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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892278/reflection-on-stroke-deaths-and-end-of-life-stroke-care
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Syed Zujajuddin Quadri, Thang Huynh, Cecilia Cappelen-Smith, Nirupama Wijesuriya, Abul Mamun, Roy Beran, Alan Mcdougall, Dennis Cordato
BACKGROUND: The benefit of palliative care referral for severe stroke patients on end-of-life care pathways (EOLCP) is increasingly recognised. Palliative care provides assistance with symptom management and transition to end-of-life care. Advance care planning (ACP) may help accommodate patient/family expectations and guide management. METHOD: Retrospective study of all stroke deaths (2014-2015) at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Data examined included age, co-morbidities, living arrangements, pre-existing ACP, palliative care referral rates and 'survival time'...
September 11, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846483/palliative-care-needs-in-an-acute-internal-medicine-ward-in-mexico
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Tania Zertuche-Maldonado, Rodrigo Tellez-Villarreal, Antonio Pascual, Salvador B Valdovinos-Chavez, Abel Jesus Barragan-Berlanga, Maria Teresa Sanchez-Avila, Leonardo Bracho-Vela, Adria Tinoco-Aranda, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is an evolving but underdeveloped practice in Mexico. OBJECTIVE: The primary end point of this prospective observational study was to identify internal medicine inpatients fulfilling advanced criteria within a second-level hospital. Secondary end points were symptom burden, treatment, resource utilization, and one-year survival. DESIGN AND MEASUREMENTS: The 390-sample size calculation was based on previous studies where 15% of inpatients fulfilled palliative care needs...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818864/palliative-care-for-hospitalized-patients-with-stroke-results-from-the-2010-to-2012-national-inpatient-sample
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Tarvinder Singh, Steven R Peters, David L Tirschwell, Claire J Creutzfeldt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Substantial variability exists in the use of life-prolonging treatments for patients with stroke, especially near the end of life. This study explores patterns of palliative care utilization and death in hospitalized patients with stroke across the United States. METHODS: Using the 2010 to 2012 nationwide inpatient sample databases, we included all patients discharged with stroke identified by International Classification of Diseases-Ninth Revision codes...
September 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768356/-singultus-diagnostic-workup-and-therapy
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Ohlrich Marcus, Georg Royl
A hiccup is a reflex movement with diffusely distributed afferents and efferents in the thorax; its functional relevance is controversial. In its physiological form, it is mostly a minor complaint that stops spontaneously and rarely leads to medical consultation. However, prolonged agonizing hiccups represent serious deterioration of quality of life. Chronic hiccups by definition last for more than 48 h, with gastroesophageal reflux being the frequent underlying disease. Various other causes affect multiple organ systems, some with serious underlying diseases...
July 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711755/palliative-care-clinicians-caring-for-patients-before-and-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Sara E Wordingham, Colleen K McIlvennan, Timothy J Fendler, Amy L Behnken, Shannon M Dunlay, James N Kirkpatrick, Keith M Swetz
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an available treatment option for carefully-selected patients with advanced heart failure. Initially developed as a bridge to transplantation, LVADs are now also offered to patients ineligible for transplantation as destination therapy (DT). Individuals with a DT-LVAD will live the remainder of their lives with the device in place. While survival and quality of life improve with LVADs compared to medical therapy, complications persist including bleeding, infection, and stroke...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699144/palliative-care-needs-assessment-in-the-neuro-icu-effect-on-family
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Claire J Creutzfeldt, Marina G Hanna, C Sherry Cheever, Abhijit V Lele, Charles Spiekerman, Ruth A Engelberg, J Randall Curtis
BACKGROUND: Examine the association of a daily palliative care needs checklist on outcomes for family members of patients discharged from the neurosciences intensive care unit (neuro-ICU). METHODS: We conducted a prospective, longitudinal cohort study in a single, thirty-bed neuro-ICU in a regional comprehensive stroke and level 1 trauma center. One of two neuro-ICU services that admit patients to the same ICU on alternating days used a palliative care needs checklist during morning work rounds...
