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2014 | August | Volume 18 | Issue 8

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Narendra Rungta

Scrub typhus: Emerging cause of multiorgan dysfunction

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:3] [Pages No:489 - 491]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138137  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



P Saxena

Noninvasive ventilation success: Combining knowledge and experience

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:492 - 493]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138138  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



Laurent Brochard, Lu Chen, Ewan Goligher

Optimum positive end-expiratory pressure 40 years later

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:3] [Pages No:494 - 496]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138143  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



John Victor Peter, Gunasekaran Karthik, Kartik Ramakrishna, John Antony Jude Prakash, George M. Varghese, Mathew Griffith, Rajamanickam C. Kalki, Anugragh Chrispal, Ooriapadickal Cherian Abraham

Profile of organ dysfunction and predictors of mortality in severe scrub typhus infection requiring intensive care admission

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:6] [Pages No:497 - 502]

Keywords: Intensive care, organ dysfunction, outcome, rickettsia, ventilation

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138145  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Background and Aims: Scrub typhus, a zoonotic rickettsial infection, is an important reason for intensive care unit (ICU) admission in the Indian subcontinent. We describe the clinical profile, organ dysfunction, and predictors of mortality of severe scrub typhus infection. Materials and Methods: Retrospective study of patients admitted with scrub typhus infection to a tertiary care university affiliated teaching hospital in India during a 21-month period. Results: The cohort (n = 116) aged 40.0 ± 15.2 years (mean ± SD), presented 8.5 ± 4.4 days after symptom onset. Common symptoms included fever (100%), breathlessness (68.5%), and altered mental status (25.5%). Forty-seven (41.6%) patients had an eschar. Admission APACHE-II score was 19.6 ± 8.2. Ninety-one (85.2%) patients had dysfunction of 3 or more organ systems. Respiratory (96.6%) and hematological (86.2%) dysfunction were frequent. Mechanical ventilation was required in 102 (87.9%) patients, of whom 14 (12.1%) were solely managed with non-invasive ventilation. Thirteen patients (11.2%) required dialysis. Duration of hospital stay was 10.7 ± 9.7 days. Actual hospital mortality (24.1%) was less than predicted APACHE-II mortality (36%; 95% Confidence interval 32-41). APACHE-II score and duration of fever were independently associated with mortality on logistic regression analysis. Conclusions: In this cohort of severe scrub typhus infection with multi-organ dysfunction, survival was good despite high severity of illness scores. APACHE-II score and duration of fever independently predicted mortality.



R Senthilkumar, Sankalp Purwar, Babu K. Abraham

Noninvasive ventilation: Are we overdoing it?

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:5] [Pages No:503 - 507]

Keywords: Acute respiratory failure, invasive ventilation, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine recommendations, noninvasive ventilation, NIV failure

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138147  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Background: Use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) outside guideline recommendations is common. We audited use of NIV in our tertiary care critical care unit (CCU) to evaluate appropriateness of use and patient outcomes when used outside level I recommendations. Materials and Methods: Prospective observational study of all patients requiring NIV. Clinical parameters and arterial blood gases were recorded at initiation of NIV and 2 h later (or earlier if clinically warranted). NIV titration and decision to intubate were left to the discretion of treating intensivist. Patients were categorized into two groups: Group 1: Those with level I indications for use of NIV and group 2: All other levels of indications. Patients were followed until hospital discharge. Results: From January 2010 to June 2010, 1120 patients were admitted to the CCU. Of these 106 patients required NIV support with 40.6% (n = 43/106) being in group 1 and 59.4% (n = 63/106) in group 2. Of these 35.8% patients (38/106) failed NIV and required endotracheal intubation. NIV failure rates (41.27% vs. 27.91%; P = 0.02) and mortality (30.6% vs. 18.6%; P = 0.03) were significantly higher in group 2 patients. In a logistic regression analysis Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score (P = 0.02), time on NIV before intubation (P = 0.001) and baseline PaCO 2 levels (P = 0.01) were strongly associated with mortality. Conclusion: Noninvasive ventilation failure and mortality rates were significantly higher when used outside level I recommendations. APACHE II score, baseline PaCO 2 and duration on NIV prior to intubation were predictors of increased mortality.



Nagat S. El-Shmaa, Ghada Fouad El-Baradey

Compliance versus dead space for optimum positive end expiratory pressure determination in acute respiratory distress syndrome

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:5] [Pages No:508 - 512]

Keywords: Acute respiratory distress syndrome, dead space fraction, positive end expiratory pressure, static compliance

