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A Newborn in Acute Respiratory Distress: USMLE Question A Newborn in Acute Respiratory Distress: USMLE Question

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:14:52 +0100

A newborn male infant is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit with acute respiratory distress. What condition is likely associated?Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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US hospitals testing experimental therapies to prevent two common bacterial infections

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIAID-supported clinical sites in the US are participating in two ongoing international Phase 2 trials evaluating investigational antibody-based therapies aimed at preventing potentially antibiotic-resistant infections. By aligning the NIAID Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) with a large international consortium leading the effort, the US investigators hope to enroll adult patients from 15 intensive care units in the trials. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



New Guidelines on Otolaryngological Assessment of Scuba Divers New Guidelines on Otolaryngological Assessment of Scuba Divers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:46:25 +0100

New guidelines provide recommendations to otolaryngologists for assessing the fitness of scuba divers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Haloperidol does not prevent delirium or improve survival rates in ICU patients

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Radboud University Medical Center) Prophylactic use of the drug haloperidol does not help to prevent delirium in intensive care patients or improve their chances of survival. Therefore, there is no reason anymore to administer the drug as a preventive measure to reduce the burden of delirium. This was revealed following a three-year, large-scale study among 1,800 patients in 20 Dutch ICUs, headed by Radboud university medical center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Women have twice the risk for fatal heart complications

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:24:06 +0100

The research published today by the American Heart Association offers clearer evidence than ever that female heart attack survivors may need more intensive care after a cardiac event than men. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



What is the Besinger Score?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:11:32 +0100

Discussion Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare disease in the pediatric population. The incidence depends on the population studied but is estimated at 1-9/1 million/year. It was first described by William Heinrich Erb in 1879. The cause is autoantibodies against components of the post-synaptic membrane of the neuromuscular junction, usually against the acetylcholine binding receptor (AChR). It can occur at any age but is more common in the adult population. Juvenile patients (0-19 years) are divided into prepubertal (12 years) who have disease presentations similar to the adult population. In adults there are 5 grades: ocular symptoms, mild, moderate, severe and very severe. MG symptoms include: Ocular symptoms are common Ptosis – uni- or bilateral, children may tilt head to see Oph...

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‘It’s a National Problem.’ How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction’s Youngest Sufferers

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:01:07 +0100

(CHICAGO) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert’s second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms and she was allowed to keep him in her room to encourage breast-feeding and bonding. His hospital stay was just a week. “It was like night and day,” S...



The Coming Era of Precision Medicine for Intensive Care The Coming Era of Precision Medicine for Intensive Care

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:14:52 +0100

Personalized medicine is heralded as an exciting new era of individualizing treatment of critically ill patients.Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



U.S. Body Brokers Supply World With Torsos, Limbs and Heads U.S. Body Brokers Supply World With Torsos, Limbs and Heads

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:22:51 +0100

On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, South Carolina carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Uganda:Mengo Hospital Cleared Over Patients Deaths

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:01:30 +0100

[Monitor] Kampala -Frequent visits by the health workers and visitors to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) could have exposed five patients to infections that caused their death, following a one-week medical camp by Mengo Hospital in Kampala in October last year, investigations have indicated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



WHO calls for sustainable solution to health sector power shortages in Gaza

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:51:11 +0100

8 February, 2018, Gaza Strip – Gaza’s health sector was on the verge of collapse due to dwindling fuel supplies until the United Arab Emirates stepped in this week with a US$2 million grant to sustain hospital backup generators for critical health services. The donation will provide enough fuel to keep facilities running for several months.  “The UAE’s timely support will save lives, but a more sustainable solution is required to address the chronic fuel and power shortages in Gaza that leave health facilities consistently on the verge of closure,” says Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, Head of WHO’s Office for West Bank and Gaza.  Daily power cuts of 12-16 hours currently affect 28 hospitals and 153 primary care facilities in the Gaza Strip. The Ministry of Health has been rationin...

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Involving parents in intensive care helps infants and nurses

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:54:00 +0100

Involving parents in the care of premature babies in hospital not only improves their wellbeing but may also reduce conflict with staff and boost nurses ’ job satisfaction, according to a new study. (Source: Nursing Times)



Premature babies healthier when parents help with hospital care, study shows

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:30:11 +0100

Babies in trial put on more weight in first three weeks and parents were less stressedPremature babies do better if their parents are allowed to help care for them in hospital alongside the nurses, rather than being treated as visitors and left on the sidelines, a new study shows.Many parents feel acutely anxious, stressed and out of control when their child is in a newborn intensive care unit and there seems to be nothing they can do for her. Inspired by the example of a hospital in Estonia that brings in parents to help with basic care of their baby, doctors in Canada organised a major study in three countries – Canada, Australia and New Zealand – to see what the effect is on the baby.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Gaza Health Sector on Verge of Collapse

