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death bed vision

Dorothy Wholihan
Spiritual care is an integral part of multidimensional palliative care and a major domain of care identified in definitions and guidelines. Death bed phenomena include visions, dreams, hallucinations, and premortem energy surges, which can be deeply spiritual experiences. Death bed occurrences are often a source of consolation. However, they have been underrecognized. The last hours of life are sacred; as holistic, multidimensional practitioners, nurses should remain open to experiences not easily explained within a traditional medical model...
September 2016: Nursing Clinics of North America
J Harry Sweigard, Hidetaka Matsumoto, Kaylee E Smith, Leo A Kim, Eleftherios I Paschalis, Yoko Okonuki, Alexandra Castillejos, Keiko Kataoka, Eiichi Hasegawa, Ryoji Yanai, Deeba Husain, John D Lambris, Demetrios Vavvas, Joan W Miller, Kip M Connor
Degeneration of photoreceptors is a primary cause of vision loss worldwide, making the underlying mechanisms surrounding photoreceptor cell death critical to developing new treatment strategies. Retinal detachment, characterized by the separation of photoreceptors from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium, is a sight-threatening event that can happen in a number of retinal diseases. The detached photoreceptors undergo apoptosis and programmed necrosis. Given that photoreceptors are nondividing cells, their loss leads to irreversible visual impairment even after successful retinal reattachment surgery...
July 22, 2015: Science Translational Medicine
Mehrangiz Hatami, Frederick Naftolin, Masood A Khatamee
INTRODUCTION: Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very common cause of death in accidental, suicidal, or homicidal cases throughout the world. Fingernail bed manifestation is reported in survivors of carbon monoxide poisoning. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old Caucasian woman was exposed to carbon monoxide when she was sleeping alone in her one-bedroom apartment; fortunately, the beeps from her First Alert combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector woke her and she was saved from any extensive health issues...
2014: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Chang Li, Haitao Ma, Jingkang He, Bin Ni, Chun Xu, Jun Zhao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy is now generally accepted for patients with lung cancer. The aim of this study is to review the technology of thoracoscopic lobectomy with single utility port in the treatment of peripheral lung cancer. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 87 patients with peripheral lung cancer who underwent single utility port complete VATS lobectomy from February 2011 to January 2013 in the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University (single utility port group), and compared them with 75 patients with peripheral lung cancer who underwent conventional, 3-port VATS lobectomy in the same period (3-port group)...
September 2013: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Amir Darki, Preeti P Kodali, John P McPheters, Harkiran Virk, Minesh R Patel, William Jacobs
In hypereosinophilic syndrome, the sustained overproduction of eosinophils leads to the dysfunction of one or more organs. Symptoms vary in accordance with which organ is affected. Cardiac involvement leads to substantial morbidity and to most of the deaths that are associated with hypereosinophilic syndrome.Herein, we present the case of a 31-year-old woman, pregnant for 12 weeks and with a history of multiple sclerosis, who presented with transient vision loss and splinter hemorrhages in her fingernail beds...
2011: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Brent A Senior, Charles S Ebert, Karen K Bednarski, Marc K Bassim, Mahar Younes, Dimitri Sigounas, Mathew G Ewend
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Surgical approaches to the pituitary have undergone numerous refinements over the last 100 years. The introduction of the endoscope and the advent of minimally invasive pituitary surgery (MIPS) have revolutionized pituitary surgery. This study aims to compile and evaluate outcomes of all of the MIPS performed at our institution. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, cases series of 176 consecutive patients undergoing MIPS. METHODS: Patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and intraoperative or postoperative complications for of 176 consecutive patients undergoing MIPS were complied...
October 2008: Laryngoscope
Yian Jin Jones, Kenneth Mark Goins, John E Sutphin, Robert Mullins, Jessica M Skeie
PURPOSE: To determine the safety and efficacy of a femtosecond laser (IntraLase) and manual microkeratome (Moria ALTK) in creating precut endothelial keratoplasty donor tissue. METHODS: Sixteen corneoscleral buttons from 8 donors were evaluated within 2 days of the death of the donor. The mean donor age was 72 years, and mean death-to-preservation time was 11 hours. Eight eyes underwent deep lamellar keratectomy by using the femtosecond laser (IntraLase: firing rate, 30 kHz; lamellar cut energy, 7...
