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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157510/euthanasia-requests-in-a-canadian-psychiatric-emergency-room-a-case-series-part-1-of-the-mcgill-university-euthanasia-in-psychiatry-case-series
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David Benrimoh, Antoine Perreault, Frederique Van Den Eynde
Euthanasia was decriminalized in Quebec in December 2015, and Canada-wide in June 2016. Both the Provincial and Federal legislation have limited the right to medical assistance in dying (MAID) to end-of-life cases; which makes MAID inaccessible to most patients solely suffering from psychiatric illness. While some end-stage anorexia nervosa or elderly patients may meet the end-of-life criterion because of their medical comorbidities or their age (Kelly et al., 2003), repeated suicide attempts or psychotic disorganization would not qualify since they would not be seen as elements of an illness leading to a foreseeable "natural death" (Canada, 2016)...
November 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155988/opioid-prescribing-patterns-and-patient-outcomes-by-prescriber-type-in-the-oregon-prescription-drug-monitoring-program
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Patrick B Fink, Richard A Deyo, Sara E Hallvik, Christi Hildebran
Objective: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) were created to facilitate responsible use of controlled substances. In Oregon, physicians, physician's assistants (MDs/DOs/PAs), dentists, nurse practitioners (NPs), and naturopathic physicians (NDs) may prescribe opioids, but differences in prescribing practices, patient mix, and patient outcomes among prescriber types have not been characterized. Methods: De-identified Oregon PDMP data from October 2011 through October 2014 were linked with vital records and a statewide hospital discharge registry...
November 16, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153636/early-intervention-for-lactate-dehydrogenase-elevation-improves-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-the-heartmate-ii-left-ventricular-assist-device-insights-from-the-prevent-study
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Thenappan Thenappan, John M Stulak, Richa Agarwal, Simon Maltais, Palak Shah, Peter Eckman, Sitaramesh Emani, Jason N Katz, Igor Gregoric, Mary E Keebler, Nir Uriel, Eric Adler, Joyce Chuang, David J Farrar, Kartik S Sundareswaran, Ranjit John
BACKGROUND: Hemolysis, assessed by elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), is strongly associated with HeartMate II pump thrombosis (PT). However, it is unknown whether early intervention for elevated LDH circumvents the risk of serious PT requiring pump exchange. We sought to evaluate the relationship between elevated LDH and clinical outcomes, the effectiveness of early medical intervention, and risk factors for elevated LDH. METHODS: We studied 268 patients in the prospective, multicenter PREVENT study who had 2 or more LDH measurements at ≥30 days post-implant...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145698/illicit-drug-use-illicit-drug-use-disorders-and-drug-overdose-deaths-in-metropolitan-and-nonmetropolitan-areas-united-states
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EDITORIAL
Karin A Mack, Christopher M Jones, Michael F Ballesteros
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Drug overdoses are a leading cause of injury death in the United States, resulting in approximately 52,000 deaths in 2015. Understanding differences in illicit drug use, illicit drug use disorders, and overall drug overdose deaths in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas is important for informing public health programs, interventions, and policies. REPORTING PERIOD: Illicit drug use and drug use disorders during 2003-2014, and drug overdose deaths during 1999-2015...
December 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141653/test-of-a-workforce-development-intervention-to-expand-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-pharmacotherapy-prescribers-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Todd Molfenter, Hannah K Knudsen, Randy Brown, Nora Jacobson, Julie Horst, Mark Van Etten, Jee-Seon Kim, Eric Haram, Elizabeth Collier, Sanford Starr, Alexander Toy, Lynn Madden
BACKGROUND: Overdoses due to non-medical use of prescription opioids and other opiates have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the USA. Buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone are key evidence-based pharmacotherapies available to addiction treatment providers to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and prevent overdose deaths. Treatment organizations' efforts to provide these pharmacotherapies have, however, been stymied by limited success in recruiting providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) to prescribe these medications...
November 15, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133281/should-medical-assistance-in-dying-be-extended-to-incompetent-patients-with-dementia-research-protocol-of-a-survey-among-four-groups-of-stakeholders-from-quebec-canada
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Gina Bravo, Claudie Rodrigue, Vincent Thériault, Marcel Arcand, Jocelyn Downie, Marie-France Dubois, Sharon Kaasalainen, Cees M Hertogh, Sophie Pautex, Lieve Van den Block
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease and related disorders affect a growing number of people worldwide. Quality of life is generally good in the early stages of these diseases. However, many individuals fear living through the advanced stages. Such fears are triggering requests for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) by patients with dementia. Legislation was recently passed in Canada and the province of Quebec allowing MAiD at the explicit request of a patient who meets a set of eligibility criteria, including competence...