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:21:47 +0100

GAZA, Gaza City. Queuing in hope of fuel. Credit: Mohammed Omer / IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2018 (IPS)UN agencies have sounded the alarm on the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, pointing to the devastating repercussions of the ongoing fuel shortages. UN agencies have appealed for donor support as emergency fuel for critical facilities in Gaza are due to run out in 10 days.In a meeting, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Gaza is a “constant humanitarian emergency.”“Gaza remains squeezed by crippling closures…two million Palestinians are struggling everyday with crumbling infrastructure, an electricity crisis, a lack of basic services,” he said.Fuel shortages are threatening Gaza’s hospitals and sanitation services that rely...



Snooping around in hospital pipes, scientists find DNA that fuels the spread of superbugs

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:10:00 +0100

The pipes carrying away the effluvia of very sick people are bound to be nasty, dirty places.But just how unwholesome they are is made clear in anew report showing that the pipes beneath a hospital intensive care unit are a throbbing, seething hookup zone for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.Even... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



Babies With Opioid Withdrawal Might Do Better Outside the ICU Babies With Opioid Withdrawal Might Do Better Outside the ICU

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:38:22 +0100

Newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal might have shorter hospital stays and less need for medications if they stay in a room with their mother instead of being sent to intensive care, a research review suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:15:12 +0100

U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining hospital wastewater. (Source: WebMD Health)



Wastewater Systems A Hidden Source of'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:02:24 +0100

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 -- Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Babies with opioid withdrawal might do better outside the ICU

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:41:17 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal might have shorter hospital stays and less need for medications if they stay in a room with their mother instead of being sent to intensive care, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Casualties of peace: an analysis of casualties admitted to the intensive care unit during the negotiation of the comprehensive Colombian process of peace - Ord óñez CA, Manzano-Nunez R, Naranjo MP, Foianini E, Cevallos C, Londoño MA, Sanchez Ortiz AI, García AF, Moore EE.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:42:48 +0100

BACKGROUND: After 52  years of war in 2012, the Colombian government began the negotiation of a process of peace, and by November 2012, a truce was agreed. We sought to analyze casualties who were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) before and during... (Source: SafetyLit)



What is the Difference Between an Association and a Syndrome?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:06:48 +0100

Discussion VATER association was first described in the 1970s with additional congenital malformations being added to the association so it is most often called VACTERL association. It is a highly heterogeneous, overlapping condition estimated to occur in ~1/10,000-40,000 births. The cause is unknown. In animal models, some signaling pathway gene mutations have phenotypes of VACTERL association. Experts suggest that patients having at least 2 components should be further evaluated (at least 3 for diagnosis) for VACTERL and other diseases in its differential diagnosis. There are more than 30 syndromes, mutations and diseases that have components of the malformations in VACTERL association. Alagille syndrome , CHARGE Syndrome, Blackfan-Diamond anemia, Holt-Oram syndrome, and Caudal regressi...

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Zurich ’s Air Medical Program Flies Seven ECMO Missions in Ten Days

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:55:00 +0100

In a ten day period in January, Rega aircraft in Zurich, Switzerland transported and cared for a total of seven patients, including a two-year-old child, with the most severe cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. This was made possible by a small, portable heart-lung extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which is compatible with both the ambulance jets, and the two types of helicopters used by Rega. Since 2009, Rega has been the only air rescue organization in Switzerland to have its own ECMO equipment. The devices have been instrumental in the care and transport of 25 intensive care patients annually. That’s close to 250 critical patients who have benefited from ECMO and the Rega system. Cooperation with Swiss hospitals is a great example of what can be done with a mix of ...



Dayton-area hospital hiring for more than 150 positions

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:53:31 +0100

Mercy Health-Springfield says its Springfield Regional Medical Center is seeking to fill numerous positions. As such, it is hosting hiring events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2.    Springfield Regional Medical Center, located at 100 Medical Center Drive in Springfield, has 70 positions for registered nurses available in the following departments: Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical, Cardiac, Operating Room and Emergency Department. Applicants should be graduates… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



End-of-life decision-making for patients with geriatric trauma cared for in a trauma intensive care unit - Wooster M, Stassi A, Hill J, Kurtz J, Bonta M, Spalding MC.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:42:16 +0100

BACKGROUND: The geriatric trauma population is growing and fraught with poor physiological response to injury and high mortality rates. Our primary hypothesis analyzed how prehospital and in-hospital characteristics affect decision-making regarding continu... (Source: SafetyLit)



