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#1
Elizabeth Dzeng
There is frequently tension in medical education between teaching moments that provide skills and knowledge for medical trainees, and instrumentalizing patients for the purpose of teaching. In this commentary, I question the ethical acceptability of the practice of providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) to dying patients who would be unlikely to survive resuscitation, as a teaching opportunity for medical trainees. This practice violates the principle of informed consent, as the patient agreed to resuscitation for the purpose of potentially prolonging life rather than to futile resuscitation as a teaching opportunity...
July 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490467/dose-optimization-to-minimize-radiation-risk-for-children-undergoing-ct-and-nuclear-medicine-imaging-is-misguided-and-detrimental
#2
Jeffry A Siegel, Bill Sacks, Charles W Pennington, James S Welsh
A debate exists within the medical community on whether the linear no-threshold (LNT) model of ionizing radiation exposure accurately predicts subsequent radiogenic cancer incidence. We evaluate the evidence that refutes LNT, and its corollary efforts to reduce radiation exposures for CT and nuclear medicine imaging in accord with ALARA (as low as reasonable achievable), particularly for children. Further, we review studies demonstrating that children are not, in fact, more radiosensitive than adults in the radiological imaging dose range, rendering dose reduction for children unjustifiable and counterproductive...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481130/perception-of-futile-care-and-caring-behaviors-of-nurses-in-intensive-care-units
#3
Somaye Rostami, Ravanbakhsh Esmaeali, Hedayat Jafari, Jamshid Yazdani Cherati
OBJECTIVES: Futile medical care is considered as the care or treatment that does not benefit the patient. Staff of intensive care units experience moral distress when they perceive the futility of care. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the relationship between perceptions of nurses regarding futile medical care and their caring behaviors toward patients in the final stages of life admitted to intensive care units. METHOD: This correlation, analytical study was conducted with 181 nursing staff of the intensive care units of health centers affiliated to Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Mazandaran, Iran...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475384/optimizing-pharmacologic-management-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#4
Shannon Chang, Stephen Hanauer
As our medical armamentarium for IBD continues to expand, it is essential that clinicians understand both optimizing and sequencing of individual and combination therapeutic approaches with available medications. Areas covered: This review summarizes dosing strategies and therapeutic drug monitoring for pharmacologic optimization in IBD. Aminosalicylates remain first-line therapies for mild-to-moderate UC but have limited evidence of efficacy in CD. Budesonide provides an alternative to aminosalicylates when targeted to appropriate sites in the distal small bowel and colon, as do conventional corticosteroids when applied rectally...
June 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469984/do-not-resuscitate-brain-death-and-organ-transplantation-islamic-perspective
#5
REVIEW
Hassan Chamsi-Pasha, Mohammed Ali Albar
Muslim patients and families are often reluctant to discuss and accept fatal diagnoses and prognoses. In many instances, aggressive therapy is requested by a patient's family, prolonging the life of the patient at all costs. Islamic law permits the withdrawal of futile treatment, including life support, from terminally ill patients allowing death to take its natural course. "Do not resuscitate" is permitted in Islamic law in certain situations. Debate continues about the certainty of brain death criteria within Islamic scholars...
April 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467148/outcomes-of-cardiac-arrest-in-residential-care-homes-for-the-elderly-in-hong-kong
#6
Kit Ling Fan, Ling Pong Leung
OBJECTIVE: Studies done in the 1990's suggested nursing home residents with cardiac arrest had minimal chance of survival and resuscitation was not recommended. More recent studies showed opposing results. In Hong Kong, the proportion of elderly living in the residential care homes for the elderly is increasing. There is no study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes in this population. This study aimed at evaluating the prognosis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurring in the residential care homes for the elderly...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457980/reversal-of-trauma-induced-coagulopathy-using-first-line-coagulation-factor-concentrates-or-fresh-frozen-plasma-retic-a-single-centre-parallel-group-open-label-randomised-trial
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Petra Innerhofer, Dietmar Fries, Markus Mittermayr, Nicole Innerhofer, Daniel von Langen, Tobias Hell, Gottfried Gruber, Stefan Schmid, Barbara Friesenecker, Ingo H Lorenz, Mathias Ströhle, Verena Rastner, Susanne Trübsbach, Helmut Raab, Benedikt Treml, Dieter Wally, Benjamin Treichl, Agnes Mayer, Christof Kranewitter, Elgar Oswald
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of trauma-induced coagulopathy is important; however, the optimal therapy is still not known. We aimed to compare the efficacy of first-line therapy using fresh frozen plasma (FFP) or coagulation factor concentrates (CFC) for the reversal of trauma-induced coagulopathy, the arising transfusion requirements, and consequently the development of multiple organ failure. METHODS: This single-centre, parallel-group, open-label, randomised trial was done at the Level 1 Trauma Center in Innsbruck Medical University Hospital (Innsbruck, Austria)...
