2013 Dec 8 - HKSCCM ASM VAP Lecture

Date: 8 Dec 2013; Venue: HKSCCM Annual Scientific Meeting at Intercontinental Grand Stanford, TST,  Hong Kong

Speaker: Dr CW Lau, AC, ICU, PYNEH

Abstract: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is very common in the ICU. However, according to a local survey of 10 ICUs, the VAP bundle was not a consistent practice in 20%, and only 50% had held compliance audits, and local VAP rates were not routinely reported. The difficulties and reluctance may lie in the fact that the diagnostic criteria involve subjectivity (e.g. CXR interpretation), that most items in the VAP bundle are not of high level of evidence, that outcomes are regarded not being altered, and successful implementation involves multidisciplinary coordination and multidimensional approach. From the literature, a sustained zero rate is not an impossibility...

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2011 May 6 - Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) by Novel Endotracheal Tube Designs

Drs Grace SM Lam and Arthur CW Lau; Department of Intensive Care, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. Also published in the Hong Kong Thoracic Society Newsletter (in press)
Comparison of various ETT
“Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)”, or the more recently suggested term “Ventilation-Acquired Pneumonia”, is the commonest nosocomial infection and major cause of morbidity and mortality in the intensive care unit (ICU). VAP occurs by at least four mechanisms: (1) aspiration of microbe-laden secretion of oropharyngeal or gastric origin that has accumulated in the subglottic region above the cuff of an endotracheal tube (ETT) – the predominant mechanism; (2) inhalation of contaminated air or medical aerosols; (3) direct extension from neighboring pleural or intra-abdominal infection; and (4) haematogenous spread of distant infection. This article focuses on how some novel designs of ETT may contribute to VAP prevention.

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2010 Sep/Oct - Ultrasonography in Pulmonology: An Overview

Dr. JS Lee; Department of Medicine, Tuen Mun Hospital

Ultrasound in medicine was first documented in the early 1940s and with commercially available systems since the mid 1960s. It has evolved from still pictures to real-time moving grey-scale images of today. With the exponential increase in microchip processing power the present available systems are faster and more powerful, enabling more enhancement of the signal and new ways of interpreting and displaying images. Modern devices are inexpensive, lightweight, and user-friendly and can be used not just for the out-patient setting but also at the bedside.1

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2010 Oct 16 - Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): Revival ± Revolution?

Drs. WW Yan, Arthur CW Lau, Grace SM Lam and Kenny KC Chan, on behalf of the PYNEH ICU ECMO Team, Department of Intensive Care, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong. Also published in the Hong Kong Thoracic Society Newsletter, vol 20, no 3, Sep/Oct 2010

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) where an artificial circuit carries venous blood to a gas exchange device (the oxygenator) for oxygen enrichment and carbon dioxide removal. If the blood is returned to the venous system, it is called a veno-venous ECMO (VV-ECMO), whereas if blood is returned to the arterial system, it is called veno-arterial ECMO (VA-ECMO). VV-ECMO is considered for acute respiratory failure with good cardiac function, while VA-ECMO is used in cardiac failure with or without respiratory failure. The following discussion will focus more on the use of VV-ECMO for acute respiratory failure.

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2010 Mar 20 - Murray Score Calculator

Date: 20 March 2010

About the CESAR Study of ECMO:
Inclusion criteria: Eligible patients were aged 18—65 years with severe but potentially reversible respiratory failure, and a Murray score of 3·0 or higher, or uncompensated hypercapnoea with a pH of less than 7·20 despite optimum conventional treatment. Patients were also considered for inclusion if the Murray score was 2·5 or higher, so that trial entry could be accelerated if the patient continued to dete riorate.

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2009 Dec - Nursing Management of Chest Drains

 Ms. Maggie Lit. APN, Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dec 2009. HKTS/ACCP/HKLF Joint Newsletter
Introduction: Chest drain can be used to drain abnormal collections of fluid or air from the pleural cavity. It is mostly used to treat pneumothorax and pleural effusions. Although chest drains have been used for over a century, there is surprisingly little research-based evidence. Most literature is largely anecdotal and often based on expert opinions or retrospective series. In the following discussion, a review of the current nursing care and management of chest drains would be made.

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2010 Jan 25 - How to Start a Veno-Venous ECMO with a Sub-Circuit for CRRT? PYNEH Experience

Dr Arthur CW Lau, Department of Intensive Care, Pamela Youde Nethersole Hospital, Hong Kong, China. 25 Jan 2010

Figure. Setup of ECMO and CRRT circuits in ICU, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Some human swine flu patients present with rapidly progressive respiratory failure. When there is relentless oxygen desaturation despite maximal ventilatory support, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) using a veno-venous circuit becomes a useful option to almost fully replace or support the ventilatory function of the lungs.

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2009 Dec 3 & 10 - Management of Pneumothorax with Chest Drainage

Teaching Material of the Critical Care Respiratory Course (CCRC) on 3rd and 10th December, 2009; Organised by the Department of Intensive Care, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong

A scheme for the management of pneumothorax with chest drainage is shown. Click READ MORE to view.

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2009 Oct - The role of procalcitonin in community-acquired pneumonia

Dr Lee Man Po, Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Oct 2009, in HKTS Newslettter
What is procalcitonin (PCT)?
PCT is an acute phase reactant which rapidly increases in level in inflammatory diseases. It can be either hormonally expressed by neuroendocrine cells (such as the thyroid and K-cells of the lung) or released in a cytokine-like manner by parenchymal cells in liver, kidney, and monocytes.1 PCT levels are released by parenchymal cells in response to microbial toxins and to certain host pro-inflammatory mediators (IL-1β, TNF-α, and IL-6).

