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Renal palliative care

Carole P Kaufmann, Dominik Stämpfli, Nadine Mory, Kurt E Hersberger, Markus L Lampert
INTRODUCTION: Identifying patients with a high risk for drug-related problems (DRPs) might optimise the allocation of targeted pharmaceutical care during the hospital stay and on discharge. OBJECTIVE: To develop a self-assessment screening tool to identify patients at risk for DRPs and validate the tool regarding feasibility, acceptability and the reliability of the patients' answers. DESIGN: Prospective validation study. SETTING: Two mid-sized hospitals (300-400 beds)...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Open
Ewa Zabrocka, Marek Z Wojtukiewicz, Ewa Sierko
Advanced cancer patients in hospice are at notably increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to age, local and distal advancement of the malignancy and bed confinement, among other factors. Asymptomatic VTE prevalence among palliative care patients has been found to reach 50%, whereas the clinically overt form occurs in 10%. Hospice patients are frequently given medications increasing VTE risk, for instance megestrol which is a drug commonly used in cancer cachexia. Many of the available guidelines encourage the implementation of thromboprophylaxis (TPX) in cancer patients, e...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Manjula Kurella Tamura, Ann M O'Hare, Eugene Lin, Laura M Holdsworth, Elizabeth Malcolm, Alvin H Moss
The dominant health delivery model for advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States, which focuses on provision of dialysis, is ill-equipped to address many of the needs of seriously ill patients. Although palliative care may address some of these gaps in care, its integration into advanced CKD care has been suboptimal due to several health system barriers. These barriers include uneven access to specialty palliative care services, underdeveloped models of care for seriously ill patients with advanced CKD, and misaligned policy incentives...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Laurel Willig, Erin Paquette, D Micah Hester, Bradley A Warady, John D Lantos
A 3-month-old boy with failure to thrive was referred to a nephrology clinic after a diagnostic workup for failure to thrive revealed a serum urea nitrogen level of 95 mg/dL and creatinine level of 3.6 mg/dL. A renal ultrasound revealed marked bilateral hydronephrosis with little remaining renal cortex in either kidney. A voiding cystourethrogram revealed evidence of posterior urethral valves. The child had no evident comorbidities. Fulguration of the valves was successfully performed but did not lead to improvement in kidney function...
February 28, 2018: Pediatrics
Isabel Pinheiro, Dilshad Jaff
Refugees are often afflicted with health conditions that require long-term, specialized and continuous care services that are costly and difficult to secure in host countries and camp settings. This study interviewed 21 Syrian refugees in Jordan with life-limiting conditions such as cancer, diabetes, chronic disability and renal failure, and 4 caregivers caring for refugee children with similar conditions. This study found that patients in refugee camps and communities would benefit from receiving palliative care services that are often either unavailable or inaccessible...
February 27, 2018: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
Cyrielle Alves, Thomas Ernandez, Catherine Stoermann Chopard
Calciphylaxis is a rare disease with a poor prognostic that mostly occurs in patients with renal failure. Diagnosis is difficult and skin biopsy is the gold standard diagnostic procedure, although it may aggravate skin lesions. Identification of the typical cutaneous signs is important to initiate adequate medical care. Several differential diagnoses must be excluded. Treatments should include appropriate pain management, local wound pain, daily dialysis, intravenous sodium thiosulfate treatment, hyperbaric oxygenotherapy, thigh control of calcium-phosphate metabolism and interruption of medications that could contribute to calciphylaxis...
February 21, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Paul Taylor, Simon Crouch, Debra A Howell, Dawn W Dowding, Miriam J Johnson
CONTEXT: Recognition of dying is a difficult task in end-stage heart failure, yet it remains an important clinical skill in providing good palliative care to these patients. OBJECTIVES: To use routinely collected data to explore evidence for physiological change in the final two weeks of life in end-stage heart failure. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of routinely collected data from hospital in-patients dying as a result of heart failure during a 1-year period in a UK hospital...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Krista L Haines, Hee Soo Jung, Tiffany Zens, Scott Turner, Charles Warner-Hillard, Suresh Agarwal
INTRODUCTION: End-of-life and palliative care are important aspects of trauma care and are not well defined. This analysis evaluates the racial and socioeconomic disparities in terms of utilization of hospice services for critically ill trauma patients. METHODS: Trauma patients ≥15 years old from 2012 to 2015 were queried from the National Trauma Databank. Chi-square and multivariate logistic regression analyses for disposition to hospice were performed after controlling for age, gender, comorbidities, injury severity, insurance, race, and ethnicity...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Amar D Bansal, Jane O Schell
Most patients who rely on dialysis for treatment of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) never receive a kidney transplant. Therefore, it is important for nephrology providers to feel comfortable discussing the role of dialysis near the end of life (EOL). Advance care planning (ACP) is an ongoing process of learning patient values and goals in an effort to outline preferences for current and future care. This review presents a framework for how to incorporate ACP in the care of dialysis patients throughout the kidney disease course and at the EOL...
January 3, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Hallie C Prescott, Derek C Angus
Importance: Survival from sepsis has improved in recent years, resulting in an increasing number of patients who have survived sepsis treatment. Current sepsis guidelines do not provide guidance on posthospital care or recovery. Observations: Each year, more than 19 million individuals develop sepsis, defined as a life-threatening acute organ dysfunction secondary to infection. Approximately 14 million survive to hospital discharge and their prognosis varies. Half of patients recover, one-third die during the following year, and one-sixth have severe persistent impairments...
