Publications by authors named "Stephanie Karasick"

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EEG is A Predictor of Neuroimaging Abnormalities in Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

J Clin Med 2020 Aug 4;9(8). Epub 2020 Aug 4.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX 75390, USA.

The goal of this project was to evaluate if severity of electroencephalogram (EEG) during or shortly after being placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) would correlate with neuroimaging abnormalities, and if that could be used as an early indicator of neurologic injury. This was a retrospective chart review spanning November 2009 to May 2018. Patients who had an EEG recording during ECMO or within 48 hours after being decannulated (early group) or within 3 months of being on ECMO (late group) were included if they also had ECMO-related neuroimaging. In the early EEG group, severity of the EEG findings of mild, moderate, and severe EEG correlated to mild, moderate, and severe neuroimaging scores. Patients on venoarterial (VA) ECMO were noted to have higher EEG and neuroimaging severity; this was statistically significant. There was no association in the late EEG group to neuroimaging abnormalities. Our study highlights that EEG severity can be an early predictor for neuroimaging abnormalities that can be identified by computed tomography (CT) and or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This can provide guidance for both the medical team and families, allowing for a better understanding of overall prognosis.
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August 2020

Antibiotic Stewardship Challenges in a Referral Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Am J Perinatol 2016 Apr 18;33(5):518-24. Epub 2015 Dec 18.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

Background: Antibiotic overuse in neonates is associated with adverse outcomes. Data are limited to guide antibiotic stewardship in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our objective was to identify areas for antibiotic stewardship improvement in a referral NICU.

Methods: Retrospective review of antibiotic use administered to infants admitted to a referral NICU compared with an inborn NICU. Antibiotic use was quantified by days of therapy (DOT) per 1,000 patient-days (PD).

Results: A total of 78% of referral NICU infants received ≥ 1 course of antibiotics. Infants in the referral NICU received more antibiotic DOT/1,000 PD than in the inborn NICU (558.9 vs. 343.2, p < 0.001), with a higher proportion of broad-spectrum therapy. For infants in the referral NICU, 39% of antibiotic courses were started at the transferring hospital; these were broader in spectrum (28 vs. 20%, p < 0.001) and less likely to be de-escalated or discontinued at 48 to 72 hours (58 vs. 87%, p < 0.001) than courses started after transfer.

Conclusions: Compared with the inborn NICU, suspected sepsis in the referral NICU accounted for more antibiotic utilization, which was broad-spectrum and less likely to be de-escalated. Stewardship interventions should include reserving broad-spectrum therapy for infants with risk factors and de-escalating promptly once culture results become available.
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April 2016