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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919645/empirical-mono-versus-combination-antibiotic-therapy-in-adult-intensive-care-patients-with-severe-sepsis-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Fredrik Sjövall, Anders Perner, Morten Hylander Møller
OBJECTIVES: To assess benefits and harms of empirical mono- vs. combination antibiotic therapy in adult patients with severe sepsis in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We performed a systematic review according to the Cochrane Collaboration methodology, including meta-analysis, risk of bias assessment and trial sequential analysis (TSA). We included randomised clinical trials (RCT) assessing empirical mono-antibiotic therapy versus a combination of two or more antibiotics in adult ICU patients with severe sepsis...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916368/prognostic-indicators-for-early-mortality-after-tracheostomy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Afshin Parsikia, Matthew Goodwin, Zachary Wells, Zoe Gauthier, Molli Bascom, Moon Suh, Beth Meloro, Jorge Ortiz, Amit R T Joshi
BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy is indicated for patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation. The aim of this study is to identify prognostic indicators for early mortality after tracheostomy to potentially avoid futility in the intensive care unit. METHODS: Patients who underwent tracheostomy and died within 30 d of admission (futile group) were compared with patients who underwent tracheostomy and survived more than 30 d after admission (nonfutile group). Categorical data were analyzed using chi-square and Fisher's exact tests...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915351/the-role-of-nephrologist-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Zoltán H Endre
Participation by nephrologists is needed in most intensive care units, even when such units are 'closed'. This participation should assist with diagnosis and management of intrinsic and complex renal diseases such as vasculitis, complex metabolic and electrolyte disorders including hyponatremia, and acute kidney injury (AKI) with and without underlying chronic kidney disease (CKD). Early nephrologist involvement will also facilitate transition to continuing care and follow-up after an episode of AKI, but may also assist in avoiding dialysis where treatment is futile...
December 3, 2016: Blood Purification
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/27913460/autoimmune-and-other-acquired-neutropenias
#5
Peter E Newburger
This educational review addresses the diagnostic evaluation of patients for autoimmune and other forms of acquired neutropenia, including the futility of deconstructing the overlap of chronic "autoimmune," "benign," and "idiopathic" categories. Isolated neutropenias caused by infection, drugs, and immunologic disorders are also addressed. Discussion of management options emphasizes a conservative approach, with largely supportive care for these mostly benign and self-limited disorders.
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908942/the-need-for-an-effective-process-to-resolve-conflicts-over-medical-futility-a-case-study-and-analysis
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Jocelyn A Olmstead, Michael D Dahnke
The issue of medical futility requires a well-defined process in which both sides of the dispute can be heard and a resolution reached in a fair and ethical manner. Procedural approaches to medical futility cases provide all parties involved with a process-driven framework for resolving these disputes. Medical paternalism or the belief in the absolute rightness of the medical model will not serve to resolve these disputes. Although medical futility is first determined by medicine, in order for the determination to meet legal criteria, it must be subject to review...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896320/influences-of-do-not-resuscitate-order-prohibition-on-cpr-outcomes
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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/27883873/doctors
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Gaya Sritharan, Amber C Mills, Michele R Levinson, Anthea L Gellie
Objectives The aims of the present study were to investigate doctors' attitudes regarding the discussion and writing of not for resuscitation (NFR) orders and to identify potential barriers to the completion of these orders.Methods A questionnaire-based convenience study was undertaken at a tertiary hospital. Likert scales and open-ended questions were directed to issues surrounding the discussion, timing, understanding and writing of NFR orders, including legal and personal considerations.Results Doctors thought the presence of an NFR order both should and does alter care delivered by nursing staff, particularly delivery of pain relief, nursing observations and contacting the medical emergency team...
November 25, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871490/predictive-models-for-mortality-after-ruptured-aortic-aneurysm-repair-do-not-predict-futility-and-are-not-useful-for-clinical-decision-making
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Patrick C Thompson, Ronald L Dalman, E John Harris, Venita Chandra, Jason T Lee, Matthew W Mell
OBJECTIVE: The clinical decision-making utility of scoring algorithms for predicting mortality after ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (rAAAs) remains unknown. We sought to determine the clinical utility of the algorithms compared with our clinical decision making and outcomes for management of rAAA during a 10-year period. METHODS: Patients admitted with a diagnosis rAAA at a large university hospital were identified from 2005 to 2014. The Glasgow Aneurysm Score, Hardman Index, Vancouver Score, Edinburgh Ruptured Aneurysm Score, University of Washington Ruptured Aneurysm Score, Vascular Study Group of New England rAAA Risk Score, and the Artificial Neural Network Score were analyzed for accuracy in predicting mortality...
December 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858564/preparing-for-value-based-payment-a-stepwise-approach-for-cancer-centers
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Kerin B Adelson, Salimah Velji, Kavita Patel, Basit Chaudhry, Catherine Lyons, Rogerio Lilenbaum
Most cancer centers are ill-equipped to pursue value-based payment (VBP) because of limited information on their population's cost of care. Herein, we outline the stepwise approach used by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven in our pursuit of better value care. First, we addressed institutional barriers. A move toward value required demonstration to Yale-New Haven Health System leadership that OCM would improve patient care, fund new infrastructure, and provide the opportunity to gain experience with VBP without a major threat to the financial stability of the health system...
