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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
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EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448605/vasopressor-use-following-traumatic-injury-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Mathieu Hylands, Marie-Pier Godbout, Sandeep K Mayer, William D Fraser, Alain Vanasse, Marc-André Leclair, Alexis F Turgeon, François Lauzier, Emmanuel Charbonney, Vincent Trottier, Tarek S Razek, André Roy, Frédérick D'Aragon, Emilie Belley-Côté, Andrew G Day, Soazig Le Guillan, Robert Sabbagh, François Lamontagne
OBJECTIVES: Vasopressors are not recommended by current trauma guidelines, but recent reports indicate that they are commonly used. We aimed to describe the early hemodynamic management of trauma patients outside densely populated urban centers. METHODS: We conducted a single-center retrospective cohort study in a Canadian regional trauma center. All adult patients treated for traumatic injury in 2013 who died within 24 hours of admission or were transferred to the intensive care unit were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447605/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Christopher S Ahuja, Jefferson R Wilson, Satoshi Nori, Mark R N Kotter, Claudia Druschel, Armin Curt, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) has devastating consequences for the physical, social and vocational well-being of patients. The demographic of SCIs is shifting such that an increasing proportion of older individuals are being affected. Pathophysiologically, the initial mechanical trauma (the primary injury) permeabilizes neurons and glia and initiates a secondary injury cascade that leads to progressive cell death and spinal cord damage over the subsequent weeks. Over time, the lesion remodels and is composed of cystic cavitations and a glial scar, both of which potently inhibit regeneration...
April 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446987/blunt-chest-trauma-is-there-a-place-for-rib-stabilization
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REVIEW
John D Mitchell
Rib fractures are a common and highly morbid finding in patients with blunt chest trauma. Over the past decade, a renewed interest in (and instrumentation for) rib fixation in this cohort has occurred. Stabilization of the chest wall in this setting, particularly when a flail segment is present, is associated with significant reductions in the rates of respiratory failure, pneumonia, ICU stay, and mortality. Thoracic surgeons should remain actively involved in this evolving area of our specialty to further optimize patient outcomes...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445418/hyponatremia-is-associated-with-worse-outcomes-from-fall-injuries-in-the-elderly
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Spencer C H Kuo, Pao-Jen Kuo, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Shao-Chun Wu, Shiun-Yuan Hsu, Ching-Hua Hsieh
Background: Hyponatremia has been proposed as a contributor to falls in the elderly, which have become a major global issue with the aging of the population. This study aimed to assess the clinical presentation and outcomes of elderly patients with hyponatremia admitted due to fall injuries in a Level I trauma center. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed data obtained from the Trauma Registry System for trauma admissions from January 2009 through December 2014. Hyponatremia was defined as a serum sodium level <135 mEq/L, and only patients who had sustained a fall at ground level (<1 m) were included...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442204/out-of-hospital-thoracotomy-for-cardiac-arrest-after-penetrating-thoracic-trauma
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Mark G Van Vledder, Oscar J F Van Waes, Fabian O Kooij, Joost H Peters, Esther M M Van Lieshout, Michael H J Verhofstad
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department thoracotomy is an established procedure for cardiac arrest in patients suffering from penetrating thoracic trauma and yields relatively high survival rates (up to 21%) in patients with cardiac tamponade. To minimize the delay between arrest and thoracotomy, some have advocated thoracotomy on the accident scene. The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of patients with return of spontaneous circulation and subsequent survival after out of hospital thoracotomy in the Netherlands...
April 15, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440841/rehabilitation-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-survey-in-70-european-neurotrauma-centers-participating-in-the-center-tbi-study
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Maryse C Cnossen, Hester F Lingsma, Olli Tenovuo, Andrew I R Maas, David Menon, Ewout W Steyerberg, Gerard M Ribbers, Suzanne Polinder
OBJECTIVE: To describe variation in structural and process characteristics of acute in-hospital rehabilitation and referral to post-acute care for patients with traumatic brain injury across Europe. DESIGN: Survey study, of neurotrauma centres. METHODS: A 14-item survey about in-hospital rehabilitation and referral to post-acute care was sent to 71 neurotrauma centres participating in a European multicentre study (CENTER-TBI). The questionnaire was developed based on literature and expert opinion and was pilot-tested before sending out to the centres...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438261/the-affordable-care-act-and-its-association-with-length-of-stay-and-payer-status-for-trauma-patients-at-a-level-i-trauma-center
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Vicente Jose Undurraga Perl, Chris Dodgion, Kyle Hart, Bruce Ham, Martin Schreiber, David Zonies
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that the ACA would shorten length of stay and increase numbers of insured patients without changing trauma patient outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review of adult trauma patients admitted to a level I trauma center between 2012 and 2014 was performed. Demographics, length of stay, payer status, discharge disposition, and complications before and after the ACA implementation were analyzed. RESULTS: 4448 trauma patients were admitted during the study period...