January 2, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Gonçalo Nunes, Hélder Coelho, Marta Patita, Rita Barosa, Pedro Pinto Marques, Lídia Roque Ramos, Maria José Brito, Aurora Tomaz, Jorge Fonseca
The authors describe a 31-year-old man admitted due to progressive weight loss, diarrhea and massive hepatomegaly. Laboratory data showed anemia (haemoglobin 11.7 g/dl), abnormal liver tests (total bilirubin 1.4 g/dl, aspartate aminotransferase 70 U/l, alanine aminotransferase 37 U/l and alkaline phosphatase 520 U/l). Abdominal ultrasound (US) displayed a large heterogeneous liver with a segment IV 25 mm nodule. Magnetic resonance revealed a 4 cm pancreatic tail mass and several liver nodules consistent with metastasis...
December 28, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Victor Maddalena, Fiona O'Shea, Brendan Barrett
Patients with end-stage renal disease supported on dialysis experience high morbidity and mortality. Little is known about family caregiver experiences during the disease. Qualitative research methods were used to explore the experiences of family caregivers caring for patients receiving dialysis. In-depth, semi-structured, in-person interviews were completed with 18 family caregivers in rural and urban settings. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using thematic and descriptive analysis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Care
Ana Forjaz de Lacerda, Barbara Gomes
BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents dying from complex chronic conditions require paediatric palliative care. One aim of palliative care is to enable a home death if desired and well supported. However, there is little data to inform care, particularly from countries without paediatric palliative care, which constitute the majority worldwide. METHODS: This is an epidemiological study analysing death certificate data of decedents aged between 0 and 17 years in Portugal, a developed Western European country without recognised provision of paediatric palliative care, from 1987 to 2011...
December 22, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
Yogesh Jain, Gajanan Phutke
Even though 1% of people require palliative and end-of-life care in low-resource situations, it remains an uncharted arena. Yet it is as important as curative care to alleviate suffering. Palliative care is not only a need in cancer and HIV disease; but is needed in a diverse group of illnesses ranging from tuberculosis, renal failures, paraplegia to chronic lung diseases. In a lower resource setting, the gaps in palliation may be the need for more technology and interventions or more healthcare professionals...
October 25, 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
B Melichar, M Spisarová
The advent of immunotherapy has changed our concept of how to manage metastatic disease. With the exception of relatively rare tumors, the treatment of metastatic cancer is still considered as palliative, and in systemic treatment immunotherapy is often selected, considering better tolerance. Immunotherapy opens the perspective of a long-term, possibly durable, response, and, in contrast to other approaches to targeted therapy, is active across a spectrum of tumors. Combined regimens that increase the efficacy, given the context, are thus of importance...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Barbara Gomes, Maria João Pinheiro, Sílvia Lopes, Maja de Brito, Vera P Sarmento, Pedro Lopes Ferreira, Henrique Barros
BACKGROUND: Most people would prefer to die at home as opposed to hospital; therefore, understanding mortality patterns by place of death is essential for health resources allocation. AIM: We examined trends and risk factors for hospital death in conditions needing palliative care in a country without integrated palliative care. DESIGN: This is a death certificate study. We examined factors associated with hospital death using logistic regression...
November 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
Rupesh Raina, Vinod Krishnappa, Mona Gupta
Pain management in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is a complex and challenging task to accomplish, and effective pain and symptom control improves quality of life. Pain is prevalent in more than 50% of hemodialysis patients and up to 75% of these patients are treated ineffectively due to its poor recognition by providers. A good history for PQRST factors and intensity assessment using visual analog scale are the initial steps in the management of pain followed by involvement of palliative care, patient and family counseling, discussion of treatment options, and correction of reversible causes...
December 11, 2017: Hemodialysis International
H R Ahmad, J A Faruk, M A Bugaje, A Solomon, M O A Samaila, R M Akuse
Malignancies have been reported to occur in people with sickle cell disease. Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC), also tagged seventh sickle cell nephropathy, is an aggressive cancer seen almost exclusively in people with sickle cell disease with more than 160 cases reported worldwide, but only few cases were reported in patients with sickle cell anaemia (HBSS) and from Nigeria. Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma is a renal tumour of any histologic variant containing foci of high-grade malignant spindle cells. We report an adolescent girl with sickle cell anaemia (HBSS) who presented with left renal tumour, histology of which confirmed a diagnosis of sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma (sRCC)...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Ben P White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Gail Williams, Juliet Davis
BACKGROUND: Law purports to regulate end-of-life care but its role in decision-making by doctors is not clear. This paper, which is part of a three-year study into the role of law in medical practice at the end of life, investigates whether law affects doctors' decision-making. In particular, it considers whether the fact that the law differs across Australia's three largest states - New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and Queensland - leads to doctors making different decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity...
November 28, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
Cássia Gomes da Silveira Santos, Rafael Fernandes Romani, Ricardo Benvenutti, João Otávio Ribas Zahdi, Miguel Carlos Riella, Marcelo Mazza do Nascimento
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute kidney injury (AKI) has been reported as a recognized condition among the elderly population; however, its clinical epidemiology is still poorly evaluated. We propose to evaluate the epidemiological profile of AKI in hospitalized elderly patients and the variables associated with renal replacement therapy (RRT) dependency at discharge after an episode of AKI. METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled 286 elderly patients (aged ≥60 years), who had a diagnosis of AKI and were admitted to a tertiary care hospital...
November 23, 2017: Nephron
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