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Tracheostomy care

Amy L Freeman-Sanderson, Leanne Togher, Mark Elkins, Belinda Kenny
OBJECTIVES: A tracheostomy tube can profoundly impact ability to communicate. The impact of this on patients' self-esteem and quality of life in the care continuum from the intensive care unit to after decannulation has not been reported. Therefore, the aim was to investigate the patient-reported experience regarding change in communication function, communication-related self-esteem and quality of life. RESEARCH DESIGN: A mixed methods approach was utilised. Quantitative data were obtained using validated measures of self-esteem related to communication-related quality of life and general health...
March 15, 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Tiago Antonio Tonietto, Marcio Manozzo Boniatti, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Marina Verçoza Viana, Moreno Calcagnotto Dos Santos, Carla Silva Lincho, José Augusto Santos Pellegrini, Josi Vidart, Jeruza Lavanholi Neyeloff, Gustavo Adolpho Moreira Faulhaber
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a predictor of mortality in critically ill patients. Our objective was to investigate the association between the RDW at ICU discharge and the risk of ICU readmission or unexpected death in the ward. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data study was conducted including patients discharged alive from the ICU to the ward. The target variable was the RDW collected at ICU discharge. Elevated RDW was defined as an RDW > 16%...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Nathaly M Sweeney, Shareef A Nahas, Shimul Chowdhury, Miguel Del Campo, Marilyn C Jones, David P Dimmock, Stephen F Kingsmore, Rcigm Investigators
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) results from incomplete formation of the diaphragm leading to herniation of abdominal organs into the thoracic cavity. CDH is associated with pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Genetically, it is associated with aneuploidies, chromosomal copy number variants, and single gene mutations. CDH is the most expensive non-cardiac congenital defect: Management frequently requires implementation of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which increases management expenditures 2...
March 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Asad Zaman Khan, Aslam Khan, Arshad Naseem
OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety of percutaneous tracheostomy when performed by physician intensivists. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Adult Medical ICU in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from September 2013 to August 2016. METHODOLOGY: Departmental record for percutaneous tracheostomies, performed by physician intensivifts, was evaluated...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Balagangadhar R Totapally, Ashish H Shah, Toba Niazi
OBJECTIVE: Posterior fossa tumor surgery in children poses a significant morbidity and mortality. Large multi-institutional datasets characterizing the epidemiology and morbidity of children undergoing posterior fossa tumor surgery are lacking. The objective of this study is to describe the epidemiology and short term surgical outcomes of children presenting with cerebellar tumors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of the Kids Inpatient Database (KID) for all hospital discharges in 2012 with a diagnosis of cerebellar tumor (ICD-9 diagnosis code 191...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Jessica Mandrioli, Laura Ferri, Antonio Fasano, Elisabetta Zucchi, Nicola Fini, Cristina Moglia, Christian Lunetta, Kalliopi Marinou, Nicola Ticozzi, Gianluca Drago Ferrante, Carlo Scialo, Gianni Sorarù, Francesca Trojsi, Amelia Conte, Yuri M Falzone, Rosanna Tortelli, Massimo Russo, Valeria Ada Sansone, Gabriele Mora, Vincenzo Silani, Paolo Volanti, Claudia Caponnetto, Giorgia Querin, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Mario Sabatelli, Adriano Chiò, Nilo Riva, Giancarlo Logroscino, Sonia Messina, Andrea Calvo
BACKGROUND: Only a few studies considered the role of comorbidities on ALS prognosis and provided conflicting results. METHODS: our multicenter, retrospective study included patients diagnosed from 1/1/2009 to 31/12/2013 in 13 Referral Centers for ALS located in 10 Italian Regions. Caring neurologists collected a detailed phenotypic profile and follow-up data until death into an electronic database. Comorbidities at diagnosis were recorded by main categories and single medical diagnosis, with the aim of investigating their role on ALS prognosis...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Rambod Amirnovin, Sara Aghamohammadi, Carley Riley, Marlyn S Woo, Sylvia Del Castillo
BACKGROUND: The population of children requiring home mechanical ventilation has evolved over the years and has grown to include a variety of diagnoses and needs that have led to changes in the care of this unique population. The purpose of this study was to provide a descriptive analysis of pediatric patients requiring home mechanical ventilation after hospitalization and how the evolution of this technology has impacted their care. METHODS: A retrospective, observational, longitudinal analysis of 164 children enrolled in a university-affiliated home mechanical ventilation program over 26 years was performed...
