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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915265/the-ethics-of-unilateral-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-and-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-defibrillator-deactivation-patient-perspectives
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Margaret Daeschler, Ralph J Verdino, James N Kirkpatrick
AIMS: Decisions about deactivation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are complicated. Unilateral do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders (against patient/family wishes) have been ethically justified in cases of medical futility. Unilateral deactivation of ICDs may be seen as a logical extension of a unilateral DNR order. However, the ethical implications of unilateral ICD deactivation have not been explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty patients who had an ICD or cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) were interviewed at a quaternary medical centre outpatient electrophysiology practice...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896320/influences-of-do-not-resuscitate-order-prohibition-on-cpr-outcomes
#2
Umut Gulacti, Ugur Lok
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to determine factors affecting the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) ratios, neurological outcomes at discharge, the ratio of living patients discharged from the hospital and due to Do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) prohibition. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study conducted on patients of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed in emergency department (ED) and intensive care units between February 2010 and February 2012...
June 2016: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891574/termination-of-pre-hospital-resuscitation-by-anaesthesiologists-causes-and-consequences-a-retrospective-study
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S Mikkelsen, H M Lossius, L G Binderup, C Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, P Toft, A T Lassen
AIM: Differentiating between a newly deceased patient and the lifeless patient in whom immediate resuscitation is required may be facilitated by a pre-hospital anaesthesiologist. The purpose of our study was to investigate to what extent and why the pre-hospital anaesthesiologist pronounced life extinct in situations where an emergency medical technician (EMT) would have been required to resuscitate. METHODS: All lifeless patients seen pre-hospitally by the anaesthesiologist-manned Mobile Emergency Care Unit in Odense, Denmark, from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively studied...
November 27, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861375/trends-of-do-not-resuscitate-consent-and-hospice-care-utilization-among-noncancer-decedents-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-taiwan-between-2010-and-2014-a-hospital-based-observational-study
#4
Hsiao-Ting Chang, Ming-Hwai Lin, Chun-Ku Chen, Pesus Chou, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shinn-Jang Hwang
Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) and hospice care are not only applied to cancer patients but also to patients with noncancer progressive illness. However, the trends of DNR consent and hospice utilization are not well explored for noncancer patients. This study aimed to explore the trends of DNR consent and hospice care utilization among noncancer decedents in a tertiary hospital in Taiwan. We analyzed the Death and Hospice Palliative Care Database from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan. The Death and Hospice Palliative Care Database contains information including patient sex, major diagnosis, admission date, date of death, age at death, department at discharge, status of DNR consent, and status of hospice care of patients who died in the Taipei Veterans General Hospital...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861305/trends-and-determinants-of-familial-consent-for-corneal-donation-in-chinese
#5
Allie Lee, Michael Y Ni, Amanda C K Luk, Jessie K P Lau, Karen S Y Lam, Tom K Li, Catherine S M Wong, Victoria W Y Wong
PURPOSE: Corneal transplantation is the treatment of choice for many corneal diseases. At present, there is a global shortage of corneal transplant tissues, and failure to obtain consent from families of potential donors is a major limiting factor in tissue procurement. METHODS: All family members of potential donors after cardiac death approached by the local eye bank staff members from January 2008 to December 2014 in Hong Kong were included. Reasons for consent or refusal and sociodemographic details of the deceased and the family members approached were reviewed...
