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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305500/euthanasia-and-palliative-sedation-in-belgium
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Raphael Cohen-Almagor, E Wesley Ely
The aim of this article is to use data from Belgium to analyse distinctions between palliative sedation and euthanasia. There is a need to reduce confusion and improve communication related to patient management at the end of life specifically regarding the rapidly expanding area of patient care that incorporates a spectrum of nuanced yet overlapping terms such as palliative care, sedation, palliative sedation, continued sedation, continued sedation until death, terminal sedation, voluntary euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia...
January 4, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301574/continuous-palliative-sedation-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer-at-a-tertiary-care-cancer-center
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Bernard Lobato Prado, Diogo Bugano Diniz Gomes, Pedro Luiz Serrano Usón Júnior, Patricia Taranto, Monique Sedlmaier França, Daniel Eiger, Rodrigo Coutinho Mariano, David Hui, Auro Del Giglio
BACKGROUND: Palliative sedation (PS) is an intervention to treat refractory symptoms and to relieve suffering at the end of life. Its prevalence and practice patterns vary widely worldwide. The aim of our study was to evaluate the frequency, clinical indications and outcomes of PS in advanced cancer patients admitted to our tertiary comprehensive cancer center. METHODS: We retrospectively studied the use of PS in advanced cancer patients who died between March 1st, 2012 and December 31st, 2014...
January 4, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243546/changes-in-medication-use-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-the-international-multicentre-prospective-european-palliative-care-cancer-symptom-study
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Kristel Paque, Monique Elseviers, Robert Vander Stichele, Koen Pardon, Marianne J Hjermstad, Stein Kaasa, Tinne Dilles, Martine De Laat, Simon Van Belle, Thierry Christiaens, Luc Deliens
BACKGROUND: Information on medication use in the last months of life is limited. AIM: To describe which medications are prescribed and deprescribed in advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care in relation to time before death and to explore associations with demographic variables. DESIGN: Prospective study, using case report forms for monthly data collection. Medication included cancer treatment and 19 therapeutic groups, grouped into four categories for: (1) cancer therapy, (2) specific cancer-related symptom relief, (3) other symptom relief and (4) long-term prevention...
December 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243169/efficacy-of-two-types-of-palliative-sedation-therapy-defined-using-intervention-protocols-proportional-vs-deep-sedation
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Kengo Imai, Tatsuya Morita, Naosuke Yokomichi, Masanori Mori, Akemi Shirado Naito, Hiroaki Tsukuura, Toshihiro Yamauchi, Takashi Kawaguchi, Kaori Fukuta, Satoshi Inoue
PURPOSE: This study investigated the effect of two types of palliative sedation defined using intervention protocols: proportional and deep sedation. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed prospectively recorded data of consecutive cancer patients who received the continuous infusion of midazolam in a palliative care unit. Attending physicians chose the sedation protocol based on each patient's wish, symptom severity, prognosis, and refractoriness of suffering. The primary endpoint was a treatment goal achievement at 4 h: in proportional sedation, the achievement of symptom relief (Support Team Assessment Schedule (STAS) ≤ 1) and absence of agitation (modified Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS) ≤ 0) and in deep sedation, the achievement of deep sedation (RASS ≤ - 4)...
December 14, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235823/a-home-care-palliative-sedation-simulation-program
#5
Carmel Montgomery, Shona Bailie, Jill Soderstrom
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Canadian Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232769/antiparkinsonian-and-antidyskinetic-profiles-of-two-novel-potent-and-selective-nociceptin-orphanin-fq-receptor-agonists
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Ludovico Arcuri, Salvatore Novello, Martina Frassineti, Daniela Mercatelli, Clarissa Anna Pisanò, Ilaria Morella, Stefania Fasano, Blair V Journigan, Michael E Meyer, Willma E Polgar, Riccardo Brambilla, Nurulain T Zaveri, Michele Morari
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We previously showed that Nociceptin/orphanin FQ opioid peptide (NOP) receptor agonists attenuate the expression of levodopa-induced dyskinesia in animal models of Parkinson's disease. We now investigate the efficacy of two novel, potent and chemically distinct NOP receptor agonists, AT-390 and AT-403, to improve parkinsonian disabilities and attenuate dyskinesia development and expression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Binding affinity and functional efficacy of AT-390 and AT-403 at the opioid receptors were determined in radioligand displacement assays and in GTPγS binding assay respectively, conducted in Chinese hamster ovary cells...
December 12, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216521/the-use-of-palliative-medications-before-death-from-prostate-cancer-swedish-population-based-study-with-a-comparative-overview-of-european-data
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Magdalena Lycken, Linda Drevin, Hans Garmo, Pär Stattin, Jan Adolfsson, Ingela Franck Lissbrant, Lars Holmberg, Anna Bill-Axelson
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of terminal cancer have previously been reported as undertreated. The aim of this study was to assess the use of palliative medications before death from prostate cancer. METHODS: This Swedish register study included men who died from 2009 to 2012 with prostate cancer as the underlying cause of death. We assessed the proportion who collected a prescription of androgen deprivation therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, paracetamol, opioids, glucocorticoids, antidepressants, anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics and the differences in treatment related to age, time since diagnosis, educational level, close relatives and comorbidities...
