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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548917/family-experiences-of-the-transition-to-palliative-care-in-aged-residential-care-arc-a-qualitative-study
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Rosemary Frey, Susan Foster, Michal Boyd, Jackie Robinson, Merryn Gott
PURPOSE: To address a gap in the literature by exploring bereaved families' perceptions of the transition to palliative care for their relative in long-term care. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of twenty-six family members who were most involved in the care of residents who had died within the last 12 months. Interviews explored care, perceptions of staff palliative care knowledge, communication with staff, care planning and decision-making...
May 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548865/a-national-survey-of-canadian-psychiatrists-attitudes-toward-medical-assistance-in-death
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Skye Rousseau, Sarah Turner, Harvey Max Chochinov, Murray W Enns, Jitender Sareen
BACKGROUND: Bill C-14 allows for medical assistance in dying (MAID) for patients who have intolerable physical or psychological suffering that occurs in the context of a reasonably foreseeable death. In Canada, psychiatrist support for MAID on the basis of mental illness and beliefs influencing level of support are unknown. The objectives of this research were to 1) determine if psychiatrists are supportive of MAID under certain conditions and on the basis of mental illness and 2) determine what factors are related to psychiatrist support for MAID on the basis of mental illness...
January 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544468/analysis-of-the-patients-with-simultaneous-bilateral-spontaneous-pneumothorax
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Tevfik Ilker Akcam, Onder Kavurmaci, Ayse Gul Ergonul, Sercan Aydin, Kutsal Turhan, Alpaslan Cakan, Ufuk Cagirici
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax (SBSP) is an uncommon condition with limited data on its incidence in the literature. In this study, we aimed to describe the bilaterality in both primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax cases, and the clinical approach in simultaneous disease and prognosis of these patients. METHODS: A total of 16 patients who were followed with the diagnosis of bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax between January 2005 and January 2017 were retrospectively analyzed...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542233/is-survival-improved-by-the-use-of-niv-and-peg-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-a-post-mortem-study-of-80-als-patients
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Christian Burkhardt, Christoph Neuwirth, Andreas Sommacal, Peter M Andersen, Markus Weber
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) are guideline-recommended interventions for symptom management in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Their effect on survival is controversial and the impact on causes of death is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of NIV and PEG on survival and causes of death in ALS patients. METHODS: Eighty deceased ALS patients underwent a complete post mortem analysis for causes of death between 2003 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
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Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541834/siblings-voices-a-prospective-investigation-of-experiences-with-a-dying-child
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Ceilidh Eaton Russell, Kimberley Widger, Laura Beaune, Alexandra Neville, Susan Cadell, Rose Steele, Adam Rapoport, Maria Rugg, Maru Barrera
Sibling relationships reflect a unique childhood bond, thus the impact on a sibling when a child is seriously ill or dying is profound. We conducted a prospective, longitudinal qualitative study over two years using interpretive descriptive methodology to understand siblings' perspectives when a brother or sister was dying at home or in hospital. The insights from the 10 siblings revealed complex experiences, both personal and with the ill child, their families, and peers. These experiences were paradoxically sources of strain and of support, revealing the importance of validation and normalization in assisting siblings to successfully navigate the experience...
May 25, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540784/safety-and-efficacy-of-radiofrequency-assisted-alpps-ralpps-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Qiang Wang, Jun Yan, Xiaobin Feng, Geng Chen, Feng Xia, Xiaowu Li, Kuansheng Ma, Ping Bie
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) has high morbidity and mortality. In this study, the safety and efficacy of a modification of ALPPS (radiofrequency-assisted ALPPS, RALPPS) were assessed in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who were diagnosed with HCC and were considered to have an insufficient future liver remnant (FLR) were enrolled. In stage I, a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) device was used to cauterise along the planned transection plane to form a coagulum avascular area...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538128/medical-assistance-in-dying-implementing-a-hospital-based-program-in-canada
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Madeline Li, Sarah Watt, Marnie Escaf, Michael Gardam, Ann Heesters, Gerald O'Leary, Gary Rodin
An aging population and shifts in Western societies toward secularism, populism, and an emphasis on individual autonomy and personal control have fueled the movement to legalize assisted dying. It has now been legalized in some form in five European countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland,..
