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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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
Blair Henry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
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