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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402365/-effect-and-mechanism-of-dexmedetomidine-on-lungs-in-patients-of-sepsis-complicated-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Xianfeng Chen, Juntao Hu, Chi Zhang, Yiping Pan, Diansheng Tian, Fafa Kuang, Zhanhong Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanisms of protective effects of dexmedetomidine on lungs in patients of sepsis complicated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: The adult patients with sepsis complicated with ARDS, the oxygenation index (PaO2/FiO2) was 150-200 mmHg (1 mmHg = 0.133 kPa), acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score was 10-20, need mechanical ventilation (MV) treatment > 72 hours, and admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University from September 2013 to June 2017 were enrolled...
February 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29382541/palliative-sedation-for-existential-suffering-a-systematic-review-of-argument-based-ethics-literature
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REVIEW
Paulo Rodrigues, Jasper Crokaert, Chris Gastmans
CONTEXT: While unanimity exists on using palliative sedation (PS) for controlling refractory physical suffering in end-of-life situations, using it for controlling refractory existential suffering (PS-ES) is controversial. Complicating the debate is that definitions and terminology for existential suffering are unclear, ambiguous, and imprecise, leading to a lack of consensus for clinical practice. OBJECTIVES: To systematically identify, describe, analyze, and discuss ethical arguments and concepts underpinning the argument-based bioethics literature on palliative sedation for refractory existential suffering...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333613/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-clinical-use-of-trazodone-and-its-active-metabolite-m-chlorophenylpiperazine-in-the-horse
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J L Davis, J Schirmer, E Medlin
Trazodone is a serotonin receptor antagonist and reuptake inhibitor used extensively as an anxiolytic in human and small animal veterinary medicine. The aims of this study were to determine the pharmacokinetics of oral trazodone in experimental horses and to evaluate the effect of oral trazodone in clinical horses. Six experimental horses were administered trazodone at 7.5 or 10 mg/kg. Plasma concentrations of trazodone and its metabolite (m-CPP) were determined via UPLC-MS/MS. Noncompartmental pharmacokinetic analysis, sedation and ataxia scores were determined...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321000/care-quality-following-intrauterine-death-in-spanish-hospitals-results-from-an-online-survey
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Paul Richard Cassidy
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to evaluate practices in Spanish hospitals after intrauterine death in terms of medical/ technical care and bereavement support care. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study using an online self-completion questionnaire. The population was defined as women who had experienced an intrauterine fetal death between sixteen weeks and birth, either through spontaneous late miscarriage/stillbirth or termination of pregnancy for medical reasons...
January 10, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320823/first-blindness-cases-of-horses-infected-with-setaria-digitata-nematoda-filarioidea-in-the-republic-of-korea
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Jihun Shin, Kyu-Sung Ahn, Guk-Hyun Suh, Ha-Jung Kim, Hak-Sub Jeong, Byung-Su Kim, Eunsang Choi, Sung-Shik Shin
Ocular setariases of cattle were reported but those of equine hosts have never been reported in the Republic of Korea (Korea). We found motile worms in the aqueous humor of 15 horses (Equus spp.) from 12 localities in southern parts of Korea between January 2004 and November 2017. After the affected animals were properly restrained under sedation and local anesthesia, 10 ml disposable syringe with a 16-gauge needle was inserted into the anterior chamber of the affected eye to successfully remove the parasites...
December 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317119/noninvasive-ventilation-during-endoscopic-procedures-rationale-clinical-use-and-devices
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REVIEW
Marina Pieri, Giovanni Landoni, Luca Cabrini
Endoscopic procedures, such as transesophageal echocardiography, gastroscopy, and airway fibroscopy, routinely are performed in a heterogenous population of patients for diagnostic/interventional purposes (eg, transfemoral aortic valve replacement, airway fibroscopies, and intubation). Sedation frequently is administered to achieve an appropriate degree of patient compliance and procedure success. Patients with reduced respiratory reserve or those who are overly sedated, however, may develop hypoxia and respiratory failure during endoscopies, necessitating premature termination of the examination itself...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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/29236646/evaluation-of-bone-mineral-density-bmd-and-indicators-of-bone-turnover-in-patients-with-hemophilia
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Mehmet Dagli, Ali Kutlucan, Sedat Abusoglu, Abdulkadir Basturk, Mehmet Sozen, Leyla Kutlucan, Ali Unlu, Farise Yilmaz
A decrease in bone mass is observed in hemophilic patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate bone mineral density (BMD), parathyroid hormone (PTH), 25-hydroxy vitamin D (vitamin D), and a bone formation and resorption marker, procollagen type I N-terminal propeptide (PINP) and urinary N-terminal telopeptide (uNTX) respectively, in hemophilic patients and healthy controls. Laboratory parameters related to the pathogenesis of bone loss such as neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) were also evaluated...
