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Medically assisted death

Simone Frea, Paolo Centofanti, Stefano Pidello, Francesca Giordana, Virginia Bovolo, Andrea Baronetto, Beatrice Franco, Marco Matteo Cingolani, Matteo Attisani, Mara Morello, Serena Bergerone, Mauro Rinaldi, Fiorenzo Gaita
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this prospective study was to validate an echocardiographic protocol derived from 5 HeartWare left ventricular assist device (HVAD) patients for the noninvasive evaluation of right atrial pressure (RAP) and left atrial pressure (LAP) in HVAD patients. BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is an invaluable tool to optimize medical treatment and pump settings and also for troubleshooting residual heart failure. Little is known about the echocardiographic evaluation of hemodynamic status in HVAD patients...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
John W Wax, Amy W An, Nicole Kosier, Timothy E Quill
Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) is a deliberate, self-initiated attempt to hasten death in the setting of suffering refractory to optimal palliative interventions or prolonged dying that a person finds intolerable. Individuals who consider VSED tend to be older, have a serious but not always imminently terminal illness, place a high value on independence, and have significant illness burden. VSED can theoretically be performed independent of clinician assistance and therefore avoids many of the ethical and legal concerns associated with physician-assisted dying or other palliative measures of last resort, However, VSED is an intense process fraught with new sources of somatic and emotional suffering for individuals and their caregivers, so VSED is best supervised by an experienced, well-informed clinician who can provide appropriate pre-intervention assessment, anticipatory guidance, medical treatment of symptoms, and emotional support...
March 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Qinghua Zhou, Yaguang Fan, Ying Wang, Youlin Qiao, Guiqi Wang, Yunchao Huang, Xinyun Wang, Ning Wu, Guozheng Zhang, Xiangpeng Zheng, Hong Bu, Yin Li, Sen Wei, Liang'an Chen, Chengping Hu, Yuankai Shi, Yan Sun
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in China. The results from a randomized controlled trial using annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in specific high-risk groups demonstrated a 20% reduction in lung cancer mortality. The aim of tihs study is to establish the China National lung cancer screening guidelines for clinical practice. METHODS: The China lung cancer early detection and treatment expert group (CLCEDTEG) established the China National Lung Cancer Screening Guideline with multidisciplinary representation including 4 thoracic surgeons, 4 thoracic radiologists, 2 medical oncologists, 2 pulmonologists, 2 pathologist, and 2 epidemiologist...
February 20, 2018: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Ali Khatibi, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Mika Gissler, Nils-Halvdan Morken, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVES: Childbearing at extremely advanced maternal age is a globally increasing trend, but only a few studies have described the outcomes of these pregnancies. The aim of this study was to describe the occurrence of childbearing at age 50 and up in the Nordic countries, as well as to examine the frequency of adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: A descriptive population-based study was designed. Data from 1991 to 2013 were collected from the Medical Birth Registries in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden...
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Tom E F Abbott, Nicholas Cron, Nidhi Vaid, Dorothy Ip, Hew D T Torrance, Julian Emmanuel
Background: National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is increasingly used in UK hospitals. However, there is only limited evidence to support the use of pre-hospital early warning scores. We hypothesised that pre-hospital NEWS was associated with death or critical care escalation within the first 48 h of hospital stay. Methods: Planned secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study at a single UK teaching hospital. Consecutive medical ward admissions over a 20-day period were included in the study...
