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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806221/admission-to-intensive-care-for-palliative-care-or-potential-organ-donation-demographics-circumstances-outcomes-and-resource-use
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Andrew Melville, Gali Kolt, David Anderson, Joanna Mitropoulos, David Pilcher
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics, circumstances, change over time, resource use, and outcomes of patients admitted to ICUs in Australia and New Zealand for the purposes of "palliative care of a dying patient" or "potential organ donation," and compare with actively managed ICU patients. DESIGN: A retrospective study of data from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Adult Patient Database and a nested cohort analysis of a single center...
August 11, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804862/oncological-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prognosis-decision-making-therapies-and-end-of-life-care
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Ewelina Biskup, Fengfeng Cai, Marcus Vetter, Stephan Marsch
The effectiveness of intensive care unit (ICU) care for cancer patients remains controversial. Advances in antitumour and supportive care led to major improvements in outcomes of oncological patients in the ICU. Improved cancer therapies and supportive management of organ dysfunctions have contributed to improved survival rates. As a consequence, the number of cancer patients requiring ICU admission is rising. Frequently, cancer patients have a poor performance status and are vulnerable. It is a heterogeneous population, where the nature and curability of the neoplasm and the severity of critical illness cause a plethora of issues about ICU admissions...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776144/-validation-of-medical-ethical-decisions-at-the-bedside-by-the-autopsy-experience-of-the-ethics-committee-at-the-stuttgart-clinic
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REVIEW
A Bosse, C Schupp
BACKGROUND: Ethics consultations in a clinical setting can be challenging, specifically with respect to limiting therapeutic interventions in terminally ill patients. Some decisions will even be controversial. OBJECTIVE: Can a clinical autopsy be used to confirm the recommendations given by the ethics committee, i. e. limitation of therapy to palliative care? MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report an exemplary case of a patient with endocarditis and subsequent septic cerebral infarction...
August 3, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711371/extubation-to-high-flow-nasal-cannula-in-critically-ill-surgical-patients
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Navpreet K Dhillon, Eric J T Smith, Ara Ko, Megan Y Harada, Danielle Polevoi, Richard Liang, Galinos Barmparas, Eric J Ley
BACKGROUND: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is increasingly used to reduce reintubations in patients with respiratory failure. Benefits include providing positive end expiratory pressure, reducing anatomical dead space, and decreasing work of breathing. We sought to compare outcomes of critically ill surgical patients extubated to HFNC versus conventional therapy. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted in the surgical intensive care unit of an academic center during August 2015 to February 2016...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707460/the-effect-of-hospice-consultation-on-aggressive-treatment-of-lung-cancer
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Shin Hye Yoo, Bhumsuk Keam, Miso Kim, Tae Min Kim, Dong-Wan Kim, Dae Seog Heo
Purpose: The aims of this study were to investigate trends of aggressive treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients at the end-of-life (EOL) during the recent five years and examine the relationship between hospice consultation (HC) and aggressive care. Materials and Methods: The medical records of 789 patients with stage IIIB-IV NSCLC at SNUH who received palliative chemotherapy and died from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Indicators of aggressive treatment were evaluated, and the association of HC with these indicators was analyzed...
July 14, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701842/quality-of-dying-in-the-medical-intensive-care-unit-comparison-between-thai-buddhists-and-thai-muslims
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Veerapong Vattanavanit, Supattra Uppanisakorn, Rungsun Bhurayanontachai, Bodin Khwannimit
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Religious belief is an important aspect that influences the life of a patient, especially in Asia. We aim to compare the quality of death in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) between Buddhists and Muslims from the perspectives of the relatives of the patients and the nurses and physicians. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a cohort study of critically ill patients who died after admission to a medical ICU in Songklanagarind Hospital in Thailand between 2015 and 2016...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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/28689992/characteristics-of-palliative-care-consultation-at-an-academic-level-one-trauma-center
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Emily B Rivet, Paula Ferrada, Tara Albrecht, J Brian Cassel, Beth Broering, Danielle Noreika, Egidio Del Fabbro
BACKGROUND: The current status of palliative care consultation for trauma patients has not been well characterized. We hypothesized that palliative care consultation currently is requested for patients too late to have any clinical significance. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed for traumatically injured patients' ≥18 years of age who received palliative care consultation at an academic medical center during a one-year period. RESULTS: The palliative care team evaluated 82 patients with a median age of 60 years...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658501/palliative-and-end-of-life-care-education-needs-of-nurses-across-inpatient-care-settings
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Deborah M Price, Linda Strodtman, Marcos Montagnini, Heather M Smith, Jillian Miller, Jennifer Zybert, Justin Oldfield, Tyler Policht, Bidisha Ghosh
BACKGROUND: Educating nurses about palliative and end-of-life (EOL) care is a high priority in health care settings. The purpose of this study was to assess nurses' perceived competency regarding the provision of palliative and EOL care to hospitalized patients. METHOD: This study surveyed nurses from 25 pediatric and adult acute and intensive care units (ICU; N = 583) Quantitative data analysis was descriptive and correlational. Qualitative data analysis identified themes of participant concerns...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601143/psychiatric-and-palliative-care-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Stephanie M Harman
Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on patients with serious illness and their families. In the intensive care unit (ICU), palliative care encompasses core skills to support patients and their families throughout their ICU course and post-ICU stays. Psychiatric symptoms are common among patients approaching the end of life and require particular attention in the setting of sedating medications, typically used when patients require ventilators and other life-sustaining treatments. For patients with preexisting severe mental illness who have a concurrent serious medical illness, a palliative psychiatric approach can address complex symptom management and support ethical and value-based shared decision making...
