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Buckley M.S.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Feldman J.P.,Arizona Pulmonary Specialists Ltd.
Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2010

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease without a cure. The primary treatment goal for patients with this disease is improving pulmonary blood flow through vasodilation of the pulmonary arteries. Several drugs are available that ameliorate walk distance and hemodynamics, but their maximum tolerated doses are limited in critically ill patients with PAH because of systemic vasodilation resulting in hypotension. The ideal vasodilator would be cost-effective, safe, and selective to the pulmonary vasculature; no such agent currently exists. Inhaled nitric oxide selectively reduces pulmonary pressures without systemic hypotension. However, it is expensive, potentially toxic, and requires complex technology for monitoring and administration. Inhaled epoprostenol may be an alternative therapy to minimize systemic hypotension, which often accompanies rapid intravenous titration. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of inhaled epoprostenol in critically ill patients with PAH, we conducted a literature search by using the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases (1966-August 2009) for relevant studies. Case reports and in vitro studies were excluded. Overall, 11 studies met the inclusion criteria. The PAH population included patients requiring cardiac surgery, lung or heart transplantation, or nonspecific intensive care. All trials showed that inhaled epoprostenol significantly decreased pulmonary pressures without lowering systemic blood pressure. The duration of therapy in most studies was 10-15 minutes, with one study evaluating its effects up to an average of 45.6 hours. Pulmonary pressures returned to baseline soon after drug discontinuation. Minimal adverse events were reported. Thus, inhaled epoprostenol in various subgroups of critically ill patients was effective in reducing pulmonary pressures. However, the significance of these effects on improving clinical outcomes remains unknown. Further studies are needed to determine the role of inhaled epoprostenol in critically ill patients with PAH.


Levine M.,University of Southern California | Levine M.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Levitan R.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Skolnik A.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Annals of Emergency Medicine | Year: 2013

In recent years, synthetic cathinones, often labeled as 'bath salts' in an attempt to evade drug laws, have emerged as substances of abuse. Sympathomimetic drugs are well known to cause rhabdomyolysis but are rarely associated with acute compartment syndrome. In this case series, we describe 3 patients who presented with sympathomimetic signs or symptoms including hyperthermia and agitation and had confirmed synthetic cathinone use. All 3 patients had severe rhabdomyolysis with delayed development of an acute compartment syndrome. Two patients developed paraspinal compartment syndromes, whereas 1 developed bilateral forearm compartment syndromes. Management included fasciotomy in 2 patients and medical management in the third. Two of the 3 patients made a complete recovery before hospital discharge; the third patient was hemodialysis dependent at 5- month follow-up. © 2012 by the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Raschke R.A.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Garcia-Orr R.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Chest | Year: 2011

Background: Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) was originally described as a genetic disorder of immune regulation, presenting in neonates with protracted fever, hepatosplenomegaly, and cytopenia. A secondary form of HLH, triggered by serious infections, was subsequently described in adults. Methods: We report three adult patients who presented with systemic inflammatory response syndrome and features consistent with severe sepsis and septic shock, who subsequently received a diagnosis of secondary HLH. We reviewed the relationship between infection-triggered HLH and septic shock from the perspective of the adult intensivist. Results: The hyperinflammatory pathophysiologic characteristics of HLH and septic shock are closely intertwined. Clinical and laboratory features of HLH and septic shock overlap in some patients, making the syndromes difficult to distinguish. In our experience and review, progressive pancytopenia was the feature most likely to suggest secondary HLH in the adult patient with presumed (or definite) septic shock. Use of other HLH-2004 diagnostic criteria is hindered by the poor operating characteristics of these tests in critically ill adults. Bone marrow aspiration is the most useful diagnostic test, but may yield an initial false-negative result. Conclusion: The HLH-2004 treatment protocol is not of proven benefit in critically ill adults, but observational data suggest that aggressive immunosuppressive therapy should not be delayed. Further study of HLH in the critical care setting might provide important insights into the pathogenesis and clinical treatment of sepsis. © 2011 American College of Chest Physicians.