November 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132946/an-interview-study-of-patient-and-caregiver-perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-in-esrd
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Marcus Sellars, Josephine M Clayton, Rachael L Morton, Tim Luckett, William Silvester, Lucy Spencer, Carol A Pollock, Rowan G Walker, Peter G Kerr, Allison Tong
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) empowers patients to consider and communicate their current and future treatment goals. However, it can be an emotionally charged process for patients with kidney disease and their caregivers. This study aimed to describe the perspectives and attitudes of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and their caregivers toward ACP. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Patients with ESRD (n=24) and their caregivers (n=15) aged 36 to 91 years at various stages of ACP ("not commenced," "in progress," or "completed") from 3 renal services...
November 10, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132918/the-first-in-human-experience-with-a-minimally-invasive-ambulatory-counterpulsation-heart-assist-system-for-advanced-congestive-heart-failure
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Valluvan Jeevanandam, Tae Song, David Onsager, Takeyoshi Ota, Colleen Juricek LaBuhn, Thomas Lammy, Gabriel Sayer, Gene Kim, Sonna Patel-Raman, Nir Uriel
BACKGROUND: The intravascular ventricular assist system (iVAS) is a new, minimally invasive, ambulatory counterpulsation heart assist system delivered via the subclavian artery and powered by a portable driver. It is designed for recovery, bridge to transplantation (BTT) or for prolonging medical therapy. We report the first-in-human (FIH) experience with iVAS. METHODS: This is a prospective, non-randomized single arm, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved early feasibility trial in patients listed for cardiac transplantation...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125321/two-futures-financial-and-practical-realities-for-parents-of-living-with-a-life-limited-child
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Duncan C Randall
Today more and more children are living with complex health care needs, many of these children are living with life limiting and/or threatening conditions, some are medically fragile. To live a childhood these children must live in communities and with their families. In most cases this means the child's carers, their parents, most often their mothers, are required to undertake a great deal of the child's care. During a project on parental coping I became aware of the ways in which parents were restructuring their working lives in order to meet the demands of the nursing and medical care needs of their children...
November 10, 2017: Compr Child Adolesc Nurs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118868/efficacy-of-video-capsule-endoscopy-in-the-management-of-suspected-small-bowel-bleeding-in-patients-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Thomas A Zikos, Jennifer Pan, Berkeley Limketkai, Dipanjan Banerjee, Nielsen Fernandez-Becker
Background: Continuous flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) patients have a high prevalence of gastrointestinal bleeding from the small bowel. Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is often used for diagnosis in these patients, but efficacy has yet to be determined. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of VCE in the management of CF-LVAD patients with suspected small bowel bleeding by comparing to a non-VCE CF-LVAD control group. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of all patients with CF-LVADs implanted at Stanford Hospital from January 2010 to October 2015...
October 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103855/right-ventricular-longitudinal-strain-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-surgery-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Daniel R Beck, Lisa Foley, Jackson R Rowe, Angela F D Moss, Nathaen S Weitzel, T Brett Reece, David A Fullerton, Joseph C Cleveland, Karsten Bartels
OBJECTIVES: Right ventricular (RV) failure is common after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) surgery and is associated with higher mortality. Measurement of longitudinal RV strain using speckle-tracking technology is a novel approach to quantify RV function. The authors hypothesized that depressed peak longitudinal RV strain measured by intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) examinations would be associated with adverse outcomes after LVAD surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102830/prognostic-significance-of-a-prolonged-international-normalized-ratio-in-elderly-patients-in-an-internal-medicine-ward
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Galina Plotnikov, Lior Bracha, Shimon Izhakian, Moshe Tishler, Oleg Gorelik
PURPOSE: To investigate clinical characteristics and the prognostic significance of a prolonged international normalized ratio (INR) without obvious cause or anticoagulant treatment, in elderly inpatients. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data, in-hospital death and 30day-mortality were prospectively registered for 100 consecutive patients aged ≥75years admitted to an internal medicine ward for a variety of acute medical disorders, and compared according to normal (≤1...