Outcomes and costs of patients admitted to the intensive care unit due to accidental or intentional poisoning - Fernando SM, Reardon PM, Ball IM, van Katwyk S, Thavorn K, Tanuseputro P, Rosenberg E, Kyeremanteng K.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:42:16 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Acute poisoning represents a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and many of these patients are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). However, little is known regarding ICU costs of acute poisoning. METHODS: This was a retros... (Source: SafetyLit)

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UK judge rules intensive care for brain-damaged boy can halt

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:24:04 +0100

A British judge has ruled that intensive care treatment can be withdrawn for a brain damaged 11-month-old boy despite his parents' wishes for continued intervention (Source: ABC News: Health)



High Death, Hospitalization Rates With Chronic Ischemic CV Disease High Death, Hospitalization Rates With Chronic Ischemic CV Disease

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 05:23:02 +0100

Mortality and hospitalization rates at 6 months are high among patients with chronic ischemic cardiovascular disease (CICD), according to initial findings from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) CICD Pilot Registry.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



This health care facility's new unit will create 20 jobs

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:50:16 +0100

Florida Hospital Altamonte will open its first specialty unit for premature babies this month in Seminole County. The 6,208-square-foot Level II neonatal intensive care unit features 10 private rooms and officially will open on Jan. 30 on the hospital's fourth floor. The unit, which is used for premature babies who may be recovering from illnesses or serious conditions, will hire 20 specially trained regist ered nurses, Florida Hospital said. On average, registered nurses earn an annual wage of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic CDC Says Influenza Activity as Widespread as 2009 Pandemic

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:34:36 +0100

The agency said baby boomers now have the second-highest hospitalization rate, and the pediatric death rate is especially alarming.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Oh baby: Mercy plans $3.2M upgrade to labor and delivery

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:32:45 +0100

Catholic Health is planning another major upgrade for mother-baby services. The system filed plans for a $3.2 million renovation of the labor and delivery rooms at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo. The project comes as the system works to complete an $8.8 million expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit at its Sisters of Charity Hospital. Aimee Gomlak, vice presiden t for women’s services at Catholic Health, said both projects come in response to regionwide increases in births in recent years.  “The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Leaf Healthcare touts reduced pressure injuries in Leaf wearable sensor study

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:08:11 +0100

This study is an important step towards redefining the standard of care for pressure injury prevention,” CEO and co-founder Barrett Larson said in a press release. Leaf’s patient monitor system is composed of a wearable wireless sensor designed to track patient movement and notify caregivers to prevent immobility-related health complications, such as pressure ulcers or injuries. Data included information from 1,200 patients over 100,000 hours, with individuals randomized to either a control group or a treatment group in which the Leaf sensor was used to encourage patient repositioning. Primary and secondary outcomes included the occurrence of hospital acquired pressure injuries and turning compliance as well as a sensitivity analysis performed to compare intention-to-treat and per...



St. Mary's Hospital opens $15 million NICU

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:31:02 +0100

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital officially opened its new $15 million neonatal intensive care unit Monday. The new unit on the hospital's sixth floor includes 36 private rooms as well as amenities such as a family lounge, outdoor patio and laundry and showers for families. The rooms are equipped with NicView, a small camera system that allows families to view their infants in real time through a secure online portal. The move into the new NICU began at 7:30 a.m. Monday, and more than 30 babies were… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



Steroids Speed Recovery From Septic Shock; No Survival Benefit Steroids Speed Recovery From Septic Shock; No Survival Benefit

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:36:39 +0100

A hydrocortisone infusion does not reduce mortality among septic shock patients undergoing mechanical ventilation, but it does speed recovery when the condition is not fatal, according to an international study of 3,658 patients treated over four years.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Intensive care doctor became a patient on her own ward

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:04:20 +0100

Dr Rana Awdish is an intensive care doctor in Detroit. When she was seven months pregnant, she lost her baby and became a patient on her own word. She details her extraordinary experience. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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At Least 30 Children Have Died From This Season ’s Flu. Some of Them Were Perfectly Healthy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:10:29 +0100

Thirty children have died from confirmed influenza-related causes so far this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) most recent weekly report, released last Friday. The total includes deaths between Oct. 16 and Jan. 13. CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald has described the 2017-2018 flu season as “very active,” and has said that much of the country is experiencing “widespread and intense flu activity.” During a Jan. 12 press update, Fitzgerald said that influenza A, H3N2, has been the most common strain of flu virus reported this year. “These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and older,” she said. Most children who get the flu do recover. But th...



