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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340523/a-case-of-severe-glutathione-synthetase-deficiency-with-novel-gss-mutations
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H Xia, J Ye, L Wang, J Zhu, Z He
Glutathione synthetase deficiency (GSSD) is a rare inborn error of glutathione metabolism with autosomal recessive inheritance. The severe form of the disease is characterized by acute metabolic acidosis, usually present in the neonatal period with hemolytic anemia and progressive encephalopathy. A case of a male newborn infant who had severe metabolic acidosis with high anion gap, hemolytic anemia, and hyperbilirubinemia is reported. A high level of 5-oxoproline was detected in his urine and a diagnosis of generalized GSSD was made...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317350/duration-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-patients-without-prehospital-return-of-spontaneous-circulation-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-results-from-a-severity-stratification-analysis
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Akira Funada, Yoshikazu Goto, Hayato Tada, Ryota Teramoto, Masaya Shimojima, Kenshi Hayashi, Masa-Aki Kawashiri, Masakazu Yamagishi
BACKGROUND: The relationship between duration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and post-arrest outcomes based on severity stratification in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients without prehospital return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) remains unclear. METHODS: We analysed 420,959 adult patients without prehospital ROSC in the All-Japan OHCA registry for 4 years. Prehospital CPR duration was defined as the time from CPR initiation by emergency medical service (EMS) providers to hospital arrival...
January 6, 2018: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288287/a-contemporary-paradigm-integrating-spirituality-in-advance-care-planning
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Katie Lutz, Stefan R Rowniak, Prabjot Sandhu
In the 25 years since advance care planning first drew the attention of the national healthcare and legal systems, gains in the rate of advance care directive completion have been negligible despite the effort of researchers, ethicists, and lawmakers. With the benefit of sophisticated healthcare technology, patients are living longer. Despite the benefits of increased longevity, it is widely acknowledged that enough has not been done to adequately address end-of-life care decisions at the crossroads between medical futility and quality of life...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277132/a-second-order-confirmatory-factor-analysis-of-the-moral-distress-scale-revised-for-nurses
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Hamid Sharif Nia, Vida Shafipour, Kelly-Ann Allen, Mohammad Reza Heidari, Jamshid Yazdani-Charati, Armin Zareiyan
BACKGROUND: Moral distress is a growing problem for healthcare professionals that may lead to dissatisfaction, resignation, or occupational burnout if left unattended, and nurses experience different levels of this phenomenon. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the factor structure of the Persian version of the Moral Distress Scale-Revised in intensive care and general nurses. RESEARCH DESIGN: This methodological research was conducted with 771 nurses from eight hospitals in the Mazandaran Province of Iran in 2017...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228962/decision-making-on-therapeutic-futility-in-mexican-adolescents-with-cancer-a-qualitative-study
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Carlo Egysto Cicero-Oneto, Edith Valdez-Martinez, Miguel Bedolla
BACKGROUND: The world literature shows that empirical research regarding the process of decision-making when cancer in adolescents is no longer curable has been conducted in High-income, English speaking countries. The objective of the current study was to explore in-depth and to explain the decision-making process from the perspective of Mexican oncologists, parents, and affected adolescents and to identify the ethical principles that guide such decision-making. METHODS: Purposive, qualitative design based on individual, fact-to-face, semi-structured, in-depth interviews...
December 11, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223941/-medical-futility-and-family-obstinacy-in-intensive-therapy-when-to-stop-and-when-to-keep-going
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Alejandro R Grinberg, Vilma A Tripodoro
There have been several recent publications related to therapeutic obstinacy and futility in the Intensive Care Unit. However, little has been published about "the family obstinacy" in persisting with invasive measures in seriously ill patients, despite the appropriate information provided to them about the patient's poor short-term prognosis. On certain occasions, these critical patients are unable to make decisions on the proposed treatments and, unfortunately, many of them have not previously indicated their preferences in terms of limits to invasive measures (advanced directives)...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221351/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-system-as-a-bridge-to-reparative-surgery-in-ventricular-septal-defect-complicating-acute-inferoposterior-myocardial-infarction
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Jose Rozado, Isaac Pascual, Pablo Avanzas, Daniel Hernandez-Vaquero, Ruben Alvarez, Rocio Díaz, Beatriz Díaz, María Martín, Amelia Carro, Guillermo Muñiz, Jacobo Silva, Cesar Moris
Post-infarction ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a rare but potentially lethal complication of acute myocardial infarction. Medical management is usually futile, so definitive surgery remains the treatment of choice but the risk surgery is very high and the optimal timing for surgery is still under debate. A 55-year-old man with no previous medical history attended the emergency-room for 12 h evolution of oppressive chest pain and strong anginal pain 7 days ago. On physical examination, blood pressure was 96/70 mmHg, pansystolic murmur over left sternal border without pulmonary crackles...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219009/micrornas-as-potential-prognosticators-of-neurological-outcome-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-patients
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Sarah S Gul, Karl Huesgen, Kevin K Wang, Joseph A Tyndall
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates have increased due to advancement in resuscitative measures, yet approximately 90% of survivors ultimately die or have severe neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemic injury. Currently, there are few early prognostic indicators of which patients have possibility of meaningful recovery. This leads to uncertainty for families and clinicians, as well as aggressive, invasive and expensive treatments despite medical futility. Several biomarkers investigated in traumatic brain injury have shown prognostication potential in ischemic brain injury...