July 11, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674685/risk-factors-prophylaxis-and-treatment-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-congenital-heart-disease-patients
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REVIEW
Michael Silvey, Leonardo R Brandão
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a common condition in the pediatric population, affecting up to 1% of all live births (i.e., around 40,000 newborns/year in the United States). Although CHD does have a wide range of severity, by the age of 5 years approximately 80% of patients will require at least one surgical intervention to achieve a complete/palliative cardiac repair. Today, in light of their much-improved surgical survival, the care of these patients focuses on morbidity prevention and/or treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659419/aggressiveness-of-care-following-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-women-and-men
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Rahul Guha, Amelia Boehme, Stacie L Demel, Janet J Li, Xuemei Cai, Michael L James, Sebastian Koch, Carl D Langefeld, Charles J Moomaw, Jennifer Osborne, Padmini Sekar, Kevin N Sheth, E Woodrich, Bradford B Worrall, Daniel Woo, Seemant Chaturvedi
OBJECTIVE: To compare comorbidities and use of surgery and palliative care between men and women with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: The Ethnic/Racial Variations of Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ERICH) study is a prospective, multicenter, case-control study of ICH risk factors and outcomes. We compared comorbidities, treatments, and use of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders in men vs women. Multivariate analysis was used to assess the likelihood of ICH surgery and palliative care after adjustment for variables that were p < 0...
July 25, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590159/which-patients-die-in-their-preferred-place-a-secondary-analysis-of-questionnaire-data-from-bereaved-relatives
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Natasja Jh Raijmakers, Anke Je de Veer, Rosanne Zwaan, Jolien M Hofstede, Anneke L Francke
BACKGROUND: Previous studies on factors influencing the place of death have focused on cancer patients dying at home. However, home is not always the preferred place. AIM: To provide insight into the extent to which patients with various diseases die in their preferred place and into factors associated with dying in the preferred place. DESIGN: A secondary analysis of the data set of the evaluation study of the National Quality Improvement Programme for Palliative Care was undertaken to explore factors related to 'dying in the preferred place'...
June 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578306/multiple-recurrent-ischaemic-strokes-in-a-patient-with-cancer-is-there-a-role-for-the-initiation-of-anticoagulation-therapy-for-secondary-stroke-prevention
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Giselle Alexandra Suero-Abreu, Jia Zhen Cheng, Ryna Karina Then
A 52-year-old woman with a medical history of cervical and thyroid cancer, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, uncontrolled diabetes and heavy smoking was diagnosed with a new metastatic cholangiocarcinoma. While undergoing palliative chemotherapy, she developed dysarthria and left-sided weakness. Imaging studies showed multiple bilateral ischaemic strokes. On hospital days 2 and 5, she developed worsening neurological symptoms and imaging studies revealed new areas of ischaemia on respective days. Subsequent workup did not revealed a clear aetiology for the multiple ischaemic events and hypercoagulability studies were only significant for a mildly elevated serum D-dimer level...
June 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514888/seeing-is-believing-healthcare-professionals-perceptions-of-a-complex-intervention-to-improve-care-towards-the-end-of-life-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Katherine Bristowe, Irene Carey, Adrian Hopper, Susanna Shouls, Wendy Prentice, Irene J Higginson, Jonathan Koffman
BACKGROUND: Methods to improve care, trust and communication are important in acute hospitals. Complex interventions aimed at improving care of patients approaching the end of life are increasingly common. While evaluating outcomes of complex interventions is essential, exploring healthcare professionals' perceptions is also required to understand how they are interpreted; this can inform training, education and implementation strategies to ensure fidelity and consistency in use. AIM: To explore healthcare professionals' perceptions of using a complex intervention (AMBER care bundle) to improve care for people approaching the end of life and their understandings of its purpose within clinical practice...
May 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449220/survival-functional-status-and-eating-ability-after-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-tube-placement-for-acute-stroke
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Karl Meisel, Robert M Arnold, Irena Stijacic Cenzer, John Boscardin, Alexander K Smith
OBJECTIVES: To determine the long-term survival and independence of individuals with stroke and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: A longitudinal nationally representative community-based sample of older adults. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with stroke who had a PEG tube placed (N = 174, mean age 79, 51% female, 29% African American). MEASUREMENTS: Functional status before incident stroke was determined based on data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a national longitudinal survey of community-dwelling older adults, from 1993 to 2012...
