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Malignant Pleural Effusion Interventions: What Matters Most to the Patient?

Malignant Pleural Effusion Interventions: What Matters Most to the Patient?

Patients with malignant pleural effusion may care more about relieving symptoms such as dyspnea as opposed to achieving pleurodesis.

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Influenza Women With H1N1 Influenza in ICU Have Higher Risk for Adverse Birth Outcomes

Women With H1N1 Influenza in ICU Have Higher Risk for Adverse Birth Outcomes

Pregnant women admitted to ICU with 2009 H1N1 influenza were more likely to deliver preterm and low birth-weight infants.

Critical Care Malignant Pleural Effusion Interventions: What Matters Most to the Patient?

Malignant Pleural Effusion Interventions: What Matters Most to the Patient?

Patients with malignant pleural effusion may care more about relieving symptoms such as dyspnea as opposed to achieving pleurodesis.

Critical Care Glass Particulate Identified in Certain Vials of Vecuronium Bromide

Glass Particulate Identified in Certain Vials of Vecuronium Bromide

Vecuronium Bromide, a neuromuscular blocker, is indicated as adjunct to general anesthesia, to facilitate endotracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation.

Critical Care Clinical Tool Rapidly Assesses Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Clinical Tool Rapidly Assesses Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

A 27-item questionnaire was a valid clinical tool for assessing post-intensive care syndrome.

Critical Care Treatment for Acute Agitation Gets Fast Track Designation

Treatment for Acute Agitation Gets Fast Track Designation

According to the Company, a Phase 1 placebo-controlled, dose-escalation study of BXCL501 is expected to enroll up to 60 healthy adults across various dosing groups; pharmacokinetics and safety will be evaluated as primary endpoints.

Critical Care Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care

The nurse practice environment was the best predictor of poor-quality end-of-life care.

COPD Hypercapnic COPD Survival, Clinical Outcomes With High-Intensity NIV

Hypercapnic COPD Survival, Clinical Outcomes With High-Intensity NIV

Patients with comorbid stable COPD and chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure have improved symptoms and survival rates with high-intensity noninvasive ventilation.

Critical Care Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Treatment Lowered Antibiotic Exposure

Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Treatment Lowered Antibiotic Exposure

Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic management resulted in lower antibiotic exposure while maintaining similar mortality rates in patients with bacteremia.

Critical Care Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

Stethoscopes in the intensive care unit have high levels of bacterial contamination.

Critical Care Low Tidal Volume Ventilation Trial in Acute Respiratory Failure Not Feasible

Low Tidal Volume Ventilation Trial in Acute Respiratory Failure Not Feasible

A cluster-randomized clinical trial of low tidal volume ventilation vs usual care in patients with acute respiratory failure was determined to be unfeasible.

Critical Care ICU Lab Value Evaluation: Personalized, Outcomes-Based Evaluation Beneficial

ICU Lab Value Evaluation: Personalized, Outcomes-Based Evaluation Beneficial

The use of a more contextual, personalized, probabilistic, outcomes-based approach for interpretation of laboratory values in patients in an intensive care unit may be beneficial.

Critical Care Pediatric ARDS Identification, Stratification With PALICC Definition

Pediatric ARDS Identification, Stratification With PALICC Definition

Using the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference definition of pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome identifies more patients with the condition than the Berlin definition.

Critical Care Corticosteroid Response in Septic Shock Predicted by Transcriptomic Profiles

Corticosteroid Response in Septic Shock Predicted by Transcriptomic Profiles

Transcriptomic sepsis response signatures may be helpful to identify patient response to corticosteroids at the onset of septic shock.

Critical Care Amount of Muscle Mass During ICU Admission May Be Linked to Survival

Amount of Muscle Mass During ICU Admission May Be Linked to Survival

Larger pectoralis muscle area at intensive care unit admission was associated with significantly better outcomes, including higher rates of 6-month survival.

Critical Care S3-NIV Questionnaire Helps Assess Home Noninvasive Ventilation

S3-NIV Questionnaire Helps Assess Home Noninvasive Ventilation

Convergent validity was high between the "respiratory symptoms" subscale of the S3-NIV questionnaire and the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire.

Critical Care Cholestenoic Acid: A Potential Biomarker for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Cholestenoic Acid: A Potential Biomarker for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Cholestenoic acid may represent a unique and clinically important biomarker for acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Lung Cancer Cancer Pain Severity May Be Reduced With Smartphone-Based App

Cancer Pain Severity May Be Reduced With Smartphone-Based App

The smartphone-based app can cut both the severity of advanced cancer patients' reported pain and hospital admissions.

Critical Care Would A Change in Nomenclature for Intensive Care Units Promote Less Aggressive Care?

Would A Change in Nomenclature for Intensive Care Units Promote Less Aggressive Care?

The term "intensive care unit" (ICU) was meant to refer to the intensity of the resources allocated to patient care.

Critical Care Large Numbers of Negative Trial Results Impede Progress in Critical Care Medicine

Large Numbers of Negative Trial Results Impede Progress in Critical Care Medicine

Excessive numbers of negative clinical trials — many of which may be false-negative trials — are a major impediment to the advancement of critical care medicine.

Critical Care Case: Severe ARDS Following Hydrochlorothiazide Administration

Case: Severe ARDS Following Hydrochlorothiazide Administration

A recent report published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine describes the case of a male patient who experienced HCTZ-induced pulmonary edema that was complicated by ARDS.

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