April 27, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454668/choosing-wisely-measuring-the-burden-of-medications-in-older-adults-near-the-end-of-life-nationwide-longitudinal-cohort-study
#8
Lucas Morin, Davide L Vetrano, Debora Rizzuto, Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Johan Fastbom, Kristina Johnell
BACKGROUND: The burden of medications near the end of life has recently come under scrutiny, because several studies suggested that people with life-limiting illness receive potentially futile treatments. METHODS: We identified 511,843 older adults (>65 years) who died in Sweden between 2007 and 2013 and reconstructed their drug prescription history for each of the last 12 months of life through the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register. Decedents' characteristics at time of death were assessed through record linkage with the National Patient Register, the Social Services Register, and the Swedish Education Register...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430791/the-medically-managed-patient-with-severe-symptomatic-aortic-stenosis-in-the-tavr-era-patient-characteristics-reasons-for-medical-management-and-quality-of-shared-decision-making-at-heart-valve-treatment-centers
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Kumar Dharmarajan, Jill Foster, Megan Coylewright, Philip Green, John P Vavalle, Osman Faheem, Pei-Hsiu Huang, Amar Krishnaswamy, Vinod H Thourani, Lisa A McCoy, Tracy Y Wang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) who receive medical management despite evaluation at a heart valve treatment center. OBJECTIVE: We identified patient characteristics associated with medical management, physician-reported reasons for selecting medical management, and patients' perceptions of their involvement and satisfaction with treatment selection. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 454 patients evaluated for AS at 9 established heart valve treatment centers from December 12, 2013 to August 19, 2014, we included 407 with severe symptomatic AS...
2017: PloS One
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/28376877/rationale-and-design-of-the-placid-study-a-randomised-trial-comparing-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-inhaled-loxapine-versus-im-aripiprazole-in-acutely-agitated-patients-with-schizophrenia-or-bipolar-disorder
#11
L San, G Estrada, N Oudovenko, E Vieta
BACKGROUND: The management of acute agitation manifesting in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder requires swift pharmacological intervention to provide rapid symptomatic relief and prevent escalation to aggression and violence. Antipsychotic medications are widely used in this setting and the availability of an inhaled formulation with deep lung absorption of the antipsychotic loxapine has the potential to deliver a faster onset of therapeutic effect than the available intramuscular formulations of antipsychotics...
April 4, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353122/phase-ii-study-of-the-multikinase-inhibitor-of-angiogenesis-linifanib-in-patients-with-metastatic-and-refractory-colorectal-cancer-expressing-mutated-kras
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Emily Chan, Laura W Goff, Dana B Cardin, Kristin Ancell, Stephen James Smith, Jennifer G Whisenant, Fei Ye, Jordan D Berlin
Background Targeting angiogenesis in advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) has been one of the many factors prolonging survival. Bevacizumab was the first agent to demonstrate this, but even after progression on bevacizumab, continued VEGF-inhibition continues to improve survival. Combining epidermal growth factor receptor monoclonal antibodies with standard frontline therapies have also improved clinical outcomes, yet the improved benefit is not observed in patients with mutant KRAS. Thus, an unmet medical need exists to develop additional therapeutic options for patients with KRAS mutant CRC...
March 28, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343206/-euthanasia-an-attempt-to-organize-issue
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Tomasz Kirmes, Mateusz Wilk, Czesław Chowaniec
This article is an attempt to complete and holistically discuss problem of euthanasia, especially its ethical and legal aspects, comparing to Polish law. The subject of euthanasia arouse interest of the society because it touches one of the most important aspects of life, which is the death. Even bigger emotions are aroused amongst physicians. They are forced to put on the line the life as biggest value on the one side and autonomy of human being on the other. It also touches the empathy for suffering. The euthanasia was divided into three forms: active euthanasia, passive euthanasia and assisted suicide...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338546/a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-study-of-riluzole-monotherapy-for-acute-bipolar-depression
#14
Lawrence T Park, Marc S Lener, Matthew Hopkins, Nicolas Iadorola, Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, Elizabeth Ballard, Allison Nugent, Carlos A Zarate
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic system abnormalities are implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of both major depressive disorder and bipolar depression (BDep). Subsequent to studies demonstrating the rapid and robust antidepressant effects of ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, other glutamatergic modulators are now being studied in clinical trials of mood disorders. A previous open-label study found that riluzole, administered in combination with the mood stabilizer lithium, had antidepressant effects...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326805/a-retrospective-analysis-of-care-in-patients-with-dementia-hospitalized-at-a-tertiary-medical-center
#15
Riddhi Patira, Huaqing Zhao, Ausim Azizi
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization is an opportunity to address various aspects related to management of dementia, including the goals of care to avoid futile care. We studied the prevalence of these factors when patients with dementia are hospitalized. DESIGN: One hundred and thirty-one charts of patients with dementia admitted to a single university-based hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Data were collected and analyzed for age, gender, the severity of dementia, co-morbidities, co-existing vascular dementia, reversible causes of dementia, mental status scores, medications, consultations, procedures, complications, availability of advance directives, decision-maker, code status, and goals of care discussion...
