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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602377/end-of-life-care-in-the-treatment-of-heart-failure-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
John Arthur McClung
Heart failure presents unique challenges to the clinician who desires to provide excellent and humane care near the end of life. Accurate prediction of mortality in the individual patient is complicated by a chronic disease that is punctuated by recurrent acute episodes and sudden death. Health care providers continue to have difficulty communicating effectively with terminally ill patients and their caregivers regarding end-of-life care preferences, all of which needs to occur earlier rather than later. This article also discusses various means of providing palliative care, and specific issues regarding device therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and palliative sedation with concurrent discussion of the ethical ramifications and pitfalls of each...
July 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
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/28580858/suboptimal-palliative-sedation-in-primary-care-an-exploration
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Peter Pype, Inge Teuwen, Fien Mertens, Marij Sercu, An De Sutter
OBJECTIVES: Palliative sedation is a therapeutic option to control refractory symptoms in terminal palliative patients. This study aims at describing the occurrence and characteristics of suboptimal palliative sedations in primary care and at exploring the way general practitioners (GPs) experience suboptimal palliative sedation in their practice. METHODS: We conducted a mixed methods study with a quantitative prospective survey in primary care and qualitative semi-structured interviews with GPs...
June 5, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506099/propofol-based-palliative-sedation-to-treat-antipsychotic-resistant-agitated-delirium
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Alfredo Covarrubias-Gómez, Maria López Collada-Estrada
Delirium is a common problem in terminally ill patients that is associated with significant distress and, hence, considered a palliative care emergency. The three subtypes of delirium are hyperactive, hypoactive, and mixed, depending on the level of psychomotor activity and arousal disturbance. When agitated delirium becomes refractory in the setting of imminent dying, the agitation may be so severe that palliative sedation (PS) is required. Palliative sedation involves the administration of sedative medications with the purpose of reducing level of consciousness for patients with refractory suffering in the setting of a terminal illness...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501039/symptomatic-control-in-end-of-life-patients
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REVIEW
Mariana Alves, Rita Abril, Isabel Galriça Neto
End-of-life patients present a variety of symptoms that cause suffering for them and their respective families. Health professionals throughout their university, internship and medical careers are ill-prepared to manage and improve the quality of life of these patients. This article aims to provide basic skills in the symptomatic management of end-of-life patients, focusing in particular on the control of pain, dyspnoea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and anorexia. It also aims to draw attention to basic concepts of control concerning refractory symptoms and palliative sedation...
January 31, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475406/a-survey-of-hospice-and-palliative-care-clinician-s-experiences-and-attitudes-regarding-the-use-of-palliative-sedation
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Samuel Maiser, Karen Estrada-Stephen, Natasha Sahr, Jonathan Gully, Sean Marks
BACKGROUND: A variety of terms and attitudes surround palliative sedation (PS) with little research devoted to hospice and palliative care (HPC) clinicians' perceptions and experiences with PS. These factors may contribute to the wide variability in the reported prevalence of PS. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to better identify hospice and palliative care (HPC) clinician attitudes toward, and clinical experiences with palliative sedation (PS). METHODS: A 32-question survey was distributed to members of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (n = 4678)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469334/clinical-profile-of-pediatric-oncology-patients-treated-by-external-beam-radiotherapy-an-institutional-experience
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Virender Suhag, B S Sunita, Pankaj Vats, Arti Sarin, A K Singh, Mayuri Jain
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric tumors are a heterogeneous group of malignant conditions requiring multimodal treatment, and management of such cases is at time challenging. We present the clinical profile of pediatric cancer patients who received radiation, either alone or as adjuvant to surgery and chemotherapy; in prophylactic, radical or palliative clinical setting. AIM: This study was envisaged to review our experience of pediatric oncology cases, their clinical and morphological profile, dosage schedule of radiotherapy, and the therapy induced complications...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456907/bispectral-index-monitoring-in-cancer-patients-undergoing-palliative-sedation-a-preliminary-report
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Edith Monreal-Carrillo, Silvia Allende-Pérez, David Hui, Maria-Fernanda García-Salamanca, Eduardo Bruera, Emma Verástegui
INTRODUCTION: Continuous palliative sedation (PS) is currently titrated based on clinical observation; however, it is often unclear if patients are still aware of their suffering. The aim of this prospective study is to characterize the level of consciousness in patients undergoing PS using Bispectral Index (BIS) monitoring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled consecutive patients with refractory symptoms requiring PS. We documented the level of sedation using Ramsay Sedation Scale (RSS) and BIS at 0, 2, 4, 6, 12, and 24 h during the first day of PS and examined their degree of association...