November 16, 2016: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858578/severe-cerebral-edema-following-nivolumab-treatment-for-pediatric-glioblastoma-case-report
#6
Xiao Zhu, Michael M McDowell, William C Newman, Gary E Mason, Stephanie Greene, Mandeep S Tamber
Nivolumab is an immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) currently undergoing Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of glioblastoma. The authors present the case of a 10-year-old girl with glioblastoma treated with nivolumab under compassionate-use guidelines. After the first dose of nivolumab the patient developed hemiparesis, cerebral edema, and significant midline shift due to severe tumor necrosis. She was managed using intravenous dexamethasone and discharged on a dexamethasone taper. The patient's condition rapidly deteriorated after the second dose of nivolumab, demonstrating hemiplegia, seizures, and eventually unresponsiveness with a fixed and dilated left pupil...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852667/short-term-outcome-of-treatment-limitation-discussions-for-newborn-infants-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-cohort-study
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Narendra Aladangady, Chloe Shaw, Katie Gallagher, Elizabeth Stokoe, Neil Marlow
OBJECTIVE: To determine the short-term outcomes of babies for whom clinicians or parents discussed the limitation of life-sustaining treatment (LST). DESIGN: Prospective multicentre observational study. SETTING: Two level 3, six level 2 and one level 1 neonatal units in the North-East London Neonatal Network. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 87 babies including 68 for whom limiting LST was discussed with parents and 19 babies died without discussion of limiting LST in the labour ward or neonatal unit...
November 15, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821105/interventions-and-decision-making-at-the-end-of-life-the-effect-of-establishing-the-terminal-illness-situation
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C Campos-Calderón, R Montoya-Juárez, C Hueso-Montoro, E Hernández-López, F Ojeda-Virto, M P García-Caro
BACKGROUND: Many 'routine' interventions performed in hospital rooms have repercussions for the comfort of the patient, and the decision to perform them should depend on whether the patient is identified as in a terminal phase. The aim of this study is to analyse the health interventions performed and decisions made in the last days of life in patients with advanced oncological and non-oncological illness to ascertain whether identifying the patient's terminal illness situation has any effect on these decisions...
November 7, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810417/are-hospitalized-parkinson-s-disease-patients-more-likely-to-carry-a-do-not-resuscitate-order
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Abhimanyu Mahajan, Achint Patel, Girish Nadkarni, Christos Sidiropoulos
While DNR utilization is a complex subjective phenomenon, the effect of such a decision can collectively influence attitudes of care. The role of palliative care in advanced PD has been under appreciated. We reviewed the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database from 2012 for all hospitalizations ⩾65years. We identified PD by using ICD-9-CM code 332.0 and DNR status with ICD code - V49.86 entered during the same admission as a secondary diagnosis. We estimated risk of mortality by the 3M™ All Patient Refined DRG (APR DRG) classification System and generated multivariate regression models to assess associations between DNR and PD after adjusting for confounders...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806626/the-meaning-of-do-not-resuscitate-and-its-relationship-to-morality-and-outcomes-research
#10
Mark A Bradford
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806625/a-reasoned-argument-for-the-demise-of-the-do-not-resuscitate-order
#11
Blair Henry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806622/brain-metastases-end-of-life-medical-policies-and-controversies-surrounding-the-term-do-not-resuscitate
#12
Charles B Simone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803565/patient-and-health-care-provider-interpretation-of-do-not-resuscitate-and-do-not-intubate
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Heather Pirinea, Thomas Simunich, Daniel Wehner, John Ashurst
BACKGROUND: Advance directives and end of life care are difficult discussions for both patients and health-care providers (HCPs). A HCP requires an accurate understanding of advanced directives to educate patients and their family members to allow them to make an appropriate decision. Misinterpretations of the do not resuscitate (DNR), do not intubate (DNI), and the Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form result in ineffective communication and confusion between patients, family members, and HCPs...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801708/pediatric-critical-care-transport-as-a-conduit-to-terminal-extubation-at-home-a-case-series
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Corina Noje, Meghan L Bernier, Philomena M Costabile, Bruce L Klein, Sapna R Kudchadkar
OBJECTIVES: To present our single-center's experience with three palliative critical care transports home from the PICU for terminal extubation. DESIGN: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients transported between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2014. SETTING: All cases were identified from our institutional pediatric transport database. PATIENTS: Patients were terminally ill children unable to separate from mechanical ventilation in the PICU, who were transported home for terminal extubation and end-of-life care according to their families' wishes...
