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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800746/artery-of-percheron-infarction-a-case-report
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Axel Sandvig, Sandra Lundberg, Jiri Neuwirth
BACKGROUND: The artery of Percheron is a rare anatomic variant of arterial supply to the paramedian thalamus and rostral midbrain, and occlusion of the artery of Percheron results in bilateral paramedian thalamic infarcts with or without midbrain involvement. Acute artery of Percheron infarcts represent 0.1 to 2% of total ischemic stroke. However, of thalamic strokes, occlusion of artery of Percheron is the cause in 4 to 35% of cases. Early diagnosis of artery of Percheron infarction can be challenging because it is infrequent and early computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging may be negative...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797376/advance-care-planning-in-the-outpatient-geriatric-medicine-setting
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REVIEW
Bryan David Struck, Elizabeth Aubrey Brown, Stefani Madison
This article describes how to perform advance care planning in the outpatient geriatric medicine setting. The article defines advance care planning and discusses components of advance care planning, such as advance directives, do-not-resuscitate orders, and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. The article describes how to document advance care planning discussions in the clinic and bill Medicare and ways for clinicians to improve their skill at leading these conversations.
September 2017: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772095/advance-directives-among-nursing-home-residents-with-mild-moderate-and-advanced-dementia
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Jennifer Tjia, Marisa Dharmawardene, Jane L Givens
OBJECTIVE: To describe prevalence and content of AD documentation among NH residents by dementia stage. BACKGROUND: The prevalence of advance directives (ADs) among nursing home (NH) residents with mild, moderate, and advanced dementia remains unclear. METHODS: Population-based, cross-sectional study of all licensed NHs in five U.S. states. Subjects included all long-stay (>90 day) NH residents with dementia, aged ≥65 years, and a Cognitive Performance Scale (CPS) score ≥1 from the 2007 to 2008 Minimum Data Set 2...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767296/advance-care-planning-discussions-with-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-patients-admitted-to-a-community-palliative-care-service-a-retrospective-case-note-audit
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Sophie Fletcher, Rachel Hughes, Sarah Pickstock, Kirsten Auret
PURPOSE: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer are a cohort requiring specialized healthcare models to address unique cognitive and physical challenges. Advance care planning (ACP) discussions likely warrant age-appropriate adaptation, yet, there is little Australian research data available to inform best practice for this group. The goal of this work is to inform future models of ACP discussions for AYA. METHODS: Retrospective medical record audit of AYA patients and an adult comparison group, diagnosed with a malignancy and referred to a community hospice service, in Western Australia, in the period between January 1, 2012 and December 1, 2015...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766418/benefits-of-and-barriers-to-family-witnessed-resuscitation-in-practice
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Caroline Drewe
This article, discussing family-witnessed resuscitation, is the first in a series providing nurses with information about essential aspects of critical care. Family-witnessed resuscitation is not common practice in healthcare settings, despite its well-documented benefits. Lack of implementation arises because of fear and anxiety among healthcare practitioners about the potential negative consequences for the patient, the family and themselves. However, research has suggested that addressing these concerns could positively affect practice and increase the number of cases of family-witnessed resuscitation...
August 2, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754527/ultrasound-use-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-is-associated-with-delays-in-chest-compressions
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Maite A Huis In 't Veld, Michael G Allison, David S Bostick, Kiondra R Fisher, Olga G Goloubeva, Michael D Witting, Michael E Winters
AIM: High-quality chest compressions are a critical component of the resuscitation of patients in cardiopulmonary arrest. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is used frequently during emergency department (ED) resuscitations, but there has been limited research assessing its benefits and harms during the delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We hypothesized that use of POCUS during cardiac arrest resuscitation adversely affects high-quality CPR by lengthening the duration of pulse checks beyond the current cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines recommendation of 10s...
