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original-paper | 17-September-2021

Fungal Infections in COVID-19 Intensive Care Patients

Introduction Fungal infections, especially those whose incidence increases over time in ICU (Intensive Care Unit), have high mortality and morbidity. With a prolonged stay in ICU increase the cost of intensive care. In fungal infections, the limited sensitivity of diagnostic tests and the unresponsiveness of laboratory results hinder early diagnosis. Delayed and ineffective treatment is one of the major causes of mortality. Therefore, prompt diagnosis and treatment are imperative (Zaoutis et al


Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 70 , ISSUE 3, 395–400

original-paper | 08-September-2020

A Polyclonal Spread Emerged: Characteristics of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolates from the Intensive Care Unit in a Chinese Tertiary Hospital

et al. 2019). ICU hospitalization itself has been considered as an independent risk factor for CRKP acquisition (Schwaber et al. 2008; Hussein et al. 2009; Debby et al. 2012). The estimated detection rate of CRKP in patients admitted to intensive care units increased by 75% in a 20-year surveillance study in China (Tian et al. 2019). The gastrointestinal carriage rate of CRKP among ICU patients could reach 39.0–74.5%. It can be recognized as a reservoir of CRKP for progression from colonization


Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 69 , ISSUE 3, 311–319

Short Communication | 28-June-2017

Early KPC-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae Bacteremia among Intensive Care Unit Patients Non-Colonized upon Admission

Among 140 patients colonized by KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) between fourth and seventh day of Intensive Care Unit stay, 24 developed bacteraemia immediately after colonization. Colistin-resistance of the colonizing isolate was the factor significantly associated with early KPC-Kp bacteraemia (P < 0.001; OR 6.6, 95% CI 2.4–18.4), a worrisome finding since infections by colistin-resistant isolates is associated with increased mortality due to limited remaining

Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Fotini Fligou, Iris Spiliopoulou, Christina Bartzavali, Vasiliki Dodou, Sophia Vamvakopoulou, Kyriaki Koutsileou, Anastasia Zotou, Evangelos D. Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Markos Marangos

Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 66 , ISSUE 2, 251–254

Original Paper | 04-September-2018

Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii from Air and Patients of Intensive Care Units

To understand the molecular epidemiology and antibiotic resistance of air and clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii, the intensive care unit settings of a hospital in Northern China were surveyed in 2014. Twenty non-duplicate A. baumannii isolates were obtained from patients and five isolates of airborne A. baumannii were obtained from the wards’ corridors. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) were used to analyze the homology relationships of


Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 67 , ISSUE 3, 333–338

research-article | 15-June-2020

Lung ultrasound in a Singapore COVID-19 intensive care unit patient and a review of its potential clinical utility in pandemic

and the CT (computed tomography) scanner. This is the first report describing the clinical features and lung ultrasound images of a patient with COVID-19 infection admitted to an intensive care unit in a Singapore regional general hospital. In addition, we provide a brief review of the potential clinical utility, and address the challenges associated with lung ultrasound in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Case report We present the case of a healthy 39-year-old female who complained of 4 days of

Wee Ming Peh, Steffi Kang Ting Chan, Yi Lin Lee, Pravin Shivaji Gare, Vui Kian Ho

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 20 , ISSUE 81, e154–e158

Review | 13-September-2016

Is pneumoperitoneum the terra ignota in ultrasonography?

Andrzej Smereczyński, Katarzyna Kołaczyk

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 15 , ISSUE 61, 189–195

research-article | 28-September-2020

Ultrasonographic inferior vena cava collapsibility and distensibility indices for detecting the volume status of critically ill pediatric patients

Introduction A point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a type of bedside ultrasonographic assessment that is applied by the clinician in charge(1). It provides rapid and real-time answers about patients’ clinical problems. The use of POCUS by clinicians has become common in recent years, especially in emergency and intensive care departments(2). Around the world, the number of POCUS training courses intended for pediatric intensive care and emergency care specialists is increasing, and the newest

Dincer Yildizdas, Nagehan Aslan

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 20 , ISSUE 82, 205–209

Case report | 01-December-2019

Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria: a case report

A 15-month-old white male child was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, increased somnolence, pallor, jaundice, fever, and decreased activity level. The purpose of this case study is to report the clinical findings associated with the patient’s clinical symptoms and differential laboratory diagnosis.

