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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310560/staged-palliation-of-cyanotic-obstructive-lesions-with-a-modified-right-ventricular-outflow-procedure
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Sarosh P Batlivala, Mary K Hood, Jannika Dodge-Khatami, Divya Shakti, Mary B Taylor, Makram R Ebeid, Jorge D Salazar, Ali Dodge-Khatami
BACKGROUND: Traditional palliation for biventricular cyanotic congenital heart lesions often involves staging with systemic-to-pulmonary arterial shunts to secure pulmonary blood flow (PBF) in the newborn period prior to complete repair. However, shunts may lead to life-threatening events secondary to shunt occlusion or acute coronary steal. They may be associated with morbidity secondary to diastolic runoff, systemic steal and volume loading, and do not provide pulsatile flow which has the potential to promote pulmonary artery (PA) growth...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302603/what-are-the-ethical-dimensions-in-the-profession-of-intensive-care-specialist
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REVIEW
Jean-Pierre Quenot, Fiona Ecarnot, Nicolas Meunier-Beillard, Auguste Dargent, Jean-Pierre Eraldi, François Bougerol, Audrey Large, Pascal Andreu, Jean-Philippe Rigaud
Two essential components of the profession of a medical doctor are the constant review of the patient's therapeutic project, and collaboration between healthcare professionals. The profession of intensive care unit (ICU) physician goes further in terms of responsibility, vis-à-vis the intensive treatments dispensed to the patients, and the physician's responsibilities towards the patient's family and the caregiving team, also bearing in mind that ICU care is costly in terms of human and financial resources...
December 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277163/criterion-validity-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-a-palliative-care-screening-tool-for-patients-admitted-to-an-emergency-department-intensive-care-unit
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Sabrina Corrêa da Costa Ribeiro, Ricardo Tavares de Carvalho, Juraci Aparecida Rocha, Roger Daglius Dias
OBJECTIVE: The use of palliative care (PC) screening criteria to trigger PC consultations may optimize the utilization of PC services, improve patient comfort, and reduce invasive and futile end-of-life care. The aim of the present study was to assess the criterion validity and inter-rater reliability of a PC screening tool for patients admitted to an emergency department intensive care unit (ED-ICU). METHOD: Observational retrospective study evaluating PC screening criteria based on the presence of advanced diagnosis and the use of two "surprise questions" (traditional and modified)...
December 26, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273480/high-ionized-calcium-concentration-is-associated-with-prolonged-length-of-stay-in-the-intensive-care-unit-for-postoperative-pediatric-cardiac-patients
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Satoshi Kimura, Tatsuo Iwasaki, Katsunori Oe, Kazuyoshi Shimizu, Tomohiko Suemori, Tomoyuki Kanazawa, Naohiro Shioji, Yasutoshi Kuroe, Yuto Matsuoka, Hiroshi Morimatsu
OBJECTIVE: There has been controversy regarding the beneficial effects of calcium on myocardial contractility and the harmful effects on myocardial cells, especially in children. The aim of this study was to investigate an association between ionized calcium concentration (iCa) and outcomes for pediatric patients after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: A retrospective, single-center study from May 2013 to December 2014. SETTING: Referral high-volume pediatric cardiac center in a tertiary teaching hospital...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247307/attitudes-towards-end-of-life-issues-in-intensive-care-unit-among-italian-anesthesiologists-a-nation-wide-survey
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Andrea Cortegiani, Vincenzo Russotto, Santi Maurizio Raineri, Cesare Gregoretti, Antonino Giarratano, Sebastiano Mercadante
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper is to collect data on the practice of palliative care, withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies, and management of end of life (EOL) in Italian intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: Web-based survey among Italian anesthesiologists endorsed by the Italian Society of Anesthesiology Analgesia Reanimation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI). The survey consists of 27 close-ended and 2 open-ended questions. RESULTS: Eight hundred and five persons responded to the full list of questions...
December 15, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230596/distribution-of-potential-eye-and-tissue-donors-within-an-australian-teaching-hospital
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Martin J Dutch, Anthony F Denahy
Eye and Tissue donation has the capacity to transform lives, yet the vast majority of potential in-hospital donors are not recognised. Studies which describe the relative importance of specific units or wards in determining the size of the donor pool are limited. The aim of this study was to map the distribution of potential Eye and Tissue donors within the study hospital. A 12-month retrospective analysis of all patient deaths at the study hospital was undertaken. The ability to donate corneal, heart valve, bone and skin tissue was investigated...
