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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437370/ethics-guide-recommendations-for-organ-donation-focused-physicians-endorsed-by-the-canadian-medical-association
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Sam D Shemie, Christy Simpson, Jeff Blackmer, Shavaun MacDonald, Sonny Dhanani, Sylvia Torrance, Paul Byrne
Donation physicians are specialists with expertise in organ and tissue donation and have been recognized internationally as a key contributor to improving organ and tissue donation services. Subsequent to a 2011 Canadian Critical Care Society-Canadian Blood Services consultation, the donation physician role has been gradually implemented in Canada. These professionals are generally intensive care unit physicians with an enhanced focus and expertise in organ/tissue donation. They must manage the dual obligation of caring for dying patients and their families while providing and/or improving organ donation services...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426127/postpartum-hypertension-etiology-diagnosis-and-management
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Kathryn J Sharma, Sarah J Kilpatrick
Importance: Postpartum hypertension complicates approximately 2% of pregnancies and, similar to antepartum severe hypertension, can have devastating consequences including maternal death. Objective: This review aims to increase the knowledge and skills of women's health care providers in understanding, diagnosing, and managing hypertension in the postpartum period. Results: Hypertension complicating pregnancy, including postpartum, is defined as systolic blood pressure 140 mm Hg or greater and/or diastolic blood pressure 90 mm Hg or greater on 2 or more occasions at least 4 hours apart...
April 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424157/childhood-adversity-and-risk-of-suicide-cohort-study-of-548%C3%A2-721-adolescents-and-young-adults-in-sweden
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Charlotte Björkenstam, Kyriaki Kosidou, Emma Björkenstam
Objective To examine the relation between childhood adversity, the role of school performance, and childhood psychopathology and the risk of suicide.Design Cohort study of register based indicators of childhood adversity (at ages 0-14) including death in the family (suicide analysed separately), parental substance abuse, parental psychiatric disorder, substantial parental criminality, parental separation/single parent household, receipt of public assistance, and residential instability.Setting Swedish medical birth register and various Swedish population based registers...
April 19, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422537/morbidity-and-mortality-associated-with-prehospital-lift-assist-calls
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Lauren Leggatt, Kristine Van Aarsen, Melanie Columbus, Adam Dukelow, Michael Lewell, Matthew Davis, Shelley McLeod
INTRODUCTION: When an individual requires assistance with mobilization, emergency medical services (EMS) may be called. If a patient does not receive treatment on scene and is not transported to hospital, these are referred to as "Lift Assist" (LA) calls. It is possible this need for assistance represents a subtle onset of a disease process or decline in function. Without recognition or treatment, the patient may be at risk for recurrent falls, repeat EMS visits or worsening illness. OBJECTIVE: To examine the 14-day morbidity and mortality associated with LA calls and determine factors that are associated with increased risk of these outcomes...
April 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421900/the-magnitude-and-factors-related-to-facility-based-maternal-mortality-in-mozambique
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Leonardo Chavane, Martinho Dgedge, Olivier Degomme, Osvaldo Loquiha, Marc Aerts, Marleen Temmerman
Facility-based maternal mortality remains an important public health problem in Mozambique. A number of factors associated with health system functioning can be described behind the occurrence of these deaths. This paper aimed to evaluate the magnitude of the health facility-based maternal mortality, its geographical distribution and to assess the health facility factors implicated in the occurrence of these deaths. A secondary analysis was done on data from the survey on maternal health needs performed by the Ministry of Health of Mozambique in 2008...
May 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407198/chlorpromazine-dose-for-people-with-schizophrenia
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Katharine Dudley, Xiaomeng Liu, Saskia De Haan
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) Model Lists of Essential Medicines lists chlorpromazine as one of its five medicines used in psychotic disorders. OBJECTIVES: To determine chlorpromazine dose response and dose side-effect relationships for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychoses. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group's Study-Based Register of Trials (December 2008; 2 October 2014; 19 December 2016)...
