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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776669/-the-role-of-end-of-life-palliative-sedation-medical-and-ethical-aspects-review
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REVIEW
Miriam S Menezes, Maria das Graças Mota da Cruz de Assis Figueiredo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Palliative sedation is a medical procedure that has been used for more than 25 years to relieve refractory symptoms not responsive to any previous treatment in patients with no possibility of cure and near the end of life. Many uncertainties persist on the issue regarding definition, indications, decision making, most appropriate place to perform the procedure, most used drugs, need for monitoring, fluids and nutritional support, and possible ethical dilemmas...
May 15, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773072/formal-procedure-to-facilitate-the-decision-to-withhold-or-withdraw-life-sustaining-interventions-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-seven-year-retrospective-study
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G Sorin, R Vialet, B Tosello
BACKGROUND: Neonatal deaths are often associated with the complex decision to limit or withdraw life-sustaining interventions (LSIs) rather than therapeutic impasses. Despite the existence of a law, significant disparities in clinical procedures remain. This study aimed to assess deaths occurring in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and measure the impact of a traceable Limitation or Withdrawal of Active Treatment (LWAT) file on the treatment of these newborns. METHODS: In this monocentric retrospective study, we reviewed all consecutive neonatal deaths occurring during two three-year periods among patients in the NICU at the North Hospital of Marseille: cohort 1 (from 2009 to 2011 without the LWAT file) and cohort 2 (from 2013 to 2015 after introduction of the LWAT file)...
May 17, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767825/-palliative-sedation-development-and-consensus-of-a-german-language-documentation-template
#3
C Klein, C Wittmann, K N Wendt, C Ostgathe, S Stiel
BACKGROUND: Palliative sedation (PS) serves as a therapeutic option in cases of otherwise intractable suffering. As the use of sedative and hypnotic medication in many diverse situations is a core competency of anesthesiology, anesthesiologists are confronted with questions of sedative therapy at the end of life in institutions for specialized palliative care, in intensive care units and intermediate care wards. In recent years a number of guidelines have been published internationally but so far no official guidelines exist in Germany...
May 16, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753476/technical-note-the-development-of-a-methodology-for-ruminal-and-colon-tissue-biopsying-of-young-holstein-dairy-calves
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J K van Niekerk, M Middeldorp, M A Steele
The objectives of this study were to develop a methodology for biopsying the rumen and colon of young dairy calves and to collect suitable quality tissue samples for microscopic and gene expression analysis. Six Holstein dairy bull calves (45.0 ± 1.5 kg birth weight) were ruminally cannulated during the second week of life and weaned at the end of wk 6. Ruminal and colon tissue samples were collected at the end of wk 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12. Calves were not sedated but were restrained in a chute for sampling. The endoscope (100 cm length, 9...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743764/definition-of-terms-used-in-limitation-of-treatment-and-providing-palliative-care-at-the-end-of-life-the-indian-council-of-medical-research-commission-report
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Naveen Salins, Roop Gursahani, Roli Mathur, Shivakumar Iyer, Stanley Macaden, Nagesh Simha, Raj Kumar Mani, M R Rajagopal
Background: Indian hospitals, in general, lack policies on the limitation of inappropriate life-sustaining interventions at the end of life. To facilitate discussion, preparation of guidelines and framing of laws, terminologies relating to the treatment limitation, and providing palliative care at the end-of-life care (EOLC) need to be defined and brought up to date. Methodology: This consensus document on terminologies and definitions of terminologies was prepared under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research...
April 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742044/end-of-life-decision-making-in-palliative-care-and-recommendations-of-the-council-of-europe-qualitative-secondary-analysis-of-interviews-and-observation-field-notes
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Sandra Martins Pereira, Emília Fradique, Pablo Hernández-Marrero
BACKGROUND: End-of-life decisions (ELDs) are embedded in clinical, sociocultural, political, economic, and ethical concerns. In 2014, the Council of Europe (CoE) through its Committee on Bioethics launched the "Guide on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations," aiming at improving decision-making processes and empowering professionals in making ELDs. OBJECTIVE: To analyze if end-of-life decision making in palliative care (PC) is consistent with this Guide and to identify if disputed/controversial issues are part of current ELDs...
May 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29689298/-suffering-in-palliative-sedation-conceptual-analysis-and-implications-for-decision-making-in-clinical-practice
#7
Claudia Bozzaro, Jan Schildmann
Palliative sedation is an increasingly used and, simultaneously, challenging practice at the end of life. Many controversies associated with this therapy are rooted in implicit differences regarding the understanding of "suffering" as prerequisite for palliative sedation. The aim of this paper is to inform the current debates by a conceptual analysis of two different philosophical accounts of suffering, (1) the subjective and holistic concept and (2) the objective and gradual concept and by a clinical-ethical analysis of the implications of each account for decisions about palliative sedation...
