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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315010/comparison-of-efficacy-of-meperidine-and-fentanyl-in-terms-of-pain-management-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-cervical-cancer-receiving-intracavitary-brachytherapy-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Saengrawee Thanthong, Sirikorn Rojthamarat, Wipra Worasawate, Phongthara Vichitvejpaisal, Danupon Nantajit, Nantakarn Ieumwananontachai
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of two sedative regimens, a benzodiazepine with either meperidine or fentanyl, in relieving pain in patients with cervical cancer undergoing intracavitary brachytherapy in terms of pain score and quality of life. METHODS: Forty unselected outpatients undergoing brachytherapy (160 fractions) were enrolled with informed consent and randomized to receive a benzodiazepine with either meperidine or fentanyl...
March 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287357/a-review-of-agents-for-palliative-sedation-continuous-deep-sedation-pharmacology-and-practical-applications
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John Bodnar
Continuous deep sedation at the end of life is a specific form of palliative sedation requiring a care plan that essentially places and maintains the patient in an unresponsive state because their symptoms are refractory to any other interventions. Because this application is uncommon, many providers may lack practical experience in this specialized area and resources they can access are outdated, nonspecific, and/or not comprehensive. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence- and experience-based reference that specifically addresses those medications and regimens and their practical applications for this very narrow, but vital, aspect of hospice care...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256814/palliative-sedation-a-feasible-option-to-improve-end-of-life-care-in-seriously-ill-dying-patients
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Paolo Cotogni, Luca Brazzi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 3, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246074/delirium-after-mechanical-ventilation-in-intensive-care-units-the-cognitive-and-psychosocial-assessment-capa-study-protocol
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Daniella Bulic, Michael Bennett, Helen Rodgers, Mary Nourse, Patrick Rubie, Jeffrey Cl Looi, Frank Van Haren
BACKGROUND: In the intensive care unit (ICU), critical illness delirium occurs in the context of multiple comorbidities, multi-organ failure, and invasive management techniques, such as mechanical ventilation, sedation, and lack of sleep. Delirium is characterized by an acute confusional state defined by fluctuating mental status, inattention, and either disorganized thinking or an altered level of consciousness. The long-term cognitive and psychosocial function of patients that experience delirium in the ICU is of crucial interest because preliminary data suggest a strong association between ICU-related delirium and long-term cognitive impairment...
February 28, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224879/-palliative-sedation-because-it-s-what-the-patient-wants-pronouncement-of-disciplinary-court-cause-of-great-confusion
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A C Hendriks, B Keizer
The Medical Disciplinary Court of The Hague recently imposed an official warning on two physicians who did not yield to the pressure exerted by a 102-year-old patient and her family to start palliative sedation. This decision not only restricts the directing role of physicians with respect to the end-of-life phase, but is also inconsistent with the guideline from the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) on palliative sedation.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192224/qualitative-study-on-the-perceptions-of-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-and-their-family-members-regarding-end-of-life-experiences-focusing-on-palliative-sedation
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Young Eun, In-Wha Hong, Eduardo Bruera, Jung Hun Kang
CONTEXT: Patients with terminal cancer experience refractory symptoms in the last days of life. Although palliative sedation (PS) is recommended for patients suffering unbearable symptoms with imminent death, it requires clear communication between physicians and patients/caregivers. Understanding the demands and perceptions of patients and caregivers in the end-of-life phase are needed for effective communication. OBJECTIVE: To explore patient experiences regarding end-of-life status and PS...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186850/the-use-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-palliative-care-a-preliminary-study
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Jamie Burns, Kevin Jackson, Kathy A Sheehy, Julia C Finkel, Zenaide M Quezado