July 25, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752002/changing-definitions-of-sepsis
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REVIEW
Fethi Gül, Mustafa Kemal Arslantaş, İsmail Cinel, Anand Kumar
Sepsis is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients despite the use of modern antibiotics and resuscitation therapies. Outcomes in sepsis have improved overall, probably because of an enhanced focus on early diagnosis and other improvements in supportive care, but mortality rates still remain unacceptably high. The diagnosis and definition of sepsis is a critical problem due to the heterogeneity of this disease process. Although it is apparent that much more needs to be done to advance our understanding, sepsis and related terms remain difficult to define...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739652/in-hospital-quality-of-care-measures-for-pediatric-sepsis-syndrome
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Folafoluwa O Odetola, Gary Freed, Caroline Shevrin, Brian Madden, Julie McCormick, Kevin Dombkowski
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Sepsis syndrome, comprising sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock, is a leading cause of child mortality and morbidity, for which the delivery of time-sensitive care leads to improved survival. We aimed to describe the development and testing of quality measures for in-hospital care of pediatric sepsis syndrome. METHODS: Seven measures of quality of care for children hospitalized with sepsis syndrome were developed by using an iterative process including literature review, development of concepts and candidate measures, and selection of measures for feasibility and importance by 2 panels of experts...
July 24, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738348/colistin-resistance-in-kpc-2-and-shv-5-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-clinical-isolates-in-bulgaria
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Encho Savov, Iva Todorova, Lida Politi, Angelina Trifonova, Maja Borisova, Elena Kioseva, Athanassios Tsakris
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Colistin resistance is increasingly recognized among carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates in several European regions. The current study documents the appearance of colistin resistance among KPC-2 and SHV-5-produning K. pneumoniae strains in Bulgaria. METHODS: Four colistin-resistant K. pneumoniae isolates were recovered from 2 patients hospitalized in the anesthesiology and resuscitation clinic of a tertiary care university hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria...
July 22, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734692/respiratory-arrest-at-the-onset-of-idiopathic-childhood-occipital-epilepsy-of-gastaut
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Keiko Funata, Tatsuhiko Shike, Toshiki Takenouchi, Yukio Yamashita, Takao Takahashi
Occipital lobe epilepsy of childhood includes two entities: Panayiotopoulos syndrome in pre-school children, and idiopathic childhood occipital epilepsy of Gastaut (ICOEG) in school-age children. The typical initial manifestation of the former is vomiting, and that of the latter is visual hallucinations. Ictal cardiopulmonary arrest at initial presentation has been reported for Panayiotopoulos syndrome, but not for ICOEG. We document a 7-year-old previously healthy girl who experienced an acute elemental visual hallucination of seeing insects, followed by a new-onset generalized seizure...
July 19, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734561/avoiding-adult-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-retrospective-cohort-study-to-determine-preventability
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Gordon Bingham, Irma Bilgrami, Mandy Sandford, Sarah Larwill, Judit Orosz, Carl Luckhoff, Tony Kambourakis
INTRODUCTION: This study had three main aims. Develop a methodology for reviewing in-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA). Assess appropriateness and potential preventability of IHCAs. Identify areas for improvement within the rapid response system (RRS). DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of IHCA identified from an existing organisational electronic database of medical emergency (MET) and Code Blue team activation. Potential preventability of IHCA and Code Blue team activation were established by an expert panel based on a standardised case review process with descriptive and content analyses for each IHCA event...
July 19, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728194/-relevance-of-living-wills-during-post-resuscitation-care
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Martin Christ, Katharina Isabel von Auenmüller, Martin Grett, Scharbanu Amirie, Michael Brand, Hans-Joachim Trappe
Background There is hardly any evidence about the influence of living wills on acute life-threatening disease like out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest (OHCA). We therefore initiated this study to quantify the percentage of victims of OHCA who's living wills are available during post-resuscitation care. Methods All victims of OHCA who were admitted to our hospital between January 1(st) 2008 and July 31(th) 2016 were identified by analysis of our central admission register. Data from individual patients were collected from the patient's health records and anonymously stored on a central database...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726362/early-hypertension-after-vasopressor-weaning-during-septic-shock-associated-factors-and-prognostic-significance
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Rostane Gaci, Jérémie Lemarie, Marie Conrad, Aurélie Cravoisy, Pierre E Bollaert, Sébastien Gibot
BACKGROUND: During septic shock, early development of hypertension after vasopressors weaning seems paradoxical. The aim of this study was to authenticate this empirical observation, identify associated factors and document its prognostic significance. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive, retrospective study in a medical ICU of a teaching hospital among adult patients with septic shock. RESULTS: From 01.01.2013 to 31.12.2014, 262 consecutive patients over 18 years of age were admitted because of septic shock; 195 of them were successfully weaned from vasopressors...
