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Ching J.A.,University of South Florida | Shah J.L.,University of South Florida | Doran C.J.,University of South Florida | Chen H.,University of South Florida | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Burn Care and Research | Year: 2015

The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the utility of singed nasal hair (SN), carbonaceous sputum (CS), and facial burns (FB) as indicators of burn inhalation injury, when compared to the accepted standard of bronchoscopic diagnosis of inhalation injury. An institutional review board approved, retrospective review was conducted. All patients were suspected to have burn inhalation injury and subsequently underwent bronchoscopic evaluation. Data collected included: percent burn TBSA, burn injury mechanism, admission physical exam findings (SN, CS, FB), and bronchoscopy findings. Thirty-five males and twelve females met inclusion criteria (n = 47). Bronchoscopy was normal in 31 patients (66%). Data were analyzed as all patients and in subgroups according to burn TBSA and an enclosed space mechanism of injury. Physical exam findings (SN, CS, FB) were evaluated individually and in combination. Overall, the sensitivities, specificities, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values calculated were poor and inconsistent, and they did not improve within subgroup analysis or when physical findings were combined. Further statistical analysis suggested the physical findings, whether in isolation or in combination, have poor discrimination between patients that have and do not have inhalation injury (AUC < 0.7, P > .05) and poor agreement with the diagnosis made by bronchoscopy (κ < 0.4, P > .05). This remained true in the subgroup analysis as well. Our data demonstrated the findings of SN, CS, and FB are unreliable evidence for inhalation injury, even in the context of an enclosed space mechanism of injury. Thus, these physical findings are not absolute indicators for intubation and should be interpreted as one component of the history and physical. © 2014 by the American Burn Association. Source


Ching Y.-H.,University of South Florida | Shivers S.C.,University of South Florida | Karlnoski R.A.,University of South Florida | Payne W.G.,Institute for Tissue Regeneration
Journal of Burn Care and Research | Year: 2016

The purpose of this study was to compare patient outcomes according to the method of diagnosing burn inhalation injury. After approval from the American Burn Association, the National Burn Repository Dataset Version 8.0 was queried for patients with a diagnosis of burn inhalation injury. Subgroups were analyzed by diagnostic method as defined by the National Burn Repository. All diagnostic methods listed for each patient were included, comparing mortality, hospital days, intensive care unit (ICU) days, and ventilator days (VDs). Z-tests, t-tests, and linear regression were used with a statistical significance of P value of less than.05. The database query yielded 9775 patients diagnosed with inhalation injury. The greatest increase in mortality was associated with diagnosis by bronchoscopy or carbon monoxide poisoning. A relative increase in hospital days was noted with diagnosis by bronchoscopy (9 days) or history (2 days). A relative increase in ICU days was associated with diagnosis according to bronchoscopy (8 days), clinical findings (2 days), or history (2 days). A relative increase in VDs was associated with diagnosis by bronchoscopy (6 days) or carbon monoxide poisoning (3 days). The combination of diagnosis by bronchoscopy and clinical findings increased the relative difference across all comparison measures. The combination of diagnosis by bronchoscopy and carbon monoxide poisoning exhibited decreased relative differences when compared with bronchoscopy alone. Diagnosis by laryngoscopy showed no mortality or association with poor outcomes. Bronchoscopic evidence of inhalation injury proved most useful, predicting increased mortality, hospital, ICU, and VDs. A combined diagnosis determined by clinical findings and bronchoscopy should be considered for clinical practice. © 2012 by the American Burn Association. Source


Schwartz J.A.,Roosevelt University | Lantis J.C.,Roosevelt University | Gendics C.,Roosevelt University | Fuller A.M.,Roosevelt University | And 2 more authors.
International Wound Journal | Year: 2013

