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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214236/are-hospital-ed-transfers-less-likely-among-nursing-home-residents-with-do-not-hospitalize-orders
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Taeko Nakashima, Yuchi Young, Wan-Hsiang Hsu
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to examine whether an advance directive "Do Not Hospitalize" (DNH) would be effective in reducing hospital/emergency department (ED) transfers. Similar effects in residents with dementia were also examined. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING/SUBJECTS: New York State (NYS) nursing home residents (n = 43,024). MEASUREMENTS AND ANALYSIS: The Minimum Data Set 2.0 was used to address the study aims...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209392/transfer-of-do-not-resuscitate-orders-to-the-emergency-department-from-extended-care-facilities
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Colleen M McQuown, Jennifer A Frey, Ahmad Amireh, Ali Chaudhary
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: With an elderly and chronically ill patient population visiting the emergency department, it is important to know patients' wishes regarding care preferences and advanced directives. Ohio law states DNR orders must be transported with the patient when they leave an extended care facility (ECF). We reviewed the charts of ECF patients to evaluate which patients presenting to the ED had their DNR status recognized by the physician and DNR orders that were made during their hospital stay...
February 4, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206733/end-of-life-decisions-in-34-slovene-intensive-care-units-a-nationwide-prospective-clinical-study
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Miha Orazem, Urh Groselj, Manca Stojan, Neza Majdic, Gaj Vidmar, Stefan Grosek
BACKGROUND: To determine how end-of-life decisions (EOLD) on limitations of life- sustaining treatment (LST) are made in three different types of intensive care units (ICUs) in Slovenia. METHODS: A national multicenter prospective study among 31 adult and three pediatric/neonatal ICUs (PICUs). The questionnaire form on EOLD was designed to assess the clinical practice. Data were collected between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013. For statistical analysis we used IBM® SPSS® Statistics 20 software package...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169946/differences-in-utilization-of-life-support-and-end-of-life-care-for-medical-icu-patients-with-versus-without-cancer
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Geoffrey Koff, Urvashi Vaid, Edward Len, Albert Crawford, David A Oxman
OBJECTIVES: To explore differences in the utilization of life support and end-of-life care between patients dying in the medical ICU with cancer compared with those without cancer. DESIGN: Retrospective review of 403 deaths or hospice transfers in the medical ICU from January 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. SETTING: Urban tertiary care university hospital. PATIENTS: Consecutive medical ICU deaths or hospice transfers over an 18-month period...
February 6, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158232/the-effects-of-hospice-shared-care-for-gastric-cancer-patients
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Kun-Siang Huang, Shih-Ho Wang, Seng-Kee Chuah, Kun-Ming Rau, Yu-Hung Lin, Meng-Che Hsieh, Li-Hsueh Shih, Yen-Hao Chen
BACKGROUND: Hospice care has been proved to result in changes to the medical behaviors of terminally ill patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects and medical behavior changes of hospice-shared care intervention among terminally ill gastric cancer patients. METHODS: A total of 174 patients who died of gastric cancer between 2012 and 2014 were identified. These patients were divided into two groups: a hospice-shared care group (n = 93) and a control group (n = 81)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156629/a-whole-greater-than-the-sum-of-the-parts-close-collaboration-between-palliative-care-and-clinical-ethics
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: 53 Background: The disciplines of palliative care (PC) and clinical ethics (CE) share common content but also important distinctions in method, skill set, and clinical role in a given patient encounter. Particularly in cases of advance care planning, complex decision-making, and clarifying goals oncology teams may be challenged to know which consultation service to involve. METHODS: Case report and commentary. RESULTS: A 60 year-old man with a 3-year history of glioblastoma multiforme presented with sudden onset right-sided weakness and altered mental status...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130945/a-snapshot-of-advance-directives-in-long-term-care-how-often-is-do-not-done
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Sheril Perry, Christina Lawand
Advance directives allow individuals and their families or legal guardians to communicate preferences for interventions and treatments in the event that these individuals are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. This study examines how often do-not-hospitalize (DNH) and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) directives were recorded for residents in 982 reporting Canadian long-term care facilities between 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 and, to the extent possible, whether these directives were followed in acute care settings...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118824/factors-that-influence-advance-directives-completion-amongst-terminally-ill-patients-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-kenya
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Stephen Omondi, John Weru, Asim Jamal Shaikh, Gerald Yonga
BACKGROUND: An advance directive (AD) is a written or verbal document that legally stipulates a person's health care preference while they are competent to make decisions for themselves and is used to guide decisions on life-sustaining treatment in the event that they become incapacitated. AD can take the form of a living will, a limitation of care document, a do-not-resuscitate order, or an appointment of a surrogate by durable power of attorney. The completion rate of AD varies from region to region, and it is influenced by multiple factors...
