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Holding intubated infants in ICU found to be safe, beneficial

(HealthDay)—Holding intubated infants in the intensive care unit is well tolerated and does not increase adverse events, according to a study published in the December issue of Critical Care Nurse. Laura Ortmann, M.D., and Anne Dey, D.N.P., R.N., from the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Omaha in Nebraska, examined the …

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Beware probiotics in ICU patients

Credit: CC0 Public Domain It’s become common for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), both children and adults, to receive probiotics. Often, they are started at home to counteract diarrhea caused by antibiotics. There is also interest in using probiotics proactively in the ICU. A large multicenter clinical trial …

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Research shows 80% drop in ICU bloodstream infections

by NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH Bloodstream infections acquired in UK Intensive Care Units (ICUs) reduced by 80% between 2007 and 2012, according to research funded by the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical …

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Exercise physiologists aid early mobilization in ICU patients

(HealthDay)—Exercise physiologists can provide safe and effective early mobilization in intensive care units (ICUs), according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Critical Care. Claudia DiSabatino Smith, Ph.D., R.N., from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and colleagues used the 12-point Activity …

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Nurse-led quality initiative cuts hypoglycemia in ICU patients

(HealthDay)—Nurse-driven root cause analysis is associated with a substantial reduction in hypoglycemia in the intensive care unit, according to a study published in the August issue of in Critical Care Nurse. Krista E. Shea, M.S.N., from Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, and colleagues conducted real-time analysis of each episode of hypoglycemia …

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Model fails to predict risk for maternal ICU admission

(HealthDay)—A predictive model that uses prenatal risk factors to help identify women at higher risk for admission to the maternal intensive care unit (ICU) has low positive predictive value, according to a study published online July 9 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Robert M. Rossi, M.D., from the University of Cincinnati …

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