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1. Patients may benefit from calorie-restricted feeding plan

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Critically ill patients may see renal and glucose benefits from a calorie-restricted nutrition plan, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American Thoracic Society's meeting. The study compared patients on a permissive underfeeding plan that provided 40% to 60% of their calorie requirements with patients getting target feeding that provided 70% to 100% of caloric requirements. Medscape (free registration) (05/21)


2. Group issues new decision-making guidelines to prevent ICU conflicts

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

The American Thoracic Society released new guidelines for ICU decision-making to prevent conflicts between hospital staff and family members. The guidelines, supported by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, are published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. They call for medical staff and family involvement in deciding treatment of critically ill patients, proactive communication, and the early use of experts such as palliative care and ethics consultants if conflicts arise. eMPR.com (05/18) Medscape (free registration) (05/15)


3. Study supports high-flow oxygen for respiratory failure patients

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

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4. Ventilation may raise post-discharge disability, mortality risks

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

ICU patients receiving at least one week of mechanical ventilation had a higher risk for disability and death one year later, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society meeting. Dr. Margaret Herridge of the University of Toronto said it is important to educate the public, ICU stakeholders and public health officials about the possibility these patients may incur a disability that could affect their independence and quality of life. Healio (free registration) (05/21)


5. Study: Urologic surgery may raise SICU readmission risk

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

Study data presented at the American Urological Association's annual meeting showed patients who had elective major urologic surgery were twice as likely as other surgery patients to be readmitted to a surgical intensive care unit. Researchers said respiratory compromise was the main reason for readmission. Renal and Urology News (05/17)


6. Study finds genetic pattern associated with sepsis development

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

A study in the journal Science Translational Medicine found a pattern of increased activity in 11 genes that precedes the diagnosis of sepsis. The findings were based on an analysis of about 3,000 blood samples from almost 1,600 patients. Two clinical trials are being conducted to evaluate the diagnostic usefulness of the gene set. The Scientist online (05/14) Business Standard (India) (05/14)


7. 2 more states join interstate compact for physician licensure

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Alabama and Minnesota this week joined the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate compact, making a total of eight states that have approved the initiative. There are now enough states participating to trigger the creation of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission that will begin the process of allowing physicians to practice across state lines. Medscape (free registration) (05/21)


8. Traumatic brain injury detector lands FDA clearance

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

BrainScope's Ahead 200 smartphone-based device has received clearance from the FDA. The device, which was designed by BrainScope through a $2.7 million contract from the Army, features a sensor that can be connected to a smartphone to record and examine electroencephalographs and detect traumatic brain injury in patients. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (05/20)


9. 60% of hospitals in Leapfrog survey meet nurse workforce safety standards

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

A Leapfrog Group survey found that 40% of responding hospitals did not comply with all 21 National Quality Forum recommendations on safe nurse workforce practices in 2014. Magnet status from the American Nursing Credentials Center was achieved by 16% of surveyed hospitals, up from 15.5% in 2013. BeckersHospitalReview.com (05/14)


10. Rectal glycerin may increase necrotizing enterocolitis risks

Critical Care SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

MedPage Today (free registration) (05/18)




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