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Florian Prechter, Katrin Katzer, Michael Bauer, Andreas Stallmach
Over the last years, there was an increase in the number and severity of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in all medical settings, including the intensive care unit (ICU). The current prevalence of CDI among ICU patients is estimated at 0.4-4% and has severe impact on morbidity and mortality. An estimated 10-20% of patients are colonized with C. difficile without showing signs of infection and spores can be found throughout ICUs. It is not yet possible to predict whether and when colonization will become infection...
October 22, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Su Young Jung, Seung Hee Lee, Soo Young Lee, Seungwon Yang, Hayeon Noh, Eun Kyoung Chung, Jangik I Lee
BACKGROUND: An optimal therapy for the treatment of pneumonia caused by drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii remains unclear. This study aims to compare various antimicrobial strategies and to determine the most effective therapy for pneumonia using a network meta-analysis. METHODS: Systematic search and quality assessment were performed to select eligible studies reporting one of the following outcomes: all-cause mortality, clinical cure, and microbiological eradication...
December 20, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Hideto Yasuda, Masamitsu Sanui, Takayuki Abe, Nobuaki Shime, Tetsuya Komuro, Junji Hatakeyama, Shohei Matsukubo, Shinji Kawano, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Kohkichi Andoh, Ryutaro Seo, Kyo Inoue, Eiichiro Noda, Nobuyuki Saito, Satoshi Nogami, Kentaro Okamoto, Ryota Fuke, Yasuhiro Gushima, Atsuko Kobayashi, Toru Takebayashi, Alan Kawarai Lefor
BACKGROUND: To compare the efficacy of three antiseptic solutions [0.5%, and 1.0% alcohol/chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), and 10% aqueous povidone-iodine (PVI)] for the prevention of intravascular catheter colonization, we conducted a randomized controlled trial in patients from 16 intensive care units in Japan. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing central venous or arterial catheter insertions were randomized to have one of three antiseptic solutions applied during catheter insertion and dressing changes...
December 21, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Andrew N Ginn, Catriona L Halliday, Abby P Douglas, Sharon C-A Chen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bloodstream infections are a major cause of hospital and ICU admission with high morbidity and mortality; however, early and targeted antimicrobial therapy reduces mortality in high-risk patients. This article focuses on the diagnosis of bloodstream infections by PCR-based approaches at an early stage to enable prompt treatment and prevent organ dysfunction. RECENT FINDINGS: PCR systems offering highly multiplexed targeting of bacterial and/or fungal pathogens (in whole blood) offer the best opportunity for clinical impact, as informed decisions can be made within 4-8 h of the blood draw...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Nathan J Brendish, Tristan W Clark
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Non-influenza respiratory virus infections are a frequent cause of severe acute respiratory infections, especially in infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. We review here the current treatment options for non-influenza respiratory viruses and promising candidate antiviral agents currently in development. RECENT FINDINGS: Small molecule antiviral agents active against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), such as ALS-8176 and GS-5806, show considerable promise in challenge studies and are undergoing late-phase clinical trials in hospitalised adults and children...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Matthijs C Brouwer, Diederik van de Beek
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The epidemiology of bacterial meningitis has been dynamic in the past 30 years following introduction of conjugated vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type B, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. The purpose of this review is to describe recent developments in bacterial meningitis epidemiology. RECENT FINDINGS: The incidence of bacterial meningitis in Western countries (Finland, Netherlands, and the United States) gradually declined by 3-4% per year to 0...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Katherine Plewes, Gareth D H Turner, Arjen M Dondorp
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cerebral impairment and acute kidney injury (AKI) are independent predictors of mortality in both adults and children with severe falciparum malaria. In this review, we present recent advances in understanding the pathophysiology, clinical features, and management of these complications of severe malaria, and discuss future areas of research. RECENT FINDINGS: Cerebral malaria and AKI are serious and well recognized complications of severe malaria...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Nicholas Simpson, Francois Lamontagne, Manu Shankar-Hari
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We reviewed the recent advances in the initial approach to resuscitation of sepsis and septic shock patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Sepsis and septic shock are life-threatening emergencies. Two key interventions in the first hour include timely antibiotic therapy and resuscitation. Before any laboratory results, the need for resuscitation is considered if a patient with suspected infection has low blood pressure (BP) or impaired peripheral circulation found at clinical examination...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Benoit Pilmis, Vincent Jullien, Alexis Tabah, Jean-Ralph Zahar, Christian Brun-Buisson
Several studies suggest that alternatives to carbapenems, and particulary beta-lactam/beta-lactamase inhibitor combinations, can be used for therapy of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE)-related infections in non-ICU patients. Little is known concerning ICU patients in whom achieving the desired plasmatic pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) target may be difficult. Also, in vitro susceptibility to beta-lactamase inhibitors might not translate into clinical efficacy. We reviewed the recent clinical studies examining the use of BL/BLI as alternatives to carbapenems for therapy of bloodstream infection, PK/PD data and discuss potential ecological benefit from avoiding the use of carbapenems...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
Hui-Bin Huang, Jin-Min Peng, Li Weng, Chun-Yao Wang, Wei Jiang, Bin Du
BACKGROUND: Serum procalcitonin (PCT) concentration is used to guide antibiotic decisions in choice, timing, and duration of anti-infection therapy to avoid antibiotic overuse. Thus, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to seek evidence of different PCT-guided antimicrobial strategies for critically ill patients in terms of predefined clinical outcomes. METHODS: We searched for relevant studies in PubMed, Embase, Web of Knowledge, and the Cochrane Library up to 25 February 2017...