Few studies regarding wound treatment with topical antimicrobials evaluate change in the bacterial bioburden of the wound with treatment. This study sought out to determine the in vivo effect of cadexomer iodine antibacterial dressing on diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) that were infected or achieved a critical level of colonisation, looking specifically at wound progression in relation to bioburden. Fifteen patients corresponding to 16 total DFUs met criteria of displaying clinical signs of infection or critical colonisation and were suitable for a topical antibacterial dressing. They underwent weekly treatment for 6 weeks. Cultures were taken at week 0, 3 and 6 as appropriate. At week 6 median log10 bacterial count reduction of 1.0 was observed from baseline (p = 0·025). At week 3- a median log10 bacterial count reduction of 0.3 was observed from baseline (p = 0·049). Over the study period there was a 53.6% median reduction of the wound surface area. There were no patients that completely healed their ulcer over the 6 week study period. There was a statistically significant median reduction in the bacterial load over the 6 week period (p = 0·025) as well as 3 weeks (p = 0·049). This was accompanied by a median reduction of 53.6% in ulcer surface area and 50% in ulcer depth from baseline to final. © 2012 The Authors International Wound Journal © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Medicalhelplines.com Inc. Source


Wang L.,NovaBay Pharmaceuticals | Belisle B.,NovaBay Pharmaceuticals | Belisle B.,CCBR-SYNARC | Bassiri M.,NovaBay Pharmaceuticals | And 9 more authors.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy | Year: 2011

During oxidative burst, neutrophils selectively generate HOCl to destroy invading microbial pathogens. Excess HOCl reacts with taurine, a semi-essential amino acid, resulting in the formation of the longer-lived biogenerated broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, N-chlorotaurine (NCT). In the presence of an excess of HOCl or under moderately acidic conditions, NCT can be further chlorinated, or it can disproportionate to produce N, N-dichlorotaurine (NNDCT). In the present study, 2,2-dimethyltaurine was used to prepare a more stable N-chlorotaurine, namely, N, N-dichloro-2,2-dimethyltaurine (NVC-422). In addition, we report on the chemical characterization, in vitro antimicrobial properties, and cytotoxicity of this compound. NVC-422 was shown effectively to kill all 17 microbial strains tested, including antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium. The minimum bactericidal concentration of NVC-422 against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria ranged from 0.12 to 4 μg/ml. The minimum fungicidal concentrations against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata were 32 and 16 μg/ml, respectively. NVC-422 has an in vitro cytotoxicity (50% cytotoxicity = 1,440 μg/ml) similar to that of NNDCT. Moreover, our data showed that this agent possesses rapid, pH-dependent antimicrobial activity. At pH 4, NVC-422 completely killed both Escherichia coli and S. aureus within 5 min at a concentration of 32 μg/ml. Finally, the effect of NVC-422 in the treatment of an E. coli-infected granulating wound rat model was evaluated. Treatment of the infected granulating wound with NVC-422 resulted in significant reduction of the bacterial tissue burden and faster wound healing compared to a saline-treated control. These findings suggest that NVC-422 could have potential application as a topical antimicrobial. Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved. Source


Uberti M.G.,Institute for Tissue Regeneration | Pierpont Y.N.,Institute for Tissue Regeneration | Pierpont Y.N.,University of South Florida | Ko F.,Institute for Tissue Regeneration | And 7 more authors.
Annals of Plastic Surgery | Year: 2010

Amnion-derived Multipotent Progenitor cells appear to be useful as adjuvants in wound healing. Amnion-derived multipotent progenitor cells secrete a unique combination of cytokines and growth factors, known as amnion-derived cellular cytokine solution (ACCS). In the skin, a cytokine communication network between mesenchymal and epithelial cells tightly controls keratinocyte and fibroblast migration, proliferation and differentiation-key determinants of wound healing. To evaluate the influence of ACCS on the migratory behavior of keratinocytes and fibroblasts, cell migration was assayed quantitatively using a Boyden chamber. Chemotactic migration activity of fibroblasts or keratinocytes through the membrane determined the influence of ACCS. In the presence of ACCS, fibroblasts and keratinocytes demonstrated a statistically significant (P < 0.05) increase in migration when compared with controls. These cell types, critical to normal wound healing, may be influenced to accelerate migration in wounds, thus accelerating wound repair/healing. Copyright © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

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