Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Mechanical ventilation may alter diaphragm muscle fibers

(HealthDay)—In critically ill patients, mechanical ventilation with positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) results in reduced diaphragm fiber length that may make it more difficult to wean patients from mechanical ventilation, ...


Actigraphy may overestimate sleep in ICU setting

(HealthDay)—Using actigraphy as a measure of sleep, critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) show wide ranges of sleep quality and quantity, and actigraphy may estimate higher sleep durations than other ...


Recommendations issued for enhancing ICU diagnostic safety

(HealthDay)—Identifying and reducing diagnostic errors in the intensive care unit (ICU) should be a top priority, according to a perspective article published in the Aug. 1 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.


Seizures may be detected through sound

A new Epilepsia study indicates that individuals without electroencephalogram (EEG) training can detect ongoing seizures in comatose patients through a novel method by which patients' brain waves are converted to sound.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Backrest elevation has no effect on sacral tissue integrity

(HealthDay)—Level of backrest elevation is not associated with changes in tissue integrity among critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation, according to research published online March 1 in the American Journal ...

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