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Review
Surgery
Reducing Unnecessary Testing in the Intensive Care Unit by Choosing Wisely
Ruth M. Kleinpell, J. Christopher Farmer, Stephen M. Pastores
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):1-6.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2018.00052
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Overuse of laboratory and X-ray testing is common in the intensive care unit (ICU). This review highlights focused strategies for critical care clinicians as outlined by the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign. The campaign aims to promote the use of judicious testing and decrease unnecessary treatment measures in the ICU. The CCSC outlines five specific recommendations for reducing unnecessary testing in the ICU. First, reduce the use of daily or regular interval diagnostic testing. Second, do not transfuse red blood cells in hemodynamically stable, non-bleeding ICU patients with a hemoglobin concentration greater than 7 mg/dl. Third, do not use parenteral nutrition in adequately nourished critically ill patients within the first 7 days of ICU stay. Fourth, do not deeply sedate mechanically ventilated patients without a specific indication and without daily attempts to lighten sedation. Finally, do not continue life support for patients at high risk of death without offering patients and their families the alternative of comfort focused care. A number of strategies can be used to reduce unnecessary testing in the ICU, including educational campaigns, audit and feedback, and implementing prompts in the electronic ordering system to allow only acceptable indications when ordering routine testing. Greater awareness of the lack of outcome benefit and associated costs can prompt clinicians to be more mindful of ordering tests and procedures in order to reduce unnecessary testing in the ICU.

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    Samantha Keogh, Saira Mathew, Amanda J. Ullman, Claire M. Rickard, Fiona Coyer
    Australian Critical Care.2023;[Epub]     CrossRef
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    Maxwell C. Braasch, Bachar N. Halimeh, Christopher A. Guidry
    Surgical Infections.2022; 23(2): 178.     CrossRef
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    Adjoa A. Andoh,, Charmaine B. Lo,, Junxin Shi,, Ryan S. Bode,, Samantha W. Gee,, Julie C. Leonard,
    Journal of Asthma.2022; : 1.     CrossRef
  • Impact of Blood Sampling on Anemia in the PICU: A Prospective Cohort Study
    Tine François, Michaël Sauthier, Julien Charlier, Jessica Dessureault, Marisa Tucci, Karen Harrington, Laurence Ducharme-Crevier, Sally Al Omar, Jacques Lacroix, Geneviève Du Pont-Thibodeau
    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.2022; 23(6): 435.     CrossRef
  • Predicting Abnormal Laboratory Blood Test Results in the Intensive Care Unit Using Novel Features Based on Information Theory and Historical Conditional Probability: Observational Study
    Camilo E Valderrama, Daniel J Niven, Henry T Stelfox, Joon Lee
    JMIR Medical Informatics.2022; 10(6): e35250.     CrossRef
  • Implementation and Impact of Choosing Wisely Recommendations in Oncology
    Sonieya Nagarajah, Melanie Lynn Powis, Rouhi Fazelzad, Monika K. Krzyzanowska, Vishal Kukreti
    JCO Oncology Practice.2022; 18(10): 703.     CrossRef
  • Blood loss from laboratory testing, anemia, and red blood cell transfusion in the intensive care unit: a retrospective study
    Nicholas L. Jackson Chornenki, Tyler E. James, Rebecca Barty, Yang Liu, Bram Rochwerg, Nancy M. Heddle, Deborah M. Siegal
    Transfusion.2020; 60(2): 256.     CrossRef
  • Audit and feedback to improve laboratory test and transfusion ordering in critical care: a systematic review
    Madison Foster, Justin Presseau, Nicola McCleary, Kelly Carroll, Lauralyn McIntyre, Brian Hutton, Jamie Brehaut
    Implementation Science.2020;[Epub]     CrossRef
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    S. Petros, L. Weidhase
    Medizinische Klinik - Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin.2020; 115(7): 539.     CrossRef
  • Labordiagnostik in der Intensivmedizin
    Sirak Petros, Lorenz Weidhase
    Wiener klinisches Magazin.2020; 23(6): 298.     CrossRef
Original Articles
Pulmonary
Global and Regional Ventilation during High Flow Nasal Cannula in Patients with Hypoxia
Dong Hyun Lee, Eun Young Kim, Ga Jin Seo, Hee Jung Suh, Jin Won Huh, Sang-Bum Hong, Younsuck Koh, Chae-Man Lim
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):7-15.   Published online January 22, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2017.00507
Correction in: Acute Crit Care 2021;36(2):173
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Background
High flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is known to increase global ventilation volume in healthy subjects. We sought to investigate the effect of HFNC on global and regional ventilation patterns in patients with hypoxia.
Methods
Patients were randomized to receive one of two oxygen therapies in sequence: nasal cannula (NC) followed by HFNC or HFNC followed by NC. Global and regional ventilation was assessed using electric impedance tomography.
Results
Twenty-four patients participated. Global tidal variation (TV) in the lung was higher during HFNC (NC, 2,241 ± 1,381 arbitrary units (AU); HFNC, 2,543 ± 1,534 AU; P < 0.001). Regional TVs for four iso-gravitational quadrants of the lung were also all higher during HFNC than NC. The coefficient of variation for the four quadrants of the lung was 0.90 ± 0.61 during NC and 0.77 ± 0.48 during HFNC (P = 0.035). Within the four gravitational layers of the lung, regional TVs were higher in the two middle layers during HFNC when compared to NC. Regional TV values in the most ventral and dorsal layers of the lung were not higher during HFNC compared with NC. The coefficient of variation for the four gravitational layers of the lung were 1.00 ± 0.57 during NC and 0.97 ± 0.42 during HFNC (P = 0.574).
Conclusions
In patients with hypoxia, ventilation of iso-gravitational regions of the lung during HFNC was higher and more homogenized compared with NC. However, ventilation of gravitational layers increased only in the middle layers. (Clinical trials registration number: NCT02943863).