December 8, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206063/age-discrimination-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-care-a-case-control-study
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Eric Wiel, Christophe Di Pompéo, Nicolas Segal, Gérald Luc, Jean-Baptiste Marc, Carine Vanderstraeten, Carlos El Khoury, Joséphine Escutnaire, Karim Tazarourte, Pierre-Yves Gueugniaud, Hervé Hubert
BACKGROUND: Although some studies have questioned whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in older people could be futile, age is not considered an essential out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) prognostic factor. However, in the daily clinical practice of mobile medical teams (MMTs), age seems to be an important factor affecting OHCA care. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to compare OHCA care and outcomes between young patients (<65 years old) and older patients...
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177620/revisiting-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-should-cpr-be-initiated
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Katie L Konesky, Weidun Alan Guo
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) represents a unique problem, and poses difficult challenges in the care of trauma patients. Although the literature has suggested that attempted resuscitation from TCA in trauma is futile and consumptive of medical and human resources, studies have recently demonstrated that the outcome of TCA is comparable cardiac arrest secondary to non-traumatic events. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence, predictors, and outcomes following TCA...
November 25, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174864/a-multi-centre-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-of-methylphenidate-in-the-initial-treatment-of-acute-mania-memap-study
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Ulrich Hegerl, Roland Mergl, Christian Sander, Jens Dietzel, Istvan Bitter, Koen Demyttenaere, Ricardo Gusmão, Ana Gonzalez-Pinto Arrillaga, Iñaki Zorrilla, Adriana García Alocén, Victor Perez Sola, Eduard Vieta, Georg Juckel, Ulrich S Zimmermann, Michael Bauer, Pascal Sienaert, Sónia Quintão, Marc-Andreas Edel, Csilla Bolyos, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Pilar López-García, Michael Kluge
Based on many clinical and preclinical findings the 'vigilance regulation model of mania' postulates that an unstable regulation of wakefulness is a pathogenetic factor in both mania and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and induces hyperactivity and sensation seeking as an autoregulatory attempt to stabilize wakefulness. Accordingly, stimulant medications with their vigilance stabilizing properties could have rapid antimanic effects similar to their beneficial effects in ADHD. The MEMAP study - a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized clinical trial (RCT) - assessed the antimanic efficacy and safety of a 2...
