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Luca Zazzeron, Luciano Gattinoni, Pietro Caironi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review focuses on fluid resuscitation of critically ill patients with either colloid or crystalloid solutions. RECENT FINDINGS: In healthy patients, the volume expanding effect of colloids is greater than that of crystalloids. However, in critically ill patients, a similar amount of crystalloids and colloids is required for fluid resuscitation, suggesting a lower efficiency of colloids when capillary permeability is increased, and endothelial glycocalyx disrupted...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Hernando Gómez, John A Kellum
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sepsis is a common and frequently fatal condition in which mortality has been consistently linked to increasing organ dysfunction. For example, acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs in 40-50% of septic patients and increases mortality six to eight-fold. However, the mechanisms by which sepsis causes organ dysfunction are not well understood and hence current therapy remains reactive and nonspecific. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have challenged the previous notion that organ dysfunction is solely secondary to hypoperfusion, by showing, for example, that AKI occurs in the setting of normal or increased renal blood flow; and that it is characterized not by acute tubular necrosis or apoptosis, but rather by heterogeneous areas of colocalized sluggish peritubular blood flow and tubular epithelial cell oxidative stress...
September 22, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Andrew Davenport, Jawad Ahmad, Ali Al-Khafaji, John A Kellum, Yuri S Genyk, Mitra K Nadim
Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) is defined as the occurrence of renal dysfunction in a patient with end-stage liver cirrhosis in the absence of another identifiable cause of renal failure. The prognosis of HRS remains poor, with a median survival without liver transplantation of <6 months. However, understanding the pathogenesis of HRS has led to the introduction of treatments designed to increase renal perfusion and mean arterial blood pressure using vasopressors and albumin, which has led to improvement in renal function in ∼50% of patients...
January 2012: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Marlies Ostermann, Michael Joannidis
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and is associated with serious short- and long-term complications. Early diagnosis and identification of the underlying aetiology are essential to guide management. In this review, we outline the current definition of AKI and the potential pitfalls, and summarise the existing and future tools to investigate AKI in critically ill patients.
September 27, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Julie C Fitzgerald, Scott L Weiss, Shannon L Maude, David M Barrett, Simon F Lacey, J Joseph Melenhorst, Pamela Shaw, Robert A Berg, Carl H June, David L Porter, Noelle V Frey, Stephan A Grupp, David T Teachey
OBJECTIVE: Initial success with chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell therapy for relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia is leading to expanded use through multicenter trials. Cytokine release syndrome, the most severe toxicity, presents a novel critical illness syndrome with limited data regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. We sought to characterize the timing, severity, and intensive care management of cytokine release syndrome after chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell therapy...
September 14, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Matthew W Semler, Todd W Rice
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Erin Frazee, Kianoush Kashani
BACKGROUND: Intravenous fluids (IVF) are frequently utilized to restore intravascular volume in patients with distributive and hypovolemic shock. Although the benefits of the appropriate use of fluids in intensive care units (ICUs) and hospitals are well described, there is growing knowledge regarding the potential risks of volume overload and its impact on organ failure and mortality. To avoid volume overload and its associated complications, strategies to identify fluid responsiveness are developed and utilized more often among ICU patients...
June 2016: Kidney Diseases
Jason Phua, Nathan C Dean, Qi Guo, Win Sen Kuan, Hui Fang Lim, Tow Keang Lim
Mortality rates for severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) range from 17 to 48 % in published studies.In this review, we searched PubMed for relevant papers published between 1981 and June 2016 and relevant files. We explored how early and aggressive management measures, implemented within 24 hours of recognition of severe CAP and carried out both in the emergency department and in the ICU, decrease mortality in severe CAP.These measures begin with the use of severity assessment tools and the application of care bundles via clinical decision support tools...
August 28, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Andre C Kalil, Mark L Metersky, Michael Klompas, John Muscedere, Daniel A Sweeney, Lucy B Palmer, Lena M Napolitano, Naomi P O'Grady, John G Bartlett, Jordi Carratalà, Ali A El Solh, Santiago Ewig, Paul D Fey, Thomas M File, Marcos I Restrepo, Jason A Roberts, Grant W Waterer, Peggy Cruse, Shandra L Knight, Jan L Brozek
It is important to realize that guidelines cannot always account for individual variation among patients. They are not intended to supplant physician judgment with respect to particular patients or special clinical situations. IDSA considers adherence to these guidelines to be voluntary, with the ultimate determination regarding their application to be made by the physician in the light of each patient's individual circumstances.These guidelines are intended for use by healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), including specialists in infectious diseases, pulmonary diseases, critical care, and surgeons, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, and any clinicians and healthcare providers caring for hospitalized patients with nosocomial pneumonia...
September 1, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Fernando G Zampieri, Otavio T Ranzani, Luciano Cesar Pontes Azevedo, Izanio D S Martins, John A Kellum, Alexandre B Libório
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of the percentage of fluid infused as Lactated Ringer (%LR) during the first 2 days of ICU admission in hospital mortality and occurrence of acute kidney injury. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Analysis of a large public database (Multiparameter Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care-II). PATIENTS: Adult patients with at least 2 days of ICU stay, admission creatinine lower than 5 mg/dL, and that received at least 500 mL of fluid in the first 48 hours...