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  • High-flow nasal cannulae for respiratory support in adult intensive care patients
    Sharon R Lewis, Philip E Baker, Roses Parker, Andrew F Smith
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2021;[Epub]     CrossRef
  • Failure of High-Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy in Pneumonia and Non-Pneumonia Sepsis Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study
    Eunhye Kim, Kyeongman Jeon, Dong Kyu Oh, Young-Jae Cho, Sang-Bum Hong, Yeon Joo Lee, Sang-Min Lee, Gee Young Suh, Mi-Hyeon Park, Chae-Man Lim, Sunghoon Park
    Journal of Clinical Medicine.2021; 10(16): 3587.     CrossRef
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    Sharon R Lewis, Philip E Baker, Roses Parker, Andrew F Smith
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2017;[Epub]     CrossRef
Neurology
The Effect of Electrical Muscle Stimulation and In-bed Cycling on Muscle Strength and Mass of Mechanically Ventilated Patients: A Pilot Study
Kyeongyoon Woo, Jeongmin Kim, Hye Bin Kim, Hyunwoo, Choi, Kibum Kim, Donghyung Lee, Sungwon Na
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):16-22.   Published online February 14, 2017
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2017.00542
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Background
Critically ill patients experience muscle weakness, which leads to functional disability. Both functional electrical stimulation (FES) and in-bed cycling can be an alternative measure for intensive care unit (ICU) patients who are not feasible for active exercise. The aim of this study was to examine whether FES and in-bed cycling have a positive effect on muscle mass in ICU patients.
Methods
Critically ill patients who received mechanical ventilation for at least 24 hours were included. After passive range of motion exercise, in-bed cycling was applied for 20 minutes, and FES was applied for 20 minutes on the left leg. The right leg received in-bed cycling and the left leg received both FES and in-bed cycling. Thigh circumferences and rectus femoris cross-sectional area (CSA) were assessed with ultrasonography before and after the intervention. Muscle strength was assessed by Medical Research Council scale.
Results
A total of 10 patients were enrolled in this study as a pilot study. Before and after the intervention, the CSA of right rectus femoris increased from 5.08 ± 1.51 cm2 to 6.01 ± 2.21 cm2 , which was statistically significant (P = 0.003). The thigh circumference was also increased and statistically significant (P = 0.006). There was no difference between left and right in regard to FES application. There is no significant change in muscle strength before and after the intervention (right and left, P = 0.317 and P = 0.368, respectively).
Conclusions
In-bed cycling increased thigh circumferences rectus femoris CSA. Adding FES did not show differences.

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Neurology
The Effects of a Delirium Notification Program on the Clinical Outcomes of the Intensive Care Unit: A Preliminary Pilot Study
Jaesub Park, Seung-Taek Oh, Sunyoung Park, Won-Jung Choi, Cheung Soo Shin, Se Hee Na, Jae-Jin Kim, Jooyoung Oh, Jin Young Park
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):23-33.   Published online February 6, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2017.00584
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Background
Delirium is common among intensive care unit (ICU) patients, so recent clinical guidelines recommended routine delirium monitoring in the ICU. But, its effect on the patient’s clinical outcome is still controversial. In particular, the effect of systems that inform the primary physician of the results of monitoring is largely unknown.
Methods
The delirium notification program using bedside signs and electronic chart notifications was applied to the pre-existing delirium monitoring protocol. Every patient was routinely evaluated for delirium, pain, and anxiety using validated tools. Clinical outcomes, including duration of delirium, ICU stay, and mortality were reviewed and compared for 3 months before and after the program implementation.
Results
There was no significant difference between the two periods of delirium, ICU stay, and mortality. However, anxiety, an important prognostic factor in the ICU survivor’s mental health, was significantly reduced and pain tended to decrease.
Conclusions
Increasing the physician’s awareness of the patient’s mental state by using a notification program could reduce the anxiety of ICU patients even though it may not reduce delirium. The results suggested that the method of delivering the results of monitoring was also an important factor in the success of the delirium monitoring program.