March 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
JaBaris D Swain, Colleen Sinnott, Suellen Breakey, Rian Hasson Charles, Gita Mody, Napthal Nyirimanzi, Ceeya Patton-Bolman, Patricia Come, Gapira Ganza, Emmanuel Rusingiza, Nathan Ruhamya, Joseph Mucumbitsi, Jorge Borges, Martin Zammert, Jochen D Muehlschlegel, Robert Oakes, Bruce Leavitt, R Morton Bolman
OBJECTIVE: Despite its near complete eradication in resource-rich countries, rheumatic heart disease remains the most common acquired cardiovascular disease in sub-Saharan Africa. With a ratio of physicians/population of 1 per 10,500, including only 4 cardiologists for a population of 11.4 million, Rwanda represents a resource-limited setting lacking the local capacity to detect and treat early cases of strep throat and perform lifesaving operations for advanced rheumatic heart disease...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Owen Middleton, Daniel Atherton, Elizabeth Bundock, Elizabeth Donner, Daniel Friedman, Dale Hesdorffer, Heather Jarrell, Aileen McCrillis, Othon J Mena, Mitchel Morey, David Thurman, Niu Tian, Torbjörn Tomson, Zian Tseng, Steven White, Cyndi Wright, Orrin Devinsky
Sudden unexpected death of an individual with epilepsy can pose a challenge to death investigators, as most deaths are unwitnessed, and the individual is commonly found dead in bed. Anatomic findings (eg, tongue/lip bite) are commonly absent and of varying specificity, thereby limiting the evidence to implicate epilepsy as a cause of or contributor to death. Thus it is likely that death certificates significantly underrepresent the true number of deaths in which epilepsy was a factor. To address this, members of the National Association of Medical Examiners, North American SUDEP Registry, Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute, American Epilepsy Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention constituted an expert panel to generate evidence-based recommendations for the practice of death investigation and autopsy, toxicological analysis, interpretation of autopsy and toxicology findings, and death certification to improve the precision of death certificate data available for public health surveillance of epilepsy-related deaths...
March 1, 2018: Epilepsia
Anderson da Silva Souza, Jacqueline de Almeida Gonçalves Sachett, João Arthur Alcântara, Monique Freire, Maria das Graças Costa Alecrim, Marcus Lacerda, Luiz Carlos de Lima Ferreira, Hui Wen Fan, Vanderson de Souza Sampaio, Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro
Snake envenoming represents a major burden for public health worldwide. In the Amazon, the official number of cases and deaths detected is probably underestimated because of the difficulty riverine and indigenous populations have reaching health centers in order to receive medical assistance. Thus, integrated analysis of health information systems must be used in order to improve adequate health policies. The aim of this work is to describe a series of deaths and identify risk factors for lethality from snakebites in the state of Amazonas, Brazil...
February 25, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Angelika Feichtner, Dietmar Weixler, Alois Birklbauer
In some cases terminally ill patients fear of prolonged dying and suffering can manifest itself in the voluntary refusal of food and fluids, aiming to accelerate the dying process. This represents a considerable area of conflict, because of the ethical responsibility to not aid a person's death but also to respect a patients autonomy.There is a clear separation between an assisted suicide and following a patient's wishes. Not to accept the voluntary refusal of FVNF would have to be considered as forced treatment of patients while they are capable of self-determination...
February 27, 2018: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Marko Merikukka, Sami Räsänen, Helinä Hakko, Tiina Ristikari, Mika Gissler, Mika Niemelä
This study aimed to systematically examine whether parental hospital-treated somatic illnesses, diagnosed during an offspring's childhood (1987-1995), are associated with later use of psychotropic medication (1996-2012) by the offspring. If so, which parental somatic illnesses, in particular, increase the likelihood for later use of psychotropic medication among the offspring. The 1987 Finnish Birth Cohort study yields longitudinal nationwide follow-up data that include a complete census of children born in a single year...
February 24, 2018: Preventive Medicine
Nariae Baik, Megan O'Reilly, Caroline Fray, Sylvia van Os, Po-Yin Cheung, Georg M Schmölzer
Approximately, 10-20% of newborns require breathing assistance at birth, which remains the cornerstone of neonatal resuscitation. Fortunately, the need for chest compression (CC) or medications in the delivery room (DR) is rare. About 0.1% of term infants and up to 15% of preterm infants receive these interventions, this will result in approximately one million newborn deaths annually worldwide. In addition, CC or medications (epinephrine) are more frequent in the preterm population (~15%) due to birth asphyxia...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Atsushi Asai, Sakiko Masaki, Taketoshi Okita, Aya Enzo, Yasuhiro Kadooka
BACKGROUND: Destination therapy (DT) is the permanent implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in patients with end-stage, severe heart failure who are ineligible for heart transplantation. DT improves both the quality of life and prognosis of patients with end-stage heart failure. However, there are also downsides to DT such as life-threatening complications and the potential for the patient to live beyond their desired length of life following such major complications...
