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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792971/impact-of-active-surveillance-and-infection-control-measures-on-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacterial-colonization-and-infections-in-intensive-care
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T Karampatakis, K Tsergouli, E Iosifidis, C Antachopoulos, A Karapanagiotou, A Karyoti, N Gritsi-Gerogianni, A Tsakris, E Roilides
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (CRGNB) infections constitute a global threat for critically ill patients and the outcome of their hospitalization. Early identification of CRGNB through rectal surveillance cultures and routine infection control measures including contact precautions, use of appropriate disinfectants, staff education on cleaning, and hand hygiene may reduce the dissemination of CRGNB. AIM: To assess the impact of enhanced infection control measures on CRGNB infections in a nine-bed polyvalent intensive care unit in a tertiary level hospital in an endemic area...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792461/teamwork-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Jennifer N Ervin, Jeremy M Kahn, Taya R Cohen, Laurie R Weingart
Intensive care units (ICUs) provide care to the most severely ill hospitalized patients. Although ICUs increasingly rely on interprofessional teams to provide critical care, little about actual teamwork in this context is well understood. The ICU team is typically comprised of physicians or intensivists, clinical pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, bedside nurses, clinical psychologists, and clinicians-in-training. ICU teams are distinguished from other health care teams in that they are low in temporal stability, which can impede important team dynamics...
May 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791247/a-randomized-trial-of-a-family-support-intervention-in-intensive-care-units
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Douglas B White, Derek C Angus, Anne-Marie Shields, Praewpannarai Buddadhumaruk, Caroline Pidro, Cynthia Paner, Elizabeth Chaitin, Chung-Chou H Chang, Francis Pike, Lisa Weissfeld, Jeremy M Kahn, Joseph M Darby, Amy Kowinsky, Susan Martin, Robert M Arnold
Background Surrogate decision makers for incapacitated, critically ill patients often struggle with decisions related to goals of care. Such decisions cause psychological distress in surrogates and may lead to treatment that does not align with patients' preferences. Methods We conducted a stepped-wedge, cluster-randomized trial involving patients with a high risk of death and their surrogates in five intensive care units (ICUs) to compare a multicomponent family-support intervention delivered by the interprofessional ICU team with usual care...
May 23, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790324/-interruptions-during-nursing-handover-observational-study-in-an-italian-intensive-care-unit
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Vincenzo Damico, Liana Murano, Flavia Cazzaniga
AIM: the purpose of this study is to investigate interruptions as they occur during the nursing handover in an Italian Intensive Care Unit. METHOD: prospective observational study carried out in the Lecco hospital's Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Service (formerly A. Manzoni Hospital) from 15th July 2016 to 30th December 2016. To capture and understand the causes and occurences of interruptions, data were collected through participating observa- tion...
January 2018: Professioni Infermieristiche
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790212/dopamine-in-transplantation-written-off-or-comeback-with-novel-indication
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REVIEW
Peter Schnuelle, Urs Benck, Benito A Yard
Renal-dose dopamine has fallen out of favor in the intensive care unit (ICU) during past years due to its ineffectiveness to prevent impending or to ameliorate overt renal failure in the critically ill. By contrast, growing evidence indicates that low-dose dopamine administered to the stable organ donor after brain death confirmation improves the clinical course of transplanted organs after kidney and heart transplantation. Ensuring a thorough monitoring for potential circulatory side effects, employment of dopamine at a dose of 4 μg/kg per minute is safe in the deceased donor...
May 23, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790133/-spiritual-care-for-patients-and-their-families-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#6
Hsing-Yu Yang
To date, most of the literature in Taiwan on clinical spiritual care has focused either on improving the spiritual well-being of patients or on developing assessment tools suitable for use with end-stage cancer patients. Few articles have discussed spiritual care in the context of intensive care unit (ICU) patients and their family members. When ICU patients face life-threatening and complex physiological problems, spiritual care plays an important role in disease recovery and adaptation and impacts the satisfaction and medical decision-making of critical patients and their family members...