December 13, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232253/postoperative-nausea-and-vomiting-after-unrestricted-clear-fluids-before-day-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
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Graham C McCracken, Jane Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Guidance on pre-operative fluids fasting policy continues to evolve. Current European guidelines encourage the intake of oral fluids up to 2 h before the induction of general anaesthesia. From October 2014, Torbay Hospital Day Surgery Unit commenced an unrestricted fluid policy, encouraging patients to drink clear fluids up until the time of transfer to theatre. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting before and after the change to the unrestricted pre-operative clear oral fluids...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
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/29207895/nonpharmacological-management-of-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-a-review-of-the-literature
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Gareth Ryan, Anishnaabe Bimaadiziwin, Joe Dooley, Lianne Gerber Finn, Len Kelly
BACKGROUND: Infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) experience withdrawal that occurs as a result of termination of placental opioid supply following delivery. Common symptoms include restlessness, tremors, agitation and gastrointestinal disturbances. Severe NAS is often treated using opioids and/or sedatives. Although commonly employed effectively in neonatal care, there is a lack of published information regarding nonpharmacological management of the NAS infant. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review was to summarize the current literature on nonpharmacological management of NAS...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177688/trifurcation-of-the-tibial-nerve-within-the-tarsal-tunnel
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Sedat Develi
The tibial nerve is the larger terminal branch of the sciatic nerve and it terminates in the tarsal tunnel by giving lateral and medial plantar nerves. We present a rare case of trifurcation of the tibial nerve within the tarsal tunnel. The variant nerve curves laterally after branching from the tibial nerve and courses deep to quadratus plantae muscle. Interestingly, posterior tibial artery was also terminating by giving three branches. These branches were accompanying the terminal branches of the tibial nerve...
November 24, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174282/intranasal-dexmedetomidine-in-termination-of-first-trimester-pregnancy-of-suction-evacuation
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Hang Shi, Duo Yang, Jie Liu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Deep sedation without intubation for termination of first trimester pregnancy of suction evacuation entails use of sedatives such as propofol or a combination of propofol and sulfentanil, with unwanted complications. Dexmedetomidine is an α2-adrenoreceptor agonist which provides sedation, anxiolysis and analgesia, without any of the complications associated with the popular sedatives. METHODS: A total number of 90 patients were randomized to three groups: 1...
September 24, 2017: Asian Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173079/what-influences-intentions-to-request-physician-assisted-euthanasia-or-continuous-deep-sedation
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Anne-Lore Scherrens, Marc Roelands, L Van den Block, B Deforche, Luc Deliens, J Cohen
The increasing prevalence of euthanasia in Belgium has been linked to changing attitudes. Using National health survey data (N = 9651), we investigated Belgian adults' intention to ask a physician for euthanasia or continuous deep sedation in the hypothetical scenario of a terminal illness, and examined its connection to sociodemographic and health characteristics. Respectively, 38.3% and 25.8% could envisage asking for euthanasia and continuous deep sedation. Those with very bad to fair subjective health and with depression more likely had an intention to ask for euthanasia, which suggests need for attention in the evaluation of requests from specific patient groups...
November 27, 2017: Death Studies
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/29109631/comparative-evaluation-of-midazolam-dexmedetomidine-and-propofol-as-intensive-care-unit-sedatives-in-postoperative-electively-ventilated-eclamptic-patients
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Malik Rameez Rashid, Rukhsana Najeeb, Saima Mushtaq, Rizwana Habib
Background and Aims: Eclampsia is a common hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and treatment often includes termination of pregnancy with elective postoperative mechanical ventilation. The present study was aimed to compare midazolam, propofol, and dexmedetomidine for sedation and antihypertensive requirements of such patients admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after termination of pregnancy. Material and Methods: A total of ninety eclamptic patients administered general anesthesia for the termination of pregnancy through cesarean section and who also required postoperative ventilation were taken up for the study and were randomly allocated into three groups...
July 2017: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108407/periprocedural-analgesic-efficacy-of-a-single-pre-emptive-administration-of-propacetamol-in-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sung Yeon Ham, Jong-Wook Song, Jae-Kwang Shim, Woo Kyung Lee, Hee-Jung Kim, Young-Lan Kwak
BACKGROUND: Anesthetic care for termination of atrial fibrillation with catheter ablation poses significant challenges due to significant pain lengthy procedure. A delicate polypharmacy combining anaesthetic agents to minimize respiratory depression and hemodynamic changes and to provide satisfactory sedation and analgesia is needed. METHODS: Ninety-eight patients were randomized into two groups receiving either two gram of propacetamol or normal saline intravenously for 20 min before anesthesia...
November 6, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
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/29072020/-xingnao-kaiqiao-needling-stimulation-promotes-resuscitation-of-general-anesthesia-patients-undergoing-anodynia-gastrointestinal-endoscopy
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Yan Zhang, Zhe-Hua Li, A-Qin Xiong
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of "Xingnao Kaiqiao" needling on the recovery of general anesthesia in mid-aged and elderly patients undergoing painless gastrointestinal endoscopy. METHODS: A total of 140 patients were randomly divided into control and treatment groups, with 70 cases in each group. After termination of the endoscopy, patients of the treatment group received acupuncture stimulation of Neiguan (PC 6), Shuigou (GV 26) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6) with sterilized disposable filiform needles which were manipulated with twirling-reducing method for 3 min in PC 6, with lifting-thrusting reinforcing method in SP 6, and with bird-peck needling in GV 26...
August 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056584/the-french-exception-the-right-to-continuous-deep-sedation-at-the-end-of-life
#20
Ruth Horn
In 2016, a law came into force in France granting terminally ill patients the right to continuous deep sedation (CDS) until death. This right was proposed as an alternative to euthanasia and presented as the 'French response' to problems at the end of life. The law draws a distinction between CDS and euthanasia and other forms of sympton control at the end of life. France is the first country in the world to legislate on CDS . This short report describes the particular context and underlying social values that led to this piece of legislation, and explores its meaning in the wider French context...
October 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
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