Sick baby's condition 'will not improve', High Court told

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:36:55 +0100

Doctors tell the High Court intensive care treatment for Isaiah Haastrup is not in his interests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Thromboembolic Events in PICU: A Descriptive Study Thromboembolic Events in PICU: A Descriptive Study

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:14:43 +0100

How is deep vein thrombosis best prevented in the pediatric intensive care unit?Pediatric Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Surgery to remove blood clot saves London ’s kidneys

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:16:27 +0100

Todd and Lindsey Taylor had barely settled in at home in Syracuse, New York with their new baby, London, when their world turned upside down. London, who had seemed perfectly healthy at birth, woke up nine days later vomiting and struggling to breathe. They rushed her to their local children’s hospital. “The doctors did an ultrasound and found a large blood clot in her aorta that was blocking the flow of blood to her kidneys,” says Todd. “They said she was in near fatal condition when we arrived, but they put her on dialysis and were able to stabilize her.” Desperate for options The doctors in Syracuse started London on a medication to keep the blood clot from getting bigger, but it didn’t reduce the clot’s size. Left with no other options, her team in Syracuse began looking ...



Botswana:Marina Hospital Records Four Cases of Klebsiella

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:05:55 +0100

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Princess Marina Hospital has recorded four neonates who tested positive of Klebsiella where three of them are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while one is in isolation cubicle. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Repeated attempted homicide by administration of drugs documented by hair analysis - Baillif-Couniou V, Bartoli C, Sastre C, Cheze M, Deveaux M, L éonetti G, Pélissier-Alicot AL.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:39:21 +0100

Attempted murder by repeated poisoning is quite rare. The authors describe the case of a 62-year-old man who was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for neurological disturbances complicated by inhalation pneumopathy. He presented a loss of consciousn... (Source: SafetyLit)



Natural medicine even improves surgical outcomes: Aromatherapy massage found to decrease stress and improve sleep in ICU patients

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:34:32 +0100

(Natural News) Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) of any medical facility are often subject to various severe and life-threatening illnesses. Aside from the severity of their conditions, these patients must also deal with the surgical pain caused by “clinical, disease-related concerns, unknown encounters after surgery, quality of sleep, [and] restrictions in position after.”... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Blackpool Victoria Hospital patient ignored by NHS nurses

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:36:41 +0100

EXCLUSIVE: Alan Ford, who spent 15 days in intensive care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital fighting for his life, recorded the horrific clip from his bed. He described it as 'out of order'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Father calls for help - but nurses are too busy

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:05:15 +0100

EXCLUSIVE: Alan Ford, who spent 15 days in intensive care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital fighting for his life, recorded the horrific clip from his bed. He described it as 'out of order'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Vitamin D Deficiency in Critically Ill Children Vitamin D Deficiency in Critically Ill Children

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:39:05 +0100

How prevalent is vitamin D deficiency among pediatric ICU patients -- and in what ways might it impact outcomes among these patients?Critical Care (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

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Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:39:05 +0100

This article provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of cardiac and pulmonary vascular disease in liver transplant candidates.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Risk of VTE in Patients by Albuminuria and Estimated GFR Risk of VTE in Patients by Albuminuria and Estimated GFR

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:38:27 +0100

What role could albuminuria and eGFR play in assessing for the risk for venous thromboembolism?American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Welsh father lost his arm due to deadly flesh-eating bug

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:51:32 +0100

Luke Dobson, 42, from Undy, near Chepstow, South Wales, initially just had pain in his elbow but was rushed to hospital when his condition took a turn for the worse. He is still in intensive care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Father lost his arm due to a deadly flesh-eating bug

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:30:59 +0100

Luke Dobson, 42, from Undy, near Chepstow, South Wales, initially just had pain in his elbow but was rushed to hospital when his condition took a turn for the worse. He is still in intensive care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Clinical epidemiology of acute burn injuries at Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal - Karki B, Rai SM, Nakarmi KK, Basnet SJ, Magar MG, Nagarkoti KK, Thapa S.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:44:25 +0100

BACKGROUND: Burn injury is a global health problem mainly occurring in developing countries. The Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre at Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, has been providing the acute burn care since 2013 with 7 intensive care unit beds, 30 general beds... (Source: SafetyLit)

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How preterm birth may impact language development

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Society for Neuroscience) Altered development of a part of the auditory cortex in preterm infants is associated with poorer language skills in early childhood, finds a brain imaging study of very early-born babies in a neonatal intensive care unit. The research, published in eNeuro, suggests that developmental disturbances to this brain region may underlie speech and language difficulties observed in this population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Newborns with opioid withdrawal do better cared for by mom, versus stay in intensive care

