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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436391/associations-between-pediatric-palliative-care-consultation-and-end-of-life-preparation-at-an-academic-medical-center-a-retrospective-ehr-analysis
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Matthew Stutz, Roy L Kao, Leanna Huard, Jonathan Grotts, Javier Sanz, Mindy K Ross
OBJECTIVES: Our aim in this study was to understand usage patterns of pediatric palliative care (PPC) consultation and associations with end-of-life preparation among pediatric patients who are deceased. METHODS: We reviewed 233 pediatric mortalities. Data extraction from the electronic health record included determination of PPC consultation by using Current Procedural Terminology codes. Diagnoses were identified by International Classification of Disease codes and were classified into categories of life-threatening complex chronic conditions (LT-CCCs)...
February 7, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341962/withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapy
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Barbara G Jericho
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to examine literature relating to the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy (WLST). RECENT FINDINGS: Discussions regarding end-of-life issues in adults and children are not occurring comprehensively. Discussions relating to the WLST in the pediatric population varies by institution and may vary by race, age, health insurance, diagnosis, and severity of illness. Completing advance directives prior to placement of life-sustaining treatments is not consistent practice...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321079/the-enactment-stage-of-end-of-life-decision-making-for-children
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Jane Elizabeth Sullivan, Lynn Heather Gillam, Paul Terence Monagle
OBJECTIVES: Typically pediatric end-of-life decision-making studies have examined the decision-making process, factors, and doctors' and parents' roles. Less attention has focussed on what happens after an end-of-life decision is made; that is, decision enactment and its outcome. This study explored the views and experiences of bereaved parents in end-of-life decision-making for their child. Findings reported relate to parents' experiences of acting on their decision. It is argued that this is one significant stage of the decision-making process...
January 11, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240626/first-report-of-biventricular-percutaneous-impella-ventricular-assist-device-use-in-pediatric-patients
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Javier J Lasa, Daniel A Castellanos, Susan W Denfield, William J Dreyer, Sebastian C Tume, Henri Justino, Athar M Qureshi
There is a growing interest in the use of percutaneously delivered ventricular assist devices (PVAD) in the pediatric patient population. A 16 year old female and 18 year old male both status post heart transplantation presented with evidence of graft rejection and acute severe global systolic and diastolic heart failure necessitating hemodynamic catheterization and inotropic support. Both underwent percutaneous Impella CP LVAD (Abiomed, Danvers, MA) placement with close monitoring of right ventricular function...
December 11, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222827/responding-to-parental-requests-for-life-sustaining-treatment%C3%A2-relational-potential-revisited
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Aaron Wightman, Jennifer Cobelli Kett, Benjamin Wilfond
One of the most challenging situations for pediatric clinicians is responding to parental requests for life-sustaining medical therapies for a child with profound neurodevelopmental disabilities. These therapies (e.g. intravenous medications and fluids, gastrostomy tube feeds, dialysis, tracheostomy, and/or mechanical ventilation) offer the possibility for the child to live, at home or in a facility, for months or years as opposed to experiencing their imminent death. While relatively rare, the tension surrounding these requests can be exceptionally high, as illustrated by the cases of Baby K, Baby Joseph, Jahi McMath, Charlie Gard, and many others from our own experience...
December 8, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179574/life-sustaining-treatment-status-at-the-time-of-death-in-a-japanese-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Fumiko Suzuki, Muneyuki Takeuchi, Kazuya Tachibana, Kanako Isaka, Yu Inata, Keiko Kinouchi
BACKGROUND: Substantial variability exists among countries regarding the modes of death in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs). However, there is limited information on end-of-life care in Japanese PICUs. Thus, this study aimed to elucidate the characteristics of end-of-life care practice for children in a Japanese PICU. METHODS: We examined life-sustaining treatment (LST) status at the time of death based on medical chart reviews from 2010 to 2014. All deaths were classified into 3 groups: limitation of LST (limitation group, death after withholding or withdrawal of LST or a do not attempt resuscitation order), no limitation of LST (no-limitation group, death following failed resuscitation attempts), or brain death (brain death group)...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124391/implementing-a-digital-real-time-hydrocephalus-and-shunt-registry-to-evaluate-contemporary-pattern-of-care-and-surgical-outcome-in-pediatric-hydrocephalus
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Hans Christoph Bock, Maximilian Kanzler, Ulrich-Wilhelm Thomale, Hans Christoph Ludwig
OBJECTIVE: Treatment monitoring and outcome evaluation in pediatric hydrocephalus require gapless documentation regarding surgical and clinical follow-up data beginning from day 1 of treatment in order to apply high quality of care. Endoscopic procedures, shunt insertion and revision surgeries, and individual modifications of valve hardware or pressure settings during follow-up as well as established outcome measurements are highly relevant for complete illustration of the patient's hydrocephalus histories...