December 11, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179572/when-and-why-do-neonatal-and-pediatric-critical-care-physicians-consult-palliative-care
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Claire A Richards, Helene Starks, M Rebecca O'Connor, Erica Bourget, Taryn Lindhorst, Ross Hays, Ardith Z Doorenbos
BACKGROUND: Parents of children admitted to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) are at increased risk of experiencing acute and post-traumatic stress disorder. The integration of palliative care may improve child and family outcomes, yet there remains a lack of information about indicators for specialty-level palliative care involvement in this setting. OBJECTIVE: To describe neonatal and pediatric critical care physician perspectives on indicators for when and why to involve palliative care consultants...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178901/bereaved-family-members-perceptions-of-the-quality-of-end-of-life-care-across-four-types-of-inpatient-care-settings
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Kelli Stajduhar, Richard Sawatzky, S Robin Cohen, Daren K Heyland, Diane Allan, Darcee Bidgood, Leah Norgrove, Anne M Gadermann
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to gain a better understanding of how bereaved family members perceive the quality of EOL care by comparing their satisfaction with quality of end-of-life care across four different settings and by additionally examining the extent to which demographic characteristics and psychological variables (resilience, optimism, grief) explain variation in satisfaction. METHODS: A cross-sectional mail-out survey was conducted of bereaved family members of patients who had died in extended care units (n = 63), intensive care units (n = 30), medical care units (n = 140) and palliative care units (n = 155)...
November 25, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166887/self-confidence-and-knowledge-of-german-icu-physicians-in-palliative-care-a-multicentre-prospective-study
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Veronika Krautheim, Andrea Schmitz, Gesine Benze, Thomas Standl, Christine Schiessl, Wolfgang Waldeyer, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Eberhard F Kochs, Gerhard Schneider, Klaus J Wagner, Christian M Schulz
BACKGROUND: Little is known about ICU physicians' self-confidence and knowledge related to palliative care. Our objective was to investigate self-confidence and knowledge of German ICU physicians related to palliative care, and to assess the impact of work experience, gender, specialty and additional certifications in pain or palliative medicine. METHODS: In a multicentre prospective observational study ICU physicians of ten hospitals were asked to rate their self-confidence and to complete a multiple choice questionnaire for the assessment of knowledge...
November 22, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163800/end-of-life-care-in-children-with-hematologic-malignancies
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Stefan Balzer, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janssen, Michaela Kuhlen
Introduction: Hematologic malignancies (HM) represent the most common neoplasms in childhood. Despite improved overall survival rates, they are still a major contributor to cancer death in children. Aims: To determine the proportion of children with HM in pediatric palliative care (PPC) and to identify the clinical characteristics and symptoms in comparison to children with extracranial solid tumors (non HM patients). Patients and Methods: This study was conducted as a single-center retrospective cohort study of patients in the care of a large specialized PPC team...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162145/reducing-hospital-admissions-in-remote-australia-through-the-establishment-of-a-palliative-and-chronic-disease-respite-facility
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Timothy A Carey, Mick Arundell, Kellie Schouten, John S Humphreys, Fred Miegel, Simon Murphy, John Wakerman
BACKGROUND: There are limited respite services for palliative care patients and their families in the Northern Territory (NT). The high prevalence of complex chronic diseases, limited access to primary care services, and the poor living situations of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians result in high hospitalisation rates and pressure on tertiary health services. Palliative Care NT identified a need for a flexible, community based, culturally appropriate respite service in Alice Springs...
November 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142376/intensive-care-nurses-attitude-on-palliative-and-end-of-life-care
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Swagata Tripathy, Pragyan K Routray, Jagdish C Mishra
Background: Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses have a vital role in the implementation of end of life (EOL) care. There is limited data on the attitude of ICU nurses toward EOL and palliation. Aim: This study aimed to investigate knowledge, attitude, and beliefs of intensive care nurses in eastern India toward EOL. Materials and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to delegates in two regional critical care nurses' training programs...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141770/outcomes-following-changing-from-a-two-tiered-to-a-three-tiered-hospital-rapid-response-system
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Winston Cheung
Objectives The aim of the present study was to determine whether changing a hospital rapid response system (RRS) from a two-tiered to a three-tiered model can reduce disruption to normal hospital routines while maintaining the same overall patient outcomes.Methods Staff at an Australian teaching hospital attending medical emergency team and cardiac arrest (MET/CA) calls were interviewed after the RRS was changed from a two-tiered to three-tiered model, and the results were compared with a study using the same methods conducted before the change...
