-2004, a bottom-up procedure was used to quantify total costs on 14 ICUs in nine German university hospitals...
June 16, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
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