January 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191721/changes-in-the-use-of-intensive-and-supportive-procedures-for-patients-with-stroke-in-taiwan-in-the-last-month-of-life-between-2000-and-2010
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Pei-Yi Wang, Yen-Ni Hung, Robert Smith, Chia-Chin Lin
CONTEXT: Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the primary cause of disability worldwide. It is uncertain what care patients with stroke receive in their end of life care and what trends in care are in recent years. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the changes in the use of intensive and supportive procedures received by Taiwanese stroke patients in their last month of life during 2000-2010. METHODS: Analysis of claims data of 55,930 patients with stroke obtained from the National Health Insurance Research Database were performed to investigate the changes in the use of intensive and supportive procedures for Taiwanese stroke patients in their last month of life during 2000-2010...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150095/-towards-a-better-use-of-midazolam-in-end-of-life-a-survey-in-a-department-of-medical-oncology
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Aurélie Beneton, Alexis Vallard, Christelle Brosse, Géraldine Poenou, Cécile Pacaut, Nicolas Magné, Stéphanie Morisson
INTRODUCTION: At the end of life of cancer patients, sedation is sometimes needed, in order to palliate unbearable symptoms that other treatments fail to relieve. Midazolam is currently recommended for sedation and its prescription is guided by national guidelines. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the practices of midazolam prescription in a department of medical oncology and to compare the results with French national recommendations in order to improve the midazolam use in case of sedation...
November 14, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118101/japanese-physicians-experiences-of-terminally-ill-patients-voluntarily-stopping-eating-and-drinking-a-national-survey
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Takuya Shinjo, Tatsuya Morita, Daisuke Kiuchi, Masayuki Ikenaga, Hirofumi Abo, Sayaka Maeda, Satoru Tsuneto, Yoshiyuki Kizawa
OBJECTIVES: Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) could be regarded as a patients' own non-treatment decision that hastens death, which involves patients voluntarily forgoing food and liquid until death. The aims of this study were to investigate the experience of home hospice physicians and palliative care specialists who care for patients during VSED in Japan, and their opinions on continuous deep sedation (CDS) as a means to relieve patient symptoms during VSED. METHODS: 219 home hospice physicians and 695 palliative care specialists across Japan were surveyed by mail questionnaire in 2016...
November 8, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105683/-palliative-care-in-the-intensive-cardiac-care-unit-a-new-competence-for-the-cardiac-intensivist
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Massimo Romanò, Roberta Bertona, Federica Zorzoli, Rosvaldo Villani
Admissions to the intensive care unit at the end of life of patients with chronic non-malignant diseases are increasing. This involves the need for the development of palliative care culture and competence, also in the field of intensive cardiology. Palliative care should be implemented in the treatment of all patients with critical stages of disease, irrespective of prognosis, in order to improve the quality of care at the end of life.This review analyzes in detail the main clinical, ethical and communicational issues to move toward the introduction of basics of palliative care in cardiac intensive care units...
October 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102388/-end-of-life-debate-citizen-s-point-of-view-about-deep-and-continuous-sedation
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J Toporski, T Jonveaux-Rivasseau, C Lamouille-Chevalier
INTRODUCTION: Sedation in palliative care meets a precise definition and corresponds to a medical practice. We assessed the comprehension of this practice by the French population. METHOD: In 2015, citizen expressed their views on the Claeys-Leonetti bill by means of a consultative forum made available on the Internet site of the National Assembly. The content of the messages filed, regarding the right to deep and continuous sedation until death was analyzed using the ALCESTE textual data analysis software, supplemented by a thematic analysis in order to identify the perception that Internet users had of this practice...
November 1, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066037/end-of-life-care-preferences-in-patients-with-severe-and-persistent-mental-illness-and-chronic-medical-conditions-a-comparative-cross-sectional-study
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Dominique Elie, Amanda Marino, Susana G Torres-Platas, Saeid Noohi, Trent Semeniuk, Marilyn Segal, Karl J Looper, Soham Rej
OBJECTIVES: Physicians rarely engage severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) patients in end-of-life care discussion despite an increased risk of debilitating medical illnesses and mortality. Access to quality palliative care and medical assistance in dying (MAID) has become a priority in Canada and many jurisdictions. In this study, we compared SPMI and chronic medically ill (CMI) patients' end-of-life care preferences and comfort level with end-of-life care discussion, and identified potential predictors of interest in MAID...