April 8, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438222/hypothermia-in-trauma-victims-at-first-arrival-of-ambulance-personnel-an-observational-study-with-assessment-of-risk-factors
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Frédéric Lapostolle, James Couvreur, François Xavier Koch, Dominique Savary, Armelle Alhéritière, Michel Galinski, Jean-Luc Sebbah, Karim Tazarourte, Frédéric Adnet
BACKGROUND: Hypothermia is common in trauma victims and is associated with increased mortality, however its causes are little known. The objective of this study was to identify the risk factors associated with hypothermia in prehospital management of trauma victims. METHODS: This was an ancillary analysis of data recorded in the HypoTraum study, a prospective multicenter study conducted by the emergency medical services (EMS) of 8 hospitals in France. Inclusion criteria were: trauma victim, age over 18 years, and victim receiving prehospital care from an EMS team and transported to hospital by the EMS team in a medically equipped mobile intensive care unit...
April 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437224/structure-process-and-culture-of-intensive-care-units-treating-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-survey-of-centers-participating-in-the-american-college-of-surgeons-trauma-quality-improvement-program
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Aziz S Alali, Victroia McCredie, Todd G Mainprize, David Gomez, Avery B Nathens
Outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) differs substantially between hospitals. Explaining this variation begins with understanding the differences in structures and processes of care, particularly at intensive care units (ICUs) where acute TBI care takes place. We invited trauma medical directors (TMDs) from 187 centers participating in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program to complete a survey. The survey domains included ICU model, type, availability of specialized units, staff, training programs, standard protocols and order sets, approach to withdrawal of life support, and perceived level of neurosurgeons' engagement in the ICU management of TBI...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433951/transesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-evaluation-of-the-trauma-patient-a-trauma-resuscitation-transesophageal-echocardiography-exam
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REVIEW
Stefan W Leichtle, Andrew Singleton, Mandeep Singh, Matthew J Griffee, Joshua M Tobin
The point-of-care ultrasound exam has become an essential tool for hemodynamic monitoring and resuscitation in the trauma bay as well as the intensive care unit. Transthoracic ultrasound provides a dynamic assessment of cardiac function, volume status, and fluid responsiveness that offers potential advantage over traditional methods of hemodynamic monitoring. More recently, a focused transthoracic echocardiography exam was described to improve immediate resuscitation of severely injured patients in the trauma bay...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432539/early-onset-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-incidence-risk-factors-and-consequences-in-cerebral-oxygenation-and-outcome
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Pierre Esnault, Cédric Nguyen, Julien Bordes, Erwan D'Aranda, Ambroise Montcriol, Claire Contargyris, Jean Cotte, Philippe Goutorbe, Christophe Joubert, Arnaud Dagain, Henry Boret, Eric Meaudre
BACKGROUND: Early-onset ventilator-associated pneumonia (EOVAP) occurs frequently in severe traumatic brain-injured patients, but potential consequences on cerebral oxygenation and outcome have been poorly studied. The objective of this study was to describe the incidence, risk factors for, and consequences on cerebral oxygenation and outcome of EOVAP after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, observational study including all intubated TBI admitted in the trauma center...
April 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431991/molecular-mechanisms-of-trauma-induced-acute-kidney-injury-inflammatory-and-metabolic-insights-from-animal-models
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David M Burmeister, Belinda I Gómez, Michael A Dubick
Trauma-induced acute kidney injury (AKI), such as after hemorrhagic shock (HS) or burn, remains a significant problem in the intensive care unit and is associated with increased mortality. The pathophysiology that drives AKI post-trauma is multi factorial, and includes both inflammatory and metabolic alterations. Identifying the systemic profile that contributes to AKI is crucial not only for early diagnosis, but also for identifying treatments that improve kidney function and maintaining long-term patient health...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431900/-quality-of-initial-trauma-care-in-paediatrics
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Vicente Ibáñez Pradas, Rut Pérez Montejano
INTRODUCTION: Trauma care in Spain is not provided in specific centres, which means that health professionals have limited contact to trauma patients. After the setting up of a training program in paediatric trauma, the aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of the initial care provided to these patients before they were admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a third level hospital (trauma centre), as an indirect measurement of the increase in the number of health professionals trained in trauma...
