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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636702/analysis-of-survival-after-initiation-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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James M Tatum, Galinos Barmparas, Ara Ko, Navpreet Dhillon, Eric Smith, Daniel R Margulies, Eric J Ley
Importance: Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) benefits patients with renal failure who are too hemodynamically unstable for intermittent hemodialysis. The duration of therapy beyond which continued use is futile, particularly in a population of patients admitted to and primarily cared for by a surgical service (hereinafter referred to as surgical patients), is unclear. Objective: To analyze proportions of and independent risk factors for survival to discharge after initiation of CRRT among patients in a surgical intensive care unit (SICU)...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634768/futile-treatment-a-review
#2
Lenko Šarić, Ivana Prkić, Marko Jukić
The main goal of intensive care medicine is helping patients survive acute threats to their lives, while preserving and restoring life quality. Because of medical advancements, it is now possible to sustain life to an extent that would previously have been difficult to imagine. However, the goals of medicine are not to preserve organ function or physiological activity but to treat and improve the health of a person as a whole. When dealing with medical futilities, physicians and other members of the care team should be aware of some ethical principles...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624594/variability-in-the-initiation-of-resuscitation-attempts-by-emergency-medical-services-personnel-during-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Steven C Brooks, Robert H Schmicker, Sheldon Cheskes, James Christenson, Alan Craig, Mohamud Daya, Peter J Kudenchuk, Graham Nichol, Dana Zive, Laurie J Morrison
BACKGROUND: Some patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) assessed by emergency medical services (EMS) do not receive attempts at resuscitation on the basis of perceived futility. AIMS: 1) To measure variability in the initiation of resuscitation attempts in EMS-assessed OHCA patients across EMS agencies, 2) to evaluate the association between selected EMS agency characteristics and the proportion of patients receiving resuscitation attempts, and 3) to evaluate the association between proportion receiving resuscitation attempts and survival...
June 14, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619775/retrospective-cohort-study-of-all-deaths-among-infants-born-between-22-and-27-completed-weeks-of-gestation-in-switzerland-over-a-3-year-period
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T M Berger, M A Steurer, H U Bucher, J C Fauchère, M Adams, R E Pfister, R Baumann-Hölzle, D Bassler
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this research is to assess causes and circumstances of deaths in extremely low gestational age neonates (ELGANs) born in Switzerland over a 3-year period. DESIGN: Population-based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: All nine level III perinatal centres (neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and affiliated obstetrical services) in Switzerland. PATIENTS: ELGANs with a gestational age (GA) <28 weeks who died between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569123/diffusion-weighted-imaging-or-computerized-tomography-perfusion-assessment-with-clinical-mismatch-in-the-triage-of-wake-up-and-late-presenting-strokes-undergoing-neurointervention-with-trevo-dawn-trial-methods
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Tudor G Jovin, Jeffrey L Saver, Marc Ribo, Vitor Pereira, Anthony Furlan, Alain Bonafe, Blaise Baxter, Rishi Gupta, Demetrius Lopes, Olav Jansen, Wade Smith, Daryl Gress, Steven Hetts, Roger J Lewis, Ryan Shields, Scott M Berry, Todd L Graves, Tim Malisch, Ansaar Rai, Kevin N Sheth, David S Liebeskind, Raul G Nogueira
Rationale Efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy for acute stroke due to large vessel occlusion initiated beyond 6 h of time last seen well has not been demonstrated in randomized trials. Aim To establish whether subjects considered to have substantial areas of salvageable brain based on age-adjusted clinical core mismatch who can undergo endovascular treatment within 6-24 h from time last seen (TLSW) well have better outcomes at three months compared to subjects treated with standard medical therapy alone...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541177/when-teachable-moments-become-ethically-problematic
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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
#8
Jeffry A Siegel, Bill Sacks, Charles W Pennington, James S Welsh
A debate exists within the medical community on whether the linear no-threshold model of ionizing radiation exposure accurately predicts the subsequent incidence of radiogenic cancer. In this article, we evaluate evidence refuting the linear no-threshold model and corollary efforts to reduce radiation exposure from CT and nuclear medicine imaging in accord with the as-low-as-reasonably-achievable principle, particularly for children. Further, we review studies demonstrating that children are not, in fact, more radiosensitive than adults in the radiologic imaging dose range, rendering dose reduction for children unjustifiable and counterproductive...
June 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
#9
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
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REVIEW
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
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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
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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 Mayr, 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)...
June 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
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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 E Loprinzi Brauer, Katherine M Kelsey, Rachel D Havyer, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
BACKGROUND: The 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 1 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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