January 2018: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063727/nurse-driven-analgesia-and-sedation-in-pediatric-patients-with-univentricular-hearts-requiring-extracorporeal-life-support-after-first-stage-palliation-surgery-a-pilot-study
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Jörg Michel, Michael Hofbeck, Ines Gerbig, Vanya Icheva, Ellen Heimberg, Walter Jost, Christian Schlensak, Matthias Kumpf, Gunnar Blumenstock, Felix Neunhoeffer
BACKGROUND: Few data are available regarding requirements of sedation and analgesia in children during extracorporeal life support. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate if children with functionally univentricular hearts on extracorporeal life support after first-stage palliation surgery have higher requirement of analgesics and sedatives compared with children without extracorporeal life support using a goal-directed nurse-driven analgesia and sedation protocol...
December 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056564/a-nationwide-survey-about-palliative-sedation-involving-japanese-palliative-care-specialists-intentions-and-key-factors-used-to-determine-sedation-as-proportionally-appropriate
#15
Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Masayuki Ikenaga, Hirofumi Abo, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tunetou
CONTEXT: Although there has long been debate about physicians' intentions and what physicians consider to be proportionally appropriate when performing palliative sedation, few large studies have been performed. OBJECTIVES: To identify physicians' intentions when starting continuous deep sedation and to clarify what factors determine whether physicians regard sedation as proportionally appropriate in relation to expected survival, the patients' wishes, and refractoriness...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029757/palliative-care-and-end-of-life-care-for-polypathological-patients
#16
E Martinez-Litago, M C Martínez-Velasco, M P Muniesa-Zaragozano
Patients with advanced chronic diseases receive fragmented care, which entails high resource consumption and a poor quality of life. Uncertainty in the prognosis and scarce investigation into the importance of symptomatic control in this patient group hinders a proper therapeutic approach. Palliative care teams optimise the use of resources through comprehensive patient care, the optimization of the patient's environment, communication, the preparation of early care plans and the creation of coordinated healthcare circuits, which improve the quality of the patient's care in advanced stages of the disease...
October 10, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975307/effect-of-lorazepam-with-haloperidol-vs-haloperidol-alone-on-agitated-delirium-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-receiving-palliative-care-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
David Hui, Susan Frisbee-Hume, Annie Wilson, Seyedeh S Dibaj, Thuc Nguyen, Maxine De La Cruz, Paul Walker, Donna S Zhukovsky, Marvin Delgado-Guay, Marieberta Vidal, Daniel Epner, Akhila Reddy, Kimerson Tanco, Janet Williams, Stacy Hall, Diane Liu, Kenneth Hess, Sapna Amin, William Breitbart, Eduardo Bruera
Importance: The use of benzodiazepines to control agitation in delirium in the last days of life is controversial. Objective: To compare the effect of lorazepam vs placebo as an adjuvant to haloperidol for persistent agitation in patients with delirium in the setting of advanced cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: Single-center, double-blind, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial conducted at an acute palliative care unit at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas, enrolling 93 patients with advanced cancer and agitated delirium despite scheduled haloperidol from February 11, 2014, to June 30, 2016, with data collection completed in October 2016...
September 19, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960387/population-pharmacodynamic-modelling-of-midazolam-induced-sedation-in-terminally-ill-adult-patients
#18
Linda G Franken, Brenda C M de Winter, Anniek D Masman, Monique van Dijk, Frans P M Baar, Dick Tibboel, Birgit C P Koch, Teun van Gelder, Ron A A Mathot
AIMS: Midazolam is the drug of choice for palliative sedation and is titrated to achieve the desired level of sedation. A previous pharmacokinetic (PK) study showed that variability between patients could be partly explained by renal function and inflammatory status. The goal of this study was to combine this PK information with pharmacodynamic (PD) data, to evaluate the variability in response to midazolam and to find clinically relevant covariates that may predict PD response. METHOD: A population PD analysis using nonlinear mixed effect models was performed with data from 43 terminally ill patients...
September 27, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941298/symptom-management-and-psychological-support-for-families-are-the-cornerstones-of-end-of-life-care-for-children-with-spinal-muscular-atrophy-type-1
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Chiara Di Pede, Caterina Agosto, Valentina De Tommasi, Alessandra De Gregorio, Franca Benini
AIM: This study described end-of-life care for children affected by spinal muscular atrophy type 1 (SMA1), which is characterised by progressive muscle weakness and develops in the first six months of life. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 17 children (13 boys) who attended the University of Padua's paediatric palliative care centre in Italy from March 2000 to March 2015. All the children received supportive care without proactive respiratory intervention to prolong survival...
January 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898796/transjugular-biopsy-case-report-of-inferior-vena-cava-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-intracardiac-extension
#20
Laurence Weinberg, Diana Abu-Ssaydeh, Chris Macgregor, Jason Wang, Clarence Wong, Manfred Spanger, Vijayragavan Muralidharan
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) can be established with near certainty by correlating radiological imaging with clinical presentation. However, in the absence of diagnostic certainty, biopsy of liver tissue is mandatory for optimal management. We present our management of a patient with advanced liver disease who presented with an IVC mass extending into the right atrium, with co-existing liver lesions not meeting criteria for an imaging diagnosis of HCC. CASE PRESENTATION: A 62-year-old male with Child-Pugh C liver cirrhosis presented with decompensated liver failure...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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