April 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401138/prevalence-of-symptoms-at-the-end-of-life-in-an-acute-care-hospital-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Daniel Kobewka, Paul Ronksley, Dan McIsaac, Sunita Mulpuru, Alan Forster
BACKGROUND: There is currently debate over the benefits and harms of physician-assisted death. One of the factors influencing this debate is concern about symptoms in the days before death. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of symptoms before death and determine patient characteristics associated with these symptoms. METHODS: We reviewed the medical record of every patient who died at a multisite academic teaching hospital over a 3-month period...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398089/post-mortem-in-the-victorian-asylum-practice-purpose-and-findings-at-the-littlemore-county-lunatic-asylum-1886-7
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Lynsey T Cullen
This article examines the purpose of the post-mortem in the late Victorian asylum and discusses what the findings reveal about contemporary understanding of mental health. By examining the practice at the Littlemore Asylum of Oxford, the definition of the asylum post-mortem will be questioned and issues of consent and ownership of the dead body explored. It will be argued that the purpose of the examination was partly to appease the demands of the Commissioners in Lunacy, to protect the asylum against accusations of malpractice, and to appease the resident assistant medical officer's own morbid curiosity...
April 1, 2017: History of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392683/factors-contributing-to-high-cost-hospital-care-for-patients-with-copd
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Sunita Mulpuru, Jennifer McKay, Paul E Ronksley, Kednapa Thavorn, Daniel M Kobewka, Alan J Forster
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of hospital admission, the fifth leading cause of death in North America, and is estimated to cost $49 billion annually in North America by 2020. The majority of COPD care costs are attributed to hospitalizations; yet, there are limited data to understand the drivers of high costs among hospitalized patients with COPD. In this study, we aimed to determine the patient and hospital-level factors associated with high-cost hospital care, in order to identify potential targets for the reorganization and planning of health services...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382876/assessment-of-risks-posed-to-vad-patients-during-disasters
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Katherine J Davis, Genevieve O'Shea, Michael Beach
Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are an Advanced Life Support for patients with heart failure. These patients are particularly vulnerable in the event of a disaster. A hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA) was conducted to determine areas of susceptibility for these patients. Lack of electrical power, limited access to medications and anticoagulation, dehydration, extreme temperature and weather environments, conditions which predispose to infection, and evacuation transport are all identified circumstances that place these patients at an increased risk for harm and death...
April 6, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378345/difficulty-managing-medications-and-finances-in-older-adults-a-10-year-cohort-study
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Nienke Bleijenberg, Alexander K Smith, Sei J Lee, Irena Stijacic Cenzer, John W Boscardin, Kenneth E Covinsky
BACKGROUND: Difficulty managing medicines and finances becomes increasingly common with advanced age, and compromises the ability to live safely and independently. Remarkably little is known how often this occurs. OBJECTIVES: To provide population-based estimates of the risk of developing incident difficulty managing medications and finances in older adults. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative study of older adults...
April 5, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369710/potential-value-of-impaired-cognition-in-stroke-prediction-a-u-k-population-based-study
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Blossom C M Stephan, Kathryn Richardson, George M Savva, Fiona E Matthews, Carol Brayne, Vladimir Hachinski
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the association between impaired cognition and greater risk of incident stroke is also observed when cognitive impairment is defined using different criteria for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study with 10 years of follow-up. SETTING: Large multicentre study in the United Kingdom. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals (aged 64-105) from the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (N = 13,004)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363752/are-prehospital-deaths-from-trauma-and-accidental-injury-preventable-a-direct-historical-comparison-to-assess-what-has-changed-in-two-decades
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G J Oliver, D P Walter, A D Redmond
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: In 1994, Hussain and Redmond revealed that up to 39% of prehospital deaths from accidental injury might have been preventable had basic first aid care been given. Since then there have been significant advances in trauma systems and care. The exclusion of prehospital deaths from the analysis of trauma registries, giv en the high rate of those, is a major limitation in prehospital research on preventable death. We have repeated the 1994 study to identify any changes over the years and potential developments to improve patient outcomes...