April 29, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439690/association-of-endotracheal-tube-repositioning-and-acute-laryngeal-lesions-during-mechanical-ventilation-in-children
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Denise Manica, Catia de Souza Saleh Netto, Cláudia Schweiger, Leo Sekine, Larissa Valency Enéas, Denise Rotta Pereira, Gabriel Kuhl, Paulo Roberto Antonacci Carvalho, Paulo José Cauduro Marostica
The objective of this study is to determine the incidence of post-extubation acute laryngeal lesions in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and potential risk factors. Children, aged 28 days to 5 years, admitted to the PICU who required endotracheal intubation for at least 24 h were enrolled. Exclusion criteria were a previous intubation, history of laryngeal disease, current or past tracheostomy, the presence of craniofacial malformations and patients considered on palliative care. All patients underwent flexible fiber-optic laryngoscopy (FFL) not later than 8 h after extubation...
April 24, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432090/international-variations-in-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-palliative-sedation-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ebun Abarshi, Judith Rietjens, Lenzo Robijn, Augusto Caraceni, Sheila Payne, Luc Deliens, Lieve Van den Block
OBJECTIVES: Palliative sedation is a highly debated medical practice, particularly regarding its proper use in end-of-life care. Worldwide, guidelines are used to standardise care and regulate this practice. In this review, we identify and compare national/regional clinical practice guidelines on palliative sedation against the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) palliative sedation Framework and assess the developmental quality of these guidelines using the Appraisal Guideline Research and Evaluation (AGREE II) instrument...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399846/palliative-sedation-challenging-the-professional-competency-of-health-care-providers-and-staff-a-qualitative-focus-group-and-personal-written-narrative-study
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Danièle Leboul, Régis Aubry, Jean-Michel Peter, Victor Royer, Jean-François Richard, Frédéric Guirimand
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in palliative medicine, sedating a terminally ill patient is regarded as an indispensable treatment to manage unbearable suffering. With the prospect of widespread use of palliative sedation, the feelings and representations of health care providers and staff (carers) regarding sedation must be carefully explored if we are to gain a better understanding of its impact and potential pitfalls. The objective of the study was to provide a comprehensive description of the opinions of carers about the use of sedation practices in palliative care units (PCU), which have become a focus of public attention following changes in legislation...