Scott C. Wise, Sheila H. Tinsley, Lloyd O. Cook

Immunohematology, Volume 28 , ISSUE 4, 118–123

Short Communication | 27-September-2017

KPC-2-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST11 in a Children’s Hospital in Poland

Four Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from children hospitalized over 10 months in an intensive care unit in a children’s teaching hospital in Poland were analyzed. All of the isolates belonged to a single pulsotype and sequence type (ST) 11, and produced the KPC-2 carbapenemase and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) CTX-M-15. They were resistant to a variety of antimicrobials, and their β-lactam resistance patterns were typical for KPC producers. This is one of few cases of

Monika Machulska, Anna Baraniak, Iwona Żak, Katarzyna Bojarska, Dorota Żabicka, Iwona Sowa-Sierant, Waleria Hryniewicz, Marek Gniadkowski

Polish Journal of Microbiology, Volume 66 , ISSUE 3, 401–404

original-paper | 30-November-2018

Critical appraisal of MAPSE and TAPSE usefulness in the postoperative assessment of ventricular contractile function after congenital heart defect surgery in infants

Wojciech Mądry, Maciej Aleksander Karolczak, Marcin Myszkowski

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 19 , ISSUE 76, 9–16

Article | 15-April-2020

Transfusion practices for patients with sickle cell disease at a major academic medical center

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is a tertiarycare, academic university hospital and a major referral center for patients across the state of North Carolina. This 700-bed, Level 1 trauma center transfuses more than 22,000 RBC units to patients annually. Clinical services and areas of the hospital which rely most heavily on transfusion support for their activities are transplantation (bone marrow and solid organ), hematology, critical care (medical and surgical intensive

Araba Afenyi-Annan, Nicholas Bandarenko

Immunohematology, Volume 22 , ISSUE 3, 103–107

Report | 01-December-2019

Low risk of hemolysis after transfusion of uncrossmatched red blood cells

intensive care unit (23%). Seven (3.2%) recipients had clinically significant antibodies that were active on the day of the transfusion, whereas in four patients a clinically significant antibody had been previously identified but was not active on the day of the transfusion. One patient with active antibodies who received three units of uncrossmatched RBCs for a gastrointestinal bleed demonstrated a reactive eluate several days later as well as positive biochemical hemolysis markers. Thus the overall

Lisa Radkay, Darrell J. Triulzi, Mark H. Yazer

Immunohematology, Volume 28 , ISSUE 2, 39–44

Article | 17-November-2020

A practice guideline and decision aid for blood transfusion

An attempt was made to reduce exposure of patients to blood products by using a point-of-ordering decision support system and strict adherence to a practice guideline, by observing physician behavior in the multidisciplinary intensive-care unit (ICU) of a tertiary-care medical center. Hemoglobin (Hg) level at the time of transfusion, total units of red blood cells (RBCs) per admission, units per patient per ICU day, fraction of patients receiving no transfusions, and incidence of single-unit

Benjamin Littenberg, Howard Corwin, Andrew Gettinger, Joshua Leihter, James P. AuBuchon

Immunohematology, Volume 11 , ISSUE 3, 88–94

research-article | 28-September-2020

Ultrasonography in the diagnosis and monitoring of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome

% after surgical decompression(2). Early detection is crucial in this situation. This type of pathology is mainly dealt with by surgeons and intensive care physicians. Other specialists, including imaging diagnosticians, usually have limited knowledge on this issue. According to WSACS, it is worth familiarizing with the following data: normal intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) is 5–7 mmHg during critical illness; increased IAP is defined as IAP >12 mmHg; primary IAH or ACS is due to an injury or disease

Andrzej Smereczyński, Katarzyna Kołaczyk, Elżbieta Bernatowicz

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 20 , ISSUE 82, 201–204

original-paper | 30-November-2018

The usefulness of respiratory ultrasound assessment for modifying the physiotherapeutic algorithm in children after congenital heart defect surgeries

Introduction Early postoperative respiratory complications in pediatric patients after cardiac surgeries using cardiopulmonary bypass significantly prolong the use of mechanical ventilation and patient’s stay in the intensive care unit, increase mortality and affect treatment outcomes(1,2). Predominant clinical symptoms include altered parenchymal aeration of the lungs in the form of atelectasis, observed in 12–42% of non-intubated and 68–100% of intubated patients, as well as an accumulation

Marcin Myszkowski

Journal of Ultrasonography, Volume 19 , ISSUE 76, 17–23

Article | 17-February-2021

A prospective, observational study for optimization of antibody screening in pretransfusion compatibility testing

54 months of the study period, a total of 22,888 patient samples were studied. The majority of patients were from hemato-oncology and blood marrow transplant, hepatobiliary sciences and liver transplant, cardiac surgery, and medical intensive care units (Fig. 2). The prevalence of unexpected antibodies detected in our study was less than 1 percent (0.87%; 198). Of the 198 AS+ patients, 145 (0.63%) were found to have alloantibodies while the remaining 53 (0.24%) had autoantibodies with clinical

P. Pandey, D. Setya, R. Srivastava, M.K. Singh

Immunohematology, Volume 36 , ISSUE 1, 19–28

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