July 20, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723789/measuring-the-impact-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-on-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survival-in-a-developing-country-a-key-metric-for-ems-systems-performance
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Mazen El Sayed, Reem Al Assad, Yasmin Abi Aad, Nour Gharios, Marwan M Refaat, Hani Tamim
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) can be used to evaluate the overall performance of the emergency medical services' (EMS) system. This study assessed the impact of EMS on OHCA survival rates in a setting where the prehospital system is underdeveloped.A retrospective chart review was carried out over a 5-year period of all adult OHCA patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary care center in Lebanon.A total of 271 patients with OHCA (179 [66.1%] men, mean age of 69.9 [standard deviation = 15...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716517/lethal-suicide-attempt-with-a-mixed-drug-intoxication-of-metoprolol-and-propafenone-a-first-pediatric-case-report
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Ivana Kacirova, Milan Grundmann, Martin Kolek, Erika Vyskocilova-Hrudikova, Romana Urinovska, Petr Handlos
INTRODUCTION: The β1 adrenergic receptor blocker metoprolol is often prescribed together with the antiarrhythmic drug propafenone. Both are metabolized by cytochrome P450 2D6 and propafenone is also an inhibitor of this enzyme. We present a pediatric case showing metoprolol and propafenone intoxication in combination. CASE: A 14-year-old girl was admitted to a local emergency department after ingestion of metoprolol (probably 1g) and propafenone (probably 1.5-3g) in a suicide attempt...
June 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714427/discrepancy-between-information-provided-and-information-required-by-emergency-physicians-for-long-term-care-patients
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Richa Parashar, Shelley McLeod, Don Melady
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to identify information included in long-term care (LTC) transfer documentation and to compare it to the information required by local emergency department (ED) physicians to provide optimal care and make decisions for LTC patients. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted for a sample of LTC residents transferred by ambulance to the ED of an academic, tertiary care hospital over a 1-year period. All emergency physicians working at the institution were invited to complete an online questionnaire about information included in LTC transfer documentation and information required by emergency physicians to provide care for LTC patients...
July 17, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707273/team-communication-patterns-in-emergency-resuscitation-a-mixed-methods-qualitative-analysis
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Lisa Anne Calder, George Mastoras, Mitra Rahimpour, Benjamin Sohmer, Brian Weitzman, A Adam Cwinn, Tara Hobin, Avi Parush
BACKGROUND: In order to enhance patient safety during resuscitation of critically ill patients, we need to optimize team communication and enhance team situational awareness but little is known about resuscitation team communication patterns. The objective of this study is to understand how teams communicate during resuscitation; specifically to assess for a shared mental model (organized understanding of a team's relationships) and information needs. METHODS: We triangulated 3 methods to evaluate resuscitation team communication at a tertiary care academic trauma center: (1) interviews; (2) simulated resuscitation observations; (3) live resuscitation observations...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
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/28697155/effect-of-a-training-strategy-in-improving-medication-fallacies-during-pediatric-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-before-and-after-study-from-a-developing-country
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Jhuma Sankar, Rashmi Ranjan Das, Samarendra Mahapatro, M Jeeva Sankar
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effect of structured training on resident performance in improving medication fallacies during pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). METHODS: This before-and-after study was conducted in the pediatric acute care areas of tertiary care teaching hospitals of a developing country from August to December 2015. Case records of children younger than 18 years who underwent CPR were reviewed. Senior residents rotating through pediatric emergency department and pediatric intensive care unit were evaluated for their knowledge...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688730/use-of-medical-orders-for-scope-of-treatment-for-heart-failure-patients-during-postacute-care-in-skilled-nursing-facilities
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Hillary Lum, Oluyomi Obafemi, Joanna Dukes, Molly Nowels, Kristina Samon, Rebecca S Boxer
BACKGROUND: Individuals with heart failure (HF) who are hospitalized and admitted to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are at high risk for rehospitalization and death. The care preferences of this high-risk population have not been studied. OBJECTIVES: To describe care preferences of patients with HF admitted to SNFs for rehabilitation based on Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) documentation, and evaluate goal-concordant care based on MOST documentation, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospitalization...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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