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  • Adaptation and Validation of a Chart‐Based Delirium Detection Tool for the ICU (CHART‐DEL‐ICU)
    Karla D. Krewulak, Carmen Hiploylee, E. W. Ely, Henry T. Stelfox, Sharon K. Inouye, Kirsten M. Fiest
    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.2021; 69(4): 1027.     CrossRef
Infection
The Effects of Flecainide Acetate on Inflammatory-Immune Response in Lipopolysaccharide-Stimulated Neutrophils and on Mortality in Septic Rats
Shi Young Chung, Jinyoung Kim, Hong Bum Bae, Tran Duc Tin, Wan Ju, Sang Hyun Kwak
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):34-41.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2017.00577
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Background
Flecainide acetate is a drug used primarily for cardiac arrhythmia. Some studies also imply that flecainide acetate has the potential to regulate inflammatory-immune responses; however, its mechanism of action is contended. We determined the effects of flecainide acetate on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated human neutrophils in vitro and on mortality in a septic rat model.
Methods
Neutrophils from human blood were cultured with varying concentrations of flecainide acetate (1 μM, 10 μM, or 100 μM) with or without LPS (100 ng/ml). To assess neutrophil activation, the protein levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 were measured after a 4-hour culture period. To assess the intracellular signaling pathways, the levels of phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) were measured after a 30-minute culture period, and the nuclear translocation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB was measured after a 1-hour culture period. Additionally, the survival rate was investigated in a rat sepsis model.
Results
Flecainide acetate down-regulated the activation of proinflammatory cytokines, including TNF-α and IL-6 and IL-8, and intracellular signaling pathways including ERK 1/2 and NF-κB. Flecainide acetate also improved the survival rate in the rat sepsis model.
Conclusions
Collectively, these findings indicate that flecainide acetate can improve survival in a rat sepsis model by attenuating LPS-induced neutrophil responses. We therefore suggest that flecainide acetate plays an important role in modulating inflammatoryimmune responses.
Editorials
Basic science and research
New Name of the Journal
Chae-Man Lim
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):42-42.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2018.00094
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    Acute and Critical Care.2019; 34(3): 219.     CrossRef
Basic science and research
Rehabilitation and Intensive Care Unit
Deokkyu Kim
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):43-45.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2018.00080
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Case Reports
Pulmonary
Termination of Idiopathic Sustained Monomorphic Ventricular Tachycardia by Synchronized Electrical Cardioversion during Pregnancy
Sungmin Lee
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):46-50.   Published online February 20, 2017
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2016.00115
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The most common cardiac complications detected during pregnancy are an arrhythmia. However, idiopathic continuous monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) during pregnancy is unusual. A 31-year-old pregnant woman presented at 20 weeks of gestation with progressive palpitation and episodes of agitation. An initial 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) showed normal sinus rhythm. However, 30 minutes after presenting at the emergency room, she complained of chest pain. A subsequent ECG showed wide complex monomorphic VT. We attempted to administer an antiarrhythmic drug, but the patient refused any medication because of concerns regarding possible adverse effects on the fetus. Therefore, we performed synchronized electrical cardioversion eight times. After the eighth synchronized cardioversion at 200 J, the ECG showed successful restoration of sinus rhythm. The condition of the fetus was monitored via ultrasonography and cardiotocography, and no adverse events were observed. We present the case of a successful synchronized electrical cardioversion performed in a woman at 20 weeks of gestation because of sustained symptomatic VT.
Surgery
Critical Illness Neuromyopathy Complicating Cardiac Surgery
Wan Ki Baek, Young Sam Kim, Joung Taek Kim, Byoung-Nam Yoon
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):51-56.   Published online July 11, 2017
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2016.00255
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Critical illness neuromyopathy (CINM) is a sporadically reported disease in the setting of an intensive care unit developing in the process of managing a critical illness. The disease primarily affects the motor and sensory axons and results in severe limb weakness rendering ventilator weaning extremely difficult. We report a case of CINM after cardiac valve surgery. Quadriplegia developed after the operation and resolved slowly over the following 2 months. The patient was discharged home free of neurologic symptoms.

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Letters to the Editor
Neurology
Implication of Neurological Pupil Index for Monitoring of Brain Edema
Tae Jung Kim, Sang-Bae Ko
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):57-60.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2017.00213
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Surgery
Inadequate Sedation Leads to Unexpected Postoperative Wound Evisceration during a Bedside Endoscopy
Im-kyung Kim, Se Hee Na, Joon Seong Park, Man Ki Ju, Cheung Soo Shin
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):61-63.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2017.00297
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Basic science and research
The Meaning in the History of Cover of KJCCM
Sung Jin Hong
Acute Crit Care. 2018;33(1):64-64.   Published online February 28, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/acc.2018.00101
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