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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139549/elevated-potassium-outward-currents-in-hyperoxia-treated-atrial-cardiomyocytes
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Z Vysotskaya, B Chidipi, J L Rodgers, X Tang, E Samal, N Kolliputi, S Mohapatra, E S Bennett, S K Panguluri
Supplementation of 100% oxygen is a very common intervention in intensive care units (ICU) and critical care centers for patients with dysfunctional lung and lung disorders. Although there is advantage in delivering sufficient levels of oxygen, hyperoxia is reported to be directly associated with increasing in-hospital deaths. Our previous studies reported ventricular and electrical remodeling in hyperoxia treated mouse hearts, and in this article, for the first time, we are investigating the effects of hyperoxia on atrial electrophysiology using whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology experiments along with assessment of Kv1...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139014/the-ictal-interictal-continuum-to-treat-or-not-to-treat-and-how
#2
Clio Rubinos, Alexandra S Reynolds, Jan Claassen
Continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) monitoring is becoming increasingly used in neurologic and non-neurologic intensive care units (ICUs). Non-convulsive seizures (NCSz) and periodic discharges (PDs) are commonly seen in critically ill patients. Some of these PD patterns, also known as the ictal-interictal continuum (IIC), are associated with an increased risk of seizures and poor outcome. However, we do not fully understand the significance of these periodic patterns and the decision of how aggressively to treat remains controversial...
November 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138206/monitor-ic-study-a-mixed-methods-prospective-multicentre-controlled-cohort-study-assessing-5-year-outcomes-of-icu-survivors-and-related-healthcare-costs-a-study-protocol
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Wytske Geense, Marieke Zegers, Hester Vermeulen, Mark van den Boogaard, Johannes van der Hoeven
INTRODUCTION: Due to advances in critical care medicine, more patients survive their critical illness. However, intensive care unit (ICU) survivors often experience long-term physical, cognitive and mental problems, summarised as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), impacting their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). In what frequency PICS occurs, and to what extent this influences ICU survivors' HRQoL, is mostly unknown. The aims of this study are therefore to study the: (1) 5-year patient outcomes, (2) predictors for PICS, (3) ratio between HRQoL of ICU survivors and healthcare-related costs, and (4) care and support needs...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138126/promoting-secondary-analysis-of-electronic-medical-records-in-china-summary-of-the-plagh-mit-critical-data-conference-and-health-datathon
#4
Peiyao Li, Chen Xie, Tom Pollard, Alistair Edward William Johnson, Desen Cao, Hongjun Kang, Hong Liang, Yuezhou Zhang, Xiaoli Liu, Yong Fan, Yuan Zhang, Wanguo Xue, Lixin Xie, Leo Anthony Celi, Zhengbo Zhang
Electronic health records (EHRs) have been widely adopted among modern hospitals to collect and track clinical data. Secondary analysis of EHRs could complement the traditional randomized control trial (RCT) research model. However, most researchers in China lack either the technical expertise or the resources needed to utilize EHRs as a resource. In addition, a climate of cross-disciplinary collaboration to gain insights from EHRs, a crucial component of a learning healthcare system, is not prevalent. To address these issues, members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the People's Liberation Army General Hospital (PLAGH) organized the first clinical data conference and health datathon in China, which provided a platform for clinicians, statisticians, and data scientists to team up and address information gaps in the intensive care unit (ICU)...
November 14, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137860/quality-of-anthropometric-measurements-in-spanish-intensive-care-units-the-camies-study
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M A García-Martínez, T Cherednichenko, Y Hidalgo Encinas, A I Catalá Espinosa, A Arrascaeta Llanes, J A Acosta Escribano
INTRODUCTION: Real body weight and height are essential data to be obtained in all critically ill patients (CIP), due to their influence in the designing of therapies and monitoring. Visual estimation is a very inaccurate practice. No precise descriptions of anthropometric measurements among CIP are available in the clinical practice guides. OBJECTIVE: To describe anthropometric quality in CIP, health professional perception of such quality, and its influencing factors...
November 11, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137682/cefepime-induced-neurotoxicity-a-systematic-review
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Lauren E Payne, David J Gagnon, Richard R Riker, David B Seder, Elizabeth K Glisic, Jane G Morris, Gilles L Fraser
BACKGROUND: Cefepime is a widely used antibiotic with neurotoxicity attributed to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and exhibit concentration-dependent ϒ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) antagonism. Neurotoxic symptoms include depressed consciousness, encephalopathy, aphasia, myoclonus, seizures, and coma. Data suggest that up to 15% of ICU patients treated with cefepime may experience these adverse effects. Risk factors include renal dysfunction, excessive dosing, preexisting brain injury, and elevated serum cefepime concentrations...