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:51:25 +0100

With the opioid crisis leading to a rising number of babies suffering withdrawal symptoms from exposure to the drugs while in the womb, the Canadian Paediatric Society is issuing recommendations to doctors and hospitals on how to better care for these vulnerable newborns and their mothers. (Source: CBC | Health)



Repeat Flu Vaccinations Can Help Protect Seniors

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:30:44 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) — While flu cases continue to spike nationwide, health officials are still urging the public to get their annual flu shot. And a new study suggests that older people, in particular, should make sure they get a flu shot year after year after year. Researchers in Spain found that people over 65 who get a flu shot every year are 74% less likely to require intensive care and are 70% less likely to die from influenza. While the flu vaccine varies in its effectiveness from year to year, any protection is better than no protection, and this study shows that the flu vaccine can have a cumulative effect over years. In fact, in the study, people who had gotten a flu vaccine during the current season and the previous three flu seasons were half as likely to develop a severe case of...



Younger patients constitute half of hospital-acquired pneumonia cases, most of which originate outside of the ICU, study finds

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Elsevier) Hospital-acquired pneumonia has long been associated with the elderly and intensive care units (ICU). But according to a new multicenter nationwide study, nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP) occurs across all units in all types and sizes of US hospitals, putting every patient--the young included--at higher risk for developing the infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



MSF Builds New Hospital for Rohingya Refugees

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:31:24 +0100

VideoMSF Builds New Hospital for Rohingya RefugeesJanuary 08, 2018In three weeks, MSF constructed a new hospital in Tasnimarkhola camp, Bangladesh, with an emergency room, an intensive care unit, a pharmacy and sterilization unit. In it's first month of operation, MSF staff admitted 220 patients, more than half of them suffering from measles. (Source: MSF News)

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The Genus Shewanella: a Hard-Wired Pathogen

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:41:39 +0100

We report a case of Shewanella algae septicemia in an intensive care unit (ICU) patient. It is important for both clinicians and laboratorians to know how unique this organism is and to recognize its potential as a human pathogen. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)



2018 Neuroscience in Intensive Care International Symposium...

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Scientific investigators, entrepreneurs, partners from industry, and clinicians will gather March 8-9 in Washington DC with the shared goal of translating the latest discoveries in neuroscience into...(PRWeb January 05, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15051969.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



Temporal trends in healthcare costs and outcome following ICU admission after traumatic brain injury - Raj R, Bendel S, Reinikainen M, Hoppu S, Luoto T, Ala-Kokko T, Tetri S, Laitio R, Koivisto T, Rinne J, Kivisaari R, Siironen J, Higgins A, Skrifvars MB.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:41:52 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To assess temporal trends in 1-year healthcare costs and outcome of intensive care for traumatic brain injury in Finland. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Multicenter study including four tertiary ICUs. PATIENTS... (Source: SafetyLit)



Half of PICUs were ‘dangerously full’ in run-up to Christmas

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:33:00 +0100

At least half of children ’s intensive care units in England were dangerously overcrowded over a four-day period before Christmas, the Labour Party has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Elevation of the head during intensive care management in people with severe traumatic brain injury - Alarcon JD, Rubiano AM, Okonkwo DO, Alarc ón J, Martinez-Zapata MJ, Urrútia G, Bonfill Cosp X.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:38:32 +0100

BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem and a fundamental cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The burden of TBI disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries. Intracranial hypertension is the most fre... (Source: SafetyLit)



Case: Basilar Artery Transection After Closed Head Trauma Case: Basilar Artery Transection After Closed Head Trauma

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0100

This case details the classic physical exam and CT findings associated with a skull base fracture and subarachnoid bleed, which in this patient was associated with a rare basilar artery transection.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Adjunctive Rifampin Not Beneficial for Staph aureus Bacteremia Adjunctive Rifampin Not Beneficial for Staph aureus Bacteremia

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:01:59 +0100

Adjunctive rifampin, also called rifampicin, provides no significant benefit over standard antibiotic therapy in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, according to results from the ARREST trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



No DNR Tattoo for Me, Thanks

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:12:02 +0100

Many of Caring ’s readers will recall the November letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (2017;377:2192–2193) that recounted the case of an unidentified 70-year-old man who presented, unconscious and very ill, to an emergency department and was found to have a large “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattoo on h is chest. Beneath that tattoo was a second tattoo, a representation of his signature. The patient received moderately aggressive life-sustaining treatment in an intensive care unit to address acidosis and hypotension, and the treating ICU team elected not to honor the tattoo initially. (Source: Caring for the Ages)