January 25, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099054/association-between-do-not-resuscitate-do-not-intubate-status-and-resident-physician-decision-making-a-national-survey
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Elizabeth K Stevenson, Hashim M Mehter, Allan J Walkey, Renda Soylemez Wiener
RATIONALE: Compared to their Full Code counterparts, patients with Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate (DNR/DNI) status receive fewer interventions and have higher mortality than predicted by clinical characteristics. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether internal medicine residents, the front-line providers for many hospitalized patients, would manage hypothetical patients differently based on code status. We hypothesized respondents would be less likely to provide a variety of interventions to DNR/DNI patients than Full Code patients...
January 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099053/palliative-care-involvement-is-associated-with-less-intensive-end-of-life-care-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-oncology-patients
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Jennifer M Snaman, Erica C Kaye, Jessie J Lu, April Sykes, Justin N Baker
BACKGROUND: Adolescent and young adult oncology (AYAO) patients often receive intensive medical care and experience significant symptoms at the end of life (EOL). OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe the characteristics of AYAO patients aged 15-26 years who died as inpatients in a hospital and to compare the illness and EOL experiences of AYAO patients who did and did not receive palliative care (PC). DESIGN AND SETTING: A standardized data extraction tool was used to collect information about demographics, treatment, terminal characteristics, and symptoms during the last month of life (LMOL) for 69 AYAO patients who died while hospitalized between 2008 and 2014...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097649/hospital-variation-in-utilization-of-life-sustaining-treatments-among-patients-with-do-not-resuscitate-orders
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Allan J Walkey, Janice Weinberg, Renda Soylemez Wiener, Colin R Cooke, Peter K Lindenauer
OBJECTIVE: To determine between-hospital variation in interventions provided to patients with do not resuscitate (DNR) orders. DATA SOURCES/SETTING: United States Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, California State Inpatient Database. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study including hospitalized patients aged 40 and older with potential indications for invasive treatments: in-hospital cardiac arrest (indication for CPR), acute respiratory failure (mechanical ventilation), acute renal failure (hemodialysis), septic shock (central venous catheterization), and palliative care...