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138150  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Objective: To Compare compliance versus dead space (Vd) targeted positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) as regard its effect on lung mechanics and oxygenation. Materials and Methods: This study was carried out on 30 adult acute respiratory distress syndrome patients. The ventilator was initially set on volume controlled with tidal volume (Vt) 7 mL/kg predicted body weight (PBW), inspiratory plateau pressure (Ppl) <30 cm H 2 O. If the Ppl was >30 cm H 2 O with a TV of 6 mL/kg PBW, a step-wise Vt reduction of 1 mL/kg PBW to as low as 4 mL/kg/PBW was allowed. Respiratory rate adjusted to maintain pH 7.30-7.45. FiO 2 start at 100%. Best PEEP determined at 2 points, one by titrating PEEP until reaching the highest static compliance (Cst) (PEEP Cst) and the other one is at the lowest Vd/Vt (PEEP Vd/Vt). The following data measured before and 30 min after setting PEEP Cst and PEEP Vd/Vt. Cst, PaCO 2 - PetCO 2, Vd/Vt, PaO 2 /FiO 2, Ppl, heart rate, mean arterial pressure and oxygen saturation. Results: optimum PEEP determined by Vd/Vt was significantly (P < 0.05) lower than the optimum PEEP determined by Cst. Best PEEP Vd/Vt showed a significant decrease (P < 0.05) in Cst, PaCO 2 - PetCO 2, Vd/Vt and Ppl in comparison with best PEEP Cst. The PaO 2 /FiO 2 showed a significant increase (P < 0.05) with best PEEP Vd/Vt in comparison with best PEEP Cst. Conclusion: Vd guided PEEP improved compliance and oxygenation with less Ppl. Hence, its use as a guide for best PEEP determination may be useful.



Arun S. Ponnish

Funding sources for continuing medical education: An observational study

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:5] [Pages No:513 - 517]

Keywords: Accreditation, continuing medical education, continuing medical education credit, funding, sponsorship

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138152  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Aims: Medical accreditation bodies and licensing authorities are increasingly mandating continuing medical education (CME) credits for maintenance of licensure of healthcare providers. However, the costs involved in participating in these CME activities are often substantial and may be a major deterrent in obtaining these mandatory credits. It is assumed that healthcare providers often obtain sponsorship from their institutions or third party payers (i.e. pharmaceutical-industry) to attend these educational activities. Data currently does not exist exploring the funding sources for CME activities in India. In this study, we examine the relative proportion of CME activities sponsored by self, institution and the pharmaceutical-industry. We also wanted to explore the characteristics of courses that have a high proportion of self-sponsorship. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective audit of the data during the year 2009 conducted at an autonomous clinical training academy. The details of the sponsor of each CME activity were collected from an existing database. Participants were subsequently categorized as sponsored by self, sponsored by institution or sponsored by pharmaceutical-industry. Results: In the year 2009, a total of 2235 participants attended 40 different CME activities at the training academy. Of the total participants, 881 (39.4%) were sponsored by self, 898 (40.2%) were sponsored by institution and 456 (20.3%) by pharmaceutical-industry. About 47.8% participants attended courses that carried an international accreditation. For the courses that offer international accreditation, 63.3% were sponsored by self, 34.9% were sponsored by institution and 1.6% were sponsored by pharmaceutical-industry. There were 126 participants (5.6%) who returned to the academy for another CME activity during the study period. Self-sponsored (SS) candidates were more likely to sponsor themselves again for subsequent CME activity compared with the other two groups (P < 0.001). Conclusions: In our study, majority of healthcare professionals attending CME activities were either self or institution sponsored. There was a greater inclination for self-sponsoring for activities with international accreditation. SS candidates were more likely to sponsor themselves again for subsequent CME activities.



Mohd Ashraf, Naveed Shahzad, Mohd Irshad, Sheikh Quyoom Hussain, Parvez Ahmed

Pediatric acute kidney injury: A syndrome under paradigm shift

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:9] [Pages No:518 - 526]

Keywords: Acute kidney injury, children, kidney biomarkers, oliguria, serum creatinine

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138156  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


The recent standardization and validation of definitions of pediatric acute kidney injury (pAKI) has ignited new dimensions of pAKI epidemiology and its risk factors. pAKI causes increased morbidity and mortality in critically ill-children. Among the hospitalized patients incidence of pAKI ranges from 1% to 31%, while mortality ranges from 28% to 82%, presenting a broad range due to lack of uniformly acceptable pAKI definition. In addition, cumulative data regarding the progression of pAKI to chronic kidney disease in children is rising. Despite these alarming figures, treatment modalities have failed to deliver significantly. In this review, we will summarize the latest developments of pAKI and highlight important aspects of pAKI management.



Ajay Mishra, Nikhil Dave, Himanshu V. Pandya, Chinmaye M. Sapre, Sneha Chaudhary

Hyperkalemic paralysis in primary adrenal insufficiency

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:3] [Pages No:527 - 529]

Keywords: Hyperkalemic paralysis, primary, adrenal insufficiency

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138157  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Hyperkalemic paralysis due to Addison′s disease is rare, and potentially life-threatening entity presenting with flaccid motor weakness. This case under discussion highlights Hyperkalemic paralysis as initial symptomatic manifestation of primary adrenal insufficiency.