August 5, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Jean-Louis Vincent, Greg S Martin, Mitchell M Levy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 17, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Alexander Shimabukuro-Vornhagen, Boris Böll, Matthias Kochanek, Éli Azoulay, Michael S von Bergwelt-Baildon
Answer questions and earn CME/CNE The increasing prevalence of patients living with cancer in conjunction with the rapid progress in cancer therapy will lead to a growing number of patients with cancer who will require intensive care treatment. Fortunately, the development of more effective oncologic therapies, advances in critical care, and improvements in patient selection have led to an increased survival of critically ill patients with cancer. As a consequence, critical care has become an important cornerstone in the continuum of modern cancer care...
June 27, 2016: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Xavier Delabranche, Jean-Pierre Quenot, Thierry Lavigne, Emmanuelle Mercier, Bruno François, François Severac, Lélia Grunebaum, Madah Mehdi, Fatiha Zobairi, Florence Toti, Ferhat Meziani, Julie Boisramé-Helms
OBJECTIVES: Inadequate stratification of septic shock patients may result in inappropriate treatment allocation in randomized clinical trials, especially regarding anticoagulant. We previously reported that endothelial-derived microparticles are relevant biomarkers of sepsis-induced disseminated intravascular coagulation. In this validation cohort, we assess microparticles as surrogates of cell activation to improve early disseminated intravascular coagulation diagnosis and patient stratification...
October 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Jorge I F Salluh, Marcio Soares
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Anders Winther Voldby, Birgitte Brandstrup
BACKGROUND: Perioperative hypovolemia and fluid overload have effects on both complications following surgery and on patient survival. Therefore, the administration of intravenous fluids before, during, and after surgery at the right time and in the right amounts is of great importance. This review aims to analyze the literature concerning perioperative fluid therapy in abdominal surgery and to provide evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice. RESULTS: Preoperative oral or intravenous administration of carbohydrate containing fluids has been shown to improve postoperative well-being and muscular strength and to reduce insulin resistance...
2016: Journal of Intensive Care
Sumeet Reddy, Laurence Weinberg, Paul Young
This article is one of ten reviews selected from the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency medicine 2016. Other selected articles can be found online at Further information about the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is available from
2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Eli Zeserson, Ben Goodgame, J Daniel Hess, Kristine Schultz, Cynthia Hoon, Keith Lamb, Vinay Maheshwari, Steven Johnson, Mia Papas, James Reed, Michael Breyer
RATIONALE: Blood gas analysis is often used to assess acid-base, ventilation, and oxygenation status in critically ill patients. Although arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis remains the gold standard, venous blood gas (VBG) analysis has been shown to correlate with ABG analysis and has been proposed as a safer less invasive alternative to ABG analysis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation of VBG analysis plus pulse oximetry (SpO2) with ABG analysis...
June 9, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Wesley H Self, Carlos G Grijalva, Derek J Williams, Alison Woodworth, Robert A Balk, Sherene Fakhran, Yuwei Zhu, D Mark Courtney, James Chappell, Evan J Anderson, Chao Qi, Grant W Waterer, Christopher Trabue, Anna M Bramley, Seema Jain, Kathryn M Edwards, Richard G Wunderink
BACKGROUND: Predicting the need for intensive care among adults with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) remains challenging. METHODS: Using a multicenter prospective cohort study of adults hospitalized with CAP, we evaluated the association of serum procalcitonin (PCT) concentration at hospital presentation with the need for invasive respiratory or vasopressor support (IRVS), or both, within 72 h. Logistic regression was used to model this association, with results reported as the estimated risk of IRVS for a given PCT concentration...
October 2016: Chest
Patrick M Honore, Rita Jacobs, Inne Hendrickx, Sean M Bagshaw, Olivier Joannes-Boyau, Willem Boer, Elisabeth De Waele, Viola Van Gorp, Herbert D Spapen
Sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (SAKI) remains an important challenge in critical care medicine. We reviewed current available evidence on prevention and treatment of SAKI with focus on some recent advances and developments. Prevention of SAKI starts with early and ample fluid resuscitation preferentially with crystalloid solutions. Balanced crystalloids have no proven superior benefit. Renal function can be evaluated by measuring lactate clearance rate, renal Doppler, or central venous oxygenation monitoring...
December 2015: Annals of Intensive Care
Michael W Donnino, Lars W Andersen, Katherine M Berg, Joshua C Reynolds, Jerry P Nolan, Peter T Morley, Eddy Lang, Michael N Cocchi, Theodoros Xanthos, Clifton W Callaway, Jasmeet Soar
For more than a decade, mild induced hypothermia (32 °C-34 °C) has been standard of care for patients remaining comatose after resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with an initial shockable rhythm, and this has been extrapolated to survivors of cardiac arrest with initially nonshockable rhythms and to patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest. Two randomized trials published in 2002 reported a survival and neurological benefit with mild induced hypothermia. One recent randomized trial reported similar outcomes in patients treated with targeted temperature management at either 33 °C or 36 °C...
December 22, 2015: Circulation
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