November 22, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170346/49%C3%A2-paediatric-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-the-development-of-a-treatment-algorithm
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James Vassallo, Tim Nutbeam, Annette Rickard, Mark Lyttle, Jason Smith
INTRODUCTION: Paediatric Traumatic Cardiac Arrest (TCA) is a high acuity, low frequency event with fewer than 15 cases reported per year to the Trauma Audit Research Network (TARN). Traditionally survival from TCA has been reported as low, with some believing resuscitation is futile. Within the adult population there is growing evidence to suggest that with early and aggressive correction of reversible causes, survival from TCA may be comparable to that seen from medical out-of-hospital cardiac arrests...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170321/24%C3%A2-an-audit-into-the-number-of-patients-suffering-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-that-are-resuscitated-despite-a-high-likelihood-of-futility
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Mia Cokljat, Gareth Clegg, Scott Clarke
BACKGROUND: For a significant number of patients suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is likely to be futile and attempting it may be the wrong thing to do. Anticipatory care plans with do-not-attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) instructions exist to prevent this. Anecdotally we felt that many patients present to our Emergency Department (ED) with ongoing resuscitation which was not in their best interests. The aim of this study was to establish the proportion of patients arriving in our ED with ongoing CPR who had low, intermediate or high risk of futility...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143944/one-thousand-seventy-eight-autologous-ivf-cycles-in-women-45%C3%A2-years-and-older-the-largest-single-center-cohort-to-date
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Vinay Gunnala, Mohamad Irani, Alexis Melnick, Zev Rosenwaks, Steven Spandorfer
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine IVF outcomes in women 45 years and older using autologous oocytes. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study reviewing all IVF cycles in women ≥ 45 years old from January 1995 to June 2015 that were conducted at one academic medical center. One thousand seventy-eight fresh, autologous IVF cycles met inclusion criteria. PGD/S, natural IVF, and donor egg cycles were excluded. Outcomes were analyzed for the different age groups (age 45, n = 773; age 46, n = 221; age 47, n = 57; age 48, n = 22; age 49, n = 5)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132946/an-interview-study-of-patient-and-caregiver-perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-in-esrd
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Marcus Sellars, Josephine M Clayton, Rachael L Morton, Tim Luckett, William Silvester, Lucy Spencer, Carol A Pollock, Rowan G Walker, Peter G Kerr, Allison Tong
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) empowers patients to consider and communicate their current and future treatment goals. However, it can be an emotionally charged process for patients with kidney disease and their caregivers. This study aimed to describe the perspectives and attitudes of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and their caregivers toward ACP. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Patients with ESRD (n=24) and their caregivers (n=15) aged 36 to 91 years at various stages of ACP ("not commenced," "in progress," or "completed") from 3 renal services...
November 10, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119806/ethical-dilemmas-associated-with-clinicians-decisions-about-treatment-in-critically-ill-infants-born-in-c%C3%A3-rdoba-argentina
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Agustín Alfredo Silberberg, Juan Eduardo Gallo
The objective of this article is to examine end of life decisions made by neonatologists of Córdoba, Argentina. An anonymous questionnaire was designed to investigate neonatologists' decisions on when to initiate or withdraw treatment in critical neonates. All neonatologists who take care of critically ill neonates in Córdoba participated in the survey. More than 75% of them would initiate treatment in preterm infants with uncertain prognosis based on the viability of the newborn. Because it is common to find that critically ill neonates lack sufficient diagnostic information at birth, this attitude seems to manifest a certain therapeutic activism...
March 2017: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112564/a-surgical-clostridium-associated-risk-of-death-score-predicts-mortality-after-colectomy-for-clostridium-difficile
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Audrey S Kulaylat, Zain Kassam, Christopher S Hollenbeak, David B Stewart
BACKGROUND: A Clostridium difficile-associated risk of death score was recently developed and validated by using a national cohort of both nonsurgical and surgical patients admitted with C difficile infection. However, risk scores specifically derived from surgical cohorts and designed for patients with C difficile infection are currently unavailable. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a risk of death score for patients with C difficile infection who are being considered for total abdominal colectomy because of the failure of medical therapy...
December 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105267/caution-needed-in-introduction-of-provisional-approvals-for-medicines
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Jessica Pace, Narcyz Ghinea, Ian Kerridge, Wendy Lipworth
The Australian government recently released its response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation, accepting most recommendations. One recommendation involves the introduction of provisional approvals for perceived life-saving and innovative new treatments, allowing these to be approved on the basis of more limited data on the condition that further safety and efficacy data (including real-world evidence) are collected to determine whether full approval should be granted. However, experience with similar schemes overseas raises significant questions about the safety and efficacy of products made available through these pathways...
November 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067495/short-term-application-of-tocilizumab-during-myocardial-infarction-stat-mi
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Matthew B Carroll, Charles Haller, Christopher Smith
Acute myocardial infarction (MI) occurs when blood supply falls below critical levels and normal cellular maintenance mechanisms fail. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a proinflammatory cytokine released in MI and associated with poor clinical outcomes. Tocilizumab (TCZ) is a humanized monoclonal antibody against the IL-6 receptor. In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo controlled trial we assigned subjects admitted with MI a single TCZ dose of 162 mg subcutaneously vs. placebo in addition to standard of care medications and interventions...
October 24, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063996/dr-google-and-premature-consent-patients-who-trust-the-internet-more-than-they-trust-their-provider
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John K Davis
A growing number of patients make up their minds about some medical issue before they see their provider, either by googling their symptoms or asking a friend. They've made up their minds before coming in, and they resist their provider's recommendations even after receiving information and advice from their provider. This is a new kind of medical autonomy problem; it differs from cases of standard consent, futility, or conscientious refusal. Providers sometimes call this problem "Dr. Google." I call it premature consent...
October 24, 2017: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
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