October 28, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771786/do-not-resuscitate-orders-in-cancer-patients-a-review-of-literature
#15
Aart Osinski, Gerard Vreugdenhil, Jan de Koning, Johannes G van der Hoeven
Discussing do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders is part of daily hospital practice in oncology departments. Several medical factors and patient characteristics are associated with issuing DNR orders in cancer patients. DNR orders are often placed late in the disease process. This may be a cause for disagreements between doctors and between doctors and patients and may cause for unnecessary treatments and admissions. In addition, DNR orders on itself may influence the rest of the medical treatment for patients. We present recommendations for discussing DNR orders and medical futility in practice through shared decision-making...
October 22, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753520/association-of-early-do-not-resuscitate-orders-with-unplanned-readmissions-among-patients-hospitalized-for-pneumonia
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Anuj B Mehta, Colin R Cooke, Ivor S Douglas, Peter K Lindenauer, Renda Soylemez Wiener, Allan J Walkey
RATIONALE: In the United States, approximately 20% of patients hospitalized with pneumonia are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days. Given the significant costs and healthcare system utilization due to unplanned readmissions, pneumonia readmission rates are a target of national quality measures. Patient do-not-resuscitate (DNR) status strongly influences hospital pneumonia mortality measures; however, associations between DNR status and 30-day readmissions following pneumonia are unclear...
October 18, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751701/suicidal-patients-with-a-do-not-resuscitate-order
#17
Mary P Henman
BACKGROUND: A suicidal person with a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order presents an ethical dilemma to the emergency physician. Many believe that suicide is an irrational action, and therefore, all suicide attempts must be treated. Others believe a DNR order should be respected even in the setting of a suicide attempt. CASE REPORT: An elderly woman with a known terminal illness presented to the emergency department after a suspected suicide attempt. She had a DNR order during her previous hospitalization...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743577/decade-long-trends-2001-to-2011-in-the-use-of-evidence-based-medical-therapies-at-the-time-of-hospital-discharge-for-patients-surviving-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Raghavendra Charan P Makam, Nathaniel Erskine, David D McManus, Darleen Lessard, Joel M Gore, Jorge Yarzebski, Robert J Goldberg
Optimization of medical therapy during discharge planning is vital for improving patient outcomes after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, limited information is available about recent trends in the prescribing of evidence-based medical therapies in these patients, especially from a population-based perspective. We describe decade-long trends in the discharge prescribing of aspirin, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers, β blockers, and statins in hospital survivors of AMI...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729035/end-of-life-care-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#19
Kaisa Rajala, Juho T Lehto, M Saarinen, E Sutinen, T Saarto, M Myllärniemi
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease with median survival from 2 to 7 years. Palliative care is an important part of patients´ care as lung transplantation is not an option for the majority of patients. The aim of this study was to describe treatment practices, decision-making and symptoms during end-of-life care of IPF patients. METHODS: We identified 59 deceased patients from a national prospective IPF cohort study (FinnishIPF) and analyzed retrospectively their health care documentation during the 6 months that preceded death...
October 12, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720791/impact-of-palliative-care-screening-and-consultation-in-the-icu-a-multi-hospital-quality-improvement-project
#20
Robert J Zalenski, Spencer S Jones, Cheryl Courage, Denise R Waselewsky, Anna S Kostaroff, David Kaufman, Afzal Beemath, John Bronfman, James W Castillo, Hicham Krayem, Anthony Marinelli, Bradley Milner, Maria Teresa Palleschi, Mona Tareen, Sheri Testani, Ayman Soubani, Julie Walch, Judy Wheeler, Sonali Wilborn, Hanna Granovsky, Robert D Welch
CONTEXT: There are few multi-center studies that examine the impact of systematic screening for palliative care and specialty consultation in the ICU. OBJECTIVE: To determine the outcomes of receiving palliative care consultation (PCC) for patients who screened positive on palliative care referral criteria. METHODS: In a prospective quality assurance intervention with a retrospective analysis, the covariate balancing propensity score method was utilized to estimate the conditional probability of receiving a PCC and to balance important covariates...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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