Spectral Medical wins FDA nod for Spectral Apheresis Machine

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:30:09 +0100

Spectral Medical (TSX:EDT) said this month it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Spectral Apheresis Machine designed for use in continuous renal replacement therapy and therapeutic plasma exchange. The SAM device was developed to support commercialization of the company’s Toraymyxin, or PMX therapy, to enable intensive care units to be able to safely and efficiently deliver PMX treatments to patients undergoing septic shock. Read the whole story on our sister site, Drug Delivery Business The post Spectral Medical wins FDA nod for Spectral Apheresis Machine appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

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Striking a balance: Charlie ’s recovery from neonatal stroke

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:00:39 +0100

“Hey, Charlie,” says Dr. Michael Rivkin as he gently dangles a small rubber ducky in front of the little boy. “Would you like this?” A wide smile breaks out across the toddler’s face. Why yes, he certainly would like that duck. He reaches and grasps at it, closing his tiny fingers around the toy. For Charlie Strzempek, it’s nothing more than a playful act. But for his parents, Kathleen and Tom, it’s a major accomplishment. Dr. Rivkin isn’t simply offering his patient a toy. He’s testing his ability to grab and hold an object in his right hand — the side of his body affected by a neonatal stroke. A shining ray of light Although stroke is typically associated with older people, it’s quite common in babies: As many as 1 in 1,600 newborns experience a stroke, which is of...



Coinfection with Acinetobacter baumannii Carbapenem-Resistant and Carbapenem-Susceptible Strains

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:02:56 +0100

Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic pathogen that is emerging as an important cause of health care-associated infections, especially in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) [1]. Among the carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D β-lactamases (CHDL), OXA-23-like enzymes are the most prevalent, occurring worldwide [2]. We isolated carbapenem-resistant and -susceptible A. baumannii strains from different sites in the same patient. Here, we describe the characterization of these isolates and discuss the implications of these f indings and their clinical importance. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)



Humor-a rehabilitative tool in the post-intensive care of young adults with acquired brain injury - O'Reilly K.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:02:45 +0100

PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to describe how paid carers use humor in providing compassionate post-intensive rehabilitation care to young adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) who are unable to perform or direct their own care. DESIGN: This ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Boston Hospital Brings Holiday Cheer To Families In NICU

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:47:56 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – Home for the holidays is just not a possibility for some children and their families, but one Boston hospital is bringing the holidays to them. At the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, it was a day to make memories and for the parents of their youngest patients, a much appreciated break. Little Rebecca has been in the NICU for almost two months. So have the twins Kaden and Kadance, who were not even three pounds when they were born. It’s been even longer than that for Kevin. “We evacuated from Hurricane Irma,” says Kevin’s mother Keri Krastel. Dr. James Connolly, Keri Krastel and Kevin (WBZ-TV) She and her family had to leave their Florida home in September. They came to Boston because they have ...



Burnout and Resilience in Anesthesia and ICU Medicine Burnout and Resilience in Anesthesia and ICU Medicine

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:15:05 +0100

Anesthesia and intensive care medicine are characterized by high stress and intense physical and emotional demands. How can burnout be recognized and dealt with?BJA Education (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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4 babies die in intensive care unit of South Korean hospital

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:18:24 +0100

Autopsies performed on four babies who died Saturday of cardiac arrest at Seoul's Ewha Womans University Medical Center proved inconclusive, a statement from South Korea's National Forensic Service indicated. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



WATCH: Santa delivers Christmas magic to babies in the NICU with special visit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:06:26 +0100

Santa Claus visited more than 20 preemies at Hurley Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Flint, Michigan, on Dec. 5. (Source: ABC News: Health)



Correcting for Protein in Parenteral Nutrition Does Not Affect Hyponatremia Risk Correcting for Protein in Parenteral Nutrition Does Not Affect Hyponatremia Risk

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:24:53 +0100

Most patients receiving parenteral nutrition (PN) have hyponatremia, and PN composition does not appear to affect hyponatremia risk, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Motorcycle Passengers Have Higher Head Injury Risks Motorcycle Passengers Have Higher Head Injury Risks

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:39:43 +0100

Motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets, and they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Reducing Childhood Admissions to the PICU for Poisoning (ReCAP2) by predicting unnecessary PICU admissions after acute intoxication - Patel MM, Travers CD, Stockwell JA, Numur EA, Geller RJ, Kamat PP, Grunwell JR.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:20:26 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To derive and validate clinical prediction models to identify children at low risk of clinically significant intoxications for whom intensive care admission is unnecessary. DESIGN: Retrospective review of data in the National Poison Data... (Source: SafetyLit)