November 9, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993730/molecular-guided-therapy-provides-sustained-clinical-response-in-refractory-choroid-plexus-carcinoma
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Albert Cornelius, Jessica Foley, Jeffrey Bond, Abhinav B Nagulapally, Julie Steinbrecher, William P D Hendricks, Maria Rich, Sangeeta Yendrembam, Genevieve Bergendahl, Jeffrey M Trent, Giselle S Sholler
Choroid plexus carcinomas (CPCs) are rare, aggressive pediatric brain tumors with no established curative therapy for relapsed disease, and poor survival rates. TP53 Mutation or dysfunction correlates with poor or no survival outcome in CPCs. Here, we report the case of a 4 month-old female who presented with disseminated CPC. After initial response to tumor resection and adjuvant-chemotherapy, the tumor recurred and metastasized with no response to aggressive relapse therapy suggesting genetic predisposition...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990396/physicians-perceptions-of-shared-decision-making-in-neonatal-and-pediatric-critical-care
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Claire A Richards, Helene Starks, M Rebecca O'Connor, Erica Bourget, Ross M Hays, Ardith Z Doorenbos
BACKGROUND: Most children die in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units after decisions are made to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatments. These decisions can be challenging when there are different views about the child's best interest and when there is a lack of clarity about how best to also consider the interests of the family. OBJECTIVE: To understand how neonatal and pediatric critical care physicians balance and integrate the interests of the child and family in decisions about life-sustaining treatments...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957984/health-related-quality-of-life-in-adolescent-patients-with-hepatitis-c-genotype-1-treated-with-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir
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Zobair M Younossi, Maria Stepanova, William Balistreri, Kathleen Schwarz, Karen F Murray, Philip Rosenthal, Sanjay Bansal, Sharon Hunt
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of treatment with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) on the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of pediatric patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. METHODS: Adolescents (12-17 years) with HCV were treated with LDV/SOF (90 mg/400 mg daily) for 12 weeks. HRQL was assessed using the PedsQLv4.0-SF15 completed by the children and caregivers before, during, and after treatment. RESULTS: We included 100 adolescents with HCV genotype 1 infection [14...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866891/integration-of-hypnosis-into-pediatric-palliative-care
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Stefan J Friedrichsdorf, Daniel P Kohen
At least 8 million children would need specialized pediatric palliative care (PPC) services annually worldwide, and of the more than 42,000 children and teenagers dying annually in the United States, at least 15,000 children would require PPC. Unfortunately, even in resource-rich countries the majority of children dying from serious advanced illnesses are suffering from unrelieved, distressing symptoms such as pain, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety. State of the art treatment and prevention of those symptoms requires employing multi-modal therapies, commonly including pharmacology, rehabilitation, procedural intervention, psychology, and integrative modalities...
June 27, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652804/success-with-neurotropin-in-treating-pediatric-lower-extremity-pain-induced-by-spinal-cord-injury-after-epidural-anesthesia
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Mengye Zhu, Fuqing Zhou, Lingchao Li, Qin Yin, Mizhen Qiu, Yong Zhang
Spinal cord injury (SCI) complicated by epidural anesthesia, though rare, can result in neuropathic pain. However, the treatment for this kind of life-altering injury remains a challenge. A 7-year-old girl was referred with dyskinesia and severe pain in her right lower extremity due to an accidental SCI following lumbar puncture. After treatment with analgesics such as gabapentin, mecobalamin, and dexamethasone/methylprednisolone for 1 week, the myodynamia had improved, but progressive pain persisted. After treatment with neurotropin, a gradual decrease in visual analog scale score from 7 to 0 was observed...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523117/evaluation-of-pediatric-residents-attitudes-toward-ethical-conflict-a-cross-sectional-study-in-tehran-iran
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Maliheh Kadivar, Marjan Mardani-Hamooleh, Shiva Shayestefar
Ethical conflicts are recognized as critical aspects in assessing competence in clinical communication. Moreover, pediatrics residents may face more problems, compared to other disciplines; due to the specific characteristics of the age group receiving services as well as the presence of their families. This study has been conducted with the aim of determining the attitude and perspective of pediatric residents toward ethical conflicts in the field of pediatrics. This descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out on all residents of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (90 residents), selected through census method, in 2014...
2017: Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493614/accuracy-of-physical-examination-ankle-brachial-index-and-ultrasonography-in-the-diagnosis-of-arterial-injury-in-patients-with-penetrating-extremity-trauma-a%C3%A2-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ian S deSouza, Roshanak Benabbas, Sean McKee, Bardiya Zangbar, Ashika Jain, Lorenzo Paladino, Leon Boudourakis, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Penetrating Extremity Trauma (PET) may result in arterial injury, a rare but limb- and life-threatening surgical emergency. Timely, accurate diagnosis is essential for potential intervention in order to prevent significant morbidity. OBJECTIVES: Using a systematic review/meta-analytic approach, we determined the utility of physical examination, Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI), and Ultrasonography (US) in the diagnosis of arterial injury in emergency department (ED) patients who have sustained PET...