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2008 Percutaneous Tracheostomy

Dr Thomas J.S. Lee, Department of Medicine & Geriatrics, Tuen Mun Hospital; published in the HKTS/ACCP (HK & Macau Chapter)/HKLF Joint Newsletter in 2008

Tracheostomy is one of the more common surgery performed on the critically ill patient and is traditionally performed by surgeons in the operating room. Percutaneous tracheostomy was developed shortly after Seldinger1 described a technique of needle replacement over a guide wire in arterial catheterization in 1953. Shelden et al2 gained airway access with a slotted needle that was used to guide a cutting trocar into the trachea. Subsequently several authors have also described various methods of percutaneous tracheostomy. The utility of percutaneous tracheostomy is that it can be performed at the bedside, especially in intensive care units.

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2009 Oct 6 - Mechanical Ventilation: Principles and Practices

Presented by Dr Arthur CW Lau at the Certificate Course in Respiratory Medicine (organised by the FMSHK, HKTS, ACCP (HK & Macau Chapter) on 6 Oct 2009

Download presentation file here

2009 Jul - Pandemic H1N1 2009/ Human Swine Influenza: Sharing of the Serious Cases

By CMC, QEH, TMH, PWH; Chairman: Dr CY Tam, Dr ML Wong; Moderator: Dr WC Yu; published at the Hong Kong Respiratory Medicine Website on 19 Sep 2009

Case 1
(Presented by Prof. David Hui, Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, Prince of Wales Hospital)
A 23 year-old university student with good past health was admitted on 15 July 2009 with fever, cough with blood-stained sputum and sore throat for 1 week. She enjoyed good past health and lived with her parents, siblings and domestic helper. She returned to Hong Kong from the United Kingdom on 14 June 2009 and had no known contact with patients with respiratory symptoms. Her family members were all asymptomatic.

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2009 The New Hong Kong Respiratory Medicine Website

Recommended by Dr LAU Chun Wing Arthur, ICU, PYNEH, Hong Kong, on 16 August 2009

This website is the joint website of the Hong Kong Thoracic Medicine (HKTS) and American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP, Hong Kong & Macau Chapter). It is managed by the Information Technology Subcommittee of the Hong Kong Thoracic Society. Content is supported by the Editorial Board of the Newsletter - a trimonthly joint communiqué of Hong Kong Thoracic Society & American College of Chest Physicians (Hong Kong and Macau Chapter).

The website is still under construction, but it already contains a lot of useful clinical cases for your reference.

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2009 Nebulised Zanamivir in H1N1 Influenza

This video clip shows how the nebulised zanamivir is fitted into the ventilator circuit. Date: 5 August 2009, ICU, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Note: On 10 Sep 2009, FDA Warned Against Use of Zanamivir With Nebulizer, weblink here.
The following information is for reference only.
It is an overview of the ventilator circuit of a critically ill patient suffering from H1N1 influenza (swine flu) with Siemens Ultrasonic nebuliser fitted into the inspiratory limb of the circuit.
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2009 Introduction to Chest Radiology - Department of Radiology, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center

Recommended by Dr LAU Chun Wing Arthur, ICU, PYNEH, Hong Kong, on 27 June 2009
Website authors: Spencer B. Gay, MD, Juan Olazagasti, MD, Jack W. Higginbotham, MD, Atul Gupta MD, Alex Wurm MD; University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Department of Radiology

This web site is intended as a self-tutorial for residents and medical students to learn to interpret chest radiographs with confidence. Technique, normal anatomy and common pathology are presented. Quizzes are provided for practice and self-assessment.
Click Read More to go to the site.

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2009 Chest Drainage System

Submitted by Dr LAU Chun Wing Arthur on 4 May 2009

Intensive Care Unit, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong


Have you ever taken apart this commercial chest drainage system (Atrium Ocean TM) to learn about the inside mechanisms?

This is actually a 3-bottle chest drainage system, but has the added advantage that it is sterile and compact, having overpressure and underpressure protection, and it will not lose its fluid even when tipped. 

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2009 Head of Bed (HOB) Angle Indicator

Submitted by Dr LAU Chun Wing Arthur on 28 April 2009

Department of Intensive Care, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital


Figure. Head of Bed (HOB) angle indicator used in PYNEH ICU.

Click Read More to read the evidence that this improves compliance of HOB elevation, one of the important measures to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

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2009 Alveolopleural or Bronchopleural Fistula - From the Critical Care Physicians' Perspective

Authors: Dr LAM Sin Man Grace and Dr LAU Chun Wing Arthur, April 2009

Department of Intensive Care, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital

Also appears in the Newsletter of The Hong Kong Thoracic Society, The American College of Chest Physicians (Hong Kong and Macau Chapter) and The Hong Kong Lung Foundation, vol 19, no 1, Mar/Apr 2009.

You may also view the powerpoint presentation file on this topic here. 

Figure. CXR of the patient


In the following article, we illustrate the differences between alveolopleural fistula (APF) and bronchopleural fistula (BPF) with a review on their management through the presentation of a case recently encountered in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

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2009 ETT Prop

Dr LAU Chun Wing

Dept of Intensive Care, PYNEH

6 Jan 2009

How do your nurses prop up an ETT dangling from a patient's mouth? Our nurses do it this way in recent few months. Are you doing it this way too?

ett prop

A thin latex glove is blown up with air and the ETT simply rests in between the digits. It is light in weight, not slippery, and so we feel that it is better than using folded towel as support. 

Ask your hospital editors to publish under Useful Resources Stores/Tricks of the Trade to share with us your smart way of doing ICU-related jobs.


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