November 14, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137585/association-of-positive-fluid-balance-and-mortality-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock-in-an-australian-cohort
#7
M G Pittard, S J Huang, A S McLean, S R Orde
In patients with septic shock, a correlation between positive fluid balance and worsened outcomes has been reported in multiple observational studies worldwide. No published data exists in an Australasian cohort. We set out to explore this association in our institution. We conducted a retrospective audit of patient records from August 2012 to May 2015 in a single-centre, 24-bed surgical and medical intensive care unit (ICU) in Sydney, Australia. All patients with septic shock were included. Exclusion criteria included length of stay less than 24 hours or vasopressors needed for less than six hours...
November 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136716/-the-impact-of-goal-directed-analgesia-on-mechanical-ventilated-patients-s-outcomes-in-intensive-care-unit-a-clinical-observational-study
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Q D Li, X Y Wan, Y L Zhang, S W Li, L L Han, W W Li, H Y Shi
To investigate the impact of goal directed analgesia on the outcome of patients with mechanical ventilation in intensive care unit.A total of 126 patients who needed mechanical ventilation were recruited.With a method of before and after paired comparison, they were divided into two group: (1) analgesia with empirical administration or control group; (2) goal directed analgesia based on critical-care pain observation tool (CPOT). Compared with the control group, after goal directed analgesia was applied, the consumption of midazolam significantly dropped from (368...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132978/intensive-care-in-severe-malaria-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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REVIEW
Dilip R Karnad, Mohd Basri Mat Nor, Guy A Richards, Tim Baker, Pravin Amin
Severe malaria is common in tropical countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and South and Central America. It may also occur in travelers returning from endemic areas. Plasmodium falciparum accounts for most cases, although P vivax is increasingly found to cause severe malaria in Asia. Cerebral malaria is common in children in Africa, manifests as coma and seizures, and has a high morbidity and mortality. In other regions, adults may also develop cerebral malaria but neurological sequelae in survivors are rare...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132794/saccharomyces-cerevisiae-fungemia-after-probiotic-treatment-in-an-intensive-care-unit-patient
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I Kara, F Yıldırım, Ö Özgen, S Erganiş, M Aydoğdu, M Dizbay, G Gürsel, A Kalkanci
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a common colonizer of the human gastrointestinal system as a benign organism. Enteral supplementation of this yeast as a probiotic product is effective in the treatment of antibiotic associated diarrhae. In rare occasions it can cause invasive infections. We present two fungemia cases in an intensive care unit following probiotic treatment containing S. boulardii. We are warning the safety of probiotic treatment in critically ill patients.
November 10, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132597/retrospective-review-of-pediatric-transport-where-do-our-patients-go-after-transport
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REVIEW
Emily Krennerich, Curtis G Sitler, Manish Shah, Fong Lam, Jeanine Graf
OBJECTIVE: This review describes disposition of transported children and identifies contributing factors affecting optimal patient placement. The study describes timing and patient placement indicators in transport patients to identify areas of improvement, re-education, and training. METHODS: A retrospective chart review for transports via our pediatric specialty transport team from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, was performed. Patients were identified by the transport quality assurance performance improvement database, hospital electronic medical records, and transport medical records...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132515/acute-kidney-injury-in-the-critically-ill
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REVIEW
Robert A Maxwell, Christopher Michael Bell
Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs frequently in the surgical intensive care unit and results in significant morbidity and mortality. AKI needs to be identified early and underlying causes treated or eliminated. Sepsis, major surgery such as coronary artery bypass, and hypovolemia are the most common causes and patients with underlying comorbidities have increased susceptibility. Treatment should begin by ensuring that patients are adequately resuscitated and all contributing causes are replaced or eliminated...
December 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132506/intensive-care-unit-delirium-and-intensive-care-unit-related-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#13
REVIEW
Annachiara Marra, Pratik P Pandharipande, Mayur B Patel
Delirium is one of the most common behavioral manifestations of acute brain dysfunction in the intensive care unit (ICU) and is a strong predictor of worse outcome. Routine monitoring for delirium is recommended for all ICU patients using validated tools. In delirious patients, a search for all reversible precipitants is the first line of action and pharmacologic treatment should be considered when all causes have been ruled out, and it is not contraindicated. Long-term morbidity has significant consequences for survivors of critical illness and for their caregivers...
