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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636702/analysis-of-survival-after-initiation-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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James M Tatum, Galinos Barmparas, Ara Ko, Navpreet Dhillon, Eric Smith, Daniel R Margulies, Eric J Ley
Importance: Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) benefits patients with renal failure who are too hemodynamically unstable for intermittent hemodialysis. The duration of therapy beyond which continued use is futile, particularly in a population of patients admitted to and primarily cared for by a surgical service (hereinafter referred to as surgical patients), is unclear. Objective: To analyze proportions of and independent risk factors for survival to discharge after initiation of CRRT among patients in a surgical intensive care unit (SICU)...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634768/futile-treatment-a-review
#2
Lenko Šarić, Ivana Prkić, Marko Jukić
The main goal of intensive care medicine is helping patients survive acute threats to their lives, while preserving and restoring life quality. Because of medical advancements, it is now possible to sustain life to an extent that would previously have been difficult to imagine. However, the goals of medicine are not to preserve organ function or physiological activity but to treat and improve the health of a person as a whole. When dealing with medical futilities, physicians and other members of the care team should be aware of some ethical principles...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619775/retrospective-cohort-study-of-all-deaths-among-infants-born-between-22-and-27-completed-weeks-of-gestation-in-switzerland-over-a-3-year-period
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T M Berger, M A Steurer, H U Bucher, J C Fauchère, M Adams, R E Pfister, R Baumann-Hölzle, D Bassler
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this research is to assess causes and circumstances of deaths in extremely low gestational age neonates (ELGANs) born in Switzerland over a 3-year period. DESIGN: Population-based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: All nine level III perinatal centres (neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and affiliated obstetrical services) in Switzerland. PATIENTS: ELGANs with a gestational age (GA) <28 weeks who died between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574779/heloise-phase-iiib-randomized-multicenter-study-comparing-standard-of-care-and-higher-dose-trastuzumab-regimens-combined-with-chemotherapy-as-first-line-therapy-in-patients-with-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-metastatic-gastric-or-gastroesophageal
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Manish A Shah, Rui-Hua Xu, Yung-Jue Bang, Paulo M Hoff, Tianshu Liu, Luis A Herráez-Baranda, Fan Xia, Amit Garg, Mona Shing, Josep Tabernero
Purpose To compare standard-of-care (SoC) trastuzumab plus chemotherapy with higher-dose (HD) trastuzumab plus chemotherapy to investigate whether HD trastuzumab increases trastuzumab serum trough concentration (Ctrough) levels and increases overall survival (OS) in first-line human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Patients and Methods Patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 2, no prior gastrectomy, and ≥ two metastatic sites were randomly assigned at a one-to-one ratio to loading-dose trastuzumab 8 mg/kg followed by SoC trastuzumab maintenance 6 mg/kg every 3 weeks or loading-dose trastuzumab 8 mg/kg followed by HD trastuzumab maintenance 10 mg/kg every 3 weeks until progression; treatment in each arm was combined with cisplatin 80 mg/m(2) plus capecitabine 800 mg/m(2) twice per day in cycles 1 to 6...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570382/critical-care-nurses-suggestions-to-improve-end-of-life-care-obstacles-minimal-change-over-17-years
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Renea L Beckstrand, Kacie Hart Hadley, Karlen E Luthy, Janelle L B Macintosh
BACKGROUND: Critical-care nurses (CCNs) provide end-of-life (EOL) care on a daily basis as 1 in 5 patients dies while in intensive care units. Critical-care nurses overcome many obstacles to perform quality EOL care for dying patients. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to collect CCNs' current suggestions for improving EOL care and determine if EOL care obstacles have changed by comparing results to data gathered in 1998. METHODS: A 72-item questionnaire regarding EOL care perceptions was mailed to a national, geographically dispersed, random sample of 2000 members of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses...
July 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569129/early-versus-late-initiation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-in-critically-ill-patients-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Bruno Adler Maccagnan Pinheiro Besen, Thiago Gomes Romano, Pedro Vitale Mendes, Cesar Albuquerque Gallo, Fernando Godinho Zampieri, Antonio Paulo Nassar, Marcelo Park
OBJECTIVE: Early initiation of renal replacement therapy (RRT) effect on survival and renal recovery of critically ill patients is still uncertain. We aimed to systematically review current evidence comparing outcomes of early versus late initiation of RRT in critically ill patients. METHODS: We searched the Medline (via Pubmed), LILACS, Science Direct, and CENTRAL databases from inception until November 2016 for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) or observational studies comparing early versus late initiation of RRT in critically ill patients...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562740/intensive-care-unit-team-perception-of-palliative-care-the-discourse-of-the-collective-subject
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Juliana El Hage Meyer de Barros Gulini, Eliane Regina Pereira do Nascimento, Rachel Duarte Moritz, Luciana Martins da Rosa, Natyele Rippel Silveira, Mara Ambrosina de Oliveira Vargas
OBJECTIVE: To learn the perception of health professionals in an intensive care unit towards palliative care. METHOD: This was a descriptive and qualitative study based on the converging care approach conducted at an intensive care unit in the South of Brazil. Semi-structured interviews were used to investigate the understanding of the professionals about palliative care in this unit. The data were organized and analyzed using the discourse of the collective subject method with the help of Qualiquantisoft® software...