August 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455274/protocol-of-a-pilot-study-of-technology-enabled-coproduction-in-pediatric-chronic-illness-care
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Heather C Kaplan, Sunny Narendra Thakkar, Lisa Burns, Barbara Chini, Dana Mh Dykes, Gary L McPhail, Erin Moore, Shehzad Ahmed Saeed, Ian Eslick, Peter A Margolis, Lisa Opipari-Arrigan
BACKGROUND: Pediatric chronic illness care models are traditionally organized around acute episodes of care and may not meet the needs of patients and their families. Interventions that extend the patient-clinician interaction beyond the health care visit, allow for asynchronous and bidirectional feedback loops that span visits and daily life, and facilitate seamless sharing of information are needed to support a care delivery system that is more collaborative, continuous, and data-driven...
April 28, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443277/pediatric-hand-surgery-training-in-nicaragua-a-sustainable-model-of-surgical-education-in-a-resource-poor-environment
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Mary Claire B Manske, Jairo J Rios Roque, Gabriel Ramos Zelaya, Michelle A James
Recent reports have demonstrated that nearly two-thirds of the world's population do not have access to adequate surgical care, a burden that is borne disproportionately by residents of resource-poor countries. Although the reasons for limited access to surgical care are complex and multi-factorial, among the most substantial barriers is the lack of trained surgical providers. This is particularly true in surgical subspecialties that focus on life-improving, rather than life-saving, treatments, such as pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery, which manages such conditions as congenital malformations, trauma and post-traumatic deformities including burns, and neuromuscular conditions (brachial plexus birth palsy, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy)...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423223/implementation-and-preliminary-effectiveness-of-a-real-time-pain-management-smartphone-app-for-adolescents-with-cancer-a-multicenter-pilot-clinical-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Lindsay A Jibb, Bonnie J Stevens, Paul C Nathan, Emily Seto, Joseph A Cafazzo, Donna L Johnston, Vanessa Hum, Jennifer N Stinson
BACKGROUND: Pain in adolescents with cancer (12-18 years) is common and negatively impacts health-related quality of life (HRQL). The Pain Squad+ smartphone app, which provides adolescents with real-time pain self-management support, was developed to address this issue. This study evaluated the implementation of the app to inform a future randomized controlled trial (RCT) and obtain treatment effect estimates for pain intensity, pain interference, HRQL, and self-efficacy. PROCEDURE: A one-group baseline/poststudy design with 40 adolescents recruited from two pediatric tertiary care centers was used...
October 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365826/treatment-decisions-for-babies-with-trisomy-13-and-18
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Isabella Pallotto, John D Lantos
Many babies with trisomy 13 and 18 die in the first year of life. Survivors all have severe cognitive impairment. There has been a debate among both professionals and parents about whether it is appropriate to provide life-sustaining interventions to babies with these serious conditions. On one side of the debate are those who argue that there is no point in providing invasive, painful, and expensive procedures when the only outcomes are either early death or survival with severe cognitive impairment. Others suggest that, although mortality is high and cognitive impairment universal, babies with these conditions have an acceptable quality of life...
September 2017: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206733/end-of-life-decisions-in-34-slovene-intensive-care-units-a-nationwide-prospective-clinical-study
#19
Miha Orazem, Urh Groselj, Manca Stojan, Neza Majdic, Gaj Vidmar, Stefan Grosek
BACKGROUND: To determine how end-of-life decisions (EOLD) on limitations of life- sustaining treatment (LST) are made in three different types of intensive care units (ICUs) in Slovenia. METHODS: A national multicenter prospective study among 31 adult and three pediatric/neonatal ICUs (PICUs). The questionnaire form on EOLD was designed to assess the clinical practice. Data were collected between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013. For statistical analysis we used IBM® SPSS® Statistics 20 software package...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131553/-end-of-life-in-specialized-medical-pediatrics-department-a-french-national-survey
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Alice Ravanello, Isabelle Desguerre, Sandra Frache, Philippe Hubert, Daniel Orbach, Régis Aubry
AIMS: In France, most of children die in the hospital. This national survey aimed to achieve better understanding of end-of life care in specialized medical pediatrics departments for children facing the end-of-life, identify the available resources, put forward the difficulties encountered by professionals and describe end-of-life paths of children who died in these departments. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study is based on a nationwide survey conducted among all existing specialized medical pediatrics departments (onco-haematology, neurology, reanimation) in France in 2015...
January 25, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
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