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Critical ill and resistency

Alessandro Russo, Simone Giuliano, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Francesco Alessandri, Alessandra Giordano, Grazia Brunetti, Mario Venditti
Objectives: a significant cause of mortality in intensive care unit (ICU) is represented by multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria, such as MDR Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) and Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp). Aim of the present study was the comparison of clinical features, therapy and outcome of patients who developed septic shock due to either MDR-AB or KPC-Kp. Methods: were retrospectively analyzed patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a teaching hospital, from November 2010 to December 2015, who developed septic shock due to MDR-AB or KPC-Kp infection...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
I-Ling Chen, Chen-Hsiang Lee, Shih-Wen Ting, Lily Yu-Chin Wang
Objectives: The increasing number of reports on infections due to carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacilli (GNB) has raised concerns, because they have complicated empiric or guided antibiotic therapy for critically ill patients. We aimed to develop a scoring system to predict nosocomial imipenem-resistant GNB (IR-GNB) septicemia among the critically ill patients. Materials and methods: The study included critically ill adult patients with nosocomial GNB septicemia at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) in 2013-2015, and the scoring system for predicting IR-GNB septicemia was developed, followed by prospective validation conducted among patients at Linkou CGMH and Kaohsiung CGMH between January and June, 2016...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
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
Michael Schörghuber, Sonja Fruhwald
Nutritional management is a cornerstone of therapy for patients who are critically ill. Data show that enteral nutrition is better than parenteral nutrition with regard to the morbidity of critcally ill patients, especially for infectious complications. These findings suggest that feeding patients enterally has other beneficial effects besides delivering nutrients. In the absence of enteral nutrition, the mucosal architecture changes distinctly, leading to an impairment in function of the gastrointestinal barrier...
April 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Nathaniel J Rhodes, Caroline E Cruce, J Nicholas O'Donnell, Richard G Wunderink, Alan R Hauser
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are frequent causes of infection among critically ill patients. VAP is the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection among mechanically ventilated patients. Unfortunately, many of the nosocomial Gram-negative bacteria that cause VAP are increasingly difficult to treat. Additionally, the evolution and dissemination of multi- and pan-drug resistant strains leave clinicians with few treatment options. VAP patients represent a dynamic population at risk for antibiotic failure and under-dosing due to altered antibiotic pharmacokinetic parameters...
March 6, 2018: Current Infectious Disease Reports
Alexander K C Leung, Benjamin Barankin, Kin Fon Leong
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcal-scalded skin syndrome (SSSS), also known as Ritter disease, is a potentially life-threatening disorder and a pediatric emergency. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative to reduce the morbidity and mortality of this condition. The purpose of this article is to familiarize physicians with the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of SSSS. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was completed in Clinical Queries using the key terms "Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome" and "Ritter disease"...
March 5, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Ziyaattin Karakuzu, Remzi Iscimen, Halis Akalin, Nermin Kelebek Girgin, Ferda Kahveci, Melda Sinirtas
BACKGROUND Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a nosocomial infection commonly seen in patients in intensive care units (ICU). This study aimed to analyze factors affecting prognosis of patients diagnosed with VAP. MATERIAL AND METHODS Critically ill patients with VAP were retrospectively evaluated between June 2002 and June 2011 in the ICU. VAP diagnosis was made according to 2005 ATS/IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America/American Thoracic Society) criteria. First pneumonia attacks of patients were analyzed...
March 5, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Timothy Peters-Strickland, Ainslie Hatch, Anke Adenwala, Katie Atkinson, Benjamin Bartfeld
Background: The digital medicine system (DMS), a drug-device combination developed for patients with serious mental illness, integrates adherence measurement with pharmacologic treatment by embedding an ingestible sensor in a pill, allowing for information sharing among patients, health care providers (HCPs), and caregivers via a mobile interface. Studies conducted during the DMS development process aimed to minimize cognitive burden and use-related risks and demonstrated effective use of the technology...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Philippe Montravers, Florence Tubach, Thomas Lescot, Benoit Veber, Marina Esposito-Farèse, Philippe Seguin, Catherine Paugam, Alain Lepape, Claude Meistelman, Joel Cousson, Antoine Tesniere, Gaetan Plantefeve, Gilles Blasco, Karim Asehnoune, Samir Jaber, Sigismond Lasocki, Herve Dupont
PURPOSE: Shortening the duration of antibiotic therapy (ABT) is a key measure in antimicrobial stewardship. The optimal duration of ABT for treatment of postoperative intra-abdominal infections (PIAI) in critically ill patients is unknown. METHODS: A multicentre prospective randomised trial conducted in 21 French intensive care units (ICU) between May 2011 and February 2015 compared the efficacy and safety of 8-day versus 15-day antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients with PIAI...
February 26, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
Rajesh M Shetty, Antonio Bellini, Dhuleep S Wijayatilake, Mark A Hamilton, Rajesh Jain, Sunil Karanth, ArunKumar Namachivayam
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care and on mechanical ventilation, are administered sedative and analgesic drugs to improve both their comfort and interaction with the ventilator. Optimizing sedation practice may reduce mortality, improve patient comfort and reduce cost. Current practice is to use scales or scores to assess depth of sedation based on clinical criteria such as consciousness, understanding and response to commands. However these are perceived as subjective assessment tools...
February 21, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Rajbharan Yadav, Kate E Rogers, Phillip J Bergen, Jürgen B Bulitta, Carl M J Kirkpatrick, Steven C Wallis, David L Paterson, Roger L Nation, Jeffrey Lipman, Jason A Roberts, Cornelia B Landersdorfer
Augmented renal clearance (ARC) in critically-ill patients can result in suboptimal drug exposures and treatment failure. Combination dosage regimens accounting for ARC have never been optimized and evaluated against Pseudomonas aeruginosa using the hollow-fiber infection model (HFIM). Using a P. aeruginosa isolate from a critically-ill patient and static concentration time-kill experiments (SCTK), we studied clinically relevant piperacillin and tobramycin concentrations, alone and in combinations, at two inocula (105...
