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Critical ill patient and antibiotic

Pedro Llinares, Isabel Ruiz, Rafael Zaragoza, Ricard Ferrer, Alejandro H Rodríguez, Emilio Maseda, Santiago Grau
BACKGROUND: Although in the past decade the management of invasive fungal infections has improved, a number of controversies persist regarding empirical antifungal treatment in critically-ill hematology patients. AIMS: To identify key clinical knowledge to elaborate a set of recommendations, with a high level of consensus, necessary for the approach to fungal infections in critically-ill hematology patients. METHODS: A Spanish prospective questionnaire, which measures consensus through the Delphi technique, was anonymously answered and e-mailed by 30 multidisciplinary national experts, all specialists in fungal invasive infections from six scientific national societies; intensivists, anesthesiologists, microbiologists, pharmacologists and specialists in infectious diseases...
October 14, 2016: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
Rasmus Gregersen, Laura Quitzau Mortensen, Jakob Burcharth, Hans-Christian Pommergaard, Jacob Rosenberg
PURPOSE: This study aimed to systematically review the literature and present the evidence on outcomes after treatment for acute diverticulitis with abscess formation. Secondly, the paper aimed to compare different treatment options. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library were searched. Two authors screened the records independently, initially on title and abstract and subsequently on full-text basis. Articles describing patients treated acutely for Hinchey Ib and II were included...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Michael Osthoff, Martin Siegemund, Gianmarco Balestra, Mohd Hafiz Abdul-Aziz, Jason A Roberts
Prolonged infusion of β-lactam antibiotics as either extended (over at least 2 hours) or continuous infusion is increasingly applied in intensive care units around the world in an attempt to optimise treatment with this most commonly used class of antibiotics, whose effectiveness is challenged by increasing resistance rates. The pharmacokinetics of β-lactam antibiotics in critically ill patients is profoundly altered secondary to an increased volume of distribution and the presence of altered renal function, including augmented renal clearance...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
P E Charles, R Noel, F Massin, J Guy, P E Bollaert, J P Quenot, S Gibot
BACKGROUND: Among septic patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), early recognition of those with the highest risk of death is of paramount importance. Since clinical judgment is sometimes uncertain biomarkers could provide additional information likely to guide critical illness management. We evaluated the prognostic value of soluble Triggering Receptor Expressed by Myeloid cells 1 (sTREM-1), procalcitonin (PCT) and leucocyte surface expression of CD64. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study, which included 190 septic patient admitted to the ICU in two hospitals...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Gabor Zilahi, Antonio Artigas, Ignacio Martin-Loeches
Over the last several decades, antibacterial drug use has become widespread with their misuse being an ever-increasing phenomenon. Consequently, antibacterial drugs have become less effective or even ineffective, resulting in a global health security emergency. The prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) varies widely among regions and countries. The primary aim of antibiotic stewardship programs is to supervise the three most influential factors contributing to the development and transmission of MDROs, namely: (1) appropriate antibiotic prescribing; (2) early detection and prevention of cross-colonization of MDROs; and (3) elimination of reservoirs...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Leniza G De Castro-Hamoy, Mary Anne D Chiong, Sylvia C Estrada, Cynthia P Cordero
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a rare inborn error of metabolism resulting from a deficiency in the branched-chain alpha-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex. MSUD has been reported to be the most common inborn error of metabolism in the Philippines. We described all patients with maple syrup urine disease patients diagnosed through newborn screening during its first 2 years of implementation and the challenges encountered during their medical management. There were 24 patients diagnosed with maple syrup urine disease for the 2-year period...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Community Genetics
Kenneth A Michelson, Richard G Bachur, Jason A Levy
OBJECTIVES: The presence of critically ill patients may impact care for other ED patients. We sought to evaluate whether the presence of a critically ill child was associated with the time to (1) receipt of the first medication among other patients, and (2) administration of diagnosis-specific medications. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of all paediatric ED visits over 3 years. Patients were exposed if they arrived during the first hour of a critically ill patient's care...
