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Anesthesiology critical care

Christian J Wiedermann
Published articles may be retracted when their findings are no longer considered reliable due to honest error, publication misconduct or research misconduct. This article focuses on the case of a single serial violator of research and publication ethics in anesthesiology and critical care, which is widely publicized. A chain of events led to detection of misconduct that had substantial impact on the evidence base for the safety of hydroxyethyl starch, an intravenous artificial colloid solution, which is reflected in current guidelines on fluid management and volume resuscitation...
March 8, 2018: Accountability in Research
Meredith Merz Lind, Marco Corridore, Cameron Sheehan, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel, Tensing Maa
Objective To design and assess an advanced pediatric airway management course, through simulation-based team training and with multiple disciplines, to emphasize communication and cooperation across subspecialties and to provide a common skill set and knowledge base. Methods Trainees from anesthesiology, emergency medicine, critical care, pediatric surgery, and otolaryngology at a tertiary children's hospital participated in a 1-day workshop emphasizing airway skills and complex airway simulations. Small groups were multidisciplinary to promote teamwork...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Lena M Napolitano, Venkatakrishna Rajajee, Kyle J Gunnerson, Michael D Maile, Michael Quasney, Robert C Hyzy
Critical care fellowship training in the United States differs based on specific specialty, and includes medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics, emergency medicine and neurocritical care training pathways. We provide an update regarding the number and growth of U.S. critical care fellowship training programs, on-duty residents and certified diplomates, and review the different critical care physician training pathways available to residents interested in pursuing a fellowship in critical care. Data were obtained from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and specialty boards [American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Surgery (ABS), American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)] and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) for the last 16 years (2001-2017)...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Joshua T Bucher, Christopher Bryczkowski, Grant Wei, Renee L Riggs, Anoop Kotwal, Brian Sumner, Jonathan V McCoy
BACKGROUND: The purpose of our study is to investigate rates of individual procedures performed by residents in our emergency medicine (EM) residency program. Different programs expose residents to different training environments. Our hypothesis is that ultrasound examinations are the most commonly performed procedure in our residency. METHODS: The study took place in an academic level I trauma center with multiple residency and fellowship programs including surgery, surgical critical care, trauma, medicine, pulmonary/critical care, anesthesiology and others...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sang-Bae Ko
Although perioperative stroke is uncommon during low-risk non-vascular surgery, if it occurs, it can negatively impact recovery from the surgery and functional outcome. Based on the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Consensus Statement, perioperative stroke includes intraoperative stroke, as well as postoperative stroke developing within 30 days after surgery. Factors related to perioperative stroke include age, sex, a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack, cardiac surgery (aortic surgery, mitral valve surgery, or coronary artery bypass graft surgery), and neurosurgery (external carotid-internal carotid bypass surgery, carotid endarterectomy, or aneurysm clipping)...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
Erik Su, Nicholas Dalesio, Aliaksei Pustavoitau
Ultrasound has increasingly become a clinical asset in the hands of the anesthesiologist and intensivist who cares for children. Though many applications for ultrasound parallel adult modalities, children as always are not simply small adults and benefit from the application of ultrasound to their management in various ways. Body composition and size are important factors that affect ultrasound performance in the child, as are the pathologies that may uniquely afflict children and aspects of procedures unique to this patient population...
January 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
T Jared McCormick, Elizabeth Clarke Miller, Robert Chen, Viren N Naik
PURPOSE: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) involves the bedside use of ultrasound to answer specific diagnostic questions and to assess real-time physiologic responses to treatment. Although POCUS has become a well-established resource for emergency and critical care physicians, anesthesiologists are still working to obtain POCUS skills and to incorporate them into routine practice. This review defines the benefits of POCUS to anesthesia practice, identifies challenges to establishing POCUS in routine anesthesia care, and offers solutions to help guide its incorporation going forward...
January 11, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Vikas N O'Reilly-Shah, Jamie Kitzman, Craig S Jabaley, Grant C Lynde
BACKGROUND: Electronic decision support tools in anesthesiology practice have great value, including the potential for mobile applications to simplify delivery of best-practice guidelines. AIMS: We sought to combine demographics with usage information to elucidate important patterns in the rate of use of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia Critical Events Checklist, as measured by in-app accesses of the checklist via the freely available anesthesia calculator app anesthesiologist...
February 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Vidhu Bhatnagar, Urvashi Tandon, Kavitha Jinjil, Deepak Dwivedi, S Kiran, Rohit Verma
Background: High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rapid defibrillation the cornerstone for resuscitation from cardiac arrest and increase the incidence of return of spontaneous circulation. Regular CPR training imparted to health-care personnel increases knowledge and helps in skill enhancing. Aims: The aim of this study is to evaluate background knowledge, percentage improvement in the skills, and residual knowledge after a period of 6 months of postgraduate (PG) students as well as the efficacy of the designed teaching program for CPR...
October 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Andrea Cortegiani, Vincenzo Russotto, Santi Maurizio Raineri, Cesare Gregoretti, Antonino Giarratano, Sebastiano Mercadante
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper is to collect data on the practice of palliative care, withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies, and management of end of life (EOL) in Italian intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: Web-based survey among Italian anesthesiologists endorsed by the Italian Society of Anesthesiology Analgesia Reanimation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI). The survey consists of 27 close-ended and 2 open-ended questions. RESULTS: Eight hundred and five persons responded to the full list of questions...