April 21, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673342/medical-end-of-life-practices-in-swiss-cultural-regions-a-death-certificate-study
#8
Samia A Hurst, Ueli Zellweger, Georg Bosshard, Matthias Bopp
BACKGROUND: End-of-life decisions remain controversial. Switzerland, with three main languages shared with surrounding countries and legal suicide assistance, allows exploration of the effects of cultural differences on end-of-life practices within the same legal framework. METHODS: We conducted a death certificate study on a nationwide continuous random sample of Swiss residents. Using an internationally standardized tool, we sent 4998, 2965, and 1000 anonymous questionnaires to certifying physicians in the German-, French-, and Italian-speaking regions...
April 20, 2018: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669562/comfort-in-palliative-sedation-compas-a-transdisciplinary-mixed-method-study-protocol-for-linking-objective-assessments-to-subjective-experiences
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Stefaan Six, Steven Laureys, Jan Poelaert, Johan Bilsen, Peter Theuns, Reginald Deschepper
BACKGROUND: In case of untreatable suffering at the end of life, palliative sedation may be chosen to assure comfort by reducing the patient's level of consciousness. An important question here is whether such sedated patients are completely free of pain. Because these patients cannot communicate anymore, caregivers have to rely on observation to assess the patient's comfort. Recently however, more sophisticated techniques from the neurosciences have shown that sometimes consciousness and pain are undetectable with these traditional behavioral methods...
April 18, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667509/the-involvement-of-cancer-patients-in-the-four-stages-of-decision-making-preceding-continuous-sedation-until-death-a-qualitative-study
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Lenzo Robijn, Jane Seymour, Luc Deliens, Ida Korfage, Jayne Brown, Peter Pype, Agnes Van Der Heide, Kenneth Chambaere, Judith Rietjens
BACKGROUND: Involving patients in decision-making is considered to be particularly appropriate towards the end of life. Professional guidelines emphasize that the decision to initiate continuous sedation should be made in accordance with the wishes of the dying person and be preceded by their consent. AIM: To describe the decision-making process preceding continuous sedation until death with particular attention to the involvement of the person who is dying. DESIGN: Qualitative case studies using interviews...
April 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29589170/computerized-tests-to-evaluate-recovery-of-cognitive-function-after-deep-sedation-with-propofol-and-remifentanil-for-colonoscopy
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Xavier Borrat, Marta Ubre, Raquel Risco, Pedro L Gambús, Angela Pedroso, Aina Iglesias, Gloria Fernandez-Esparrach, Àngels Ginés, Jaume Balust, Graciela Martínez-Palli
The use of sedation for diagnostic procedures including gastrointestinal endoscopy is rapidly growing. Recovery of cognitive function after sedation is important because it would be important for most patients to resume safe, normal life soon after the procedure. Computerized tests have shown being accurate descriptors of cognitive function. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the time course of cognitive function recovery after sedation with propofol and remifentanil. A prospective observational double blind clinical study conducted in 34 young healthy adults undergoing elective outpatient colonoscopy under sedation with the combination of propofol and remifentanil using a target controlled infusion system...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29560568/continuous-deep-sedation-until-death-a-swiss-death-certificate-study
#12
Sarah Ziegler, Margareta Schmid, Matthias Bopp, Georg Bosshard, Milo Alan Puhan
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, the number of patients continuously deeply sedated until death increased up to fourfold. The reasons for this increase remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identify socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of sedated patients, and concurrent possibly life-shortening medical end-of-life decisions. DESIGN: Cross-sectional death certificate study in German-speaking Switzerland in 2001 and 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Non-sudden and expected deaths (2001: N = 2281, 2013: N = 2256) based on a random sample of death certificates and followed by an anonymous survey on end-of-life practices among attending physicians...
March 20, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29557260/-palliative-sedation-a-retrospective-cohort-study-on-the-use-and-labelling-of-continuously-administered-sedatives-on-a-palliative-care-unit
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Eva Schildmann, Sebastian Pörnbacher, Helen Kalies, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Sedatives are frequently used towards the end of life. However, there is scarce information when their use is labelled as 'palliative sedation'. AIM: To assess the use and labelling of 'continuous administration of sedatives within the last 7 days of life', based on objective operational criteria, on a palliative care unit. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study, using medical records. Explorative statistical analysis (SPSS 23). SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Patients who died on a palliative care unit from August 2014 to July 2015...