February 27, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Shadnaz Asgari, Hana Moshirvaziri, Fabien Scalzo, Nima Ramezan-Arab
Cardiac arrest (CA) is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Early and accurate prediction of CA outcome can help clinicians and families to make a better-informed decision for the patient's healthcare. Studies have shown that electroencephalography (EEG) may assist in early prognosis of CA outcome. However, visual EEG interpretation is subjective, labor-intensive, and requires interpretation by a medical expert, i.e., neurophysiologists. These limiting factors may hinder the applicability of such testing as the prognostic method in clinical settings...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
L Lewis Wall
OBJECTIVES: To review the historical background surrounding the early work of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who developed the first consistently successful surgical technique for the repair of obstetric vesicovaginal fistulas by operating on a group of young, enslaved, African American women who had this condition between 1846 and 1849. METHODS: Review of primary source documents on Sims and his operations, early 19th century clinical literature on the treatment of vesicovaginal fistula, the introduction of ether and chloroform anesthesia into surgical practice, and the literature on the early 19th century medical ethics pertaining to surgical innovation...
March 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Zachary J Il'Giovine, Nicole Solomon, Adam D DeVore, Daniel Wojdyla, Chetan B Patel, Joseph G Rogers
INTRODUCTION: The prognostic value of peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 slope measured during cardiopulmonary exercise (CPX) testing has been well established in patients with advanced heart failure, but blood pressure response to exercise is less well characterized. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 151 outpatients who underwent CPX testing as part of an advanced heart failure (HF) evaluation. The outcome of interest was failure of medical management, defined by death, cardiac transplantation, or left ventricular assist device placement...
February 21, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
A Biolik, S Heide, R Lessig, V Hachmann, D Stoevesandt, J Kellner, C Jäschke, S Watzke
One option for improving the quality of medical post mortem examinations is through intensified training of medical students, especially in countries where such a requirement exists regardless of the area of specialisation. For this reason, new teaching and learning methods on this topic have recently been introduced. These new approaches include e-learning modules or SkillsLab stations; one way to objectify the resultant learning outcomes is by means of the OSCE process. However, despite offering several advantages, this examination format also requires considerable resources, in particular in regards to medical examiners...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Rumbidzai Majangara, Muchabayiwa Francis Gidiri, Zvavahera Mike Chirenje
The objectives of this study were to determine the identity and antibacterial susceptibility profiles of bacteria colonising the female genital tract and blood stream and their association with clinical outcomes in women with puerperal sepsis. A prospective descriptive cohort study was conducted at two tertiary hospitals in Zimbabwe. Endocervical swabs and blood were collected for culture and susceptibility testing from 151 consecutive women who met the World Health Organisation criteria for puerperal sepsis...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Rekha Rachel Philip, Sairu Philip, Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Abdulla Manima, Emilie Venables
BACKGROUND: The well lauded community-based palliative care programme of Kerala, India provides medical and social support, through home-based care, for patients with terminal illness and diseases requiring long-term support. There is, however, limited information on patient characteristics, caregivers and programme performance. This study was carried out to describe: i) the patients enrolled in the programme from 1996 to 2016 and their diagnosis, and ii) the care-giver characteristics and palliative care support from nurses and doctors in a cohort of patients registered during 2013-2015...
February 14, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Chieh-Shou Su, Yu-Wei Chen, Ching-Hui Shen, Tsun-Jui Liu, Yen Chang, Wen-Lieng Lee
Significant unprotected left main (LM) coronary artery disease is frequently associated with severe multivessel disease and increased mortality and morbidity compared with non-LM coronary artery disease. This study compared the clinical outcomes of patients with LM disease who received percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting, conventional coronary-artery bypass grafting (C-CABG), and robot-assisted CABG (R-CABG).This retrospective study analyzed 472 consecutive LM disease patients who underwent three different revascularization approaches at a tertiary medical center between January 2005 and November 2013...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sabrina P Law, Assaf P Oron, Mariska S Kemna, Erin L Albers, D Michael McMullan, Jonathan M Chen, Yuk M Law
OBJECTIVES: Ventricular assist devices have gained popularity in the management of refractory heart failure in children listed for heart transplantation. Our primary aim was to compare the composite endpoint of all-cause pretransplant mortality and loss of transplant eligibility in children who were treated with a ventricular assist device versus a medically managed cohort. DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort analysis. SETTINGS: Data were obtained from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients...
February 12, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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