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Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), cystatin C (Cys-C), and soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (sTREM-1) are novel diagnostic biomarkers of acute kidney injury (AKI). We aimed to determine the diagnostic properties of these biomarkers for detecting AKI in critically ill patients with sepsis.  
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over 5 years ago
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REBELCast: Sepsis Care in 2015 - R.E.B.E.L. EM - Emergency Medicine Blog

This post is a summary of my lecture from the Texas College of Emergency Physicians meeting in Austin, TX (April 23rd - 26th, 2015) on sepsis, titled "Optimizing ED Management of Sepsis."  
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The Tie2/angiopoietin (Tie2/Ang) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-ligand systems (VEGFR/VEGF) are recognized to play important roles in the regulation of microvascular endothelial function. Downregulation of these genes during sepsis has been implicated in the pathogenesis of sepsis-related microvascular leak and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Mechanisms responsible for dysregulation of angiogenic genes in sepsis are poorly defined.  
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over 5 years ago
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The purpose of this study was to investigate whether common variants across the nuclear factor erythroid 2-like 2 (NFE2L2) gene contribute to the development of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in patients with severe sepsis. NFE2L2 is involved in the response to oxidative stress, and it has been shown to be associated with the development of ARDS in trauma patients.  
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over 5 years ago
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Problems of the neonate and young infant - Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children - NCBI Bookshelf

This chapter provides guidance on essential newborn care and the management of problems in neonates and young infants, from birth to 2 months of age. It includes neonatal resuscitation, the recognition and management of neonatal sepsis and other bacterial infections, and the management of preterm and low-birth-weight infants. A table giving the doses of commonly used drugs for neonates and young infants is included at the end of this chapter, which also lists the dosages for low-birth-weight and premature infants.  
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Endotracheal intubation in the ICU is a high-risk procedure, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Up to 40% of cases are associated with marked hypoxemia or hypotension. The ICU patient is physiologically very different from the usual patient who undergoes intubation in the operating room, and different intubation techniques should be considered. The common operating room practice of sedation and neuromuscular blockade to facilitate intubation may carry significant risk in the ICU patient with a marked oxygenation abnormality, particularly when performed by the non-expert. Preoxygenation is largely ineffective in these patients and oxygen desaturation occurs rapidly on induction of anesthesia, limiting the time available to secure the airway. The ICU environment is less favorable for complex airway management than the operating room, given the frequent lack of availability of additional equipment or additional expert staff. ICU intubations are frequently carried out by trainees, with a lesser degree of airway experience. Even in the presence of a non-concerning airway assessment, these patients are optimally managed as a difficult airway, utilizing an awake approach. Endotracheal intubation may be achieved by awake direct laryngoscopy in the sick ICU patient whose level of consciousness may be reduced by sepsis, hypercapnia or hypoxemia. As the patient’s spontaneous respiratory efforts are not depressed by the administration of drugs, additional time is available to obtain equipment and expertise in the event of failure to secure the airway. ICU intubation complications should be tracked as part of the ICU quality improvement process.  
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A 56 year old woman with syncope, weakness, and refractory hypotension

A 56 year old woman with hypothyroidism after total thyroidectomy presented to the emergency department after an episode of near syncope. When she arrived she had hypotension and atrial fibrillation, with a rapid ventricular response. She reported a history of progressive weakness, weight loss, polyuria, polydipsia, anorexia, and fatigue. Urine analysis was positive for leucocyte esterase and pyuria. She was admitted to the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of severe sepsis of urinary source and atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response. After aggressive fluid resuscitation and the administration of intravenous antibiotics, her heart spontaneously converted to a normal rhythm and she appeared well perfused but remained hypotensive. Review of her medical record showed that her therapeutic thyroxine replacement had recently been decreased because of low thyrotrophin. On perusal of her records from an another facility it was noted that she had undergone pituitary mass resection and irradiation 20 years earlier.  
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A 56 year old woman with syncope, weakness, and refractory hypotension

A 56 year old woman with hypothyroidism after total thyroidectomy presented to the emergency department after an episode of near syncope. When she arrived she had hypotension and atrial fibrillation, with a rapid ventricular response. She reported a history of progressive weakness, weight loss, polyuria, polydipsia, anorexia, and fatigue. Urine analysis was positive for leucocyte esterase and pyuria. She was admitted to the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of severe sepsis of urinary source and atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response. After aggressive fluid resuscitation and the administration of intravenous antibiotics, her heart spontaneously converted to a normal rhythm and she appeared well perfused but remained hypotensive. Review of her medical record showed that her therapeutic thyroxine replacement had recently been decreased because of low thyrotrophin. On perusal of her records from an another facility it was noted that she had undergone pituitary mass resection and irradiation 20 years earlier.  
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Blast From the Past: Occult Sepsis, Lactic Acid, and Mortality

In this blast from the past study from 2007, Howell MD et al, answered the important question of does elevated lactic acid simply reflect a patient’s hemodynamic status or can it independently predict 28 day in-hospital mortality after controlling for other potential confounders in patients with sepsis.  
aliem.com
over 5 years ago