September 28, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Kevin Bihan, Qin Lu, Manon Enjalbert, Maxime Apparuit, Olivier Langeron, Jean-Jacques Rouby, Christian Funck-Brentano, Noel Zahr
BACKGROUND: Colistin is a polypeptide antibiotic from the polymyxin E group used for the treatment of infections caused by multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria. The main constituents, accounting for approximately 85% of this mixture, are colistinA (polymyxin E1) and colistin B (polymyxin E2). The aim of this study was to develop and validate new and fast methods of quantification of colistin A&B and its precursors (CMS A&B) by Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS) in plasma and urine with short pre-treatment and run times...
September 27, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
John Muscedere, David Maslove, John Gordon Boyd, Nicole O'Callaghan, Francois Lamontagne, Steven Reynolds, Martin Albert, Rick Hall, Danielle McGolrick, Xuran Jiang, Andrew G Day
BACKGROUND: Nosocomial infections remain an important source of morbidity, mortality, and increased health care costs in hospitalized patients. This is particularly problematic in intensive care units (ICUs) because of increased patient vulnerability due to the underlying severity of illness and increased susceptibility from utilization of invasive therapeutic and monitoring devices. Lactoferrin (LF) and the products of its breakdown have multiple biological effects, which make its utilization of interest for the prevention of nosocomial infections in the critically ill...
September 29, 2016: Trials
Liane Rabinowich, Julia Wendon, William Bernal, Oren Shibolet
AIM: To assess the practice of caring for acute liver failure (ALF) patients in varying geographic locations and medical centers. METHODS: Members of the European Acute Liver Failure Consortium completed an 88-item questionnaire detailing management of ALF. Responses from 22 transplantation centers in 11 countries were analyzed, treating between 300 and 500 ALF cases and performing over 100 liver transplants (LT) for ALF annually. The questions pertained to details of the institution and their clinical activity, standards of care, referral and admission, ward- based care versus intensive care unit (ICU) as well as questions regarding liver transplantation - including criteria, limitations, and perceived performance...
September 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Sutep Jaruratanasirikul, Wibul Wongpoowarak, Thitima Wattanavijitkul, Waroonrat Sukarnjanaset, Maseetoh Samaeng, Monchana Nawakitrangsan, Natnicha Ingviya
Sulbactam is being considered as an alternative concomitant medication with other effective antibiotics for the treatment of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii infections. Pathophysiological changes in critically ill patients with severe sepsis, resulting in altered pharmacokinetic (PK) patterns for antibiotics, are important factors in determining therapeutic success. The aims of this study were (i) to examine the population PK parameters, and (ii) to assess the probability of target attainment (PTA) for sulbactam in patients with severe sepsis caused by A...
September 26, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Fernando Callejo-Torre, Jose Maria Eiros Bouza, Pedro Olaechea Astigarraga, Maria Jesus Coma Del Corral, Mercedes Palomar Martínez, Francisco Alvarez-Lerma, Maria Jesús López-Pueyo
Predicting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in intensive care units (ICUs) avoids inappropriate antimicrobial empirical treatment and enhances infection control. We describe risk factors for colonisation/infection related to MRSA (MRSA-C/I) in critically ill patients once in the ICU and on ICU admission, and search for an easy-to-use predictive model for MRSA colonisation/infection on ICU admission. This multicentre cohort study included 69,894 patients admitted consecutively (stay>24h) in April-June in the five-year period 2006-2010 from 147 Spanish ICUs participating in the National Surveillance Study of Nosocomial Infections in ICUs (ENVIN-HELICS)...
September 1, 2016: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Sofia Maraki, Elpis Mantadakis, Viktoria Eirini Mavromanolaki, Diamantis P Kofteridis, George Samonis
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as a major cause of nosocomial outbreaks. It is particularly associated with nosocomial pneumonia and bloodstream infections in immunocompromised and debilitated patients with serious underlying pathologies. Over the last two decades, a remarkable rise in the rates of multidrug resistance to most antimicrobial agents that are active against A. baumannii has been noted worldwide. We evaluated the rates of antimicrobial resistance and changes in resistance over a 5-year period (2010-2014) in A...
