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   2019| April-June  | Volume 14 | Issue 2  
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National Approach to Standardize and Improve Mechanical Ventilation
Yaseen M Arabi, Zohair Al Aseri, Tareef Alaama, Abdulrahman Alqahtani, Abdulrhman Alharthy, Abdullah Almotairi, Eman Al Qasim, Abdullah A Alzahrani, Mohammed Al Qarni, Sheryl Ann I Abdukahil, Fahad M Al-Hameed, Yasser Mandourah, Khalid Maghrabi, Adnan Ghamdi, Ghaleb Almekhalfi, Ahmed Mady, Ahmed S Qureshi, Ismael Qushmaq, Mohammed S Alshahrani, Mufareh Alkatheri, Abdulmohsen Saawi, Raed H Al-Hazme, Sean M Berenholtz, Asad Latif, Mohamed S Al-Moamary, Saad Mohrij
April-June 2019, 14(2):101-105
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_63_19  PMID:31007760
NASAM (National Approach to Standardize and Improve Mechanical Ventilation) is a national collaborative quality improvement project in Saudi Arabia. It aims to improve the care of mechanically ventilated patients by implementing evidence-based practices with the goal of reducing the rate of ventilator-associated events and therefore reducing mortality, mechanical ventilation duration and intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay. The project plans to extend the implementation to a total of 100 ICUs in collaboration with multiple health systems across the country. As of March 22, 2019, a total of 78 ICUs have registered from 6 different health sectors, 48 hospitals, and 27 cities. The leadership support in all health sectors for NASAM speaks of the commitment to improve the care of mechanically ventilated patients across the kingdom.
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Asthma control and predictive factors among adults in Saudi Arabia: Results from the Epidemiological Study on the Management of Asthma in Asthmatic Middle East Adult Population study
Hamdan AL-Jahdali, Siraj Wali, Gamal Salem, Fahad Al-Hameed, Abdullah Almotair, Mohammed Zeitouni, Hassan Aref, Rufai Nadama, Mohammed M Algethami, Ahmed Al Ghamdy, Tarek Dihan
April-June 2019, 14(2):148-154
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_348_18  PMID:31007767
CONTEXT: Asthma control is suboptimal in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). AIMS: The aim of this study is to assess the level of asthma control in Saudi patients as per the Global Initiative for Asthma 2012 classification and explore its potential predictive factors. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Epidemiological Study on the Management of Asthma in Asthmatic Middle East Adult Population (ESMAA) is a multicentric, descriptive, epidemiological study assessing asthma management in the MENA region. In this article, we report the results of patients from Saudi Arabia included in the ESMAA study. METHODS: Adult patients diagnosed with asthma at least 1 year before study entry were considered for inclusion. Asthma control level and its predictive factors were explored. Treatment adherence and quality of life (QoL) were assessed by MMAS-4© and Short Form 8 Health Survey QoL questionnaires, respectively. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Descriptive statistics were done considering two-sided 95% confidence intervals. Logistic regression was used to explore the potential predictive factors of asthma control. All statistical tests were two-sided, and P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. RESULTS: Data of 1009 patients from Saudi Arabia were analyzed. Less than one-third of patients (30.1%) were found to have controlled asthma with significantly higher QoL. High level of asthma control was reported among male patients and those with high educational level, while age, body mass index, and adherence to treatment were found to have no effect on asthma control. CONCLUSIONS: Asthma control remains suboptimal among Saudi population. This needs huge efforts to achieve acceptable levels of control and better QoL for asthma patients. Further studies are still needed in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region.
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Asthma and obesity in the Middle East region: An overview
Samer Hammoudeh, Wessam Gadelhak, Ibrahim A Janahi
April-June 2019, 14(2):116-121
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_115_18  PMID:31007762
This paper aims to cover the current status of asthma and obesity in the Middle East, as well as to introduce the various studies tying the two diseases; further expanding on the proposed mechanisms. Finally, the paper covers recent literature related to sphingolipids and its role in asthma, followed by recommendations and future directions. In preparation of this paper, we searched PubMed and Google Scholar, with no restrictions, using the following terms; asthma, obesity, Middle East, sphingolipids. We also used the reference list of retrieved articles to further expand on the pool of articles that were used for this review.
