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Cindy L Munro, Richard H Savel
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March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Karen L Johnson, Lauri Speirs, Anne Mitchell, Heather Przybyl, Diane Anderson, Brenda Manos, Amy T Schaenzer, Keri Winchester
BACKGROUND: Patients who receive prolonged endotracheal intubation (> 48 hours) are at risk for dysphagia. Nurses should conduct swallowing assessments after extubation because of the high likelihood of aspiration pneumonia developing. No valid and reliable postextubation dysphagia screening tools are available. OBJECTIVES: To establish content validity, analyze interrater reliability, and determine sensitivity and specificity of an evidence-based postextubation dysphagia screening tool developed by a multidisciplinary team...
March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Yusuke Sawada, Yusuke Sasabuchi, Yasuo Nakahara, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Nobuhiko Haga, Hideo Yasunaga
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia is one of the most common infectious diseases and can be fatal. The benefits of early rehabilitation in intensive care units are known, but the association between early rehabilitation and in-hospital mortality of patients with community-acquired pneumonia admitted to intensive care units has not been studied. OBJECTIVES: To study the association between early rehabilitation and the in-hospital mortality of patients with community- acquired pneumonia admitted to intensive care units, effects of early rehabilitation on unit and hospital lengths of stay, and total costs of hospitalization...
March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Halley Ruppel, Marjorie Funk, J Tobey Clark, Izabella Gieras, Yadin David, Thomas J Bauld, Paul Coss, Margaret L Holland
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue is a widely acknowledged patient safety concern in hospitals. In 2013, The Joint Commission issued a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management, making addressing alarm management a priority. To capture changes in attitudes and practices related to alarms, the Healthcare Technology Foundation conducted and reported findings from national online surveys in 2006 and 2011 and completed a third survey in 2016. OBJECTIVES: The goal of the 2016 survey was to identify how hospital practices and clinicians' perceptions of alarms have changed since 2006...
March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Michael T Vest, Paul Kolm, James Bowen, Jillian Trabulsi, Shannon L Lennon, Mary Shapero, Patty McGraw, James Halbert, Claudine Jurkovitz
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines recommend enteral nutrition for most patients receiving mechanical ventilation. However, recently published evidence on the effect of enteral nutrition on mortality, particularly for patients who are well nourished, is conflicting. OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between enteral feeding and hospital mortality in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation and to determine if body mass index mediates this relationship...
March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Sarah A Delgado
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March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Dorrie K Fontaine, Julie Haizlip, Ramon Lavandero
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March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Margo Halm
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March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Gisah Amaral Carvalho, Gilberto Paz-Filho, Cleo Otaviano Mesa Junior, Hans Graf
Hypothyroidism is one of the most common hormone deficiencies in adults. Most of the cases, particularly those of overt hypothyroidism, are easily diagnosed and managed, with excellent outcomes if treated adequately. However, minor alterations of thyroid function determine nonspecific manifestations. Primary hypothyroidism due to chronic autoimmune thyroiditis is largely the most common cause of thyroid hormone deficiency. Central hypothyroidism is a rare and heterogeneous disorder characterized by decreased thyroid hormone secretion by an otherwise normal thyroid gland, due to lack of TSH...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Robert Goulden, Marie-Claire Hoyle, Jessie Monis, Darran Railton, Victoria Riley, Paul Martin, Reynaldo Martina, Emmanuel Nsutebu
BACKGROUND: The third international consensus definition for sepsis recommended use of a new prognostic tool, the quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA), based on its ability to predict inhospital mortality and prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay in patients with suspected infection. While several studies have compared the prognostic accuracy of qSOFA to the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) criteria in suspected sepsis, few have compared qSOFA and SIRS to the widely used National Early Warning Score (NEWS)...