April 11, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287519/endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-intratumoral-injection-of-cisplatin-for-the-treatment-of-isolated-mediastinal-recurrence-of-lung-cancer
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Hiren J Mehta, Michael A Jantz
Isolated hilar and mediastinal recurrence (IMHR) following external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in patients with lung cancer is common. These patients do not have many treatment options and are usually offered palliative chemotherapy or best supportive care. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided intratumoral injection of cisplatin (ITC) is a novel approach for these patients. The procedure is performed under conscious sedation. The lesion is located with a bronchoscopy using EBUS, and a 22-gauge EBUS needle is advanced through the working channel of the scope and locked in position...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287357/a-review-of-agents-for-palliative-sedation-continuous-deep-sedation-pharmacology-and-practical-applications
#13
John Bodnar
Continuous deep sedation at the end of life is a specific form of palliative sedation requiring a care plan that essentially places and maintains the patient in an unresponsive state because their symptoms are refractory to any other interventions. Because this application is uncommon, many providers may lack practical experience in this specialized area and resources they can access are outdated, nonspecific, and/or not comprehensive. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence- and experience-based reference that specifically addresses those medications and regimens and their practical applications for this very narrow, but vital, aspect of hospice care...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256814/palliative-sedation-a-feasible-option-to-improve-end-of-life-care-in-seriously-ill-dying-patients
#14
Paolo Cotogni, Luca Brazzi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 3, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224879/-palliative-sedation-because-it-s-what-the-patient-wants-pronouncement-of-disciplinary-court-cause-of-great-confusion
#15
A C Hendriks, B Keizer
The Medical Disciplinary Court of The Hague recently imposed an official warning on two physicians who did not yield to the pressure exerted by a 102-year-old patient and her family to start palliative sedation. This decision not only restricts the directing role of physicians with respect to the end-of-life phase, but is also inconsistent with the guideline from the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) on palliative sedation.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192224/qualitative-study-on-the-perceptions-of-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-and-their-family-members-regarding-end-of-life-experiences-focusing-on-palliative-sedation
#16
Young Eun, In-Wha Hong, Eduardo Bruera, Jung Hun Kang
CONTEXT: Patients with terminal cancer experience refractory symptoms in the last days of life. Although palliative sedation (PS) is recommended for patients suffering unbearable symptoms with imminent death, it requires clear communication between physicians and patients/caregivers. Understanding the demands and perceptions of patients and caregivers in the end-of-life phase are needed for effective communication. OBJECTIVE: To explore patient experiences regarding end-of-life status and PS...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186850/the-use-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-palliative-care-a-preliminary-study
#17
Jamie Burns, Kevin Jackson, Kathy A Sheehy, Julia C Finkel, Zenaide M Quezado
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine infusions in patients with advanced malignancies, advanced heart disease, or after stem cell transplantation (SCT), who during end-of-life care had pain and/or agitation unresponsive to conventional therapies. BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients with intractable advanced malignancies, end-stage congenital heart diseases, or after SCT can suffer a great deal during end of life. Pain, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and worrying are experienced frequently, considered distressing, and are strongly associated with reductions in health-related quality-of-life scores...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181893/gebruik-van-comedicatie-tijdens-palliatieve-sedatie
#18
H Westdorp, S M C H Langenberg, C Kramers, C A H H V M Verhagen
- Palliative sedation is a treatment option for patients in the terminal stage of their disease who have one or more refractory symptoms.- In giving palliative sedation it is important to take into account the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of medications that contribute to good palliation: this covers both medication used in palliative sedation and continued chronic medication.- This article provides tools for clinical practice to deal with the difficulties concerning stopping or continuing chronic medication and on interaction between medications in palliative sedation...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177137/hypoalbuminaemia-and-decreased-midazolam-clearance-in-terminally-ill-adult-patients-an-inflammatory-effect
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Linda G Franken, Anniek D Masman, Brenda C M de Winter, Frans P M Baar, Dick Tibboel, Teun van Gelder, Birgit C P Koch, Ron A A Mathot
AIMS: Midazolam is the drug of choice for palliative sedation and is titrated to achieve the desired level of sedation. Because of large inter-individual variability (IIV), however, the time it takes to achieve adequate sedation varies widely. It would therefore greatly improve clinical care if an individualized dose could be determined beforehand. To find clinically relevant parameters for dose individualization, we performed a pharmacokinetic study on midazolam, 1OH-midazolam (1-OH-M) and 1OH-midazolam-glucuronide (1-OH-MG) in terminally ill patients...
February 8, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156465/experience-with-palliative-sedation-ps-in-an-inpatient-oncology-setting
#20
Diogo Bugano Diniz Gomes, Pedro Luiz Serrano Uson Junior, Patricia Taranto, Monique Sedlmaier Franca, Daniel Eiger, Rodrigo Coutinho Mariano, David Hui, Auro Del Giglio
63 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. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of the use of PS in cancer patients who died at our comprehensive cancer center between March 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014. PS was defined as the use of continuous infusion of midazolam or neuroleptics for refractory symptoms as stated in the progress notes. Patients who died in the ICU were excluded...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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