December 15, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Matthew D McEvoy, Karl-Christian Thies, Sharon Einav, Kurt Ruetzler, Vivek K Moitra, Mark E Nunnally, Arna Banerjee, Guy Weinberg, Andrea Gabrielli, Gerald A Maccioli, Gregory Dobson, Michael F O'Connor
As noted in part 1 of this series, periprocedural cardiac arrest (PPCA) can differ greatly in etiology and treatment from what is described by the American Heart Association advanced cardiac life support algorithms, which were largely developed for use in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and in-hospital cardiac arrest outside of the perioperative space. Specifically, there are several life-threatening causes of PPCA of which the management should be within the skill set of all anesthesiologists. However, previous research has demonstrated that continued review and training in the management of these scenarios is greatly needed and is also associated with improved delivery of care and outcomes during PPCA...
March 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Miklos D Kertai, Mary Cooter, Richard J Pollard, William Buhrman, Solomon Aronson, Joseph P Mathew, Mark Stafford-Smith
BACKGROUND: While continuation of β-blockers (BBs) perioperatively has become a national quality improvement measure, the relationship between BB withdrawal and mortality and cardiovascular-related critical quality indicators has not been studied in a contemporary cohort of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. METHODS: For this retrospective study, the quality assurance database of a large community-based anesthesiology group practice was used to identify 410,288 surgical cases, 18 years of age or older, who underwent elective or emergent noncardiac surgical procedures between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2014...
November 30, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Jed Wolpaw, Deborah Schwengel, Nadia Hensley, Bommy Hong Mershon, Tracey Stierer, Anne Steele, Alexandra Hansen, Colleen G Koch
Healthcare increasingly is moving from volume- to value-based care, with an emphasis on linking a larger percentage of payments to the quality of care provided. There is a renewed interest in designing a focused, strategic approach to quality and safety education and engagement of trainees in hospital-wide quality, safety, and patient experience initiatives. Hospitals, trainees, and patients benefit as a result of engaging frontline learners in these activities. Hospitals can leverage the intelligence from the front line to contribute to improved hospital safety, increased employee and patient engagement, and better identification of vulnerable areas of safety risks...
February 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Natalie Moryl, Vinnidhy Dave, Paul Glare, Ali Bokhari, Vivek T Malhotra, Amitabh Gulati, Joseph Hung, Vinay Puttanniah, Yvona Griffo, Roma Tickoo, Alison Wiesenthal, Susan D Horn, Charles E Inturrisi
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Pain Registry contains patient characteristics, treatments, and outcomes for a prospective cohort of 1,534 chronic pain cancer patients who were seen at outpatient pain service clinics. Average pain intensity (Brief Pain Inventory) was reported as mild by 24.6% of patients, moderate by 41.5%, and severe by 33.9%. The patient's report of average percent pain relief and health state (EuroQOL 5 dimensions) was inversely related to average pain intensity category, whereas measures of pain interference, number of worst pain locations, and physical and psychological distress were directly related to pain intensity category...
March 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Meghan Prin, Jessica Eaton, Onias Mtalimanja, Anthony Charles
BACKGROUND: The provision of safe and timely surgical care is essential to global health care. Low- and middle-income countries have a disproportionate share of the global surgical disease burden and struggle to provide care with the given resources. Surgery cancellation worldwide occurs for many reasons, which are likely to differ between high-income and low-income settings. We sought to evaluate the proportion of elective surgery that is cancelled and the associated reasons for cancellation at a tertiary hospital in Malawi...
November 16, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
Takayuki Kariya, Tetsuya Miyashita, Hitoshi Sato, Hiromasa Kawakami, Takahisa Goto
INTRODUCTION: Unintentional catecholamine flush caused by inappropriate release of an intravenous occlusion during use of a syringe pump in the intensive care unit (ICU) can have dangerous consequences in patients receiving critical care. We investigated whether anesthesiology residents understood how to deal with syringe pump occlusion in a simulated ICU setting. METHODS: We set up a mannequin that virtually simulated a sedated patient under mechanical ventilation after cardiac surgery, with epinephrine and dopamine being infused by syringe pumps to maintain blood pressure at 100/50 mm Hg...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
Hansol Kim, Jason Lane, Rolf Schlichter, Michael S Stecker, Richard Taus
In the setting of technological advancements in imaging and intervention with concomitant rise in the use of non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) care, it has become even more critical for anesthesiologists to be aware of the needs and limitations of interventional procedures performed outside of the operating room. This article addresses the use of NORA services from the interventional radiologist's point of view and provides specific examples of preprocedural, intraprocedural, and postprocedural care patients may need for optimal outcome...
December 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
A Barg, R Ruiz, B Hintermann
OBJECTIVE: The aim is to correct the underlying cavovarus deformity and to achieve a pain-free and stable hindfoot. INDICATIONS: Rigid neurologic, posttraumatic, congenital, and idiopathic cavovarus deformities. CONTRAINDICATIONS: General surgical or anesthesiological risks, infections, critical soft tissue conditions, neurovascular impairment of the lower extremity, noncompliance, patients with severely reduced bone quality, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, smoking...
December 2017: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
Ranjit Deshpande, Davinder Ramsingh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ultrasound has become readily available in the perioperative area. In this review, we aim to bring forth some uses of ultrasound beyond that in regional anesthesia. RECENT FINDINGS: Critical care and emergency physicians have embraced ultrasound in their respective fields. We as anesthesiologists and practitioners of acute care medicine are not immune to this penetration. There is been a lot of recent literature on the various uses of perioperative point of care ultrasound...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Justin T Clapp, Emily K B Gordon, Dimitry Y Baranov, Beulah Trey, Felice J Tilin, Lee A Fleisher
PROBLEM: While leadership development is increasingly a goal of academic medicine, it is typically framed as competency acquisition, which can limit its focus to a circumscribed set of social behaviors. This orientation may also reinforce the cultural characteristics of academic medicine that can make effective leadership difficult, rather than training leaders capable of examining and changing this culture. Expanding leadership development so it promotes social reflexivity presents a way to bolster some of the weaknesses of the competency paradigm...
February 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
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