March 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526984/nationwide-survey-of-palliative-care-for-patients-with-heart-failure-in-japan
#14
Takashi Kuragaichi, Yuma Kurozumi, Shogo Ohishi, Yasuo Sugano, Akihiro Sakashita, Norihiko Kotooka, Makoto Suzuki, Taiki Higo, Dai Yumino, Yasuko Takada, Seiko Maeda, Saori Yamabe, Koichi Washida, Tomonori Takahashi, Tomohito Ohtani, Yasushi Sakata, Yukihito Sato
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for heart failure (HF) patients is recommended in Western guidelines, so this study aimed to clarify the current status of palliative care for HF patients in Japan.Methods and Results:A survey was sent to all Japanese Circulation Society-authorized cardiology training hospitals (n=1,004) in August 2016. A total of 544 institutions (54%) returned the questionnaire. Of them, 527 (98%) answered that palliative care is necessary for patients with HF. A total of 227 (42%) institutions held a palliative care conference for patients with HF, and 79% of the institutions had <10 cases per year...
April 25, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29521716/interprofessional-care-and-teamwork-in-the-icu
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Anne L Donovan, J Matthew Aldrich, A Kendall Gross, Denise M Barchas, Kevin C Thornton, Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Michael A Gropper, Angela K M Lipshutz, Kathleen Turner, Jayne McCullough, Jennifer Schwarz, Kathleen D Liu, Wendy Anderson, Raman Khanna, Priyanka Agarwal, Heidi Engel, Brian Daniel, Kelly Timothy, Amie Lencioni, Robert Newton, Trese Biagini, Megan Rathfon, Charlotte Garwood, Jenica Cimino, Min Zhu, Michael Blum, Alvin Rajkomar, Chetna Pathak
OBJECTIVES: We describe the importance of interprofessional care in modern critical care medicine. This review highlights the essential roles played by specific members of the interprofessional care team, including patients and family members, and discusses quality improvement initiatives that require interprofessional collaboration for success. DATA SOURCES: Studies were identified through MEDLINE search using a variety of search phrases related to interprofessional care, critical care provider types, and quality improvement initiatives...
June 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480756/a-pilot-study-to-evaluate-compliance-with-guidelines-for-preprocedural-reconsideration-of-code-status-limitations
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Richard D Urman, Elizabeth J Lilley, Marguerite Changala, Charlotta Lindvall, David L Hepner, Angela M Bader
BACKGROUND: Periprocedural providers are encountering more patients with code status limitations (CSLs) regarding their preferences for resuscitation and life-sustaining treatment who choose to undergo palliative procedures. Surgical and anesthesia guidelines for preprocedural reconsideration of CSLs have been available for several years, but it is not known whether they are being followed in practice. OBJECTIVE: We assessed compliance with existing guidelines for patients undergoing venting gastrostomy tube (VGT) for malignant bowel obstruction (MBO), serving as an example of a palliative procedure received by patients near the end of life...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455032/sevoflurane-for-procedural-sedation-in-critically-ill-patients-a-pharmacokinetic-comparative-study-between-burn-and-non-burn-patients
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Sebastien Perbet, Daniel Bourdeaux, Alexandre Lenoire, Claire Biboulet, Bruno Pereira, Malha Sadoune, Benoit Plaud, Jean-Marie Launay, Jean-Etienne Bazin, Valerie Sautou, Alexandre Mebazaa, Pascal Houze, Jean-Michel Constantin, Matthieu Legrand
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane has anti-inflammatory proprieties and short lasting effects making it of interest for procedural sedation in critically ill patients. We evaluated the pharmacokinetics of sevoflurane and metabolites in severely ill burn patients and controls. The secondary objective was to assess potential kidney injury. METHODS: Prospective interventional study in a burn and a surgical intensive care unit; 24 mechanically ventilated critically ill patients (12 burns, 12 controls) were included...
February 15, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446066/resource-use-during-the-last-6-months-of-life-of-individuals-dying-with-and-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Kristof Faes, Joachim Cohen, Lieven Annemans
OBJECTIVES: To compare resource use during the last 6 months of life of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) but for whom AD was not formally identified as the underlying cause of death (dying with AD) with that of those who had AD as underlying cause of death (dying of AD). DESIGN: Full-population retrospective analysis. SETTING: Belgium. PARTICIPANTS: All Belgian decedents in 2012. MEASUREMENTS: We linked participants' healthcare, population, and death certificate data...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440801/a-retrospective-study-of-end-of-life-care-decisions-in-the-critically-ill-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
#19
Yi Lin Lee, Yee Yian Ong, Sze Ying Thong, Shin Yi Ng
Aim: Progress in medical care and technology has led to patients with more advanced illnesses being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The practice of approaching end-of-life (EOL) care decisions and limiting care is well documented in Western literature but unknown in Singapore. We performed a retrospective cohort study to describe the practice of EOL care in patients dying in a Singapore surgical ICU (SICU). The surgical critical care population was chosen as it is unique because surgeons are frequently involved in the EOL process...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29382541/palliative-sedation-for-existential-suffering-a-systematic-review-of-argument-based-ethics-literature
#20
REVIEW
Paulo Rodrigues, Jasper Crokaert, Chris Gastmans
CONTEXT: Although 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 PS-ES...
June 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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