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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438584/strategies-for-enhancing-family-participation-in-research-in-the-icu-findings-from-a-qualitative-study
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Danae Dotolo, Elizabeth L Nielsen, J Randall Curtis, Ruth A Engelberg
CONTEXT: Family members of critically ill patients who participate in research focused on palliative care issues have been found to be systematically different from those who do not. These differences threaten the validity of research and raise ethical questions about worsening disparities in care by failing to represent diverse perspectives. OBJECTIVES: This study's aims were to explore: 1) barriers and facilitators influencing family members' decisions to participate in palliative care research; and 2) potential methods to enhance research participation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438476/fulfilling-the-psychological-and-information-need-of-the-family-members-of-critically-ill-patients-using-interactive-mobile-technology-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Vico Chung Lim Chiang, Rainbow Lai Ping Lee, Fung Mei Ho, Chi Kwong Leung, Yi Pui Tang, Wing Sze Wong, Yee Sin Ho, Yan Wai Tung, Hang Louie Lai
BACKGROUND: Intensive care nurses may have an important role in empowering families by providing psychological support and fulfilling the family's pivotal need for information. AIM: To determine whether 'education of families by tab' about the patient's condition was more associated with improved anxiety, stress, and depression levels than the 'education of families by routine'. RESEARCH DESIGN: A randomized control trial of 74 main family caregivers (intervention: 39; control: 35)...
April 21, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437783/evacuation-of-a-tertiary-neonatal-centre-lessons-from-the-2016-kumamoto-earthquakes
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Osuke Iwata, Akihiko Kawase, Masanori Iwai, Kazuko Wada
BACKGROUND: Newborn infants hospitalised in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are vulnerable to natural disasters. However, publications on evacuation from NICUs are sparse. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes caused serious damage to Kumamoto City Hospital and its level III regional core NICU. Local/neighbour NICU teams and the disaster-communication team of a neonatal academic society cooperated to evacuate 38 newborn infants from the ward. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to highlight potential key factors to improve emergency NICU evacuation and coordination of hospital transportation following natural disasters...
April 25, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437370/ethics-guide-recommendations-for-organ-donation-focused-physicians-endorsed-by-the-canadian-medical-association
#4
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/28437212/the-impact-of-communication-skills-training-on-cardiology-fellows-and-attending-physicians-perceived-comfort-with-difficult-conversations
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Kathryn Berlacher, Robert M Arnold, Eva Reitschuler-Cross, Jeffrey Teuteberg, Winifred Teuteberg
BACKGROUND: Cardiologists need to decide which treatments are appropriate for seriously ill patients and whether they align with patient goals. Reconciling medical options with patients' wishes requires skilled communication. Although there is evidence that communication is teachable, few cardiologists receive formal training. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that providing communication skills training to cardiologists is feasible and improves their perceived preparedness (PP) for leading difficult conversations...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401622/predicting-mortality-in-the-emergency-department-external-validation-and-derivation-of-a-clinical-prediction-tool
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Rajat N Moman, Caitlin Loprinzi Brauer, Katherine M Kelsey, Rachel D Havyer, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
BACKGROUND: he Choosing Wisely campaign has called for better engagement of palliative and hospice care services for patients in the emergency department (ED). PREDICT is a clinical prediction tool that was derived in an Australian ED cohort. It assesses a patient's risk of mortality at one year to select those who would benefit from advanced care planning. Such goals of care discussion can improve patients' ability to communicate what they want out of their healthcare and, in cases of end-of-life, potentially reduce the number of futile interventions...