March 22, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319243/association-of-antioxidant-supplement-use-and-dementia-in-the-prevention-of-alzheimer-s-disease-by-vitamin-e-and-selenium-trial-preadvise
#16
Richard J Kryscio, Erin L Abner, Allison Caban-Holt, Mark Lovell, Phyllis Goodman, Amy K Darke, Monica Yee, John Crowley, Frederick A Schmitt
Importance: Oxidative stress is an established dementia pathway, but it is unknown if the use of antioxidant supplements can prevent dementia. Objective: To determine if antioxidant supplements (vitamin E or selenium) used alone or in combination can prevent dementia in asymptomatic older men. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease by Vitamin E and Selenium (PREADViSE) trial began as a double-blind randomized clinical trial in May 2002, which transformed into a cohort study from September 2009 to May 2015...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315947/impact-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-on-surgical-management-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-an-outcome-based-analysis
#17
Andrea Forschner, Susann-Cathrin Olthof, Brigitte Gückel, Peter Martus, Werner Vach, Christian la Fougère, Konstantin Nikolaou, Ulrike Keim, Thomas Kurt Eigentler, Claus Garbe, Christina Pfannenberg
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT on clinical decision making and outcome in advanced melanoma patients planned for radical metastasectomy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A cohort of 333 patients with mainly stage III/IV melanoma having a PET/CT for clinical reasons was prospectively enrolled in our oncologic PET/CT registry between 2013 and 2015. Referring physicians completed questionnaires regarding their intended management for each patient before and after PET/CT...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302424/external-validation-of-the-universal-termination-of-resuscitation-rule-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-british-columbia
#18
Brian Grunau, John Taylor, Frank X Scheuermeyer, Robert Stenstrom, William Dick, Takahisa Kawano, David Barbic, Ian Drennan, Jim Christenson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The Universal Termination of Resuscitation Rule (TOR Rule) was developed to identify out-of-hospital cardiac arrests eligible for field termination of resuscitation, avoiding futile transportation to the hospital. The validity of the rule in emergency medical services (EMS) systems that do not routinely transport out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients to the hospital is unknown. We seek to validate the TOR Rule in British Columbia. METHODS: This study included consecutive, nontraumatic, adult, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests treated by EMS in British Columbia from April 2011 to September 2015...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267007/twenty-years-of-a-veterans-spinal-cord-injury-colorectal-clinic-flexible-sigmoidoscopy-and-multiple-hemorrhoid-ligation
#19
Bard C Cosman, Luis C Cajas-Monson, Sonia L Ramamoorthy
BACKGROUND: Colorectal and anal problems arise in chronic spinal cord injury care. We review 20 years of experience in a colorectal clinic at a veterans medical center treating mostly male veterans who have spinal cord injury. OBJECTIVE: We aim to show the results of colorectal interventions in a population with chronic spinal cord injury. DESIGN: This study is a retrospective records review. SETTINGS: This study was conducted at a Department of Veterans Affairs regional spinal cord injury center...
April 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258238/resistance-to-antifungal-therapies
#20
REVIEW
Rajendra Prasad, Atanu Banerjee, Abdul Haseeb Shah
The evolution of antifungal resistance among fungal pathogens has rendered the limited arsenal of antifungal drugs futile. Considering the recent rise in the number of nosocomial fungal infections in immunocompromised patients, the emerging clinical multidrug resistance (MDR) has become a matter of grave concern for medical professionals. Despite advances in therapeutic interventions, it has not yet been possible to devise convincing strategies to combat antifungal resistance. Comprehensive understanding of the molecular mechanisms of antifungal resistance is essential for identification of novel targets that do not promote or delay emergence of drug resistance...
February 28, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
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