May 25, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536222/giant-cell-myocarditis-presenting-with-acute-heart-failure
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Ioannis Kasouridis, Joaquim Majo, Guy MacGowan, Andrew L Clark
Idiopathic giant cell myocarditis (GCM) is a rare and rapidly progressing form of myocarditis predominantly affecting younger people. We report a case of a 23-year-old athletic patient who presented with features of acute heart failure due to GCM and discuss his management that included a left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplant. He died immediately following the transplant.We also review the literature on this rare disease, highlighting the advances in the management of the disease including immunosuppressive therapy, ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534336/-establishment-of-pelvic-nerve-denervation-modal-in-mice
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Huiwen Shi, Yue Tian, Feixiang Dai, Lei Xiao, Zhigang Ke, Weidong Tong
OBJECTIVE: To establishment and verify pelvic nerve denervation (PND) model in mice. METHODS: (1) Establishment of models. Seventy-two healthy male SPE class C57 mice with age of 7 weeks and body weight of (25±1) g were chosen. These 72 mice were randomly divided into PND group containing 36 mice and sham operation group containing 36 mice. Referring to the establishment method of PND rats, after anesthesia, a laparotomy was performed on the mouse with an abdominal median incision...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530161/dual-microcatheter-coil-embolization-of-acutely-ruptured-wide-necked-intracranial-aneurysms
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Pyeong-Ho Yoon, Jae-Wook Lee, Yun-Ho Lee, Young-Sub Kwon, Kook-Hee Yang
The dual microcatheter technique is an alternative treatment for stent-assisted coiling in acutely ruptured wide-necked aneurysms because of no antiplatelet therapy. We assessed the safety and efficacy of this technique in ruptured wide-necked aneurysms. Between March 2008 and March 2016, 56 acutely ruptured aneurysms were treated with the dual microcatheter technique. The angiographic results, treatment-related complications, and clinical outcome were documented. Angiographic follow-up was available in 37 patients at a mean of 20...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529306/normalization-of-diffuse-st-depression-with-avr-elevation-after-rehydration-in-a-patient-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Sachin R Patel, Vikas J Patel, Brittany Clark, George Rust
BACKGROUND Isolated ST elevation in lead aVR in combination with global ST depression with normalization after rehydration is a unique electrocardiographic pattern that is associated with a broad range of diagnoses. Its association with left main coronary artery disease and other acute coronary syndromes suggest the need for early and aggressive cardiac evaluation. CASE REPORT A 53-year-old man presented with altered mental status and loss of consciousness. He was unresponsive, hypotensive, tachycardiac, and diaphoretic...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527161/prognostic-indicators-of-response-to-plasmapheresis-in-patients-of-guillain-barre-syndrome
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H B Prasad, R T Borse, A N Avate, Assistant Professor In Medicine Palasdeokar
INTRODUCTION: Plasmapheresis is an important modality for the treatment of GBS. Moreover the response to this treatment modality is not same in all cases. We therefore studied the various prognostic indicators of response to plasmapheresis in patients of Guillain Barre Syndrome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 40 patients were included in the study. Thorough clinical examination was done. Nerve conduction was done to find out the type of neuropathy. All were then given plasmapheresis...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526705/assisted-dying-for-healthy-older-people-a-step-too-far
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Els van Wijngaarden, Ab Klink, Carlo Leget, Anne-Mei The
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May 19, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524889/complicated-grief-risk-factors-interventions-and-resources-for-oncology-nurses
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Cindy S Tofthagen, Kevin Kip, Ann Witt, Susan C McMillan
BACKGROUND: When a loved one dies of cancer, complicated grief (CG) may occur because of the trauma associated with family caregivers' perceptions of their loved one's suffering, either from advanced cancer or from side effects of cancer treatment.