April 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401613/implementing-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-in-critical-care-settings-perspectives-of-healthcare-professionals
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Charlotte Handberg, Anna Katarina Voss
AIM: The aim of the current study was to describe the perspectives of healthcare professionals caring for intubated patients on implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in critical care settings. BACKGROUND: Patients in critical care settings subjected to endotracheal intubation suffer from a temporary functional speech disorder and can also experience anxiety, stress and delirium, leading to longer and more complicated hospitalization and rehabilitation...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392947/nuclear-imaging-to-detect-diaphragmatic-perforation-as-a-rare-complication-of-microwave-ablation
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Stephanie Cull, Gebran Khneizer, Abhishek Krishna, Razi Muzaffar, Sameer Gadani, Zafar Jamkhana
Acquired diaphragmatic perforation leading to massive hepatic hydrothorax and respiratory failure is a rare complication of microwave ablation (MWA) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Imaging modalities to detect pleuroperitoneal communication remain poorly described. We report a nuclear imaging technique used to efficiently diagnose and locate diaphragmatic defects. A 57-year-old male with cirrhosis and HCC presented with respiratory distress after undergoing MWA of a HCC lesion. He was admitted to the intensive care unit for noninvasive positive pressure ventilator support...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387619/implementation-of-interdisciplinary-neurosurgery-morning-huddle-cost-effectiveness-and-increased-patient-satisfaction
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Alvin Y Chan, Sumeet Vadera
OBJECTIVE Morning discharge huddles consist of multiple members of the inpatient care team and are used to improve communication and patient care and to facilitate patient flow through the hospital. However, the effect of huddles on hospital costs and patient satisfaction has not been clearly elucidated. The authors investigated how a neurosurgeryled interdisciplinary daily morning huddle affected various costs of patient care and patient satisfaction. METHODS Huddles were conducted at 8:30 am Monday through Friday, and lasted approximately 30 minutes...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387538/the-voice-of-surrogate-decision-makers-family-responses-to-prognostic-information-in-chronic-critical-illness
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Judith E Nelson, Laura C Hanson, Kristine L Keller, Shannon S Carson, Christopher E Cox, James A Tulsky, Douglas B White, Emily J Chai, Stefanie P Weiss, Marion Danis
RATIONALE: Information from clinicians about the expected course of the patient's illness is relevant and important for decision-making by surrogates for chronically critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation. OBJECTIVE: Observe how surrogates of chronically critically ill patients respond to information about prognosis from palliative care clinicians. METHODS: Qualitative analysis of a consecutive sample of audio-recorded meetings from a larger, multisite, randomized trial of structured informational and supportive meetings led by a palliative care physician and nurse practitioner for surrogates of patients in Medical Intensive Care Units with chronic critical illness (i...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378133/-palliative-therapy-concepts-in-intensive-care-medicine
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M Schuster, M Ferner, M Bodenstein, R Laufenberg-Feldmann
Involvement of palliative care is so far not common practice for critically ill patients on surgical intensive care units (ICUs) in Germany. The objectives of palliative care concepts are improvement of patient quality of life by relief of disease-related symptoms using an interdisciplinary approach and support of patients and their relatives considering their current physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. The need for palliative care can be identified via defined screening criteria. Integration of palliative care can either be realized using a consultative model which focusses on involvement of palliative care consultants or an integrative model which embeds palliative care principles into the routine daily practice by the ICU team...
April 4, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376872/barriers-and-facilitators-to-improve-safety-and-efficiency-of-the-icu-discharge-process-a-mixed-methods-study
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Nelleke van Sluisveld, Anke Oerlemans, Gert Westert, Johannes Gerardus van der Hoeven, Hub Wollersheim, Marieke Zegers
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates that suboptimal clinical handover from the intensive care unit (ICU) to general wards leads to unnecessary ICU readmissions and increased mortality. We aimed to gain insight into barriers and facilitators to implement and use ICU discharge practices. METHODS: A mixed methods approach was conducted, using 1) 23 individual and four focus group interviews, with post-ICU patients, ICU managers, and nurses and physicians working in the ICU or general ward of ten Dutch hospitals, and 2) a questionnaire survey, which contained 27 statements derived from the interviews, and was completed by 166 ICU physicians (21...
April 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375991/implementing-family-meetings-into-a-respiratory-care-unit-a-care-and-communication-quality-improvement-project
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Vicki Loeslie, Ma Sunnimpha Abcejo, Claudia Anderson, Emily Leibenguth, Cathy Mielke, Jeffrey Rabatin
BACKGROUND: Substantial evidence in critical care literature identifies a lack of quality and quantity of communication between patients, families, and clinicians while in the intensive care unit. Barriers include time, multiple caregivers, communication skills, culture, language, stress, and optimal meeting space. For patients who are chronically critically ill, the need for a structured method of communication is paramount for discussion of goals of care. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this quality improvement project was to identify barriers to communication, then develop, implement, and evaluate a process for semistructured family meetings in a 9-bed respiratory care unit...