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine infusions in patients with advanced malignancies, advanced heart disease, or after stem cell transplantation (SCT), who during end-of-life care had pain and/or agitation unresponsive to conventional therapies. BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients with intractable advanced malignancies, end-stage congenital heart diseases, or after SCT can suffer a great deal during end of life. Pain, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and worrying are experienced frequently, considered distressing, and are strongly associated with reductions in health-related quality-of-life scores...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174536/exploring-the-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-remifentanil-in-mid-trimester-gestations-undergoing-fetal-intervention-procedures
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Judith A Smith, Roopali V Donepudi, Pedro S Argoti, Anita L Giezentanner, Ranu Jain, Noemi Boring, Elisa Garcia, Kenneth J Moise
Background: Indications for surgery during pregnancy have increased. Specifically fetal interventions have increased from conditions that were considered lethal like twin-twin transfusion syndrome and severe fetal anemia to non-lethal conditions like myelomeningocele. The optimal anesthetic agent for in utero surgery is yet to be determined. Success of the procedure is often dictated by the efficacy of the anesthetic to immobilize the fetus without over-sedating mom. Remifentanil is used as preferred agent due to its short half-life however pharmacokinetics in pregnancy is unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156465/experience-with-palliative-sedation-ps-in-an-inpatient-oncology-setting
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Diogo Bugano Diniz Gomes, Pedro Luiz Serrano Uson Junior, Patricia Taranto, Monique Sedlmaier Franca, Daniel Eiger, Rodrigo Coutinho Mariano, David Hui, Auro Del Giglio
63 Background: Palliative sedation (PS) is an intervention to treat refractory symptoms and to relieve suffering at the end of life. Its prevalence and practice patterns vary widely. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of the use of PS in cancer patients who died at our comprehensive cancer center between March 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014. PS was defined as the use of continuous infusion of midazolam or neuroleptics for refractory symptoms as stated in the progress notes. Patients who died in the ICU were excluded...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145850/characterization-of-end-of-life-electroencephalographic-surges-in-critically-ill-patients
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Lakhmir S Chawla, Megan Terek, Christopher Junker, Seth Akst, Bona Yoon, Ermira Brasha-Mitchell, Michael G Seneff
BACKGROUND: Neuromonitoring devices to assess level of sedation are now used commonly in many hospital settings. We previously reported that electro-encephalic-graphic (EEG) spikes frequently occurred after the time of death in patients being neuro-monitored at the time of cessation of circulation. In addition to our initial report, end of life electrical surges (ELES) have been subsequently documented in animal and human studies by other investigators. The frequency, character, intensity, and significance of ELES are unknown...
February 1, 2017: Death Studies
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123334/assessment-of-different-folic-acid-supplementation-doses-for-low-birth-weight-infants
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Fatma Çakmak Çelik, Canan Aygün, Sedat Gülten, Abdulkerim Bedir, Erhan Çetinoğlu, Şükrü Küçüködük, Yüksel Bek
AIM: The adequacy of 50 mcg folic acid supplementation given to low-birth-weight babies was investigated. The folate levels of the mothers and infants, and breastmilk, and the optimum dose for folic acid supplementation were also investigated. MATERIAL AND METHODS: After obtaining blood from 141 low-birth-weight infants on the 1st day of life for serum and red cell folate levels, the infants were randomly allocated into three groups according to the folic acid supplement dose...
December 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112072/physicians-perceptions-of-suffering-in-people-with-dementia-at-the-end-of-life
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Jenny T van der Steen, Luc Deliens, Raymond T C M Koopmans, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe physicians' perceptions of the suffering of their patients who are dying with dementia, many of whom are incompetent with regard to decision making and have difficulty with communicating about the source of their distress and with identifying related factors. METHOD: We analyzed data from the nationally representative observational Dutch End-of-Life in Dementia (DEOLD) cohort study (2007-2011), which involved 34 long-term care facilities...
January 23, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109272/opinions-about-the-new-law-on-end-of-life-issues-in-a-sample-of-french-patients-receiving-palliative-care
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Augustin Boulanger, Théo Chabal, Marie Fichaux, Mireille Destandau, Jean Marc La Piana, Pascal Auquier, Karine Baumstarck, Sébastien Salas
BACKGROUND: In February 2nd 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law that forbade euthanasia and established the right to deep and continuous sedation for end-of-life patients. Moreover, the law also obliges clinicians to abide by any advance directives regarding treatment and investigation, except in cases where they are "obviously inappropriate" in a given medical situation, or in cases of emergency, in order to allow medical staff to take time to assess the patient's situation...