April 18, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430760/resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta-or-resuscitative-thoracotomy-with-aortic-clamping-for-noncompressible-torso-hemorrhage-a-retrospective-nationwide-study
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Shotaro Aso, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideo Yasunaga
BACKGROUND: Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is an emerging treatment for noncompressible torso hemorrhage. It remains unclear if REBOA is superior to resuscitative thoracotomy with aortic cross-clamping (RT) in terms of improving outcomes. This study compared in-hospital outcomes between REBOA and RT in trauma patients with uncontrolled hemorrhagic shock, using data from a national inpatient database in Japan. METHODS: Using the Diagnosis Procedure Combination database, we identified patients who received REBOA or RT within 1 day after admission from July 1, 2010, to March 31, 2014...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430759/evaluation-of-guidelines-for-injured-children-at-high-risk-for-venous-thromboembolism-a-prospective-observational-study
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Rachel M Landisch, Sheila J Hanson, Laura D Cassidy, Kristin Braun, Rowena C Punzalan, David M Gourlay
BACKGROUND: Pharmacologic prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a widely accepted practice in adult trauma patients to prevent associated morbidity and mortality. However, VTE prophylaxis has not been standardized in injured pediatric patients. Our institution identified factors potentially associated with a high risk of VTE in critically injured children that led to prospective implementation of VTE prophylaxis guidelines. We hypothesize that the guidelines are accurate in predicting children at risk for VTE...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429475/common-carotid-artery-sonography-versus-transthoracic-echocardiography-for-cardiac-output-measurements-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
#17
Qian-Yi Peng, Li-Na Zhang, Mei-Lin Ai, Li Li, Cheng-Huan Hu, Yan-Xin Zhang, Wei Liu, Qing Feng, Yu Zou, Yu-Hang Ai
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to test the effectiveness of common carotid artery sonography in comparison with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for cardiac output measurements to provide an easier alternative for cardiac output monitoring in the intensive care unit. METHODS: This study included 148 patients who had common carotid artery Doppler examinations and TTE performed within 8 hours of each other, and the cardiac output measurement results were compared with each other...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427480/lessons-from-a-large-trauma-center-impact-of-blunt-chest-trauma-in-polytrauma-patients-still-a-relevant-problem
#18
REVIEW
Konstantina Chrysou, Gabriel Halat, Beatrix Hoksch, Ralph A Schmid, Gregor J Kocher
BACKGROUND: Thoracic trauma is the third most common cause of death after abdominal injury and head trauma in polytrauma patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate epidemiological data, treatment and outcome of polytrauma patients with blunt chest trauma in order to help improve management, prevent complications and decrease polytrauma patients' mortality. METHODS: In this retrospective study we included all polytrauma patients with blunt chest trauma admitted to our tertiary care center emergency department for a 2-year period, from June 2012 until May 2014...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424138/comparative-analysis-of-the-paravertebral-analgesic-pump-catheter-with-the-epidural-catheter-in-elderly-trauma-patients-with-multiple-rib-fractures
#19
Brian S Shapiro, Tarik Wasfie, Mathew Chadwick, Kimberly R Barber, Raquel Yapchai
Presently, trauma guidelines recommend epidural analgesia as the optimal modality of pain relief from rib fractures. They are not ideally suited for elderly trauma patients and have disadvantages including bleeding risk. The paravertebral analgesic pump (PVP) eliminates such disadvantages and includes ease of placement in the trauma setting. This study compares pain control in patients treated by EPI versus PVP. This is a retrospective, historical cohort study comparing two methods of pain management in the trauma setting...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424137/improvement-of-treatment-outcomes-after-implementation-of-a-massive-transfusion-protocol-a-level-i-trauma-center-experience
#20
Andrew Nunn, Peter Fischer, Ronald Sing, Megan Templin, Michael Avery, A Britton Christmas
We assessed the effectiveness of the implementation of an institutional massive transfusion protocol (MTP) for resuscitation with a 1:1:1 transfusion ratio of packed red blood cell (PRBC), fresh frozen plasma, and platelet units. In a Level I trauma center database, all trauma admissions (2004-2012) that received massive transfusions (≥10 units PRBCs in the first 24 hours) were reviewed retrospectively. Demographic data, transfusion ratios, and outcomes were compared before (PRE) and after (POST) MTP implementation in May 2008...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
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