March 6, 2018: Respiratory Care
Nicolino Ambrosino, Michele Vitacca
Background: Progress in management has improved hospital mortality of patients admitted to the intensive care units, but also the prevalence of those patients needing weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation, and of ventilator assisted individuals. The result is a number of difficult clinical and organizational problems for patients, caregivers and health services, as well as high human and financial resources consumption, despite poor long-term outcomes. An effort should be made to improve the management of these patients...
2018: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Emmanuel Gabriel, Rupen Shah, Kristopher Attwood, Moshim Kukar, Steven Hochwald
BACKGROUND: Esophagectomy is a major surgical procedure associated with high rates of morbidity. The purpose of this study was to determine if the immediate first postesophagectomy chest X-ray (pCXR) is associated with morbidity or mortality. METHODS: This was a single-institution analysis of patients undergoing esophagectomy, 2005-2015. A pCXR was routinely performed. A pCXR score was developed based on the number of objective abnormal findings. A statistical analysis was performed using patient/tumor variables and the pCXR score to derive adjusted odds ratios (ORs) on short-term outcomes...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Andrew J Redmann, Kyle Robinette, Charles M Myer, Alessandro de Alarcón, Aimee Veid, Catherine K Hart
Importance: Obtaining sufficient operating room time for inpatient consults requiring an operative intervention is a persistent challenge for otolaryngologists. Objective: To examine the institution of an otolaryngology-specific operating room (OR) for unscheduled (add-on) cases for its association with time from initial consultation to surgery and, secondarily, to determine utilization of a dedicated block of time. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective review of medical records of a tertiary care pediatric hospital for patients treated between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016; analysis was concluded by June 2016...
March 1, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Ponraj Kamatchi Sundaram, Pankaj Arora, Jinendrakumar Ramalingam, Jorson D'Costa
Background: Severe head injury (SHI) is a major cause of mortality and morbidity across the world. The current paradigm of management of SHI involves admission in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), mechanical ventilation (MV), and intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring. Such resources are expensive and often unavailable in the developing world. Objective: MV or ICP monitoring was unavailable for our patients due to the scarcity of resources. Hence, other alternatives were considered to prevent secondary brain injury due to hypoxia...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Pavithra Srinivas, Lauren N Hunt, Stephanie M Pouch, Keelie Thomas, Debra A Goff, Preeti Pancholi, Joan-Miquel Balada-Llasat, Karri A Bauer
Polymyxins are one of the last-line antibiotics for multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Reports have demonstrated the emergence of colistin heteroresistance in A. baumannii, which can complicate assessment of minimum inhibitory concentrations and promote resistance to colistin. We aimed to determine the presence of colistin heteroresistance in A. baumannii isolates and correlate the results with clinical and microbiological outcomes via a retrospective study of 24 adult patients: 12 blood and 12 invasive respiratory cultures positive for colistin-susceptible A...
February 4, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
John Botha, Cameron Green, Ian Carney, Kavi Haji, Sachin Gupta, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati
OBJECTIVE: Proportional assist ventilation with load-adjustable gain factors (PAV+) is a mode of ventilation that provides assistance in proportion to patient effort. This may have physiological and clinical advantages when compared with pressure support ventilation (PSV). Our objective was to compare these two modes in patients being weaned from mechanical ventilation. DESIGN: Prospective randomised controlled trial comparing PSV with PAV+. SETTING: University-affiliated, tertiary referral intensive care unit (ICU)...