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CytoSorbents wins German gov ’ t funding for CytoSorb endocarditis trial

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:08:07 +0100

CytoSorbents (OTC:CTSO) said this week it won funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a randomized controlled trial exploring the use of its CytoSorb blood purification technology for treating infective endocarditis. The newly funded randomized, controlled, multi-center Remove trial aims to enroll 250 patients to explore the safety and efficacy of intraoperative CytoSorb in patients with dangerous bacterial heart valve infections during valve replacement surgeries and cardiopulmonary bypass procedures, the Monmouth, N.J.-based company said. The study’s goal is to demonstrate improved hemodynamic stability and reduced organ injury, primarily measured by change in the sequential organ failure assessment score, with secondary endpoints of 30-day mortality...



Texas premature babies pictured as they remain in NICU

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:37:59 +0100

Premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston were visited by Santa Claus who brought holiday cheer for an adorable photo shoot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Adorable photos of babies in the NICU

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:08:08 +0100

Premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston were visited by Santa Claus who brought holiday cheer for an adorable photo shoot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Stress hormone may identify family members likely to suffer from anxiety after loved one's ICU care

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Intermountain Medical Center) When a loved one has been hospitalized in intensive care for a critical illness, many family members experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress or other negative effects lasting months, according to new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Disparities in Hospital-Reported Breast Milk Use in Neonatal Intensive Care Units — United States, 2015

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100

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Bouncing back: Nolan ’s life after stroke

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:00:56 +0100

Although he’s only a little over a year old, Nolan Morel is a bona fide charmer. Clad in a red shirt and navy blue suspenders, he flashes a happy grin at his mother, Rosalia; his physician, Dr. Laura Lehman; and the others in the room. “Look at those dimples!” someone coos, and he giggles in response. “I can’t believe how social he’s being,” laughs Rosalia. “He wasn’t always like this.” In fact, Nolan’s first several days of life were anything but lighthearted. Just a few hours after his birth at a hospital north of Boston, he stopped breathing and had to be manually resuscitated and given oxygen. When these frightening episodes continued on and off for the next day, his physicians contacted the Critical Care Transport Team from Boston Children’s Hospital. Concerned...



Disparities in Hospital-Reported Breast Milk Use in Neonatal Intensive Care Units - United States, 2015

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:22:22 +0100

Data from the 2015 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey, linked with postal code-level race data from the U.S. Census, found that hospitals in areas with higher percentages of black residents reported lower percentages of infants in the NICU routinely receiving mother's own breast milk or banked donor breast milk than did hospitals in areas with lower percentages of black residents. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Robotic Baby Trains Doctors To Deal With Medical Emergencies

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:03:23 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – She looks real. She feels real. She sounds real. And she’s no dummy. She’s a wireless robot that is the world’s most advanced neonatal patient simulator, recently called into service at Boston Children’s Hospital. Super Tory resembles an 8-pound baby and can virtually recreate any neonatal medical emergency. Caitlin O’Brien is a neonatal nurse and clinical educator for the Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). O’Brien runs mock scenarios to train nurses, doctors and other staff. “Within a couple of tweaks of a button, we can make the baby go from a very stable, healthy newborn into a baby that is in acute distress,” explains O’Brien. Super Tory can develop breathing problems, cardiac arrest, jaundice, even seizures, ...



Researchers track ICU nurses' activities using wearables

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:45:18 +0100

Using wearable sensors, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new method for tracking how nurses in the intensive care unit (ICU) spend their shifts.   The method uses a Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) system, where nurses wear nonintrusive sensors during their shift. Routers placed around the unit track the devices worn by the nurses so researchers can see what nurses are doing in real-time.  (Source: mobihealthnews)



Nasal CPAP Best for Neonates With Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Nasal CPAP Best for Neonates With Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:25:28 +0100

Neonates with meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) did better when started on low-level nasal continuous positive pressure (NCPAP) early after birth rather than standard hood oxygen in a multicenter randomized controlled trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

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Critical care polyneuropathy in burn injuries: An integrative review

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:00:11 +0100

Polyneuropathy is a debilitating condition which may be associated with large burns. The aim of this integrative review is to identify factors that contribute to the development of critical care polyneuropathy in patients admitted to an intensive care unit with a severe burn injury. PubMed, Scopus, CINHAL and EMBASE were searched up until July 2016 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Prolonged Beta-lactam Infusion Better for Patients With Sepsis Prolonged Beta-lactam Infusion Better for Patients With Sepsis