February 21, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Grace H Elta, Brintha K Enestvedt, Bryan G Sauer, Anne Marie Lennon
Pancreatic cysts are very common with the majority incidentally identified. There are several types of pancreatic cysts; some types can contain cancer or have malignant potential, whereas others are benign. However, even the types of cysts with malignant potential rarely progress to cancer. At the present time, the only viable treatment for pancreatic cysts is surgical excision, which is associated with a high morbidity and occasional mortality. The small risk of malignant transformation, the high risks of surgical treatment, and the lack of high-quality prospective studies have led to contradictory recommendations for their immediate management and for their surveillance...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Kevin L Winthrop, John W Baddley
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February 19, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
A Clinton White, Christina M Coyle, Vedantam Rajshekhar, Gagandeep Singh, W Allen Hauser, Aaron Mohanty, Hector H Garcia, Theodore E Nash
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February 22, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Djillali Annane, Alain Renault, Christian Brun-Buisson, Bruno Megarbane, Jean-Pierre Quenot, Shidasp Siami, Alain Cariou, Xavier Forceville, Carole Schwebel, Claude Martin, Jean-François Timsit, Benoît Misset, Mohamed Ali Benali, Gwenhael Colin, Bertrand Souweine, Karim Asehnoune, Emmanuelle Mercier, Loïc Chimot, Claire Charpentier, Bruno François, Thierry Boulain, Franck Petitpas, Jean-Michel Constantin, Gilles Dhonneur, François Baudin, Alain Combes, Julien Bohé, Jean-François Loriferne, Roland Amathieu, Fabrice Cook, Michel Slama, Olivier Leroy, Gilles Capellier, Auguste Dargent, Tarik Hissem, Virginie Maxime, Eric Bellissant
BACKGROUND: Septic shock is characterized by dysregulation of the host response to infection, with circulatory, cellular, and metabolic abnormalities. We hypothesized that therapy with hydrocortisone plus fludrocortisone or with drotrecogin alfa (activated), which can modulate the host response, would improve the clinical outcomes of patients with septic shock. METHODS: In this multicenter, double-blind, randomized trial with a 2-by-2 factorial design, we evaluated the effect of hydrocortisone-plus-fludrocortisone therapy, drotrecogin alfa (activated), the combination of the three drugs, or their respective placebos...
March 1, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Bruno Levy, Caroline Fritz, Elsa Tahon, Audrey Jacquot, Thomas Auchet, Antoine Kimmoun
Vasoplegia is a ubiquitous phenomenon in all advanced shock states, including septic, cardiogenic, hemorrhagic, and anaphylactic shock. Its pathophysiology is complex, involving various mechanisms in vascular smooth muscle cells such as G protein-coupled receptor desensitization (adrenoceptors, vasopressin 1 receptors, angiotensin type 1 receptors), alteration of second messenger pathways, critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency, and increased production of nitric oxide. This review, based on a critical appraisal of the literature, discusses the main current treatments and future approaches...
February 27, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Peter K Moore, Raymond K Hsu, Kathleen D Liu
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a heterogeneous disorder that is common in hospitalized patients and associated with short- and long-term morbidity and mortality. When AKI is present, prompt workup of the underlying cause should be pursued, with specific attention to reversible causes. Measures to prevent AKI include optimization of volume status and avoidance of nephrotoxic medications. Crystalloids are preferred over colloids for most patients, and hydroxyethyl starches should be avoided. Volume overload in the setting of AKI is associated with adverse outcomes, so attention should be paid to overall fluid balance...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Rajesh M Shetty, Antonio Bellini, Dhuleep S Wijayatilake, Mark A Hamilton, Rajesh Jain, Sunil Karanth, ArunKumar Namachivayam
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care and on mechanical ventilation, are administered sedative and analgesic drugs to improve both their comfort and interaction with the ventilator. Optimizing sedation practice may reduce mortality, improve patient comfort and reduce cost. Current practice is to use scales or scores to assess depth of sedation based on clinical criteria such as consciousness, understanding and response to commands. However these are perceived as subjective assessment tools...
February 21, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Roberta I Jordan, Matthew R Mulvey, Michael I Bennett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gabapentinoids are frequently used in the management of cancer pain. In recent Cochrane systematic reviews, although there was an abundance of evidence relating to non-cancer pain, only a few studies related to cancer pain. This review summarizes recent randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the use of gabapentinoids for tumour-related (as monotherapy or part of combination therapy) and treatment-related pain. RECENT FINDINGS: For tumour-related pain, ten out of thirteen studies showed statistically significant benefits in favour of gabapentinoids...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Lauren Folgosa Cooley, Sandra B Barker
The use of canine-assisted therapy (CAT) in healthcare is expanding and the purpose of this review is to highlight its potential use in the surgical patient. While CAT literature to date has detailed widespread benefits in blood pressure control and improving pain, anxiety, and stress, little research has been performed specifically in surgical patients who may benefit significantly from CAT interventions. Critical points highlighted herein are as follows: (1) Hypertension is common and significantly increases morbidity and mortality associated with elective surgery...
February 24, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Assaf Berger, Rotem Tellem, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Tal Gonen, Ido Strauss
Pain is one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients, and particularly in those who suffer from metastatic or terminal disease. There is great importance in delivering good pain management to these patients in order to alleviate their suffering, improve their functional status and their overall quality of life. In most cases, pain management is based on pharmacotherapy with opioids and other medications. However, there are selected patients for whom pharmacotherapy does not achieve acceptable pain relief or is associated with marked side effects...
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