October 31, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102383/maternal-cultural-practices-for-neonates-care-in-upper-egypt
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Atiat Osman, Yousr Gaffer, Awatif Sharkawy, Debra Brandon
PROBLEM: Little is known about the home practices and care given to neonates born in Egypt. BACKGROUND: Two thirds of all infant deaths in Egypt occur in the neonatal period and many of these deaths occur in the home environment out of sight of health care providers. Understanding cultural practices and beliefs about caring for neonates may help direct appropriate interventions to improve infant outcomes. AIM: To describe maternal cultural care practices used with neonates and highlight harmful practices in order to identify areas of required change in care...
October 25, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102043/long-term-consequences-of-landmine-injury-a-survey-of-civilian-survivors-in-bosnia-herzegovina-20-years-after-the-war
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Katherine O Ryken, Matthew Hogue, J Lawrence Marsh, Marin Schweizer
INTRODUCTION: Bosnia-Herzegovina is one of the most landmine-contaminated countries in Europe. Since the beginning of the war in 1992, there have been 7968 recorded landmine victims, with 1665 victims since the end of the war in 1995. While many of these explosions result in death, a high proportion of these injuries result in amputation, leading to a large number of disabled individuals. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to conduct a survey of civilian landmine victims in Bosnia-Herzegovina in order to assess the effect of landmine injuries on physical, mental, and social well-being...
August 25, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082850/subxiphoid-uniportal-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-for-synchronous-bilateral-lung-resection
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Xueying Yang, Linlin Wang
OBJECTIVES: With advancements in medical imaging and current emphasis on regular physical examinations, multiple pulmonary lesions increasingly are being detected, including bilateral pulmonary lesions. Video-assisted thoracic surgery is an important method for treating such lesions. Most of video-assisted thoracic surgeries for bilateral pulmonary lesions were two separate operations. Herein, we report a novel technique of synchronous subxiphoid uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery for bilateral pulmonary lesions...
October 30, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074687/access-to-medical-records-for-assisted-death-clarifying-the-guidance
#16
Paul Teed
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070427/the-medical-treatment-of-homeless-people
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Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Benjamin Bochon, Hendrik van den Bussche, Julia Hansmann-Wiest, Carolin van der Leeden
BACKGROUND: The homeless are often in poor health, and their risk of premature death is three to four times that of the general population. This article is intended to provide an overview of the medical care of the homeless in Germany. METHODS: We selectively reviewed pertinent scientific and non-scientific publications from the years 2000-2017 that were retrieved from PubMed, from the reports of the German Homeless Aid Society (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe), from the websites of homeless aid organizations, and from Google Scholar...
October 6, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058461/caregiver-role-in-hiv-medication-adherence-among-hiv-infected-orphans-in-tanzania
#18
Margaret W Gichane, Kristen A Sullivan, Aisa M Shayo, Blandina T Mmbaga, Karen O' Donnell, Coleen K Cunningham, Dorothy E Dow
Youth living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa face numerous challenges in adhering to HIV treatment. The AIDS epidemic has left many of these youth orphaned due to AIDS-related death of one or both parents. It is imperative to understand the family context of youth living with HIV in order to develop responsive interventions to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy. We conducted qualitative in-depth interviews with 17 HIV-infected AIDS orphans, ages 13-24 years, screened positive for mental health difficulties according to the Patient Health Questionaire-9 (PHQ-9) or UCLA PTSD Reaction Index (PTSD-RI), and receiving outpatient HIV care at an adolescent medical clinic in Moshi, Tanzania...
October 23, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049278/illicit-drug-use-illicit-drug-use-disorders-and-drug-overdose-deaths-in-metropolitan-and-nonmetropolitan-areas-united-states
#19
Karin A Mack, Christopher M Jones, Michael F Ballesteros
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Drug overdoses are a leading cause of injury death in the United States, resulting in approximately 52,000 deaths in 2015. Understanding differences in illicit drug use, illicit drug use disorders, and overall drug overdose deaths in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas is important for informing public health programs, interventions, and policies. REPORTING PERIOD: Illicit drug use and drug use disorders during 2003-2014, and drug overdose deaths during 1999-2015...
October 20, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049118/risk-factors-for-opioid-use-disorder-and-overdose
#20
REVIEW
Lynn R Webster
Opioid analgesics are recognized as a legitimate medical therapy for selected patients with severe chronic pain that does not respond to other therapies. However, opioids are associated with risks for patients and society that include misuse, abuse, diversion, addiction, and overdose deaths. Therapeutic success depends on proper candidate selection, assessment before administering opioid therapy, and close monitoring throughout the course of treatment. Risk assessment and prevention include knowledge of patient factors that may contribute to misuse, abuse, addiction, suicide, and respiratory depression...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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