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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091982/death-from-pulmonary-embolism-of-cyanoacrylate-glue-following-gastric-varix-endoscopic-injection
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Michael Philip Burke, Chris O'Donnell, Yeliena Baber
We present the case of a 25 year old woman with a complex past medical history including Crigler-Najjar syndrome (Type 1) with a liver transplant in 1993 and subsequent development of cirrhosis with portal hypertension in the transplanted liver. The deceased presented to hospital with hematemesis and investigations showed a large gastric varix. The varix was injected with cyanoacrylate glue. Within 30 min of injection the patient became acutely hypoxic. Urgent chest X-ray demonstrated radio opaque glue within the pulmonary arteries...
January 14, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089562/sequential-multiple-assignment-randomized-trials-an-opportunity-for-improved-design-of-stroke-reperfusion-trials
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William J Meurer, Nicholas J Seewald, Kelley Kidwell
BACKGROUND: Modern clinical trials in stroke reperfusion fall into 2 categories: alternative systemic pharmacological regimens to alteplase and "rescue" endovascular approaches using targeted thrombectomy devices and/or medications delivered directly for persistently occluded vessels. Clinical trials in stroke have not evaluated how initial pharmacological thrombolytic management might influence subsequent rescue strategy. A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) is a novel trial design that can test these dynamic treatment regimens and lead to treatment guidelines that more closely mimic practice...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081583/-early-results-of-adjuvant-topical-treatment-of-recurrent-osteomyelitis-with-absorbable-antibiotic-carriers
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Y Gramlich, G Walter, J Gils, R Hoffmann
Background Treatment of musculoskeletal infections principally consists of radical surgical debridement and systemic administration of antibiotics. Additional local antibiotic therapy is not yet generally established, and lacks evidence-based proof of efficacy. Nonetheless, there are a variety of practical approaches, as most specialised departments are unwilling to forego this option. The established polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA) carrier system has a number of practical disadvantages. This has led to the increased use of absorbable carrier systems, and those based on calcium sulphate have given particularly encouraging results...
January 12, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025915/field-station-as-stage-re-enacting-scientific-work-and-life-in-amani-tanzania
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P Wenzel Geissler, Ann H Kelly
Located high in Tanzania's Usambara Mountains, Amani Hill Station has been a site of progressive scientific endeavours for over a century, pushing the boundaries of botanical, zoological and medical knowledge, and providing expertise for imperial expansion, colonial welfare, national progress and international development efforts. The station's heyday was from the 1950s to the 1970s, a period of global disease eradication campaigns and the 'Africanization' of science. Today, Amani lies in a state of suspended motion...
December 2016: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001142/perspective-medical-futility-a-contemporary-review
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Ellen Coonan
As medical technology has advanced, the question of medical futility has become a topic of intense debate both within the medical community and within society as a whole. However, a unanimous definition thereof is yet to be decided-some commentators are sceptical as to whether an agreement will ever be reached-and this continues to lead to difficulties, tension, and even legal action when a treating physician disagrees with a patient and/or a patient's family regarding care and treatment options. Although living in a pluralistic society presents one of the major reasons as to why, despite 30 years of intense discussion, no consensus has been made; the issue of medical futility will always be complex as it is, by nature, multifaceted, and numerous elements-including possible risks, evidence of the probability of benefit, the wishes of the patient (and family), professional standards, and cost-interact...
2016: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001135/a-survey-of-physicians-attitudes-toward-decision-making-authority-for-initiating-and-withdrawing-va-ecmo-results-and-ethical-implications-for-shared-decision-making
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Ellen C Meltzer, Natalia S Ivascu, Meredith Stark, Alexander V Orfanos, Cathleen A Acres, Paul J Christos, Thomas Mangione, Joseph J Fins
OBJECTIVE: Although patients exercise greater autonomy than in the past, and shared decision making is promoted as the preferred model for doctor-patient engagement, tensions still exist in clinical practice about the primary locus of decision-making authority for complex, scarce, and resource-intensive medical therapies: patients and their surrogates, or physicians. We assessed physicians' attitudes toward decisional authority for adult venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO), hypothesizing they would favor a medical locus...
2016: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000489/medical-futility-treatment-in-intensive-care-units
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Marko Jukić, Lenko Šarić, Ivana Prkić, Livia Puljak
OBJECTIVE: To investigate cases of potential medical futility treatment in intensive care unit (ICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of 1567 charts of patients treated during the three-year period (2012 - 2014) in the ICU of the University Hospital Centre Split, Croatia, was conducted. More detailed analysis of the deceased patients' (n=429) charts was performed to identify cases of potential medical futility treatment. There were 99 patients for which ICU treatment was questionable due to their low Glasgow coma scale (GCS) score...