. OBJECTIVES: This article provides an overview of CG and existing interventions for family caregivers who may be at risk for CG following the loss of a loved one and the implications for oncology nurses who provide emotional support and guidance...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513209/caregiver-determinants-of-patient-clinical-event-risk-in-heart-failure
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Julie T Bidwell, Ercole Vellone, Karen S Lyons, Fabio D'Agostino, Barbara Riegel, Marco Paturzo, Shirin O Hiatt, Rosaria Alvaro, Christopher S Lee
BACKGROUND: Preventing hospitalization and improving event-free survival are primary goals of heart failure (HF) treatment according to current European Society of Cardiology guidelines; however, substantial uncertainty remains in our ability to predict risk and improve outcomes. Although caregivers often assist patients to manage their HF, little is known about their influence on clinical outcomes. AIMS: To quantify the influence of patient and caregiver characteristics on patient clinical event risk in HF...
May 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511618/midterm-results-of-low-profile-stents-to-treat-atherosclerotic-iliac-artery-disease
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Nicola Troisi, Leonardo Ercolini, Emiliano Chisci, Piefrancesco Frosini, Enrico Barbanti, Stefano Michelagnoli
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of low-profile 4-F stents for the treatment of atherosclerotic iliac artery lesions. METHODS: Between January 2009 and December 2015, 63 patients (mean age 69.3 years; 42 men) received low-profile stents (Astron Pulsar or Pulsar-18) at the discretion of the operator to treat iliac artery occlusive disease. The majority of patients (40, 63.5%) had critical limb ischemia; 36 of 82 lesions were total occlusions. All procedures were performed with 4-F equipment...
June 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509675/acute-and-long-term-effects-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-support-on-right-ventricular-function-in-children-with-pediatric-pulsatile-ventricular-assist-devices
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Roberta Iacobelli, Arianna Di Molfetta, Gianluca Brancaccio, Sergio Filippelli, Stefano Morelli, Benedetta Natali, Alessandra Toscano, Fabrizio Drago, Antonio Amodeo
Right ventricular failure (RVF) is a significant issue when considering left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation in pediatrics. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of LVAD on right ventricular (RV) function in children. We retrospectively reviewed clinical and echocardiographic data of children who underwent Berlin Heart EXCOR LVAD focusing on RV function before and after implantation (1, 3, and 6 month follow-up). An isolated LVAD was used in 27 patients. Median age was 11 months (interquartile range [IQR]: 5-24 months), with a median weight of 6...
May 12, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509648/video-assisted-extirpation-of-cranial-mediastinal-masses-in-dogs-18-cases-2009-2014
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Melissa A MacIver, J Brad Case, Eric L Monnet, Geraldine B Hunt, Philipp D Mayhew, Michelle L Oblak, Jeffrey J Runge, Ameet Singh, Daniel D Smeak, Michele A Steffey, Sarah E Boston
OBJECTIVE To characterize clinical findings, surgical procedures, complications, and outcomes in dogs undergoing extirpation of masses from the cranial mediastinum via video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and establish preliminary guidelines for case selection when considering VATS for thymectomy in dogs. DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 18 client-owned dogs that underwent extirpation of a cranial mediastinal mass by means of VATS at 5 academic referral hospitals from 2009 through 2014. PROCEDURES Medical records were reviewed and data extracted regarding signalment, clinical signs, physical examination findings, diagnostic imaging results, surgical approach and duration, cytologic and histologic examination results, complications, outcome, and cause of death, when applicable...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506127/living-into-death-a-case-for-an-iterative-fortified-and-cross-sector-approach-to-advance-care-planning
#20
Rebecca Llewellyn, Chrystal Jaye, Richard Egan, Wayne Cunningham, Jessica Young, Peter Radue
Advance care planning (ACP) has been framed as best practice for quality palliative care, yet a growing body of literature affirms the need for an early iterative ACP process to begin when people are young and healthy. A significant gap appears to exist in the literature regarding the utility of death conversations outside the end-of-life context. Could 'death conversations' early in life be an effective tool by which doctor and patient can co-construct a more healthful way of life, and realistic relationship with death? And what variables must be taken into account for these conversations to proceed successfully? This paper provides a narrative exploration of the value of death conversations in the clinical context in New Zealand...
May 16, 2017: Anthropology & Medicine
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