May 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358754/open-label-study-of-injectable-extended-release-naltrexone-xr-ntx-in-healthcare-professionals-with-opioid-dependence
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Paul H Earley, Jacqueline Zummo, Asli Memisoglu, Bernard L Silverman, David R Gastfriend
OBJECTIVES: Healthcare professionals (HCPs) with opioid dependence are at risk for relapse and death, particularly in the first year of recovery; however, maintenance treatment with opioid agonists is controversial in this safety-sensitive group. We evaluated long-term safety, tolerability, and treatment outcomes of injectable, intramuscular, extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) in opioid-dependent HCPs. METHODS: This single-arm, multisite, open-label study was conducted in opioid-dependent HCPs who had been detoxified from opioids for at least 2 weeks...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344712/canadian-medical-education-journal-survey-evaluations-of-university-of-british-columbia-residents-education-and-attitudes-regarding-palliative-care-and-physician-assisted-death
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David Spicer, Sonia Paul, Tom Tang, Charlie Chen, Jocelyn Chase
BACKGROUND: Little prior research has been conducted regarding resident physicians' opinions on the subject of Physician Assisted Death (PAD), despite past surveys ascertaining the attitudes of practicing physicians towards PAD in Canada. We solicited British Columbia residents' opinions on the amount of education they receive about palliative care and physician assisted death, and their attitudes towards the implementation of PAD. METHODS: We conducted a cross sectional, anonymous online survey with the resident physicians of British Columbia, Canada...
February 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343206/-euthanasia-an-attempt-to-organize-issue
#16
Tomasz Kirmes, Mateusz Wilk, Czesław Chowaniec
This article is an attempt to complete and holistically discuss problem of euthanasia, especially its ethical and legal aspects, comparing to Polish law. The subject of euthanasia arouse interest of the society because it touches one of the most important aspects of life, which is the death. Even bigger emotions are aroused amongst physicians. They are forced to put on the line the life as biggest value on the one side and autonomy of human being on the other. It also touches the empathy for suffering. The euthanasia was divided into three forms: active euthanasia, passive euthanasia and assisted suicide...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335501/communication-matters-exploring-the-intersection-of-family-and-practitioner-end-of-life-communication
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Leah M Omilion-Hodges, Nathan M Swords
After establishing a baseline understanding of some of the factors that influence and shape family end of life communication, empirical research centered on the communication tendencies of nationally-recognized palliative care clinicians is presented. Because death is no longer confined to the bedroom and individuals are increasingly turning to hospitals and health care institutes to assist with end of life, the role of palliative care practitioners is vital. To that end, common communication-rooted issues that may transpire among various medical personnel are explored...
March 19, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318659/cardiovascular-and-general-health-status-of-adults-with-trisomy-21
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Samuel A Hayes, Shelby Kutty, Joshua Thomas, Joyce T Johnson, Anji T Yetman
BACKGROUND: Patients with Trisomy 21 are now living well into adulthood. Little data exists to assist the cardiologist in the care of these patients. We sought to examine the cardiac and general health status of adults with Trisomy 21 undergoing cardiac evaluation. METHODS & RESULTS: A retrospective review of all affected adults >21years followed at 2 tertiary care institutions was performed. Of 193 patients identified, median age was 31 (range 21.1-60.5) years...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316594/power-and-time-dependent-microwave-assisted-fabrication-of-silver-nanoparticles-decorated-cotton-sndc-fibers-for-bacterial-decontamination
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Abhishek K Bhardwaj, Abhishek Shukla, Rohit K Mishra, S C Singh, Vani Mishra, K N Uttam, Mohan P Singh, Shivesh Sharma, R Gopal
Plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver and gold have fascinating optical properties due to their enhanced optical sensitivity at a wavelength corresponding to their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption. Present work deals with the fabrication of silver nanoparticles decorated cotton (SNDC) fibers as a cheap and efficient point of contact disinfectant. SNDC fibers were fabricated by a simple microwave assisted route. The microwave power and irradiation time were controlled to optimize size and density of silver nanoparticles (SNPs) on textile fibers...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303590/psychiatric-disability-in-law-enforcement-officers
#20
Marilyn Price
Law enforcement officers all across the world are exposed to violence, confrontation, and traumatic incidents. They regularly witness death and suffering and are at risk of personal injury. Psychiatric sequelae include an increased risk for trauma-related symptoms, depression, alcohol-use disorders, and stress-related medical conditions. Law enforcement officers have been applying for early disability retirement pensions at an increased rate for stress-related psychiatric and medical conditions. As a result, law enforcement agencies are prematurely losing valuable resources, officers with training and experience...
March 17, 2017: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
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