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Sarcoidosis in the Middle East
B Jayakrishnan, Nasser Al-Busaidi, Saif Al-Mubaihsi, Omar A Al-Rawas
April-June 2019, 14(2):106-115
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_227_18  PMID:31007761
Sarcoidosis, a systemic granulomatous disease of unknown cause, has been described worldwide and in all populations with notable differences in clinical characteristics, organ involvement, disease severity, and prognosis among different ethnic and racial groups. While the exact prevalence of sarcoidosis in the Middle East is unknown, studies from various countries in the region have reported the clinical characteristics of affected patients, along with a few anecdotal reports. A search of the MEDLINE and Google Scholar databases was conducted for relevant English-language articles using the terms “sarcoidosis” and “Middle East” or “sarcoidosis” and “Arabs.” Subsequently, the names of individual countries were used as search terms, replacing “Middle East.” Overall, the clinical picture of patients with sarcoidosis in the Middle East is similar to that reported elsewhere; for example, the disease was more frequent among females and respiratory complaints were the predominant symptoms. Within the region, most patients from Oman were older and female, with arthralgia, hypercalcemia, and eye involvement being more common. Constitutional symptoms were frequent, especially among patients from Iran. Cough was more common among patients from Kuwait and Iran, while dyspnea was the predominant symptom for Saudi patients. Erythema nodosum was more common in the Turkish population. Clustering was seen in patients with Stage I and II of the disease in all countries except Oman. Apart from those in Iran, the prognosis of most patients from the Middle East was excellent.
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Fatal and near-fatal thunderstorm asthma epidemic in a desert country
Fatima Ali, Naser Behbehani, Noura Alomair, Assad Taher
April-June 2019, 14(2):155-160
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_258_18  PMID:31007768
BACKGROUND: Reports of thunderstorm asthma in the Middle East are few. This study is the first to report on cases of near-fatal and fatal thunderstorm asthma in Kuwait on December 1, 2016. METHODS: We conducted a chart review and interview with adult patients admitted to Mubarak Al-Kabir Hospital with near-fatal asthma, defined as an exacerbation requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation or hypercapnia with a PaCO2≥6 kPa. Information, including patient age, gender, occupation, asthma history, medication usage, and clinical outcome, was collected. For fatal asthma cases, patients' data were collected from the Forensic Department at the Kuwait Ministry of Interior. RESULTS: A total of 17 patients were admitted with near-fatal asthma. Fifteen patients (93.8%) had a prior history of asthma, with an average duration of 9 years. Five patients (33.3%) reported receiving a corticosteroid inhaler from their physician. Fifteen patients (93.8%) reported relying on a short-acting β2-agonist alone to manage their asthma. Eleven patients (68.8%) reported being outdoors during the storm. Eleven patients were diagnosed with fatal asthma. CONCLUSION: The study is the first to report on a thunderstorm-associated asthma epidemic in Kuwait and emphasizes the potential dangers associated with this entity.
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Prospective study of dual use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products among school-going youth in rural Appalachian Tennessee
Hadii M Mamudu, Liang Wang, Daniel Owusu, Crystal Robertson, Candice Collins, Mary A Littleton
April-June 2019, 14(2):127-133
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_217_18  PMID:31007764
INTRODUCTION: E-cigarettes have emerged as the most commonly used tobacco or nicotine products among youth in the United States (US), and usage with other products (dual use) is not well understood. This study assessed dual use and identified associated factors of usage in school-going youth in the high tobacco burdened region of rural Appalachian Tennessee. METHODS: Two waves of data for the same cohort of students were collected in 2014 (Wave 1) and 2016 (Wave 2). Dual use of e-cigarettes with any other tobacco product was the dependent variable. The independent variables consisted of exposure to tobacco use at home, home smoking rules, smoking inside the vehicle, attitudes toward smoking, exposure to tobacco industry marketing/promotion, and peer/family pressure. Descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine the prevalence of dual use and delineate factors associated with usage. RESULTS: Dual use increased from 13.3% in Wave 1 to 18.6% in Wave 2. Results of logistic regression show that exposure to tobacco industry marketing/promotion was significantly associated with dual use in the two waves, odds ratio (OR) = 4.18 (confidence interval [CI] = 1.69–10.38) and OR = 4.43 (CI = 2.03–9.67), respectively. While allowing smoking inside the vehicles, sometimes, significantly increased dual use in Wave 1 (OR = 3.18 [CI = 1.19–8.48]), exposure to tobacco use at home (OR = 2.94 [1.24–6.97]), and peer/family pressure (OR = 2.92 [1.87–7.19]) increased usage in Wave 2. CONCLUSION: The increasing trend in dual use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products among youth in Appalachia Tennessee suggests a critical need for comprehensive tobacco control programs to avert exacerbating disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases in the US.