February 20, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Stefano Elli, Luigi Cannizzo, Giuseppe Foti, Roberto Fumagalli, Alberto Lucchini
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients in ICU are exposed to high risk of hospital acquired infections. In recent years, the multi drug resistant microorganisms (MDR) represent the most worrying epidemiological problem. AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between isolation precautions and nursing workload. METHODS: We studied patients who had an infection by MDR, subject to isolation precautions, and measured their NAS score during stay in ICU...
October 2017: Professioni Infermieristiche
Nick Daneman, Asgar H Rishu, Ruxandra Pinto, Pierre Aslanian, Sean M Bagshaw, Alex Carignan, Emmanuel Charbonney, Bryan Coburn, Deborah J Cook, Michael E Detsky, Peter Dodek, Richard Hall, Anand Kumar, Francois Lamontagne, Francois Lauzier, John C Marshall, Claudio M Martin, Lauralyn McIntyre, John Muscedere, Steven Reynolds, Wendy Sligl, Henry T Stelfox, M Elizabeth Wilcox, Robert A Fowler
BACKGROUND: Shorter-duration antibiotic treatment is sufficient for a range of bacterial infections, but has not been adequately studied for bloodstream infections. Our systematic review, survey, and observational study indicated equipoise for a trial of 7 versus 14 days of antibiotic treatment for bloodstream infections; a pilot randomized clinical trial (RCT) was a necessary next step to assess feasibility of a larger trial. METHODS: We conducted an open, pilot RCT of antibiotic treatment duration among critically ill patients with bloodstream infection across 11 intensive care units (ICUs)...
February 17, 2018: Trials
John Rene Labib, Sally K Ibrahim, Marwa Rashad Salem, Meray Rene L Youssef, Basant Meligy
BACKGROUND: Patients in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) are susceptible to infections with gram-negative bacteria (GNB). METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in 2 PICUs at Cairo University Hospitals to determine the incidence and outcome of GNB infections over 1 year. Variables of interest included age, gender, isolated organism, susceptibility to antibiotics, and final outcome. RESULTS: During the study period, 1420 patients were admitted to the PICU; of these, 291 developed GNB infections...
February 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
Matthew J Akiyama, Linda Agyemang, Julia H Arnsten, Moonseong Heo, Brianna L Norton, Bruce R Schackman, Benjamin P Linas, Alain H Litwin
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) constitute 60% of the approximately 5 million people in the U.S. infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Treatment of PWID is complex due to addiction, mental illness, poverty, homelessness, lack of positive social support, poor adherence-related skills, low motivation and knowledge, and poor access to and trust in the health care system. New direct-acting antiviral medications are available for HCV with high cure rates and few side effects. The life expectancy and economic benefits of new HCV treatments will not be realized unless we determine optimal models of care for the majority of HCV-infected patients...
February 9, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Jeffrey J Cies, Wayne S Moore, Adela Enache, Arun Chopra
OBJECTIVES: To describe the ceftaroline pharmacokinetics in critically ill children treated for suspected or confirmed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, including blood stream infection and describe the microbiological and clinical outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective electronic medical record review. SETTINGS: Free-standing tertiary/quaternary pediatric children's hospital. PATIENTS: Critically ill children receiving ceftaroline monotherapy or combination therapy for suspected or confirmed methicillin-resistant S...
February 6, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Mona Ahmed Ammar, Waleed Abdalla
Background: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) due to multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) is associated with a significant mortality in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of extended infusion of meropenem and nebulized amikacin on VAP caused by Gram-negative MDRO versus intravenous (IV) meropenem and amikacin alone. Methodology: A randomized nonblinded controlled trial was performed on ninety patients with VAP...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Bianca Brijnath, Josefine Antoniades
This article applies the framework of moral experience to examine the cultural experience of stigma with Indian-Australians and Anglo-Australians living with depression in Melbourne, Australia. To date few studies have examined this dynamic in relation to mental illness and culture, and no studies have applied this framework in a culturally comparative way. Based on 58 in-depth interviews with people with depression recruited from the community, we explicate how stigma modulates what is at stake upon disclosure of depression, participants' lived experience following that disclosure, and how practices of health-seeking become stigmatised...
January 1, 2018: Transcultural Psychiatry
Rebekah M Martin, Michael A Bachman
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a Gram-negative pathogen that has a large accessory genome of plasmids and chromosomal gene loci. This accessory genome divides K. pneumoniae strains into opportunistic, hypervirulent, and multidrug-resistant groups and separates K. pneumoniae from two closely related species, Klebsiella variicola and Klebsiella quasipneumoniae. Some strains of K. pneumoniae act as opportunistic pathogens, infecting critically ill and immunocompromised patients. These K. pneumoniae are a common cause of health-care associated infections including pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and bloodstream infections...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Zhongliang Yang, Guoqiang Tao, Meifeng Guo, Baoling Sun, Liang Gong, Yong Ding, Shuming Ye, Weidong Liu, Xiuyun Yang
OBJECTIVE: To explore efficacy and safety of simulated artificial pancreas in modulating stress hyperglycemia in critically ill patients. METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled study was performed. Seventy-two critically ill patients with stress hyperglycemia, aged 18-85 years, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score over 15, two consecutive random blood glucose 11.1 mmol/L or higher, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) below 0.065, unable to eat food for 3 days after inclusion, or only accepting parenteral nutrition, admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) in Shanghai Punan Hospital of Pudong New District from January 1st, 2015 to June 30th, 2017 were enrolled...
February 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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