November 16, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138955/the-impact-of-palliative-care-training-for-oncologists-and-integrative-palliative-service-in-a-public-funded-hospital-cluster-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Pak-Lun Lam, Tai-Chung Lam, Cheuk-Wai Choi, Anne Wing-Mui Lee, Kwok-Keung Yuen, To-Wai Leung
PURPOSE: Oncological care of advanced cancer patients was provided by multiple departments in Hong Kong. One of these departments, the clinical oncology department (COD), introduced systematic palliative care training for its oncologists since 2002. The COD was recognized as a European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care since 2009. This retrospective cohort study aims to review the impact of integrative training and service on palliative care coverage and outcome...
November 14, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121480/palliative-care-planner-pcplanner-a-pilot-study-to-evaluate-acceptability-and-usability-of-an-electronic-health-records-system-integrated-needs-targeted-app-platform
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Christopher E Cox, Derek M Jones, Wen Reagan, Mary D Key, Vinca Chow, Jessica McFarlin, David Casarett, Claire J Creutzfeldt, Sharron L Docherty
RATIONALE: The quality and patient-centeredness of intensive care unit (ICU)-based palliative care delivery is highly variable. OBJECTIVE: To develop and pilot an app platform for clinicians, ICU patients, and their family members that enhances the delivery of needs-targeted palliative care. METHODS: In the Development Phase of the study, we developed an electronic health record (EHR) system-integrated mobile web app system prototype, PCplanner (Palliative Care Planner)...
November 9, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112338/palliative-care-in-decompensated-cirrhosis-a-review
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REVIEW
Karl M Langberg, Jennifer M Kapo, Tamar H Taddei
Decompensated cirrhosis is an illness that causes tremendous suffering. The incidence of cirrhosis is increasing and rates of liver transplant, the only cure, remain stagnant. Palliative care is focused on improving quality of life for patients with serious illness by addressing advanced care planning, alleviating physical symptoms and providing emotional support to the patient and family. Palliative care is used infrequently in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. The allure of transplant as a potential treatment option for cirrhosis, misperceptions about the role of palliative care and difficulty predicting prognosis in liver disease are potential contributors to the underutilization of palliative care in this patient population...
November 7, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107532/palliative-care-communication-in-the-icu-implications-for-an-oncology-critical-care-nursing-partnership
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REVIEW
Deborah A Boyle, Susan Barbour, Wendy Anderson, Janice Noort, Michelle Grywalski, Jeannette Myer, Heather Hermann
OBJECTIVES: To describe the development, launch, implementation, and outcomes of a unique multisite collaborative (ie, IMPACT-ICU [Integrating Multidisciplinary Palliative Care into the ICU]) to teach ICU nurses communication skills specific to palliative care. To identify options for collaboration between oncology and critical care nurses when integrating palliation into nursing care planning. DATA SOURCES: Published literature and collective experiences of the authors in the provision of onco-critical-palliative care...
October 26, 2017: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033602/early-in-hospital-clinical-deterioration-is-not-predicted-by-severity-of-illness-functional-status-or-comorbidity
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Janice Wang, Stella S Hahn, Myriam Kline, Rubin I Cohen
BACKGROUND: Prior studies concentrated on unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) transfer to gauge deterioration occurring shortly following hospital admission. However, examining only ICU transfers is not ideal since patients could stabilize with treatment, refuse ICU admission, or not require ICU evaluation. To further explore etiologies of early clinical deterioration, we used rapid response team (RRT) activation within 48 hours of admission as an index of early clinical worsening. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively gathered admissions from the emergency department in an academic medical center was done...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972860/evaluating-the-economic-impact-of-palliative-and-end-of-life-care-interventions-on-intensive-care-unit-utilization-and-costs-from-the-hospital-and-healthcare-system-perspective
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Nita Khandelwal, Lyndia C Brumback, Scott D Halpern, Norma B Coe, Babette Brumback, J Randall Curtis
Purpose of report: Understanding the impact of palliative care interventions on intensive care unit (ICU) costs and utilization is critical for demonstrating the value of palliative care. Performing these economic assessments, however, can be challenging. The purpose of this special report is to highlight and discuss important considerations when assessing ICU utilization and costs from the hospital perspective, with the goal of providing recommendations on methods to consider for future analyses. FINDINGS: ICU length of stay (LOS) and associated costs of care are common and important outcome measures, but must be analyzed properly to yield valid conclusions...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932878/focus-on-palliative-care-in-the-icu
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EDITORIAL
Crystal E Brown, Dominique D Benoit, J Randall Curtis
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September 20, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
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