August 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169104/-benchmarking-in-patient-identification-an-opportunity-to-learn
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R M Salazar-de-la-Guerra, A Santotomás-Pajarrón, V González-Prieto, M D Menéndez-Fraga, C Rocha Hurtado
OBJECTIVE: To perform a benchmarking on the safe identification of hospital patients involved in "Club de las tres C" (Calidez, Calidad y Cuidados) in order to prepare a common procedure for this process. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted on the patient identification process in palliative care and stroke units in 5medium-stay hospitals. The following steps were carried out: Data collection from each hospital; organisation and data analysis, and preparation of a common procedure for this process...
February 3, 2017: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152436/an-individualized-coaching-program-for-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-feasibility-study
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P Vanacker, D Standaert, N Libbrecht, I Vansteenkiste, D Bernard, L Yperzeele, G Vanhooren
OBJECTIVES: An individualized stroke care program was developed to match patients' education with their needs regarding stroke knowledge, secondary prevention and rehabilitation. Our purpose was to assess feasibility of in-hospital and post-discharge, personalized stroke coaching service. METHODS: Acute ischemic stroke patients enrolled in ASTRAL-B stroke registry (Sint-Lucashospital, Bruges Belgium) with: (a) hospitalization between 12/2014-12/2015, (b) hospital-to-home discharge, and (c) without cognitive decline, were selected...
March 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135810/post-acute-care-facility-as-a-discharge-destination-for-patients-in-need-of-palliative-care-in-brazil
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Luiz Guilherme L Soares, André M Japiassu, Lucia C Gomes, Rogéria Pereira
Patients with complex palliative care needs can experience delayed discharge, which causes an inappropriate occupancy of hospital beds. Post-acute care facilities (PACFs) have emerged as an alternative discharge destination for some of these patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of admissions and characteristics of palliative care patients discharged from hospitals to a PACF. We conducted a retrospective analysis of PACF admissions between 2014 and 2016 that were linked to hospital discharge reports and electronic health records, to gather information about hospital-to-PACF transitions...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056515/race-ethnicity-as-a-predictor-for-location-of-death-in-patients-with-acute-neurovascular-events
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Say Salomon, Elizabeth Chuang, Deepa Bhupali, Daniel Labovitz
BACKGROUND: Site of death is an important quality indicator for patients with terminal illness. Racial and ethnic disparities exist in the quality of end-of-life care. This study explores the site of death of patients admitted for and dying of complications of acute neurovascular events in a hospital network in an urban, low-income, predominantly minority community. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients admitted to 1 of 3 general hospitals that are part of an academic medical center in Bronx, New York, with the diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, or subarachnoid hemorrhage who died during the index admission or were discharged with hospice services...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898260/inpatient-palliative-care-for-neurological-disorders-lessons-from-a-large-retrospective-series
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Ying Liu, Danielle Kline, Shanae Aerts, Jeanie M Youngwerth, Jean S Kutner, Stefan Sillau, Benzi M Kluger
BACKGROUND: Patients with neurological disorders are the second most common patient population to receive inpatient palliative care services after cancer; however, there have been few reports describing the characteristics and needs of this population. OBJECTIVE: To understand which patients with neurological diagnoses utilized these services, reasons for consultation, and whether patterns of use changed over time. DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
January 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827327/nursing-s-role-in-addressing-palliative-care-needs-of-stroke-patients
#18
Barbara J Lutz, Theresa Green
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December 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763820/is-there-hope-is-she-there-how-families-and-clinicians-experience-severe-acute-brain-injury
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Rachael E C Schutz, Heather L Coats, Ruth A Engelberg, J Randall Curtis, Claire J Creutzfeldt
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe acute brain injury (SABI) raise important palliative care considerations associated with sudden devastating injury and uncertain prognosis. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to explore how family members, nurses, and physicians experience the palliative and supportive care needs of patients with SABI receiving care in the neuroscience intensive care unit (neuro-ICU). DESIGN: Semistructured interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, and analyzed using thematic analysis...
February 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758809/dying-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-as-destination-therapy
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Shannon M Dunlay, Jacob J Strand, Sara E Wordingham, John M Stulak, Angela J Luckhardt, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Despite the ability of left ventricular assist device as destination therapy (DT-LVAD) to prolong survival for many patients with advanced heart failure, little is known about the eventual end-of-life care that patients with DT-LVAD receive. METHODS AND RESULTS: All patients undergoing DT-LVAD at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from January 1, 2007, to September 30, 2014, who subsequently died before July 1, 2015, were included. Information about end-of-life care was obtained from documentation in the electronic medical record...
October 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
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