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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329238/practice-patterns-and-outcomes-associated-with-procalcitonin-use-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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David C Chu, Anuj B Mehta, Allan J Walkey
Background: Randomized trials support use of procalcitonin-based algorithms to decrease duration of antibiotics for critically ill patients with sepsis. However, current utilization of procalcitonin and associated outcomes in "real world" clinical settings is unclear. We sought to determine procalcitonin utilization in critically ill patients with sepsis in the United States and to examine associations between procalcitonin use and clinical outcomes. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of approximately 20% of patients hospitalized in US Intensive Care Units with sepsis...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264831/head-to-head-comparison-of-procalcitonin-and-presepsin-for-the-diagnosis-of-sepsis-in-critically-ill-adult-patients-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kei Hayashida, Yutaka Kondo, Yoshitaka Hara, Morio Aihara, Kazuma Yamakawa
INTRODUCTION: Early diagnosis and immediate therapeutic intervention, including appropriate antibiotic therapy and goal-directed resuscitation, are necessary to reduce mortality in patients with sepsis. However, a single clinical or biological marker indicative of sepsis has not been adopted unanimously. Although procalcitonin and presepsin are promising biomarkers that can effectively differentiate between sepsis/infection and systemic inflammatory response syndrome of non-infectious origin, little is known about which marker is superior...
March 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257317/pulmonary-infections-in-critical-intensive-care-rapid-diagnosis-and-optimizing-antimicrobial-usage
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Ivor S Douglas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Diagnosis of pulmonary infection, including hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in the critically ill patient remains a common and therapeutically challenging diagnosis with significant attributable morbidity, mortality, and cost. Current clinical approaches to surveillance, early detection and, conventional culture-based microbiology are inadequate for optimal targeted antibiotic treatment and stewardship. Efforts to enhance diagnosis of HAP and VAP and the impact of these novel approaches on rational antimicrobial selection and stewardship are the focus of recent studies reviewed here...
May 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248714/nebulization-of-antiinfective-agents-in-invasively-mechanically-ventilated-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Candela Solé-Lleonart, Jean-Jacques Rouby, Stijn Blot, Garyfallia Poulakou, Jean Chastre, Lucy B Palmer, Matteo Bassetti, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Jose M Pereira, Jordi Riera, Tim Felton, Jayesh Dhanani, Tobias Welte, Jose M Garcia-Alamino, Jason A Roberts, Jordi Rello
BACKGROUND: Nebulization of antiinfective agents is a common but unstandardized practice in critically ill patients. METHODS: A systematic review of 1,435 studies was performed in adults receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Two different administration strategies (adjunctive and substitute) were considered clinically relevant. Inclusion was restricted to studies using jet, ultrasonic, and vibrating-mesh nebulizers. Studies involving children, colonized-but-not-infected adults, and cystic fibrosis patients were excluded...
March 1, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236797/community-acquired-pneumonia-caused-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-critically-ill-patients-systematic-review
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Nuria Carballo, Marta De Antonio-Cuscó, Daniel Echeverría-Esnal, Sonia Luque, Esther Salas, Santiago Grau
INTRODUCTION: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Despite methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) having often been associated with nosocomial pneumonia, the condition of some MRSA CAP patients is severe enough to warrant their being admitted to ICU. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to conduct a systematic review of the literature on antibiotic treatment of MRSA CAP in critically-ill patients...
March 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228128/leveraging-the-private-sector-for-child-health-a-qualitative-examination-of-caregiver-and-provider-perspectives-on-private-sector-care-for-childhood-pneumonia-in-uttar-pradesh-india
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Aurélie Brunie, Rachel Lenzi, Anamika Lahiri, Rasa Izadnegahdar
BACKGROUND: The private health sector is a primary source of curative care for childhood illnesses in many low- and middle-income countries. Therefore ensuring appropriate private sector care is an important step towards improving outcomes from illnesses like pneumonia, which is the leading infectious cause of childhood mortality worldwide. This study aimed to provide evidence on private sector care for childhood pneumonia in Uttar Pradesh, India, by simultaneously exploring providers' knowledge and practices and caregivers' experiences...