July 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598196/derivation-and-validation-of-a-prognostic-model-to-predict-six-month-mortality-in-an-intensive-care-unit-population
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Sarah Hadique, Stacey Culp, Rahul G Sangani, Kyle D Chapman, Saad Khan, John E Parker, Alvin H Moss
RATIONALE: Identification of terminally ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) would facilitate decision making and timely palliative care. OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a patient-specific integrated prognostic model to predict six-month mortality in medical ICU patients. METHODS: A longitudinal prospective cohort study of temporally split samples of 1049 consecutive Medical ICU patients in a tertiary care hospital was performed...
June 9, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595447/therapeutic-suggestions-with-critically-ill-in-palliative-care
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Adrienn K Szilágyi, Zoltán Kekecs, Katalin Varga
Suggestions can be used without formal hypnosis, especially with critically ill patients, due to their spontaneous trance state. In this paper we outline data on the effectiveness of therapeutic suggestions. We interpret the possible mechanism of therapeutic suggestions in the context of stress cognition. Basic principles of formulating suggestions are discussed and some recommended versions of non-pharmacological pain control are provided. Case vignettes are given of how suggestions are used with critically ill ICU patients...
May 28, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590164/care-of-the-critically-ill-burn-patient-an-overview-from-the-perspective-of-optimizing-palliative-care
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Daniel E Ray, Mohana B Karlekar, Donnelle L Crouse, Margaret Campbell, J Randall Curtis, Jeffrey Edwards, Dana R Lustbader, Anne C Mosenthal, Colleen Mulkerin, Kathleen A Puntillo, David E Weissman, Renee D Boss, Karen J Brasel, Judith E Nelson
Burn specialists have long recognized the need for and have role modeled a comprehensive approach incorporating relief of distress as part of care during critical illness. More recently, palliative care specialists have become part of the healthcare team in many U.S. hospitals, especially larger academic institutions that are more likely to have designated burn centers. No current literature describes the intersection of palliative care and burn care or integration of primary and specialist palliative care in this unique context...
July 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589374/-integration-of-palliative-care-into-intensive-care-systematic-review
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K Adler, D Schlieper, D Kindgen-Milles, S Meier, J Schwartz, P van Caster, M S Schaefer, M Neukirchen
BACKGROUND: One of the prime aims of intensive care is to cure patients or at least to extend life duration, sometimes to the extent of losing quality of life. Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients with life-limiting conditions; however, some patients need both intensive and palliative care. About 5-10% of all deaths in Germany and 20% of all deaths in the USA occur in an intensive care unit (ICU) and many of those as well as other patients may benefit from palliative care consultation...
June 6, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509949/palliative-care-in-the-icu-of-2050-past-is-prologue
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Kusum S Mathews, Judith E Nelson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 16, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438584/strategies-for-enhancing-family-participation-in-research-in-the-icu-findings-from-a-qualitative-study
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Danae Dotolo, Elizabeth L Nielsen, J Randall Curtis, Ruth A Engelberg
CONTEXT: Family members of critically ill patients who participate in research focused on palliative care issues have been found to be systematically different from those who do not. These differences threaten the validity of research and raise ethical questions about worsening disparities in care by failing to represent diverse perspectives. OBJECTIVES: This study's aims were to explore: 1) barriers and facilitators influencing family members' decisions to participate in palliative care research; and 2) potential methods to enhance research participation...
August 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401622/predicting-mortality-in-the-emergency-department-external-validation-and-derivation-of-a-clinical-prediction-tool
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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...
July 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378133/-palliative-therapy-concepts-in-intensive-care-medicine
#18
M Schuster, M Ferner, M Bodenstein, R Laufenberg-Feldmann
Involvement of palliative care is so far not common practice for critically ill patients on surgical intensive care units (ICUs) in Germany. The objectives of palliative care concepts are improvement of patient quality of life by relief of disease-related symptoms using an interdisciplinary approach and support of patients and their relatives considering their current physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. The need for palliative care can be identified via defined screening criteria. Integration of palliative care can either be realized using a consultative model which focusses on involvement of palliative care consultants or an integrative model which embeds palliative care principles into the routine daily practice by the ICU team...
April 4, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341469/long-term-survival-after-the-fontan-operation-twenty-years-of-experience-at-a-single-center
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Tacy E Downing, Kiona Y Allen, Andrew C Glatz, Lindsay S Rogers, Chitra Ravishankar, Jack Rychik, Jennifer A Faerber, Stephanie Fuller, Lisa M Montenegro, James M Steven, Thomas L Spray, Susan C Nicolson, J William Gaynor, David J Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: Existing studies of patients palliated with the Fontan operation are limited by heterogeneous patient populations and incomplete follow-up. This study aimed to describe long-term post-Fontan survival in a modern patient cohort. METHODS: All 773 patients who underwent a first Fontan operation at our institution between 1992 and 2009 were reviewed. The primary outcome was the composite endpoint of Fontan takedown, heart transplantation, or death before 2013...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335744/a-systematic-review-of-prognostic-factors-at-the-end-of-life-for-people-with-a-hematological-malignancy
#20
Elise Button, Raymond Javan Chan, Shirley Chambers, Jason Butler, Patsy Yates
BACKGROUND: Accurate prognosticating is needed when patients are nearing the end of life to ensure appropriate treatment decisions, and facilitate palliative care provision and transitioning to terminal care. People with a hematological malignancy characteristically experience a fluctuating illness trajectory leading to difficulties with prognosticating. The aim of this review was to identify current knowledge regarding 'bedside' prognostic factors in the final 3 months of life for people with a hematological malignancy associated with increased risk of mortality...
March 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
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