November 2016: Acta Medica Academica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965233/research-in-review-advancing-critical-care-practice
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Elizabeth Bridges, Margaret M McNeill, Nancy Munro
Research published in 2016 identified strategies to enhance acute and critical care, initiated discussions on professional roles and responsibilities, clarified complex care issues, and led to robust debate. Some of this important work addressed strategies to prevent delirium and pressure ulcers, considerations for pain management within the context of the opioid abuse crisis, strategies to guide fluid resuscitation in patients with sepsis and heart failure, and ways to enhance care for family members of intensive care patients...
December 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939076/efficacy-of-simtuzumab-versus-placebo-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-randomised-double-blind-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Ganesh Raghu, Kevin K Brown, Harold R Collard, Vincent Cottin, Kevin F Gibson, Robert J Kaner, David J Lederer, Fernando J Martinez, Paul W Noble, Jin Woo Song, Athol U Wells, Timothy P M Whelan, Wim Wuyts, Emmanuel Moreau, Scott D Patterson, Victoria Smith, Selina Bayly, Jason W Chien, Qi Gong, Jenny J Zhang, Thomas G O'Riordan
BACKGROUND: Lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2) catalyses collagen cross-linking and is implicated in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of simtuzumab, a monoclonal antibody against LOXL2, in patients with IPF. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, phase 2 trial, we recruited patients aged 45-85 years with definite IPF diagnosed prior to 3 years of screening from 183 hospitals and respiratory clinics in 14 countries...
January 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930369/measuring-moral-distress-among-critical-care-clinicians-validation-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-italian-moral-distress-scale-revised
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Giulia Lamiani, Ilaria Setti, Luca Barlascini, Elena Vegni, Piergiorgio Argentero
OBJECTIVES: Moral distress is a common experience among critical care professionals, leading to frustration, withdrawal from patient care, and job abandonment. Most of the studies on moral distress have used the Moral Distress Scale or its revised version (Moral Distress Scale-Revised). However, these scales have never been validated through factor analysis. This article aims to explore the factorial structure of the Moral Distress Scale-Revised and develop a valid and reliable scale through factor analysis...
December 7, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927227/adult-termination-of-resuscitation-tor-criteria-may-not-be-suitable-for-children-a-retrospective-analysis
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Victoria Maria Rotering, Sonja Trepels-Kottek, Konrad Heimann, Jörg-Christian Brokmann, Thorsten Orlikowsky, Mark Schoberer
BACKGROUND: Only a small number of patients survive out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest (OHCA). The duration of CPR varies considerably and transportation of patients under CPR is often unsuccessful. Termination-of-resuscitation (TOR)-criteria aim to preclude futile resuscitation efforts. Our goal was to find out to which extent existing TOR-criteria can be transferred to paediatric OHCA-patients with special regard to their prognostic value. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of an eleven-year single centre patient cohort...
December 7, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923115/a-comparison-of-the-universal-tor-guideline-to-the-absence-of-prehospital-rosc-and-duration-of-resuscitation-in-predicting-futility-from-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Ian R Drennan, Erin Case, P Richard Verbeek, Joshua C Reynolds, Zachary D Goldberger, Jamie Jasti, Mark Charleston, Heather Herren, Ahamed H Idris, Paul R Leslie, Michael A Austin, Yan Xiong, Robert H Schmicker, Laurie J Morrison
INTRODUCTION: The Universal Termination of Resuscitation (TOR) Guideline accurately identifies potential out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survivors. However, implementation is inconsistent with some Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies using absence of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) as sole criterion for termination. OBJECTIVE: To compare the performance of the Universal TOR Guideline with the single criterion of no prehospital ROSC. Second, to determine factors associated with survival for patients transported without a ROSC...
February 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915265/the-ethics-of-unilateral-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-and-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-defibrillator-deactivation-patient-perspectives
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Margaret Daeschler, Ralph J Verdino, James N Kirkpatrick
AIMS: Decisions about deactivation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are complicated. Unilateral do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders (against patient/family wishes) have been ethically justified in cases of medical futility. Unilateral deactivation of ICDs may be seen as a logical extension of a unilateral DNR order. However, the ethical implications of unilateral ICD deactivation have not been explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty patients who had an ICD or cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) were interviewed at a quaternary medical centre outpatient electrophysiology practice...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908942/the-need-for-an-effective-process-to-resolve-conflicts-over-medical-futility-a-case-study-and-analysis
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Jocelyn A Olmstead, Michael D Dahnke
The issue of medical futility requires a well-defined process in which both sides of the dispute can be heard and a resolution reached in a fair and ethical manner. Procedural approaches to medical futility cases provide all parties involved with a process-driven framework for resolving these disputes. Medical paternalism or the belief in the absolute rightness of the medical model will not serve to resolve these disputes. Although medical futility is first determined by medicine, in order for the determination to meet legal criteria, it must be subject to review...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891574/termination-of-pre-hospital-resuscitation-by-anaesthesiologists-causes-and-consequences-a-retrospective-study
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S Mikkelsen, H M Lossius, L G Binderup, C Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, P Toft, A T Lassen
AIM: Differentiating between a newly deceased patient and the lifeless patient in whom immediate resuscitation is required may be facilitated by a pre-hospital anaesthesiologist. The purpose of our study was to investigate to what extent and why the pre-hospital anaesthesiologist pronounced life extinct in situations where an emergency medical technician (EMT) would have been required to resuscitate. METHODS: All lifeless patients seen pre-hospitally by the anaesthesiologist-manned Mobile Emergency Care Unit in Odense, Denmark, from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively studied...