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:24:25 +0100

Mortality in patients with sepsis is lower for those who receive prolonged intravenous infusions of antipseudomonal beta-lactams than for those who receive short-term infusions, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Preemies' dads more stressed than moms after NICU

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Northwestern University) For the first time, scientists have measured the stress levels of fathers of premature babies during the tense transition between the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and home and discovered fathers are more stressed than moms, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Self Assesment Form - Intensive Care

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:43:38 +0100

Language English (Source: MSF News)



British baby was held 'hostage' in a Turkish hospital

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:39:31 +0100

EXCLUSIVE Ayda Ward was kept in intensive care, with her parents, from Bradford, being unable to cuddle or even feed her, while hospital bosses demanded £94,000 from the couple. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Geisel Emeritus Professors Honored for Their Work in Kosovo

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:01:21 +0100

Action for Mothers and Children, a foundation dedicated to saving the lives of mothers and babies in Kosovo, recently presented inaugural Lifetime Contribution Awards to James C. Strickler, MD, and George A. Little, MD, FAAP, during a special ceremony held at the Yale Club of New York City. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)



Critical Care Management of Pulmonary Hypertension Critical Care Management of Pulmonary Hypertension

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100

How should patients with pulmonary hypertension in the critical care setting be approached? This overview highlights key points in diagnosis and management of this challenging disorder.BJA Education (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Backers of nurse staffing ballot question say they have the signatures

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:52:59 +0100

The latest nurse staffing question, an earlier version of which led to a 2014 law imposing staffing requirements in intensive care units, was greeted warily by hospitals in September. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Today's Cardiac Intensive Care Unit--Not Your Mother's CCU Today's Cardiac Intensive Care Unit--Not Your Mother's CCU

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:46:49 +0100

Cardiac intensive care units have evolved rapidly in recent years. Drs Barsness and Acharya discuss unique training and resource requirements for a model CICU.Mayo Clinic (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Clostridium Difficile Infection in the Intensive Care Unit Clostridium Difficile Infection in the Intensive Care Unit

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:14:38 +0100

The diagnosis and treatment of C. difficile infections among ICU patients presents unique challenges.Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Does acute propranolol treatment prevent posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression in children with burns? - Rosenberg L, Rosenberg M, Sharp S, Thomas CR, Humphries HF, Holzer CE, Herndon DN, Meyer WJ.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:09:02 +0100

This study examined whether acute propranolol treatment prevented posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression in children hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit for large burns. We hypothesized that the prevalence of... (Source: SafetyLit)



Guideline Adherence Limits Use Of Acid-suppressing Meds in NICU Guideline Adherence Limits Use Of Acid-suppressing Meds in NICU

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:01:02 +0100

Implementing an evidenced-based guideline can significantly reduce the use of acid-suppressing medications in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Shorter Hospital Stay With Indwelling Catheter for Malignant Pleural Effusion Shorter Hospital Stay With Indwelling Catheter for Malignant Pleural Effusion

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:52 +0100

For patients with malignant pleural effusion, treatment with an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) is associated with fewer hospitalization days, compared with talc pleurodesis treatment, researchers from Australia report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Under Pressure in Diabetes, Novo Nordisk Steps Up Focus on Obesity Drugs Under Pressure in Diabetes, Novo Nordisk Steps Up Focus on Obesity Drugs

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:38:57 +0100

Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk is stepping up its efforts to treat obesity, seeking to tap into a potentially huge market as its established diabetes drugs come under price pressure, particularly in the United States.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

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EXCLUSIVE: Christ Hospital nabs acclaimed UC heart doctor as medical director

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:10:23 +0100

Christ Hospital, which earlier this year launched a search for a national-caliber cardiac critical care doctor to be medical director of its intensive care unit, found one working at nearby rival UC Health. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Anterior Palatoplasty May Be ‘ Moderately ’ Effective in OSA Anterior Palatoplasty May Be ‘ Moderately ’ Effective in OSA

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:18:37 +0100

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Cadagan: Humor and tenacity after a stroke

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:58:29 +0100

Most parents try to discourage their children from indulging in humor about bodily functions like burping. But for Daniel and Lori Hooley, a simple smirk in response to a belch was the sign they needed that their daughter, Cadagan, was going to be okay. It was 2012 and 7-year-old Cadagan was asleep, tucked into bed for the night. Around 11 p.m., she suddenly awoke — but it wasn’t because of a nightmare or a late-night request for a glass of water. Instead, she seemed limp and couldn’t focus. Then she began throwing up. Born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called trisomy 12p, the little girl had already experienced her share of health challenges. But this was something different. Fearing the worst The Hooleys rushed their daughter to their local emergency room, which then tra...