May 25, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501253/resection-of-the-primary-tumor-in-stage-iv-colorectal-cancer-when-is-it-necessary
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REVIEW
Leandro Feo, Michael Polcino, Garrett M Nash
Management of metastatic colorectal cancer requires accurate staging and multidisciplinary evaluation, leading to a consensus treatment plan with the ultimate goal of increasing survival and improving the quality of life, while taking into consideration the patient's performance status, disease burden, and goals of care. Since the introduction of multidrug chemotherapeutic regimens, survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer has improved. Many patients with unresectable disease are undergoing surgery for asymptomatic primary tumors despite evidence that it is usually a futile intervention...
June 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500122/navigating-the-benefits-and-burdens-of-life-saving-treatment-in-severely-decompensated-cirrhosis-an-illustrative-multisourced-narrative
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Philip Berry, Kuldeep Cheent, Heather Lewis, Marcus Peck
Severely decompensated cirrhosis presents major challenges in terms of balancing the benefits and burdens of life-extending treatment. Using accounts and interviews with a patient, her mother, consultant hepatologists and a consultant intensivist, this article explores the decision making around a 43-year-old woman with alcoholic liver disease who died after 100 days in a hospital. Particular focus is given to decisions on escalation, recognition of futility, distress associated with therapy and how messages given during end-of-life discussions are processed...
May 12, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481130/perception-of-futile-care-and-caring-behaviors-of-nurses-in-intensive-care-units
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Somaye Rostami, Ravanbakhsh Esmaeali, Hedayat Jafari, Jamshid Yazdani Cherati
OBJECTIVES: Futile medical care is considered as the care or treatment that does not benefit the patient. Staff of intensive care units experience moral distress when they perceive the futility of care. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the relationship between perceptions of nurses regarding futile medical care and their caring behaviors toward patients in the final stages of life admitted to intensive care units. METHOD: This correlation, analytical study was conducted with 181 nursing staff of the intensive care units of health centers affiliated to Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran, Iran...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467148/outcomes-of-cardiac-arrest-in-residential-care-homes-for-the-elderly-in-hong-kong
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Kit Ling Fan, Ling Pong Leung
OBJECTIVE: Studies done in the 1990's suggested nursing home residents with cardiac arrest had minimal chance of survival and resuscitation was not recommended. More recent studies showed opposing results. In Hong Kong, the proportion of elderly living in the residential care homes for the elderly is increasing. There is no study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes in this population. This study aimed at evaluating the prognosis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurring in the residential care homes for the elderly...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457980/reversal-of-trauma-induced-coagulopathy-using-first-line-coagulation-factor-concentrates-or-fresh-frozen-plasma-retic-a-single-centre-parallel-group-open-label-randomised-trial
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Petra Innerhofer, Dietmar Fries, Markus Mittermayr, Nicole Innerhofer, Daniel von Langen, Tobias Hell, Gottfried Gruber, Stefan Schmid, Barbara Friesenecker, Ingo H Lorenz, Mathias Ströhle, Verena Rastner, Susanne Trübsbach, Helmut Raab, Benedikt Treml, Dieter Wally, Benjamin Treichl, Agnes Mayr, Christof Kranewitter, Elgar Oswald
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of trauma-induced coagulopathy is important; however, the optimal therapy is still not known. We aimed to compare the efficacy of first-line therapy using fresh frozen plasma (FFP) or coagulation factor concentrates (CFC) for the reversal of trauma-induced coagulopathy, the arising transfusion requirements, and consequently the development of multiple organ failure. METHODS: This single-centre, parallel-group, open-label, randomised trial was done at the Level 1 Trauma Center in Innsbruck Medical University Hospital (Innsbruck, Austria)...