Cohen A.L.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Sarid R.,Phoenix VA Health Care System
Thrombosis Research | Year: 2010

Introduction: Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) has been proposed to be a risk factor for venous thromboembolic disease (VTE). However, no series published to date has been population-based or included a control group with similar comorbidities to people with MGUS. Patients/Methods: We reviewed the records of all the male veterans in a single VA healthcare system with MGUS between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2005. We compared the rate of VTE in 166 patients with MGUS with the rate of VTE in an age-matched control group of 465 patients who had tested negative for monoclonal gammopathy by serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP). Results: The VTE rate in the MGUS group was 2.2 per 100 person-years, which was not significantly different from the rate in the control group, 1.4 per 100 person-years (HR 1.38, CI 0.63-3.01, p = 0.42). Most VTE events occurred within 4 months of the diagnosis of MGUS. In univariate analysis, albumin level (HR 0.21, CI 0.1-0.41, p < 0.001), abnormal leukocyte count (HR 2.53, CI 1.09-5.86, p = 0.03), and history of prior VTE (HR 4.41, CI 1.69-11.54, p = 0.003) were associated with increased risk of VTE. On multivariate analysis, albumin level and history of prior VTE remained significant, but presence of MGUS was still not significantly associated with VTE risk. Conclusion: Our results suggest that the increased rate of VTE in people with MGUS may be primarily due to other underlying conditions that led to testing for a monoclonal gammopathy rather than to the monoclonal gammopathy itself. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.


Skolnik A.B.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Ewald M.B.,Harvard University
Pediatric Emergency Care | Year: 2013

In the Southwestern United States, the venom of the scorpion Centruroides sculpturatus (common name bark scorpion) can cause serious and potentially fatal neurotoxicity, with young children most vulnerable to its effects. Historically, advances in the quality of supportive care have made significant improvements in morbidity and mortality. In recent years, the development of effective antivenom therapies has changed the landscape of caring for these patients. This article reviews the background, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment options for C. sculpturatus envenomation. Recent advances in immunotherapy and subsequent implications for pediatric emergency care providers are discussed. Copyright © 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Levine M.,University of Southern California | Levine M.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Ruha A.-M.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
CNS Drugs | Year: 2012

Historically, treatment for schizophrenia focused on sedation. The advent of the typical antipsychotics resulted in treatment aimed specifically at the underlying disease, but these agents were associated with numerous adverse effects, and were not particularly effective at treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. As a result, numerous atypical agents have been developed over the past 2 decades, including several agents within the past 5 years.Overdose of antipsychotics remains quite common in Western society. In 2010, poison control centres in the US received nearly 43 000 calls related to atypical antipsychotics alone. Due to underreporting, the true incidence of overdose with atypical antipsychotics is likely much greater. Following overdose of an atypical antipsychotic, the clinical effects observed, such as CNS depression, tachycardia and orthostasis are largely predictable based on the unique receptor binding profile of the agent. This article, which focuses on the atypical antipsychotics commonly used in the treatment of schizophrenia, discusses the features commonly encountered in overdose. Specifically, agents that result in QT prolongation and the corresponding potential for torsades de pointes, as well as unique features encountered with the various medications are discussed. The diagnosis of this overdose is largely based on history. Routine use of drug screens is unlikely to be beneficial. The primary goal of management is aggressive supportive care. Patients with significant CNS depression with associated loss of airway reflexes and respiratory failure need advanced airway management. Hypotension should be treated first with intravenous fluids, with the use of direct acting vasopressors reserved for persistent hypotension. Benzodiazepines should be used for seizures, with barbiturates used for refractory seizures. Intravenous magnesium can be administered for patients with a corrected QT interval exceeding 500 milliseconds. Adis © 2012 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved.