January 2008: Cornea
Barbara Monroe, Penny Hansford, Malcolm Payne, Nigel Sykes
The founding vision of St Christopher's Hospice was based on a recognition that permeating mainstream health care services would be essential and an emphasis on an adaptable philosophy rather than a building. Today, demographic and disease related changes mean that need and demand for end-of-life care will inevitably outstrip professional and financial resource. Hospices must engage with the development of cost-effective models of service delivery and rational planning. Only partnership working with the National Health Service, care homes, and others will ensure that appropriate care is available to everyone wherever the bed in which they die, regardless of diagnosis...
0: Omega
Linda M Schneck
Music-thanatology draws as much historical inspiration from the Asclepian ideal as it does from the practice of Cluniac monastic medicine. In both traditions, the patient initiates the social drama and is a most active agent in the healing process. In both traditions, the patient has the central voice and is listened to and responded to by the caregivers and clinicians, who facilitate and support in the spirit of service rather than direct/control. In both traditions, we may find death-bed healing without curing and be struck by the urgent, transcendental role of Beauty, as expressed in nature (human and elemental), the arts, architecture, and music...
September 2006: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Sue Brayne, Chris Farnham, Peter Fenwick
Anecdotal evidence suggests that death may be heralded by deathbed phenomena (DBP) such as visions that comfort the dying and prepare them spiritually for death. Medical practitioners have been slow to recognize DBP, and there has been little research into the spiritual effect that DBP have on caregivers or on how these phenomena influence their work. A pilot study looking into the occurrence of DBP was conducted by the palliative care team at Camden Primary Care Trust. Interviews revealed that patients regularly report these phenomena as an important part of their dying process, and that DBP are far broader than the traditional image of an apparition at the end of the bed...
January 2006: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Matthew R Ritter, Edith Aguilar, Eyal Banin, Lea Scheppke, Hannele Uusitalo-Jarvinen, Martin Friedlander
PURPOSE: Aberrant growth of blood vessels in the eye is a major cause of vision loss, occurring as a complication of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vascular occlusions, among others. Whereas in humans, in vivo angiography is routinely used to image such diseases, many animal models of ocular vascular disease and development rely on dissected tissues that may not accurately represent in vivo conditions and require enucleation of the eye, the death of the animal, or both...
September 2005: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
David J Lee, Orlando Gómez-Marín, Byron L Lam, D Diane Zheng, Alberto Caban
PURPOSE: To examine the association between visual impairment (VI) and morbidity. METHODS: Using pooled, annual population-based household interview survey data (n = 140,366) from the 1986-1996 National Health Interview Survey, covariate-adjusted, gender and age group specific logistic regression analyses were used to examine associations between VI and five morbidity indicators: restricted activity days, bed rest days, doctor visits, hospitalizations, and self-rated health...
February 2005: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
R Kastenbaum
The moment of death was a compelling image and dominant concept through much of history. In recent years this term has become destabilized by technological advances and changes in clinical practice. Perhaps even more significantly, the meanings previously associated with the death-bed scene and the final breath have become increasingly marginalized. Hospice programs continue to demonstrate that enlightened and dedicated care can markedly reduce the suffering of terminally ill people and their families. The vast experience acquired by hospice programs, however, has not yet been translated into a vision of the moment of death and the death-bed scene for our times...
1999: Hospice Journal
J M Martí Cipriano, B Valdivieso Martínez, E Alvaro Jáuregui, A Cuéllar de León, V Aguilera Sancho-Tello, M Herraiz Soler
OBJECTIVE: We are interested in characterizing the care of these patients in a Short Stay Medical Unit, evaluating their specific necessities and hospital handling. METHOD: By means of an observational study we described the characteristics of 117 elderly patients and/or chronically ill patients who were admitted to our hospital unit for 50 consecutive days in order to determine the specification of the care to these kind of patients. RESULTS: The average age was 76...
August 1999: Anales de Medicina Interna: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna
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