June 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789798/the-relation-between-sarcopenia-and-mortality-in-patients-at-intensive-care-unit
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Mehmet Toptas, Mazhar Yalcin, İbrahim Akkoc, Eren Demir, Cagatay Metin, Yildiray Savas, Muhsin Kalyoncuoglu, Mehmet Mustafa Can
Background and Aim: Psoas muscle area (PMA) can reflect the status of skeletal muscle in the whole body. It has been also reported that decreased PMA was associated with postoperative mortality or morbidity after several surgical procedures. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relation between PMA and mortality in all age groups in intensive care unit (UNIT). Materials and Method: The study consists of 362 consecutive patients. The demographic characteristics of patients, indications for ICU hospitalization, laboratory parameters, and clinical parameters consist of mortality and length of stay, and surgery history was obtained from intensive care archive records...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789183/-do-not-do-recommendations-of-the-working-groups-of-the-spanish-society-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine-and-coronary-units-semicyuc-for-the-management-of-critically-ill-patients
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F J González de Molina Ortiz, F Gordó Vidal, A Estella García, P Morrondo Valdeolmillos, J F Fernández Ortega, J Caballero López, P V Pérez Villares, M A Ballesteros Sanz, C de Haro López, J A Sanchez-Izquierdo Riera, A Serrano Lázaro, M P Fuset Cabanes, L J Terceros Almanza, X Nuvials Casals, J Baldirà Martínez de Irujo
The project "Commitment to Quality of Scientific Societies", promoted since 2013 by the Spanish Ministry of Health, seeks to reduce unnecessary health interventions that have not proven effective, have little or doubtful effectiveness, or are not cost-effective. The objective is to establish the "do not do" recommendations for the management of critically ill patients. A panel of experts from the 13 working groups (WGs) of the Spanish Society of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) was selected and nominated by virtue of clinical expertise and/or scientific experience to carry out the recommendations...
May 19, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788912/association-between-troponin-i-levels-and-outcome-in-critically-ill-patients-admitted-to-non-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-with-high-prevalence-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Abdulaleem Alatassi, Mohamad Habbal, Hani Tamim, Musharaf Sadat, Eman Al Qasim, Yaseen M Arabi
BACKGROUND: The association of troponin-I levels and outcome in medical-surgical ICU patients has been studied before in populations with low to moderate prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors. The objective in this article is to examine the association of troponin-I levels with hospital mortality in patients with high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors who were admitted with medical-surgical indications to a non-cardiac intensive care unit. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of adult patients admitted to a tertiary medical-surgical ICU between July 2001 and November 2011...
May 22, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787959/high-voltage-electrical-injury-complicated-by-compartment-syndrome-and-acute-kidney-injury-with-successful-limb-salvage-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Christopher Wei Guang Ho, Shi-Hui Yang, Chu Hui Wong, Si Jack Chong
INTRODUCTION: Although an uncommon form of admission to a burns centre, the deep, penetrating nature of noxious currents mean that electrical burns have the most catastrophic consequences of all burn injuries. Understanding the physics of electricity is crucial to explaining the mechanisms of tissue damage and organ failure in electrical injuries which necessitate special management above and beyond that of regular thermal burns. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a young man who suffered significant occupation-related electrical burns that was complicated by compartment syndrome, rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787415/cooccurrence-of-post-intensive-care-syndrome-problems-among-406-survivors-of-critical-illness
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Annachiara Marra, Pratik P Pandharipande, Timothy D Girard, Mayur B Patel, Christopher G Hughes, James C Jackson, Jennifer L Thompson, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Eugene Wesley Ely, Nathan E Brummel
OBJECTIVES: To describe the frequency of cooccurring newly acquired cognitive impairment, disability in activities of daily livings, and depression among survivors of a critical illness and to evaluate predictors of being free of post-intensive care syndrome problems. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Medical and surgical ICUs from five U.S. centers. PATIENTS: Patients with respiratory failure or shock, excluding those with preexisting cognitive impairment or disability in activities of daily livings...
May 21, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787309/predicting-intensive-care-unit-readmission-with-machine-learning-using-electronic-health-record-data
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Juan C Rojas, Kyle A Carey, Dana P Edelson, Laura R Venable, Michael D Howell, Matthew M Churpek
RATIONALE: Patients transferred from the intensive care unit (ICU) to the wards who are later readmitted to the ICU have increased length of stay, healthcare expenditure, and mortality compared to those who are never readmitted. Improving risk-stratification for patients transferred to the wards could have important benefits for critically ill hospitalized patients. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to use a machine-learning technique to derive and validate an ICU readmission prediction model with variables available in the electronic health record (EHR) in real-time and compare it to previously published algorithms...
May 22, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786568/nutritive-support-for-newborns-in-critical-conditions-semi-elemental-formilas-as-a-means-of-enteral-nutrition
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Dmytro Shkurupii
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: The goal is to increase the efficiency of nutritional support in intensive care of newborns by substantiating the choice of the enteral blend. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted, which included 173 newborns. The main group consisted of 143 patients of intensive care units. The comparison group - 30 virtually healthy newborns. Physical parameters, changes in protein metabolism, serum immunoglobulins, functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and hepatobiliary system in the development of critical conditions and depending on the type of enteric urine formula were determined...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785938/decision-making-in-end-of-life-care-are-we-really-playing-together-in-the-same-team
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M M Lomero-Martínez, M F Jiménez-Herrera, M A Bodí-Saera, M Llauradó-Serra, N Masnou-Burrallo, E Oliver-Juan, A Sandiumenge-Camps
BACKGROUND: Limitation of life-sustaining treatment is increasingly common in critical care units, and controlled donation after circulatory death is starting to be included as an option within patient care plans. Lack of knowledge and misunderstandings can place a barrier between healthcare professionals. OBJECTIVE: To determine the perceptions, knowledge and attitudes of physicians and nurses working in intensive care units regarding Limitation of life-sustaining treatment and controlled donation after circulatory death...