Buckley M.S.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
International journal of clinical practice. Supplement | Year: 2013

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease without a cure, which can lead to right heart failure and death. Over the past decades, several therapeutic advances have been developed for the management of PAH. Although these agents have demonstrated clinical safety and efficacy, some patients may require additional drug therapy due to a lack of response or disease progression. The purpose of this review was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of various combination PAH therapies. A systematic search was conducted using the MEDLINE database (1966 and June 2012) for relevant clinical studies. Searches were limited to English, human and clinical trial using the terms sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil, phosphodiesterase inhibitor, prostacyclin, prostaglandin, epoprostenol, treprostinil, iloprost, beraprost, endothelin receptor antagonist, bosentan, ambrisentan, sitaxsentan and pulmonary hypertension. Overall, 22 studies met inclusion criteria. Overall, the majority of trials demonstrated clinical efficacy in improving functional class, reducing pulmonary pressure, or increasing exercise capacity. Most trials were uncontrolled with small sample sizes investigating the acute effects of combination therapy and lacking long-term clinical outcomes. Adjunctive therapy was well tolerated by most patients. Overall, combination therapy is relatively safe and well tolerated. Published guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for monotherapy. However, suggestions for combination therapy in refractory PAH patients are lacking. Several studies evaluating several combination therapies have been published. The preferred combination treatment among several PAH drug therapies remain controversial. Therefore, clinicians should consider ease of administration, cost, and tolerability when choosing specific combination therapies. Combination therapy appears promising for patients who are refractory to treatment or whose disease progression is not well controlled with monotherapy. An optimal combination drug therapy regimen remains debatable and should be customized for individual PAH patients. Further studies are needed to determine the optimal combination therapy in PAH based upon efficacy, safety and cost. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Buckley M.S.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center | Leblanc J.M.,Saint John Regional Hospital | Cawley M.J.,University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Critical Care Medicine | Year: 2010

Electrolyte imbalances are common in critically ill patients. Although multiple disease states typically encountered in the intensive care unit may be responsible for the development of electrolyte disorders, medications may contribute to these disturbances as well. Medications can interfere with the absorption of electrolytes, alter hormonal responses affecting homeostasis, as well as directly impact organ function responsible for maintaining electrolyte balance. The focus on this review is to identify commonly prescribed medications in the intensive care unit and potential electrolyte disturbances that may occur as a result of their use. This review will also discuss the postulated mechanisms associated with these drug-induced disorders. The specific drug-induced electrolyte disorders discussed in this review involve abnormalities in sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate, and magnesium. Clinicians encountering electrolyte disturbances should be vigilant in monitoring the patient's medications as a potential etiology. Insight into these drug-induced disorders should allow the clinician to provide optimal medical management for the critically ill patient, thus improving overall healthcare outcomes. Copyright © 2010 by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Harvey S.A.,Director of Learning Resources | Wandersee J.R.,Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Journal of the Medical Library Association | Year: 2010

Objectives: This study sought to ascertain the publication rate of abstracts presented at the annual meetings of the Medical Library Association (MLA) for the years of 2002 and 2003. The secondary objectives were to examine possible reasons for non-publication and factors influencing publication. &Methods: A total of 442 abstracts from both meeting years, consisting of presented papers and posters, were examined. The 2 methods used to obtain a publication rate were literature searches and an online questionnaire sent to first authors. The questionnaire also asked abstract authors about reasons for non-publication and other factors that might have influenced their decisions about whether or not to submit the project for publication. &Results: The overall publication rate from the survey was 26.5%, and the publication rate found via literature searching was 27.6%. The most common reason given for non-publication was time restrictions. Also notable was the large proportion of abstracts written by librarians working at universities and those having 25 or more years in the library profession. &Discussion: Publication rates for abstracts presented at the Medical Library Association meetings for the years studied rank at the low end in comparison with other medical professional associations. Further research into factors affecting publication may reveal ways to increase this rate.


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