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By Bhuvin Buddhdev Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy Fellow
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818334/neuromuscular-blockade-in-the-21-st-century-management-of-the-critically-ill-patient
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Julian deBacker, Nicholas Hart, Eddy Fan
Neuromuscular blockings agents (NMBAs) have a controversial role in the ventilatory and medical management of critical illness. The clinical concern surrounding NMBA-induced complications stems from evidence presented in the 2002 clinical practice guidelines, but new evidence from subsequent randomized trials and studies provides a more optimistic outlook about the application of NMBAs in the intensive care unit (ICU). Furthermore, changes in the delivery of critical care such as protocolized care pathways, minimizing or interrupting sedation, increased monitoring techniques, and overall improvements in reducing immobility have created a modern, 21st century ICU environment whereby NMBAs may be administered safely...
November 3, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787407/vasodilators-in-septic-shock-resuscitation-a-clinical-perspective
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Thiago Domingos Corrêa, Roberto Rabello Filho, Murillo Santucci Cesar Assunção, Eliézer Silva, Alexandre Lima
Microcirculatory abnormalities have been shown to be frequent in patients with septic shock despite "normalization" of systemic hemodynamics. Several studies have explored the impact of vasodilator therapy (prostacyclin, inhaled nitric oxide, topic acetylcholine and nitroglycerin) on microcirculation and tissue perfusion, with contradictory findings.In this narrative review, we briefly present the pathophysiological aspects of microcirculatory dysfunction, and depict the evidence supporting the use of vasodilators and other therapeutic interventions (fluid administration, blood transfusion, vasopressors and dobutamine) aiming to improve the microcirculatory flow in septic shock patients...
October 26, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741949/hydrocortisone-treatment-in-early-sepsis-associated-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Surat Tongyoo, Chairat Permpikul, Wasineenart Mongkolpun, Veerapong Vattanavanit, Suthipol Udompanturak, Mehmet Kocak, G Umberto Meduri
BACKGROUND: Authors of recent meta-analyses have reported that prolonged glucocorticoid treatment is associated with significant improvements in patients with severe pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) of multifactorial etiology. A prospective randomized trial limited to patients with sepsis-associated ARDS is lacking. The objective of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of hydrocortisone treatment in sepsis-associated ARDS. METHODS: In this double-blind, single-center (Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok), randomized, placebo-controlled trial, we recruited adult patients with severe sepsis within 12 h of their meeting ARDS criteria...
October 15, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27040102/the-standard-of-care-of-patients-with-ards-ventilatory-settings-and-rescue-therapies-for-refractory-hypoxemia
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REVIEW
Thomas Bein, Salvatore Grasso, Onnen Moerer, Michael Quintel, Claude Guerin, Maria Deja, Anita Brondani, Sangeeta Mehta
PURPOSE: Severe ARDS is often associated with refractory hypoxemia, and early identification and treatment of hypoxemia is mandatory. For the management of severe ARDS ventilator settings, positioning therapy, infection control, and supportive measures are essential to improve survival. METHODS AND RESULTS: A precise definition of life-threating hypoxemia is not identified. Typical clinical determinations are: arterial partial pressure of oxygen < 60 mmHg and/or arterial oxygenation < 88 % and/or the ratio of PaO2/FIO2 < 100...
May 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27184564/advances-in-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-critically-ill
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REVIEW
Jean-Louis Vincent, Matteo Bassetti, Bruno François, George Karam, Jean Chastre, Antoni Torres, Jason A Roberts, Fabio S Taccone, Jordi Rello, Thierry Calandra, Daniel De Backer, Tobias Welte, Massimo Antonelli
Infections occur frequently in critically ill patients and their management can be challenging for various reasons, including delayed diagnosis, difficulties identifying causative microorganisms, and the high prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains. In this review, we briefly discuss the importance of early infection diagnosis, before considering in more detail some of the key issues related to antibiotic management in these patients, including controversies surrounding use of combination or monotherapy, duration of therapy, and de-escalation...
May 17, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26976648/bts-ics-guideline-for-the-ventilatory-management-of-acute-hypercapnic-respiratory-failure-in-adults
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A Craig Davidson, Stephen Banham, Mark Elliott, Daniel Kennedy, Colin Gelder, Alastair Glossop, Alistair Colin Church, Ben Creagh-Brown, James William Dodd, Tim Felton, Bernard Foëx, Leigh Mansfield, Lynn McDonnell, Robert Parker, Caroline Marie Patterson, Milind Sovani, Lynn Thomas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27189952/comparative-effectiveness-of-second-vasoactive-agents-in-septic-shock-refractory-to-norepinephrine
#7
H Bryant Nguyen, Samantha Lu, Isabella Possagnoli, Phillip Stokes
OBJECTIVE: We aim to identify the appropriate vasoactive agent in patients with septic shock who are refractory to optimal doses of norepinephrine. METHODS: In this retrospective observational cohort study over a 4-year period, patients who received norepinephrine within 24 hours of ICU admission and a second agent within 48 hours were enrolled. RESULTS: Among 2640 patients screened, 234 patients were enrolled, aged 60.8 ± 17.8 years, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation IV 98...
May 6, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
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