Search Tag: Sepsis

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#ISICEM19: Critical care medicine in space

2019 27 Mar

Dr. Matthieu Komorowski, Consultant in Intensive Care and Machine Learning researcher at Imperial College, London, talked about critical care in space at the 39th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine .   One of the most distinct features about his talk (apart from the fact that it was about space), was that instead... Read more

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Extravascular lung water as a target for intensive care

2019 14 Mar

The paper highlights the present clinical rationale for extravascular lung water measurement as a key to personalisation of haemodynamic therapy.   Introduction   Extravascular lung water (EVLW) remains a useful guide for monitoring pulmonary oedema (PO) and vascular permeability in sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),... Read more

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Using biomarkers to improve sepsis diagnosis and treatment

2019 12 Mar

Since sepsis was first identified almost three decades ago, the existing definitions remain imprecise and the clinical diagnosis of sepsis corresponds poorly with post hoc presence of infection. Furthermore, the outcome of sepsis depends on factors beyond patient signs and symptoms, including age, the infection source, and the timing and appropriateness... Read more

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The role of post-ICU recovery clinics

2019 06 Mar

With multiple advances in critical care, more patients are given the chance to survive life-threatening illnesses such as sepsis. This growing cohort of patients, however, grapples with a new challenge – post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). A raft of symptoms, including muscle weakness, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),... Read more

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How preventable are in-hospital sepsis-associated deaths?

2019 20 Feb

In a cohort study reviewing the medical records of 568 patients who were admitted to six U.S. hospitals, sepsis was found to be the most common immediate cause of death. However, most underlying causes of death were related to severe chronic comorbidities and most sepsis-associated deaths were unlikely to be preventable through better hospital-based... Read more

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Risk of sepsis: does DNA matter?

2019 30 Jan

A new analysis has identified several genetic variants that could influence one's susceptibility to sepsis, a life-threatening condition. This study provides a novel insight that may affect personalised targeted treatment in the future clinical management of sepsis.  Variants are alterations in nucleotide base pairs located within a gene or... Read more

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Sepsis 2019

2019 09 May

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Spotlight on Sepsis

2018 30 Dec

In 2015, UPMC a global multi-hospital system that has over 40 hospitals and 85,000 employees, began a new sepsis initiative to increase the speed of identification and treatment of sepsis patients. According to the CDC, sepsis is a major cause of preventable patient deaths in hospitals. It’s estimated one in three patients who die in hospitals... Read more

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Early IV fluid treatment and sepsis mortality

2018 18 Dec

Intravenous (IV) fluids provided by paramedics were associated with reduced in-hospital mortality for patients with sepsis and hypotension but not for those with a higher initial systolic blood pressure. This is the central finding of a large cohort study (n = 1,871 patients) conducted in Canada and published by JAMA Network.  Early IV fluid... Read more

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Study: sepsis-induced DIC associated with high mortality

2018 27 Nov

Researchers in Japan conducted a multicentre retrospective observational study to investigate the epidemiology of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in patients with sepsis. They found that patients with DIC diagnosed by two consensus criteria had higher severity and in-hospital mortality than patients without DIC. The study results confirm... Read more