September 2016: Infection & Chemotherapy
David Schnell, Elie Azoulay, Dominique Benoit, Benjamin Clouzeau, Pierre Demaret, Stéphane Ducassou, Pierre Frange, Matthieu Lafaurie, Matthieu Legrand, Anne-Pascale Meert, Djamel Mokart, Jérôme Naudin, Frédéric Pene, Antoine Rabbat, Emmanuel Raffoux, Patricia Ribaud, Jean-Christophe Richard, François Vincent, Jean-Ralph Zahar, Michael Darmon
Neutropenia is defined by either an absolute or functional defect (acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome) of polymorphonuclear neutrophils and is associated with high risk of specific complications that may require intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Specificities in the management of critically ill neutropenic patients prompted the establishment of guidelines dedicated to intensivists. These recommendations were drawn up by a panel of experts brought together by the French Intensive Care Society in collaboration with the French Group for Pediatric Intensive Care Emergencies, the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, the French Society of Hematology, the French Society for Hospital Hygiene, and the French Infectious Diseases Society...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Tyler J Loftus, Scott C Brakenridge, Frederick A Moore, Stephen J Lemon, Linda L Nguyen, Stacy A Voils, Janeen R Jordan, Chasen A Croft, R Stephen Smith, Phillip A Efron, Alicia M Mohr
BACKGROUND: Despite the excellent negative predictive value of sterile respiratory cultures, antibiotics often are continued after negative endotracheal aspirate (ETA) or bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) for critically ill trauma patients. We hypothesized that persistent elevation of the Clinical Pulmonary Infection Score (CPIS) would predict continued antibiotic therapy after a negative respiratory culture for intubated trauma patients, and that prolonged antibiotics would provide no benefit...
September 16, 2016: Surgical Infections
A Brinkmann, A C Röhr, A Köberer, T Fuchs, J Preisenberger, W A Krüger, O R Frey
Pharmacokinetic variability of anti-infective drugs due to pathophysiological changes by severe sepsis and septic shock is a well-known problem for critically ill patients resulting in suboptimal serum and most likely tissue concentrations of these agents.To cover a wide range of potential pathogens, high concentrations of broad spectrum anti-infectives have to reach the site of infection. Microbiological susceptibility testing (susceptible, intermediate, resistant) don't take the pharmacokinetic variability into account and are based on data generated by non-critically ill patients...
September 13, 2016: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
Francelli Cordeiro Neves, Wanessa T Clemente, Nilton Lincopan, Isabela D Paião, Patrícia R Neves, Roberta M Romanelli, Stella S S Lima, Luciene F Paiva, Paulo Henrique O Mourão, Vandack A Nobre-Junior
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAb) is an important cause of nosocomial infections especially in intensive care units (ICUs). This study aimed to assess clinical aspects and the genetic background of CRAb among ICU patients at a Brazilian teaching hospital. METHODS: 56 critically ill patients colonized or infected by CRAb, during ICU stay, were prospectively assessed. Based on imipenem MIC≥4μg/mL, 28 CRAB strains were screened for the presence of genes encoding metallo-β-lactamases (MβLs) and OXA-type β-lactamases...
September 9, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Linna Huang, Hangyong He, Yi Ding, Jingjing Jin, Qingyuan Zhan
Introduction The important role of radiological examinations of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in patients with neutropenia has been well studied; however, little is known about IPA in critically ill chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Objectives To evaluate the value of radiological examinations in the diagnosis and prognosis of invasive bronchial-pulmonary aspergillosis (IBPA) in critically ill COPD patients. Methods We included 61 critically ill COPD patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) in a retrospective, single-center cohort study...
September 10, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Robert A Balk, Sameer S Kadri, Zhun Cao, Scott B Robinson, Craig Lipkin, Samuel A Bozzette
BACKGROUND: There is a growing use of Procalcitonin (PCT) to facilitate the diagnosis and management of severe sepsis. We investigated the impact of 1-2 PCT determinations on ICU day 1 on healthcare utilization and cost in a large research database. METHODS: A retrospective, propensity score matched multivariable analysis was performed on the Premier Healthcare Database for patients admitted to the ICU with 1-2 PCT evaluations on day 1 of ICU admission versus patients who did not have PCT testing...
August 25, 2016: Chest
E de Jong, D W de Lange, A Beishuizen, P M van de Ven, A R J Girbes, A Huisman
INTRODUCTION: Neutrophilic granulocytes express cluster of differentiation 64 (CD64) antigen upon activation. CD64 can be used as a marker of bacterial infection and sepsis. The goal of this study was to determine whether CD64 is a useful biomarker for critically ill patients and analyze longitudinal measurements with regard to outcome and sepsis severity. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, CD64 analysis was performed daily until discharge from ICU or death...
October 2016: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
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