January 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097432/attitudes-of-palliative-home-care-physicians-towards-palliative-sedation-at-home-in-italy
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Alessandro Mercadante, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
BACKGROUND: Information about the attitudes towards palliative sedation (PS) at home is limited. AIM: The aim of this survey was to assess the attitudes of palliative care physicians in Italy regarding PS at home. DESIGN: A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of palliative care physicians, asking information about their activity and attitudes towards PS at home. SETTING: This is a survey of home care physicians in Italy who were involved in end-of-life care decisions at home...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074585/a-good-death
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Tia Powell, Adira Hulkower
A good death is hard to find. Family members tell us that loved ones die in the wrong place-the hospital-and do not receive high-quality care at the end of life. This issue of the Hastings Center Report offers two articles from authors who strive to provide good end-of-life care and to prevent needless suffering. We agree with their goals, but we have substantial reservations about the approaches they recommend. Respect for the decisions of patients and their surrogates is a relatively new and still vulnerable aspect of medical care...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062650/euthanasia-embedded-in-palliative-care-responses-to-essentialistic-criticisms-of-the-belgian-model-of-integral-end-of-life-care
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Jan L Bernheim, Kasper Raus
The Belgian model of 'integral' end-of-life care consists of universal access to palliative care (PC) and legally regulated euthanasia. As a first worldwide, the Flemish PC organisation has embedded euthanasia in its practice. However, some critics have declared the Belgian-model concepts of 'integral PC' and 'palliative futility' to fundamentally contradict the essence of PC. This article analyses the various essentialistic arguments for the incompatibility of euthanasia and PC. The empirical evidence from the euthanasia-permissive Benelux countries shows that since legalisation, carefulness (of decision making) at the end of life has improved and there have been no significant adverse 'slippery slope' effects...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032265/using-continuous-quantitative-capnography-for-emergency-department-procedural-sedation-a-systematic-review-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Nicholas Matthew Mohr, Andrew Stoltze, Azeemuddin Ahmed, Elizabeth Kiscaden, Dan Shane
End-tidal CO2 has been advocated to improve safety of emergency department (ED) procedural sedation by decreasing hypoxia and catastrophic outcomes. This study aimed to estimate the cost-effectiveness of routine use of continuous waveform quantitative end-tidal CO2 monitoring for ED procedural sedation in prevention of catastrophic events. Markov modeling was used to perform cost-effectiveness analysis to estimate societal costs per prevented catastrophic event (death or hypoxic brain injury) during routine ED procedural sedation...
December 28, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000204/early-severe-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-what-s-going-on-part-i-pathophysiology
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REVIEW
Fabrice Petitjeans, Cyrille Pichot, Marco Ghignone, Luc Quintin
Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS, PaO₂/FiO₂ < 100 on PEEP ≥ 5 cm H₂O) is treated using controlled mechanical ventilation (CMV), recently combined with muscle relaxation for 48 h and prone positioning. While the amplitude of tidal volume appears set < 6 mL kg⁻¹, the level of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) remains controversial. This overview summarizes several salient points, namely: a) ARDS is an oxygenation defect: consolidation/ difuse alveolar damage is reversed by PEEP and/or prone positioning, at least during the early phase of ARDS b) ARDS is a dynamic disease and partially iatrogenic...
2016: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924420/-austrian-guideline-for-palliative-sedation-therapy-long-version-results-of-a%C3%A2-delphi-process-of-the-austrian-palliative-society-opg
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Dietmar Weixler, Sophie Roider-Schur, Rudolf Likar, Claudia Bozzaro, Thomas Daniczek, Angelika Feichtner, Christoph Gabl, Bernhard Hammerl-Ferrari, Maria Kletecka-Pulker, Ulrich H J Körtner, Hilde Kössler, Johannes G Meran, Aurelia Miksovsky, Bettina Pusswald, Thomas Wienerroither, Herbert Watzke
BACKGROUND: Palliative sedation therapy (PST) is an important and ethically accepted therapy in the care of selected palliative care patients with otherwise unbearable suffering from refractory distress. PST is increasingly used in end-of-life care. Austria does not have a standardized ethical guideline for this exceptional practice near end of life, but there is evidence that practice varies throughout the country. OBJECTIVE: The Austrian Palliative Society (OPG) nominated a multidisciplinary working group of 16 palliative care experts and ethicists who established the national guideline on the basis of recent review work with the aim to adhere to the Europeans Association of Palliative Care's (EAPC) framework on palliative sedation therapy respecting Austrians legal, structural and cultural background...
February 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
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