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Critical Care Medicine

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    Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration: Safe as it sounds: Preyas J Vaidya, Mohammed Munavvar, Joerg D Leuppi, Atul C Mehta & Prashant N Chhajed. (DOI: 10.1111/resp.13094)
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.13094/full (Aug 2017)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    EBUS-TBNA has rapidly become the standard of care for mediastinal and hilar lymph node sampling. This systematic review outlines the range and frequency of potential complications, as well as the possibility that these reports do not represent the full scale of adverse outcomes.


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    Characteristics, incidence and outcome of patients admitted to intensive care because of pulmonary embolism Dario Winterton, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher, Giovanni Landoni & Rinaldo Bellomo DOI: 10.1111/resp.12881
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12881/full (Feb 2017)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    This important study describes a large cohort of patients admitted with acute pulmonary embolism to Intensive Care Units across Australia and New Zealand. A subpopulation at very high risk of death is identified (those requiring mechanical ventilation). No improvement in mortality rate over time is seen.


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    Prevalence and outcomes of diaphragmatic dysfunction assessed by ultrasound technology during acute exacerbation of COPD: A pilot study Federico Antenora, Riccardo Fantini, Andrea Iattoni, Ivana Castaniere, Antonia Sdanganelli, Francesco Livrieri, Roberto Tonelli, Stefano Zona, Marco Monelli, Enrico M Clini & Alessandro Marchioni DOI: 10.1111/resp.12916
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12916/full (Feb 2017)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    The indications for thoracic ultrasonography continue to expand, and this study suggests another indication. Diaphragmatic dysfunction found on ultrasound on admission in patients with acute hypercapnic exacerbations of COPD is identified as a risk factor for failure of NIV, duration of mechanical ventilation and short-term mortality. This non-invasive test might help clinicians identify patients at risk of failing standard care.

  • Need for intensive care in patients admitted for asthma: Red flags from the social history. Moghaddas et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12831/full (Jun 2016)
    (Editorial: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12870/abstract)

  • Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure during a prolonged wildfire period and emergency department visits for asthma. Haikerwal et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12613/abstract (Sep 2015)
    (FREE access: Editor's Choice)

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis of respiratory viral coinfections in children. Lim et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12741/abstract (Feb 2016)