March 2018: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
Daryl Jones, George Matalanis, Johan Mårtensson, Raymond Robbins, Margaret Shaw, Siven Seevanayagam, Dean Cowie, Rinaldo Bellomo
BACKGROUND: The predictors and independent outcome association of delirium after cardiac surgery are important and yet poorly characterised. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study of cardiac surgery patients between January 2009 and March 2016. We defined delirium using ICD-10 diagnostic codes. Multivariable analysis was conducted to find independent associations between baseline variables, delirium, and key clinical outcomes. RESULTS: We studied 2447 study patients (28...
February 8, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Anna Miles, Naomi McLellan, Rochelle Machan, David Vokes, Alexandra Hunting, Mary McFarlane, Jennifer Holmes, Kelly Lynn
PURPOSE: Cardiothoracic surgery is known to result in dysphagia and laryngeal injury. While prevalence has been explored, extent, trajectory and longevity of symptoms are poorly understood. This retrospective, observational study explored dysphagia and laryngeal injury in patients following cardiothoracic surgery referred for instrumental swallowing assessment. METHODS: Clinical notes and endoscopic recordings of 106 patients (age range 18-87yrs; mean 63yrs; SD 15yrs) (including 190 endoscopes) at one large tertiary centre were reviewed by two speech-language pathologists and a laryngologist...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Michael S Green, Johann J Mathew, Lia J Michos, Parmis Green, Mansoor M Aman
Introduction: An acquired Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is commonly caused by a malignancy or trauma, with pulmonary infection or aspiration being the presenting symptom. However, in the critical care setting the presentation can be subtle and may present with difficult ventilation. High endotracheal tube cuff pressures can lead to tracheal erosions and thus increasing the chances for developing a TEF. Prolonged intubation in the presence of other risk factors like poor general state of health, episodic hypotension, nasogastric tubes, and repeated intubations can increase the likelihood of developing an acquired TEF...
August 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Darrell Wu, Arina E Chesnokova, Shahab Akvan, Matt D Price, David J Sugarbaker, Joseph S Coselli, Scott A LeMaire
OBJECTIVE: Chylothorax is a potentially deadly complication that can occur after thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair. We describe our contemporary experience (2005-2014) with this complication, our efforts to identify perioperative variables associated with it, and our attempts to assess treatment outcomes. METHODS: We reviewed the records of 1092 consecutive patients who underwent TAAA repair between 2005 and 2014. Standard bivariate analysis was used to test for between-group differences...
February 8, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
André L N Gobatto, Bruno A M P Besen, Mino Cestari, Paolo Pelosi, Luiz M S Malbouisson
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) is a common and increasingly used procedure in the intensive care unit (ICU). It is usually performed with bronchoscopy guidance. Ultrasound has emerged as a useful tool in order to assist PDT, potentially improving its success rate and reducing procedural-related complications. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the ultrasound-guided PDT is equivalent or superior to the bronchoscopy-guided or anatomical landmarks-guided PDT with regard to procedural-related and clinical complications...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Anil N Makam, Oanh Kieu Nguyen, Lei Xuan, Michael E Miller, James S Goodwin, Ethan A Halm
Importance: Despite providing an overlapping level of care, it is unknown why hospitalized older adults are transferred to long-term acute care hospitals (LTACs) vs less costly skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for postacute care. Objective: To examine factors associated with variation in LTAC vs SNF transfer among hospitalized older adults. Design, Setting, and Participants: We conducted this retrospective observational cohort study of hospitalized older adults (≥65 years) transferred to an LTAC vs SNF during fiscal year 2012 using national 5% Medicare data...
February 5, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Chika Takano, Mitsuko Seki, Hiroaki Shiihara, Shihoko Komine-Aizawa, Kazumichi Kuroda, Shori Takahashi, Hiroshi Ushijima, Satoshi Hayakawa
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing bacteria spread worldwide and became major concern for antibiotic treatment. Although surveillance reports in general hospitals and long-term care facilities are increasing, their frequencies in individuals with severe motor and intellectual disabilities (SMID) are so far unknown. In this study, we examined the frequency of ESBL in stool samples collected from 146 asymptomatic SMID subjects hospitalized in a single institution. With their clinical information, we evaluated possible risk factors for ESBL colonization...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
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