June 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454534/palliative-care-for-people-with-dementia-in-the-terminal-phase-a-mixed-methods-qualitative-study-to-inform-service-development
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Jenny T van der Steen, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Marie-José H E Gijsberts, Laura H Vermeulen, Margje M Mahler, B Anne-Mei The
BACKGROUND: When entering the dying phase, the nature of physical, psychosocial and spiritual care needs of people with dementia and their families may change. Our objective was to understand what needs to be in place to develop optimal palliative care services for the terminal phase in the face of a small evidence base. METHODS: In 2015-2016, we performed a mixed-methods qualitative study in which we (1) analysed the domains and recommendations from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) dementia white paper and identified those with particular relevance for the terminal phase; (2) performed a series of focus group discussions with Dutch family caregivers of people with dementia in variable stages; (3) conducted interviews with experts involved in 15 special forms of terminal care for people with dementia in five countries...
April 28, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441973/treatment-limiting-decisions-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-in-a-norwegian-regional-trauma-center
#15
Annette Robertsen, Reidun Førde, Nils Oddvar Skaga, Eirik Helseth
BACKGROUND: Treatment-limiting decisions (TLD) for severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) have been sparsely studied. This study determine prevalence, main reason for, categories and timing of TLDs in a Norwegian regional trauma setting. METHODS: A retrospective study of a 2-year cohort of 579 sTBI patients admitted to Oslo University Hospital (OUH). Prospectively collected data in the OUH Trauma Registry were combined with retrospective data from a chart review regarding TLDs...
April 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430791/the-medically-managed-patient-with-severe-symptomatic-aortic-stenosis-in-the-tavr-era-patient-characteristics-reasons-for-medical-management-and-quality-of-shared-decision-making-at-heart-valve-treatment-centers
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Kumar Dharmarajan, Jill Foster, Megan Coylewright, Philip Green, John P Vavalle, Osman Faheem, Pei-Hsiu Huang, Amar Krishnaswamy, Vinod H Thourani, Lisa A McCoy, Tracy Y Wang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) who receive medical management despite evaluation at a heart valve treatment center. OBJECTIVE: We identified patient characteristics associated with medical management, physician-reported reasons for selecting medical management, and patients' perceptions of their involvement and satisfaction with treatment selection. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 454 patients evaluated for AS at 9 established heart valve treatment centers from December 12, 2013 to August 19, 2014, we included 407 with severe symptomatic AS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424017/computed-tomography-perfusion-based-selection-of-endovascularly-treated-acute-ischaemic-stroke-patients-are-there-lessons-to-be-learned-from-the-pre-evidence-era
#17
Marios-Nikos Psychogios, Michael Knauth, Raya Bshara, Katharina Schregel, Ioannis Tsogkas, Ismini Papageorgiou, Ilko Maier, Jan Liman, Daniel Behme
Introduction Some of the latest groundbreaking trials suggest that noncontrast cranial computed tomography and computed tomography-angiography are sufficient tools for patient selection within six hours of symptom onset. Before endovascular stroke therapy became the standard of care, patient selection was one of the most useful tools to avoid futile reperfusions. We report the outcomes of endovascularly treated stroke patients selected with a perfusion-based paradigm and discuss the implications in the current era of endovascular treatment...
April 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401622/predicting-mortality-in-the-emergency-department-external-validation-and-derivation-of-a-clinical-prediction-tool
#18
Rajat N Moman, Caitlin E Loprinzi Brauer, Katherine M Kelsey, Rachel D Havyer, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
BACKGROUND: The Choosing Wisely campaign has called for better engagement of palliative and hospice care services for patients in the emergency department (ED). PREDICT is a clinical prediction tool that was derived in an Australian ED cohort. It assesses a patient's risk of mortality at 1 year to select those who would benefit from advanced care planning. Such goals-of-care discussion can improve patients' ability to communicate what they want out of their healthcare and, in cases of end of life, potentially reduce the number of futile interventions...
April 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399755/nmc-ruling-could-encourage-futile-cpr
#19
Alison Moore
What would you do if you found a patient had died in the night while under your care? Most nurses would inform their superiors and probably play a part in contacting relatives with the bad news. Their actions would be aimed at protecting the dignity of the person who had died and showing respect for them and their bereaved family.
April 12, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389221/welfare-law-and-ethics-in-the-veterinary-intensive-care-unit-a-discussion-of-the-different-types-of-suffering-that-patients-may-endure-in-the-veterinary-intensive-care-unit-the-legal-limits-to-that-suffering-and-the-ethics-underpinning-at-what-point-that-suffering
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REVIEW
Peter S Fordyce
OBJECTIVES: In UK law, allowing an animal protected under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (AWA 2006) (as devolved) to suffer 'unnecessarily' may render the person responsible for it to prosecution. The act does not define suffering, although 'case law' suggests that suffering encompasses more than pain. Clinicians responsible for animals under their care in the intensive care unit (ICU) are likely to also be responsible in law for the welfare of those animals, and may be called upon to justify why any suffering was necessary, or more likely, why they did not act to end any suffering when it became 'unnecessary'...
March 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
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