February 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226029/predictive-value-of-c-reactive-protein-in-critically-ill-patients-after-abdominal-surgery
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Frédéric Sapin, Patrick Biston, Michael Piagnerelli
OBJECTIVES: The development of sepsis after abdominal surgery is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Due to inflammation, it may be difficult to diagnose infection when it occurs, but measurement of C-reactive protein could facilitate this diagnosis. In the present study, we evaluated the predictive value and time course of C-reactive protein in relation to outcome in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after abdominal surgery. METHODS: We included patients admitted to the ICU after abdominal surgery over a period of two years...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160952/antibiotic-trends-amid-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-infections-in-intensive-care-units
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REVIEW
Leanne H Fowler, Susan Lee
Isolates from ICUs most commonly find multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria. The purpose of this article is to discuss the significant impact MDR gram-negative infections are having on ICUs, the threat on health and mortality, and effective and new approaches aimed to combat MDR gram-negative infections in critically ill populations. Inappropriate antibiotic therapies for suspected or documented infections are the leading cause of the emergence of bacterial resistance. A variety of strategies are aimed at combatting this international burden via antibiotic stewardship programs...
March 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149487/clinical-response-and-outcome-of-pneumonia-due-to-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-critically-ill-patients
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Lida Shojaei, Mostafa Mohammadi, Mohammad-Taghi Beigmohammadi, Mahsa Doomanlou, Alireza Abdollahi, Mohammad Mehdi Feizabadi, Hossein Khalili
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The frequency of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter spp. infections is increasing in Iran. Considering availability of limited therapeutic options, clinical response and outcome of ventilator-associated pneumonia due to multi-drug resistant A.baumannii were evaluated in critically ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, 29 patients with carbapenem resistance A. baumannii ventilator-associated pneumonia were enrolled...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141912/high-volume-haemofiltration-for-sepsis-in-adults
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REVIEW
Emma Mj Borthwick, Christopher J Hill, Kannaiyan S Rabindranath, Alexander P Maxwell, Danny F McAuley, Bronagh Blackwood
BACKGROUND: Severe sepsis and septic shock are leading causes of death in the intensive care unit (ICU), despite advances in the treatment of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, including early recognition, appropriate treatment with antibiotics and support of organs that may have been affected by the illness. High-volume haemofiltration (HVHF) is a blood purification technique that may improve outcomes in severe sepsis or septic shock. The technique of HVHF has evolved from renal replacement therapies used in the ICU to treat critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI)...
January 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141683/fever-in-the-emergency-department-predicts-survival-of-patients-with-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-admitted-to-the-icu
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Jonas Sundén-Cullberg, Rebecca Rylance, Jesper Svefors, Anna Norrby-Teglund, Jonas Björk, Malin Inghammar
OBJECTIVES: To study the prognostic value of fever in the emergency department in septic patients subsequently admitted to the ICU. DESIGN: Observational cohort study from the Swedish national quality register for sepsis. SETTING: Thirty ICU's in Sweden. PATIENTS: Two thousand two hundred twenty-five adults who were admitted to an ICU within 24 hours of hospital arrival with a diagnosis of severe sepsis or septic shock were included...
April 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114931/procalcitonin-guided-diagnosis-and-antibiotic-stewardship-revisited
#12
REVIEW
Ramon Sager, Alexander Kutz, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
Several controlled clinical studies have evaluated the potential of the infection biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) to improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with bacterial infections and its influence on decisions regarding antibiotic therapy. Most research has focused on lower respiratory tract infections and critically ill sepsis patients. A clinical utility for PCT has also been found for patients with urinary tract infections, postoperative infections, meningitis, and patients with acute heart failure with possible superinfection (i...