November 22, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
Taison Bell, Naomi P O'Grady
Central venous catheters (CVCs) are commonly used in critically ill patients and offer several advantages to peripheral intravenous access. However, indwelling CVCs have the potential to lead to bloodstream infections, with the risk increasing with an array of characteristics, such as catheter choice, catheter location, insertion technique, and catheter maintenance. Evidence-based guidelines have led to a significant reduction in the incidence of bloodstream infections associated with CVCs. The combination of guideline implementation and newer technologies has the potential to further reduce morbidity and mortality from infections related to CVCs...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
James M Walter, Richard G Wunderink
Lower respiratory tract infection is a leading cause of death in the United States. Advances in diagnostic testing have improved our ability to detect pathogens. Viral pathogens are important causal pathogens in immunocompetent patients. As the number of elderly adults and those with chronic medical conditions increases, the burden of viral respiratory infections will increase. Clinicians must be familiar with the characteristics of rhinovirus, human adenoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus, and human metapneumovirus...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, Mohanad Al-Obaidi
Patients in the intensive care unit are exposed to multiple stressors that predispose them to invasive fungal infections (IFIs), which carry high morbidity and mortality. Getting acquainted with the diagnostic methods and therapies is imperative for patient safety and for providing high-quality health care. This article focuses on the most frequent IFIs: invasive candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis.
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
David N Gilbert
The combination of molecular pathogen diagnostics and the biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) are changing the use of antimicrobials in patients admitted to critical care units with severe community-acquired pneumonia, possible septic shock, or other clinical syndromes. An elevated serum PCT level is good supportive evidence of a bacterial pneumonia, whereas a low serum PCT level virtually eliminates an etiologic role for bacteria even if the culture for a potential bacterial pathogen is positive. Serum PCT levels can be increased in any shocklike state; a low PCT level eliminates invasive bacterial infection as an etiology in more than 90% of patients...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
John G Bartlett
Clostridium difficile infection is a major health care challenge in terms of patient and economic consequences. For the patient, it is a morbid and sometimes a life-threatening iatrogenic complication of antibiotic treatment. In the United States, the provider's institution may face financial penalties, because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention views this as an iatrogenic health care-associated complication that may not be reimbursable by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; this has resulted in substantial incentives for new approaches to prevention and treatment...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Stephanie L Bonne, Sameer S Kadri
Despite advances in antibiotic and surgical management and supportive care for necrotizing soft tissue infections, morbidity and mortality remain substantial. Although there are clinical practice guidelines in place, there still remains much variability in choice and duration of antibiotic therapy, time to initial surgical debridement, and use of adjuvant medical therapies. This article offers an overview of necrotizing soft tissue infections with a focus on current diagnostic and treatment modalities.
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Lucy B Palmer
Multidrug-resistant organisms are creating a challenge for physicians treating the critically ill. As new antibiotics lag behind the emergence of worsening resistance, intensivists in countries with high rates of extensively drug-resistant bacteria are turning to inhaled antibiotics as adjunctive therapy. These drugs can provide high concentrations of drug in the lung that could not be achieved with intravenous antibiotics without significant systemic toxicity. This article summarizes current evidence describing the use of inhaled antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial ventilator-associated pneumonia and ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Cristina V Cardemil, Umesh D Parashar, Aron J Hall
Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis. In older adults, it is responsible for an estimated 3.7 million illnesses; 320,000 outpatient visits; 69,000 emergency department visits; 39,000 hospitalizations; and 960 deaths annually in the United States. Older adults are particularly at risk for severe outcomes, including prolonged symptoms and death. Long-term care facilities and hospitals are the most common settings for norovirus outbreaks in developed countries. Diagnostic platforms are expanding...
December 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Isabelle K Delattre, Fabio S Taccone, Frédérique Jacobs, Maya Hites, Thierry Dugernier, Herbert Spapen, Pierre-François Laterre, Pierre E Wallemacq, Françoise Van Bambeke, Paul M Tulkens
The pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic index determining β-lactam activity is the percentage of the dosing interval (%T) during which their free serum concentration remains above a critical threshold over the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). Regrettably, neither the value of %T nor that of the threshold are clearly defined for critically-ill patients. Areas covered: We review and assess the targets proposed for β-lactams in critical illness by screening the literature since 1997. Depending on the study intention (clinical cure vs...
July 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Nesrine A Rizk, Zeina A Kanafani, Hussam Z Tabaja, Souha S Kanj
Beta-lactams are at the cornerstone of therapy in critical care settings, but their clinical efficacy is challenged by the rise in bacterial resistance. Infections with multi-drug resistant organisms are frequent in intensive care units, posing significant therapeutic challenges. The problem is compounded by a dearth in the development of new antibiotics. In addition, critically-ill patients have unique physiologic characteristics that alter the drugs pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Areas covered: The prolonged infusion of antibiotics (extended infusion [EI] and continuous infusion [CI]) has been the focus of research in the last decade...
July 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
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