December 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132505/the-mobility-and-impact-of-frailty-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#14
REVIEW
Bellal Joseph, Faisal S Jehan
Prevalence of pre-existing frailty in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) is increasing. Critical illness leads to a catabolic state that further diminishes body reserves and contributes to frailty independent of age and prehospital functional status. Because early mobilization of patients in the ICU results in accelerated recovery and improvement in functional status and quality of life, frailty can severely affect the mobility of patients in ICU ultimately prolonging recovery. Understanding the concept of frailty and the association of frailty and its impact on mobility in the ICU, identifying patients, and timely resource allocation helps in optimum care and improves clinical outcomes...
December 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131536/non-invasive-ventilation-use-in-status-asthmaticus-16%C3%A2-years-of-experience-in-a-tertiary-intensive-care
#15
Kirsten Rl Bond, Carl Ae Horsley, Anthony B Williams
OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in adults presenting with status asthmaticus to Middlemore Hospital Critical Care Complex (CCC, South Auckland, New Zealand) from 2000 to 2015. METHOD: Retrospective review of all adult asthma admissions to the Hospital CCC between 2000 and 2015. Demographic, physiological, treatment data and blood gas results were recorded. RESULTS: There were 265 asthma admissions to Middlemore Hospital CCC during the study period...
November 12, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131465/psychometric-analysis-of-subjective-sedation-scales-used-for-critically-ill-paediatric-patients
#16
Xiaohua Ge, Tingting Zhang, Lingling Zhou
AIMS: This study evaluated the psychometric properties of subjective sedation scales using one psychometric scoring system to identify the appropriate scale that is most suitable for clinical care practice. BACKGROUND: A number of published sedation assessment scales for paediatric patients are currently used to attempt to achieve a moderate depth of sedation to avoid the undesirable effects caused by over- or undersedation. However, there has been no systematic review of these scales...
November 12, 2017: Nursing in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131392/virus-detection-in-critically-ill-children-with-acute-respiratory-disease-a-new-profile-in-view-of-new-technology
#17
Atsushi Kawaguchi, Angela Bates, Bonita E Lee, Steven Drews, Daniel Garros
AIM: To describe the epidemiology of critically ill children admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with acute respiratory disease. The association with intubation was analyzed for the three most prevalent viruses and in those with and without viral co-infection. METHODS: Patients admitted to the PICU (2004 - 2014) with acute respiratory disease were included. Analyses were performed utilizing each respiratory viral infection or multiple viral infections as an exposure...
November 13, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131390/immune-function-in-critically-ill-dogs
#18
D Hoffman, J Amorim, A DeClue
BACKGROUND: People with critical illness (CI) commonly develop various forms of immune dysfunction, however, there is limited information concerning immune dysfunction in dogs with CI. HYPOTHESIS: The immune response in CI dogs differs from that of healthy dogs. ANIMALS: Immunologic variables were compared between 14 dogs with CI, defined as APPLEfast score of >20 points, admitted to the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center Small Animal Clinic Intensive Care Unit and healthy controls (n = 15)...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130725/-eighth-jes%C3%A3%C2%BAs-culebras-lecture-critical-care-nutrition-and-hyperglycemia-a-close-relationship
#19
Alfonso Mesejo
Critically ill patients show a metabolic response to injury that affects carbohydrate metabolism, causing hyperglycemia and an increase in glycemic variability that makes the critically ill patient susceptible to infection, resulting in morbidity and mortality increase. Also, severe hypoglycemia was detected as a consequence of intensive insulin treatment that provokes deleterious effects in their clinical evolution, so a correct monitoring of plasma glucose would contribute to reduce morbidity and mortality...
October 24, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130505/muscle-membrane-properties-in-a-pig-sepsis-model-effect-of-norepinephrine
#20
Delphine Boërio, Thiago D Corrêa, Stephan M Jakob, Karin A Ackermann, Hugh Bostock, Werner J Z'Graggen
INTRODUCTION: Sepsis-induced myopathy and critical illness myopathy are common causes of muscle weakness in intensive care patients. This study investigated the effect of different mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) levels on muscle membrane properties following experimental sepsis. METHODS: Sepsis was induced with faecal peritonitis in 12 out of 18 anesthetized and mechanically ventilated pigs. Seven were treated with a high (75-85 mm Hg) and 5 with a low (≥60 mm Hg) MAP target for resuscitation...
November 11, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
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