October 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833208/is-tube-feeding-futile-in-advanced-dementia
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Matthew C Lynch
It is controversial whether tube feeding in people with dementia improves nutritional status or prolongs survival. Guidelines published by several professional societies cite observational studies that have shown no benefit and conclude that tube feeding in patients with advanced dementia should be avoided. However, all studies on tube feeding in dementia have major methodological flaws that invalidate their findings. The present evidence is not sufficient to justify general guidelines. Patients with advanced dementia represent a very heterogeneous group, and evidence demonstrates that some patients with dementia benefit from tube feeding...
August 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833180/justice-and-health-care-when-ordinary-is-extraordinary
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James McTavish
In some Asian countries, the poor are often denied access to health care. In the Philippines, we have thousands of Catholic doctors, Catholic nurses, even Catholic administrators, but not a Catholic, understood as "universal," healthcare system available to all. This is a scandal and places heavy emotional and financial burdens on many families who need to pay the healthcare costs of sick loved ones. The Church teaches the principles of ordinary and extraordinary care, with only the former being morally obligatory...
February 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807792/emtonjeni-a-structural-intervention-to-integrate-sexual-and-reproductive-health-into-public-sector-hiv-care-in-cape-town-south-africa-results-of-a-phase-ii-study
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J E Mantell, D Cooper, T M Exner, J Moodley, S Hoffman, L Myer, C-S Leu, D Bai, E A Kelvin, K Jennings, Z A Stein, D Constant, V Zweigenthal, N Cishe, N Nywagi
Integration of sexual and reproductive health within HIV care services is a promising strategy for increasing access to family planning and STI services and reducing unwanted pregnancies, perinatal HIV transmission and maternal and infant mortality among people living with HIV and their partners. We conducted a Phase II randomized futility trial of a multi-level intervention to increase adherence to safer sex guidelines among those wishing to avoid pregnancy and adherence to safer conception guidelines among those seeking conception in newly-diagnosed HIV-positive persons in four public-sector HIV clinics in Cape Town...
November 2, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794400/pre-and-postoperative-care-for-stage-i-iii-nsclc-which-quality-of-care-indicators-are-evidence-based
#15
REVIEW
Rachel C Numan, Martijn Ten Berge, Jacobus A Burgers, Houke M Klomp, Johanna W van Sandick, Paul Baas, Michel W Wouters
Identification of evidenced-based Quality of Care (QoC) indicators for lung cancer care is essential to quality improvement. The aim of this review was to identify evidence-based quality indicators for the pre- and postoperative care of stage I-III Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) provided by the lung physician. To obtain these indicators, a search in PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane library database was performed. English literature published between 1980 and 2012 was included and search terms regarding 'lung neoplasms', 'quality of care', 'pathology', 'diagnostic methods', 'preoperative and postoperative treatment' were used...
November 2016: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776894/end-of-life-euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide-an-update-on-the-situation-in-france
#16
REVIEW
R Aubry
On February 2, 2016, the French parliament adopted legislation creating new rights for the terminally ill. The text modifies and reinforces the rights of patients to end-of-life care and strengthens the status of surrogate decision makers. Under the new regulations, advance directives become legally binding though not unenforceable. Two types of advance directives are distinguished depending on whether the person is suffering or not from a serious illness when drafting them. The attending physician must abide by the patient's advance directives except in three situations: there is a life-threatening emergency; the directives are manifestly inappropriate; the directives are not compatible with the patient's medical condition...
December 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771786/do-not-resuscitate-orders-in-cancer-patients-a-review-of-literature
#17
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/27759188/resuscitation-orders-in-acute-hospitals-a-point-prevalence-study
#18
Amber Mills, Anne Walker, Michele Levinson, Alison M Hutchinson, Gemma Stephenson, Anthea Gellie, George Heriot, Harvey Newnham, Megan Robertson
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of resuscitation orders and Advance Care Plans, and the relationship with Medical Emergency Team (MET) calls. METHOD: A point prevalence review of patient records at five Victorian hospital services. RESULTS: One thousand nine hundred and thirty-four patient records were reviewed, and 230 resuscitation orders and 15 Advance Care Plans found. Significantly, more resuscitation orders were found at public hospitals...
October 19, 2016: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753826/sy-02-1-designing-hypertension-treatment-trials
#19
Sverre Kjeldsen
Results of outcome trials form the basis for treatment guidelines in hypertension. Further outcome trials are needed wherever there are gaps in knowledge. Thus, rationale for setting up and performing and outcome trial with investment of large resources is based on a strong hypothesis.Second, an outcome trial must be done with sufficient statistical power. Power is calculated from the risk level of the people to be investigated and the event rate, the expected benefit of the agent to be investigated and the number of treatment years (number of participants involved and years in the study)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694358/clarification-and-mitigation-of-ethical-problems-surrounding-withdrawal-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Susan B Williams, Michael D Dahnke
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is temporary life-support technology that provides time to rest the cardiac and respiratory system of critically ill people with acute, reversible medical conditions. Health care providers face emotional and challenging situations, where death may result, when withdrawing ECMO. A deepening of understanding of the ethical issues involved can aid clinicians in handling such difficult situations, leading to a possible mitigation of the moral problems. Toward this end, the ethical issues raised in the consideration of ECMO withdrawal are analyzed with respect to the ethical principles and concepts of autonomy, nonmaleficence/beneficence, medical futility, moral distress, and justice...
October 2016: Critical Care Nurse
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