May 18, 2018: Enfermería Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784539/revisiting-antithrombin-in-health-and-disease-congenital-deficiencies-and-genetic-variants-and-laboratory-studies-on-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-forms
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REVIEW
Jean Amiral, Jerard Seghatchian
Antithrombin [AT] is the main inhibitor for activated plasma coagulation serine esterases, inhibiting thrombin, Factors Xa and IXa, but also Factors XIIa, XIa, VIIa, kallicrein, and plasmin. Its activity is highly enhanced by heparin, through binding to the pentasaccharide sequences, for inhibition of all coagulation proteases, except thrombin, which inhibition requires its additional binding to the heparin polysaccharide chain. However, AT is the major inhibitor of thrombin in the blood circulation. Congenital or acquired deficiencies of AT expose affected patients to an increased risk of developing unprovoked and recurrent thrombo-embolic diseases...
April 19, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783252/the-analytical-prognosis-of-the-susceptibility-to-aminoglycosides-and-doxycycline-inacinetobacter-baumanniiisoolated-from-burns-of-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Vasyl I Nahaichuk, Oleksandr A Nazarchuk, Neonila I Osadchuk, Dmytro V Dmytriiev, Halyna H Nazarchuk
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Clinical strains of A.baumannii are becoming highly important in hospital-acquired infections, especially because of their association with low susceptibility to antibiotics, which requires in-depth study with a prognostic determination of the dynamics of antimicrobial efficacy of antibiotics. The aim was to investigate of prognostic models of aminoglycoside antibiotics effectiveness on the basis of the mathematical analysis of real susceptibility of A.baumannii clinical strains, isolated from patients in BICU...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783031/a-unique-all-payer-rate-setting-system-controls-the-cost-but-not-the-racial-disparity-in-lower-extremity-revascularization-procedures
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Besma Nejim, Robert J Beaulieu, Husain Alshaikh, Mohammed Hamouda, Joseph Canner, Mahmoud B Malas
BACKGROUND: Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) often have high comorbidity burden that may complicate post-interventional course and drive increased healthcare expenditures. Racial disparity had been observed in lower extremity revascularization (LER) patterns and outcomes. In 2014, Maryland adopted an all-payer rate setting system to limit the rising hospitalization costs. This resulted in an aggregate payment system in which hospital compensation takes place as an overall per capita expenditure for hospital services...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779927/patent-ductus-arteriosus-the-physiology-of-transition
#18
REVIEW
Poorva Deshpande, Michelle Baczynski, Patrick J McNamara, Amish Jain
The transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life represents a critical phase of physiological adaptation which impacts many organ systems, most notably the heart and the lungs. The majority of term neonates complete this transition without complications; however, dysregulation of normal postnatal adaptation may lead to acute cardiopulmonary instability, necessitating advanced intensive care support. Although not as well appreciated as changes in vascular resistances, the shunt across the DA plays a crucial physiologic role in the adaptive processes related to normal transitional circulation...
May 5, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779912/how-often-do-we-perform-painful-and-stressful-procedures-in-the-paediatric-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-observational-study
#19
Manuel A Baarslag, Sharan Jhingoer, Erwin Ista, Karel Allegaert, Dick Tibboel, Monique van Dijk
BACKGROUND: Adequate analgesia and sedation is crucial in critical care. There is little knowledge on the extent of painful and stressful procedures on children admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and its analgesic and/or sedative management. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to determine the number of painful and stressful procedures per patient per day in our PICU patients, including the numbers of attempts. A secondary objective was to map PICU nurses' perceptions of the painfulness of the included procedures...
May 17, 2018: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779827/zika-virus-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
#20
Gisele Sampaio Silva, Guy A Richards, Tim Baker, Jorge Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Pravin Amin
Zika fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), an RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus. ZIKV can be transmitted by bites from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species, sexual activity, blood transfusion and from mother to fetus during pregnancy and delivery. A total of 50 territories and countries in the Americas had reported ZIKV infections. For those with symptoms, the presentation is similar to dengue fever with body aches, joint pain, fatigue, malaise, fever and conjunctivitis lasting up to seven days...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
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