Chandrashish Chakravarty, Sayandeep Jana, Abhijit Taraphder

Successful use of sustained low efficiency dialysis in a case of severe phenobarbital poisoning

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:3] [Pages No:530 - 532]

Keywords: Barbiturate, hemodialysis, phenobarbital, poisoning, sustained low efficiency dialysis

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138159  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


A 30-year-old female presented with coma and subsequent cardiac arrest caused by phenobarbital overdosage, requiring ventilatory and vasopressor support. She had also developed severe hypoxia following gastric aspiration. Initial therapy, including activated charcoal and forced alkaline diuresis, failed to significantly lower her drug levels and there was minimal neurological improvement. As she was hemodynamically unstable, and unsuitable for conventional dialysis, she was put on sustained low efficiency dialysis (SLED) to facilitate drug removal. SLED resulted in marked reduction in plasma level of phenobarbital, which eventually led to early extubation, improved cognition and aided full recovery. Thus, we concluded that SLED can be an effective alternative in cases of severe phenobarbital poisoning, where conventional hemodialysis or hemoperfusion cannot be initiated, to hasten drug elimination and facilitate early recovery.



Mallikarjun , Ravi Kiran, C.K. Adarsh

An unusual cause of gastrointestinal bleed

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:3] [Pages No:533 - 535]

Keywords: Abdominal surgery, aortoenteric fistula, gastrointestinal bleed

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138160  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Gastrointestinal (GI) bleed often brings the patient to the emergency medical service with great anxiety. Known common causes of GI bleed include ulcers, varices, Mallory-Weiss among others. All causes of GI bleed should be considered however unusual during the evaluation. Aortoenteric fistula (AEF) is one of the unusual causes of GI bleed, which has to be considered especially in patients with a history of abdominal surgery in general and aortic surgery in particular.



Vikram Bhatia, Deepak Saini, Vikas Khillan, Neha Rathor, Chinmaya Kumar Bal, Ripu Daman, Shiv Kumar Sarin

Spontaneous cryptococcal peritonitis with fungemia in patients with decompensated cirrhosis: Report of two cases

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:4] [Pages No:536 - 539]

Keywords: Cirrhosis, Cryptococcus neoformans, India ink staining, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, spontaneous cryptococcal peritonitis

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138161  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Cryptococcus neoformans is encapsulated yeast that predominately infects immunocompromised individuals. Liver disease is an under-recognized predisposition for cryptococcal disease. We report two nonalcoholic, nondiabetic, and human immunodeficiency virus - negative cirrhotic patients, with spontaneous cryptococcal peritonitis. Cryptococcus infection was diagnosed by culture of ascitic fluid and peripheral blood in both. We treated the first patient with amphotericin-B, but he expired. The second patient with earlier diagnosis, survived to discharge with fluconazole treatment. We suggest a high clinical suspicion for Cryptococcus as a possible etiology of spontaneous peritonitis in cirrhotic patients.



Anupam Verma, Nabeel Muzaffar, Jashwini Bhoyer

Deep vein thrombosis of upper extremities due to reactive thrombocytosis in septic patients

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:3] [Pages No:540 - 542]

Keywords: Central venous catheter, deep venous thrombosis, thrombocytosis

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138162  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is not an uncommon condition in the intensive care unit (ICU), and having high morbidity and mortality. Upper limb DVT also is increasingly being recognized as a clinical entity. The presence of the indwelling catheter in neck veins is a risk for developing venous thrombus, which may be further aggravated by presence of thrombocytosis. In ICU patients with sepsis, reactive thrombocytosis has been found during the recovery phase. Here, we are presenting two cases, having thrombocytosis and central venous catheter who developed upper limb DVT.



Ravi Madhusudhana, B.R.Krishna Kumar, N Suresh Kumar, R. B. Rakesh, K. R. Archana, B. G. Harish

Multinodular goiter with retrosternal extension causing airway obstruction: Management in intensive care unit and operating room

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:543 - 544]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138163  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



Vikas Saini, Tanvir Samra, Dinesh Sardana

Management of snake bite victims in a Tertiary Care Intensive Care Unit in North India

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:544 - 545]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138164  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



Gaurang Gupta

Ofloxacin-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:545 - 546]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138166  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



Pallavi Mishra, Rinoy Chandran, D. K. Pawar, Souvik Maitra, Jineesh Valakkada

Internal jugular vein thrombosis from rhino-cerebral mucormycosis: Be careful before cannulation

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:546 - 547]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138167  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



Arun Maheshwari, Monish S. Raut

Vasovagal syncope during spirometric exercise

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:1] [Pages No:548 - 548]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138169  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



K. V. Vinod, Srikant Sadashivan, Siddarth Muralidharan

Acute epiglottitis from corrosive ingestion

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:548 - 549]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138171  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



Kedar K. Toraskar, Azizullah H. Khan, Yunus S. Loya

Application of rapid ultrasound in shock protocol in the ICU for management of shock

[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:2] [Pages No:550 - 551]

   DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138173  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 



GD Soufras, NG Kounis, G Hahali


[Year:2014] [Month:August] [Volume:18] [Number:8] [Pages:1] [Pages No:551 - 551]

   DOI: 10.5005/ijccm-18-8-551  |  Open Access |  How to cite  | 


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