January 18, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074589/on-patient-well-being-and-professional-authority
#12
Mildred Z Solomon
Two papers in this issue address the limits of surrogates' authority when making life-and-death decisions for dying family members or friends. Using palliative sedation as an example, Jeffrey Berger offers a conceptual argument for bounding surrogate authority. Since freedom from pain is an essential interest, when imminently dying, cognitively incapacitated patients are in duress and their symptoms are not manageable in any other way, clinicians should be free to offer palliative sedation without surrogate consent, although assent should be sought and every effort made to work with surrogates as harmoniously as possible...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074585/a-good-death
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Tia Powell, Adira Hulkower
A good death is hard to find. Family members tell us that loved ones die in the wrong place-the hospital-and do not receive high-quality care at the end of life. This issue of the Hastings Center Report offers two articles from authors who strive to provide good end-of-life care and to prevent needless suffering. We agree with their goals, but we have substantial reservations about the approaches they recommend. Respect for the decisions of patients and their surrogates is a relatively new and still vulnerable aspect of medical care...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074576/decisions-and-authority
#14
Gregory E Kaebnick
This issue of the Hastings Center Report (January-February 2017) features three articles exploring aspects of decision-making for others. In the first two, the focus is on the limits of surrogate decision-makers' authority when the surrogates' judgments about a patient's treatment conflict with the physicians'. If a physician decides that a patient will not benefit from CPR, for example, but the patient's surrogate insists on it, is the physician obliged to proceed with the procedure? Or can the physician, pointing to a duty to provide good care to the patient and not to cause the patient to suffer, get a do-not-resuscitate order for the patient-even in the face of the surrogate's objections? These are the questions that animate the first article, in which a group of authors report on a policy implemented at Massachusetts General Hospital to help doctors who face this dilemma...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062350/discordance-of-patient-reported-and-clinician-ordered-resuscitation-status-in-patients-hospitalized-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Kathleen A Young, Sara E Wordingham, Jacob J Strand, Vėronique L Roger, Shannon M Dunlay
CONTEXT: Accurate documentation of preferences for cardiopulmonary resuscitation at hospital admission is critical to ensure that patients receive resuscitation or not in accordance with their wishes. OBJECTIVES: We sought to identify and characterize inconsistencies in patient-reported and clinician-ordered resuscitation status in patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). METHODS: Southeastern Minnesota residents hospitalized with ADHF were prospectively enrolled into a study that included the administration of face-to-face questionnaires from January 2014 through February 2016...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040717/predictors-of-the-use-of-specific-critical-care-therapies-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer
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Kah Poh Loh, Ankit Kansagra, Meng-Shiou Shieh, Penelope Pekow, Peter Lindenauer, Mihaela Stefan, Tara Lagu
OBJECTIVE: Understanding which factors are associated with the use of critical care therapies (CCTs) can help with clinical decision-making and goals of care discussion. The goal of this study was to describe the predictors of CCT use (eg, mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube, total parenteral nutrition, acute use of dialysis) in hospitalized patients with metastatic cancer. METHODS: We used the 2010 California State Inpatient Databases sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to identify all hospitalizations with a diagnosis of metastatic cancer (patients aged ≥18 years)...
January 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033524/advance-directives-and-mortality-rates-among-nursing-home-residents-in-taiwan-a-retrospective-longitudinal-study
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Hsiu-Hsin Tsai, Yun-Fang Tsai, Chia-Yih Liu
BACKGROUND: No data-based evidence is available regarding the best time for nursing home nurses to obtain residents' signatures on advance directives, especially for do-not-resuscitate directives, the most common type of advance directive. This information is needed to enhance the low prevalence of advance directives in Asian countries. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to understand (1) the timing between nursing home admission and signing a do-not-resuscitate directive, (2) the factors related to having a do-not-resuscitate directive, and (3) the association between having a do-not-resuscitate directive and nursing home residents' mortality in Taiwan...
December 15, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001466/the-intensive-palliative-care-unit-changing-outcomes-for-hospitalized-cancer-patients-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Haipeng Zhang, Constance Barysauskas, Elizabeth Rickerson, Paul Catalano, Joseph Jacobson, Carol Dalby, Charlotta Lindvall, Kathy Selvaggi
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced cancer often require complex symptom management. At Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, the intensive palliative care unit (IPCU) admits symptomatic oncology patients with uncontrolled symptoms throughout the trajectory of illness. Patients are uniquely managed by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians who focus on symptom management and advance care planning. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our analysis was to investigate goals-of-care outcomes and healthcare utilization after admission to the IPCU...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957286/experiences-of-iranian-physicians-regarding-do-not-resuscitate-a-directed-content-analysis
#19
Mohammadali Cheraghi, Fatemeh Bahramnezhad, Neda Mehrdad
One of the major advances in medicine has been the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure since the 1960s in order to save human lives. This procedure has so far saved thousands of lives. Although CPR has helped to save lives, in some cases, it prolongs the process of dying, suffering, and pain in patients. This study was conducted to explain the experience of Iranian physicians regarding do not resuscitate order (DNR). This study was a directed qualitative content analysis which analyzed the perspective of 8 physicians on different aspects of DNR guidelines...
2016: Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
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
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