November 27, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886777/characteristics-of-patients-who-are-not-resuscitated-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrests-and-opportunities-to-improve-community-response-to-cardiac-arrest
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S Rajagopal, C R Kaye, R Lall, C D Deakin, S Gates, H Pocock, T Quinn, N Rees, M Smyth, G D Perkins
AIM: This study explores why resuscitation is withheld when emergency medical staff arrive at the scene of a cardiac arrest and identifies modifiable factors associated with this decision. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of unselected patients who sustained an out of hospital cardiac arrest attended by ambulance vehicles participating in a randomized controlled trial of a mechanical chest compression device (PARAMEDIC trial). Patients were categorized as 'non-resuscitation' patients if there was a do-not-attempt-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation (DNACPR) order, signs unequivocally associated with death or resuscitation was deemed futile (15min had elapsed since collapse with no bystander-CPR and asystole recorded on EMS arrival)...
December 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883873/doctors
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Gaya Sritharan, Amber C Mills, Michele R Levinson, Anthea L Gellie
Objectives The aims of the present study were to investigate doctors' attitudes regarding the discussion and writing of not for resuscitation (NFR) orders and to identify potential barriers to the completion of these orders.Methods A questionnaire-based convenience study was undertaken at a tertiary hospital. Likert scales and open-ended questions were directed to issues surrounding the discussion, timing, understanding and writing of NFR orders, including legal and personal considerations.Results Doctors thought the presence of an NFR order both should and does alter care delivered by nursing staff, particularly delivery of pain relief, nursing observations and contacting the medical emergency team...
November 25, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816567/efficacy-and-safety-of-adjunctive-bitopertin-versus-placebo-in-patients-with-suboptimally-controlled-symptoms-of-schizophrenia-treated-with-antipsychotics-results-from-three-phase-3-randomised-double-blind-parallel-group-placebo-controlled-multicentre-studies
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Dragana Bugarski-Kirola, Nakao Iwata, Snjezana Sameljak, Carol Reid, Thomas Blaettler, Laurie Millar, Tiago Reis Marques, George Garibaldi, Shitij Kapur
BACKGROUND: Many patients with schizophrenia require high doses of medication for their ongoing psychotic symptoms. Glutamate theories and findings from studies showing efficacy of sarcosine, an endogenous, non-selective glycine-reuptake inhibitor mediated by GlyT1, offer an alternative approach. We undertook the SearchLyte trial programme to examine the efficacy of bitopertin, a selective GlyT1-mediated glycine-reuptake inhibitor, as an adjunctive treatment to ongoing antipsychotic treatment...
December 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797869/long-term-prognosis-after-out-of-hospital-resuscitation-of-cardiac-arrest-in-trauma-patients-prehospital-trauma-associated-cardiac-arrest
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François-Xavier Duchateau, Sophie Hamada, Mathieu Raux, Matthieu Gay, Jean Mantz, Catherine Paugam Burtz, Tobias Gauss
BACKGROUND: Although prehospital cardiac arrest (CA) remains associated with poor long-term outcome, recent studies show an improvement in the survival rate after prehospital trauma associated CA (TCA). However, data on the long-term neurological outcome of TCA, particularly from physician-staffed Emergency Medical Service (EMS), are scarce, and results reported have been inconsistent. The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the long-term outcome of patients admitted to several trauma centres after a TCA...
January 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788026/trial-of-amitriptyline-topiramate-and-placebo-for-pediatric-migraine
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Scott W Powers, Christopher S Coffey, Leigh A Chamberlin, Dixie J Ecklund, Elizabeth A Klingner, Jon W Yankey, Leslie L Korbee, Linda L Porter, Andrew D Hershey
Background Which, medication, if any, to use to prevent the headache of pediatric migraine has not been established. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of amitriptyline (1 mg per kilogram of body weight per day), topiramate (2 mg per kilogram per day), and placebo in children and adolescents 8 to 17 years of age with migraine. Patients were randomly assigned in a 2:2:1 ratio to receive one of the medications or placebo. The primary outcome was a relative reduction of 50% or more in the number of headache days in the comparison of the 28-day baseline period with the last 28 days of a 24-week trial...
12, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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