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Medical thoracoscopy for tuberculous pleurisy: A retrospective analysis of 575 cases
Tingting Zhao, Yurong Xu, Qian Song, Xinjie Wang, Minghua Jin, Dianjie Lin
April-June 2019, 14(2):134-140
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_359_18  PMID:31007765
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this retrospective study was to assess the efficacy of medical thoracoscopy in diagnosing of tuberculous pleurisy and characterize tuberculous pleurisy with medical thoracoscopy. METHODS: A total of 575 patients with tuberculous pleurisy who underwent medical thoracoscopy were included in the study. Demographic data, clinical manifestations, and routine and biochemical tests on pleural fluid, cultures of pleural fluid, sputum, and pleural biopsy for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and pathological findings were evaluated. RESULTS: Sputum, pleural fluid, and pleural biopsy cultures were positive for M. tuberculosis in 12.5%, 19.2%, and 41.9% of patients, respectively. Furthermore, there were significant differences in total positive tuberculosis (TB) tests in the pleural cavity according to patient's age (<18 years old, 50.0%; 18–34 years old, 50.2%; 35–59 years old, 34.8%; >60 years old, 18.6%; and all groups vs. >60 years old, P < 0.001). Patients with 18–34 years old were more likely to have granuloma in pleural biopsy specimens when compared to patients >60 years old (77.0% vs. 37.9%). The percentage of patients with high adenosine deaminase (ADA) levels in pleural fluid (>40 U/L), who were <18, 18–34, 35–59, and > 60 years old, was 83.3% (15/18), 72.8% (193/265), 51.2% (88/172), and 34.7% (17/49), respectively (all groups vs. >60 years old, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Medical thoracoscopy is effective for diagnosing tuberculous pleurisy. Younger patients with tuberculous pleurisy have a higher number of positive TB tests in the pleural cavity, are more likely to have granuloma in pleural biopsy specimens, and have higher ADA levels in the pleural fluid.
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2018 Year in Review in Critical Care
Yaseen M Arabi, Alaa Gouda, Youssuf A Ali
April-June 2019, 14(2):122-126
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_72_19  PMID:31007763
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Diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia: Unusual presentation
Nuha Nasser Alrajhi, Muthurajan P Paramasivam, Ahmad Amer Alboukai, Ammar C Alrikabi, Esam Hamad Alhamad
April-June 2019, 14(2):161-163
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_159_18  PMID:31007769
Diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia (DIPNEC) is an abnormal proliferation of pulmonary neuroendocrine cells that occur without underlying etiology. Here, we report a unique case of 55-year-old female with unusual presentation of DIPNECH and thymoma and on the background history of Crohn's disease that might point toward an autoimmune phenomenon. To the best of our knowledge, there were no previous reports of DIPNECH with either thymoma or Crohn's disease. DIPNECH has premalignant potential and reported in association with carcinoid and non-small cell lung cancer; however, its autoimmune association never reported. The presence of multiple lung nodules along with evidence of small airway disease should alert the physician to include DIPNECH as part of the differential diagnosis given its malignant potential. The prognosis is variable and depends on the presence or absence of underlying malignancy as well as the severity of airflow obstruction.
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Association of preoperative systemic corticosteroid therapy with surgical outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients
Samer Abou Arbid, Habib El-Khoury, Faek Jamali, Hani Tamim, Hassan Chami
April-June 2019, 14(2):141-147
DOI:10.4103/atm.ATM_245_18  PMID:31007766
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are at an increased risk of postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the risks and benefits associated with preoperative steroids in COPD patients. METHODS: The National Surgical Quality Improved Program database was used to identify 92 COPD patients who underwent surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center between 2009 and 2013. COPD was diagnosed based on postbronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 s to forced vital capacity ratio <0.7 and a history of smoking. The exposure of interest was preoperative systemic corticosteroid therapy. The primary outcomes were PPCs and wound complications. Cardiac and urinary complications along with unplanned readmission or reoperation and death were also evaluated. RESULTS: Overall 42.4% of patients received preoperative systemic corticosteroids. Postoperative wound complications were significantly more frequent in COPD patients who received preoperative systemic corticosteroids compared to patients who did not (10.3% vs. none, respectively, P = 0.03). However, PPCs were not significantly different between patients who received preoperative systemic corticosteroids and patients who did not (17.9% vs. 13.2%, respectively, P = 0.53). There were no significant differences in the secondary outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that preoperative administration of systemic corticosteroids in stable COPD patients is associated with an increased risk of postoperative wound complications but may not reduce PPCs.
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