May 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371889/development-and-implementation-of-a-risk-identification-tool-to-facilitate-critical-care-transitions-for-high-risk-surgical-patients
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Rebecca L Hoffman, Jason Saucier, Serena Dasani, Tara Collins, Daniel N Holena, Meghan Fitzpatrick, Boris Tsypenyuk, Niels D Martin
Quality problem: Patients recently discharged from the intensive care unit (ICU) are at high risk for clinical deterioration. Initial assessment: Unreliable and incomplete handoffs of complex patients contributed to preventable ICU readmissions. Respiratory decompensation was responsible for four times as many readmissions as other causes. Choice of solution: Form a multidisciplinary team to address care coordination surrounding the transfer of patients from the ICU to the surgical ward...
March 22, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370174/parents-early-healthcare-transition-experiences-with-preterm-and-acutely-ill-infants-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
M Ballantyne, T Orava, S Bernardo, A C McPherson, P Church, D Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Parents undergo multiple transitions following the birth of an ill infant: their infant's illness-health trajectory, neonatal intensive care unit hospitalization and transfers from one healthcare setting to another, while also transitioning to parenthood. The objective of this review was to map and synthesize evidence on the experiences and needs of parents of preterm or ill infants as they transition within and between healthcare settings following birth. METHODS: The scoping review followed Arskey and O'Malley's () framework, enhanced by Levac et al...
March 30, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365174/which-alternative-communication-methods-are-effective-for-voiceless-patients-in-intensive-care-units-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Helen Carruthers, Felicity Astin, Wendy Munro
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies to enable people who are temporarily voiceless due to medical intervention, to communicate. METHODS: A systematic review informed by a protocol published on an international register. Ten databases were searched from January 2004 to January 2017. Included studies assessed the effect of using AAC strategies on patient related outcomes and barriers to their use. All included studies were quality appraised...
March 29, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363592/a-survey-of-critical-care-nurses-practices-and-perceptions-surrounding-early-intravenous-antibiotic-initiation-during-septic-shock
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Russel J Roberts, Abdullah M Alhammad, Lindsay Crossley, Eric Anketell, LeeAnn Wood, Greg Schumaker, Erik Garpestad, John W Devlin
BACKGROUND: Delays in antibiotic administration after severe sepsis recognition increases mortality. While physician and pharmacy-related barriers to early antibiotic initiation have been well evaluated, those factors that affect the speed by which critical care nurses working in either the emergency department or the intensive care unit setting initiate antibiotic therapy remains poorly characterized. AIM: To evaluate the knowledge, practices and perceptions of critical care nurses regarding antibiotic initiation in patients with newly recognised septic shock...
March 28, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363361/parent-participation-in-pediatric-intensive-care-unit-rounds-via-telemedicine-feasibility-and-impact
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Phoebe H Yager, Maureen Clark, Brian M Cummings, Natan Noviski
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate feasibility and impact of telemedicine for remote parent participation in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rounds when parents are unable to be present at their child's bedside. STUDY DESIGN: Parents of patients admitted to a 14-bed PICU were approached, and those unable to attend rounds were eligible subjects. Nurse and physician caregivers were also surveyed. Parents received an iPad (Apple Inc, Cupertino, California) with an application enabling audio-video connectivity with the care team...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362678/the-behavior-pain-assessment-tool-for-critically-ill-adults-a-validation-study-in-28-countries
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Céline Gélinas, Kathleen A Puntillo, Pavel Levin, Elie Azoulay
Many critically ill adults are unable to communicate their pain through self-report. The study purpose was to validate the use of the 8-item Behavior Pain Assessment Tool (BPAT) in patients hospitalized in 192 intensive care units from 28 countries. A total of 4812 procedures in 3851 patients were included in data analysis. Patients were assessed with the BPAT before and during procedures by 2 different raters (mostly nurses and physicians). Those who were able to self-report were asked to rate their pain intensity and pain distress on 0 to 10 numeric rating scales...
May 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351063/from-communication-skills-to-skillful-communication-a-longitudinal-integrated-curriculum-for-critical-care-medicine-fellows
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Amanda L Roze des Ordons, Christopher J Doig, Philippe Couillard, Jason Lord
PROBLEM: Communication with patients and families in critical care medicine (CCM) can be complex and challenging. A longitudinal curricular model integrating multiple techniques within classroom and clinical milieus may facilitate skillful communication across diverse settings. APPROACH: In 2014-2015, the authors developed and implemented a curriculum for CCM fellows at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, to promote the longitudinal development of skillful communication...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
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