January 24, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102514/carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bloodstream-infection-in-critically-ill-patients-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-mortality
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M Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, F Fligou, C Bartzavali, A Zotou, A Spyropoulou, K Koutsileou, S Vamvakopoulou, N Sioulas, V Karamouzos, E D Anastassiou, I Spiliopoulou, M Christofidou, M Marangos
A significant increase in carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CP-Kp) bacteraemias has been observed worldwide. The objective of the present work was to study the risk factors and predictors of mortality of CP-Kp bacteraemias among critically ill patients. During a 4-year period (2012-3015), a matched 1:2 case-control study was conducted. Klebsiella pneumoniae was identified by Vitek 2 technology. Antibiotic susceptibility was performed by the agar disc diffusion method and Etest. The presence of the bla KPC, bla VIM and bla NDM genes was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098629/right-dose-right-now-customized-drug-dosing-in-the-critically-ill
#14
Jason A Roberts, Anand Kumar, Jeffrey Lipman
Drugs are key weapons that clinicians have to battle against the profound pathologies encountered in critically ill patients. Antibiotics in particular are commonly used and can improve patient outcomes dramatically. Despite this, there are strong opportunities for further reducing the persisting poor outcomes for infected critically ill patients. However, taking these next steps for improving patient care requires a new approach to antibiotic therapy. Giving the right dose is highly likely to increase the probability of clinical cure from infection and suppress the emergence of resistant pathogens...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097012/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-antibiotics-in-critically-ill-acute-kidney-injury-patients
#15
REVIEW
Welder Zamoner, Fernanda M de Freitas, Durval S S Garms, Mariele Gobo de Oliveira, André L Balbi, Daniela Ponce
Sepsis is the most common cause of death in critically ill patients and is associated with multiorgan failure, including acute kidney injury (AKI). This situation can require acute renal support and increase mortality. Therefore, it is essential to administer antimicrobials in doses that achieve adequate serum levels, avoiding both overdosing and drug toxicity as well as underdosing and the risk of antibiotic resistance and higher mortality. Currently, there are no validated guidelines on antibiotic dose adjustments in septic patients with AKI...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090041/clinical-characteristics-of-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-bacteremia-a-regional-report-and-a-review-of-a-japanese-case-series
#16
MULTICENTER STUDY
Hirotaka Ebara, Hideharu Hagiya, Yuto Haruki, Eisei Kondo, Fumio Otsuka
Objective Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an emerging nosocomial pathogen that causes fatal infections in critically ill or immunocompromised patients. S. maltophilia bacteremia (SMB) is a rare condition, and its clinical characteristics in Japanese settings are not well known. Methods The medical charts of patients with SMB were retrospectively reviewed at two medical facilities (Okayama University Hospital and Tsuyama Chuo Hospital) for seven years. The data were analyzed along with those previously reported from other Japanese facilities...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076304/the-use-of-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-antibiotics-in-cancer-patients
#17
Nahed El-Najjar, Jonathan Jantsch, André Gessner
Cancer remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. In addition to organ failure, the most frequent reasons for admission of cancer patients to intensive care units (ICU) are: infections and sepsis. As critically ill, the complexity of the health situation of cancer patients renders the standard antimicrobial regimen more complex and even inadequate which results in increased mortality rates. This is due to pathophysiological changes in the volume of distribution, increased clearance, as well as to organ dysfunction...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025249/glucosylglycerate-metabolism-bioversatility-and-mycobacterial-survival
#18
REVIEW
Daniela Nunes-Costa, Ana Maranha, Mafalda Costa, Susana Alarico, Nuno Empadinhas
Despite the progressive decline in tuberculosis mortality, strains resistant to our dated antibiotics remain a global threat, as are the emerging nontuberculous mycobacteria, ubiquitous in natural and human environments. This pressing situation boosted by debilitated immune systems, chronic illness and the aged population calls for efficient strategies to fight these successful organisms, and identifying pathways critical for their survival is a crucial step towards this goal. In this context, the glycoside glucosylglycerate (GG) has been implicated in the adaptation of mycobacteria to nitrogen starvation and to thermal stress, and the key gene for GG synthesis has been considered essential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth...
December 26, 2016: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992988/-risk-factors-for-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-a-multicenter-matched-case-control-study
#19
Paola Mariana Arias-Ortiz, Libia Del Pilar Calderón, Juan Sebastián Castillo, José Moreno, Aura Lucía Leal, Jorge Alberto Cortés, Carlos Arturo Álvarez, Grupo Grebo
INTRODUCTION: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a frequent pathogen at critical care services. Its presence leads to increased hospital stays and mortality risk in patients with bacteremia. However, the etiology of this resistance marker has not been fully studied. OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors associated with the emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus bacteremia in critically ill patients treated at intensive care units in Bogotá, Colombia...
December 1, 2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988146/simplified-antibiotic-regimens-for-treatment-of-clinical-severe-infection-in-the-outpatient-setting-when-referral-is-not-possible-for-young-infants-in-pakistan-simplified-antibiotic-therapy-trial-satt-a-randomised-open-label-equivalence-trial
#20
Fatima Mir, Imran Nisar, Shiyam S Tikmani, Benazir Baloch, Sadia Shakoor, Fyezah Jehan, Imran Ahmed, Simon Cousens, Anita K M Zaidi
BACKGROUND: Parenteral antibiotic therapy for young infants (aged 0-59 days) with suspected sepsis is sometimes not available or feasible in countries with high neonatal mortality. Outpatient treatment could save lives in such settings. We aimed to assess the equivalence of two simplified antibiotic regimens, comprising fewer injections and oral rather than parenteral administration, compared with a reference treatment for young infants with clinical severe infection. METHODS: We undertook the Simplified Antibiotic Therapy Trial (SATT), a three-arm, randomised, open-label, equivalence trial in five communities in Karachi, Pakistan...
February 2017: Lancet Global Health
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