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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24681579/epidural-catheter-design-history-innovations-and-clinical-implications
#1
Roulhac D Toledano, Lawrence C Tsen
Epidural catheters have evolved during the past several decades, as clinicians and manufacturers have sought to influence the quality of analgesia and anesthesia and reduce the incidence of catheter-related complications. This evolution has allowed a transformation from single-shot to continuous-infusion techniques and resulted in easier passage into the epidural space, more extensive medication distribution, and ultimately, improved patient satisfaction. Particular catheter features, including the materials used, tip design, and orifice number and arrangement, have been associated with specific outcomes and provide direction for future development...
July 2014: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090652/a-systematic-review-of-the-analgesic-efficacy-of-cannabinoid-medications-in-the-management-of-acute-pain
#2
REVIEW
A J Stevens, M D Higgins
BACKGROUND: Cannabinergic medications have been postulated to demonstrate efficacy in the management of pain. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the analgesic efficacy and adverse effects of cannabinoids when used for the management of acute pain. METHODS: A systematic review was performed by searching the MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL databases, and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform for human randomized controlled trials that assessed the analgesic efficacy of cannabinoids compared to placebo or active comparators...
March 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240995/pain-and-respiration-a-systematic-review
#3
Hassan Jafari, Imke Courtois, Omer Van den Bergh, Johan W S Vlaeyen, Ilse Van Diest
Breathing techniques are commonly used to alleviate pain. Despite their frequent use, surprisingly little is known about their efficacy as well as their underlying physiological mechanisms. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize and critically appraise the results of existing studies on the association between respiration and pain, and to highlight a potential physiological mechanism underlying the respiration-pain connection. A total of 31 publications from between 1984 and 2015 were retrieved and analyzed...
February 24, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186841/topical-treatments-for-acute-and-chronic-wound-pain-327
#4
Katherine Steele
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156444/the-conversion-ratio-from-intravenous-iv-hydromorphone-to-oral-po-opioids-in-patients-with-cancer
#5
Sara Dost, Marieberta Vidal, Saneese Stephen, Karen Baumgartner, Jimin Wu, Diane D Liu, Sriram Yennu, Eduardo Bruera
197 Background: Inpatients with cancer frequently undergo conversions from IV to PO hydromorphone (HM) or opioid rotation (OR) from IV HM to another PO opioid prior to discharge. Currently used conversion ratios (CR) between IV and PO HM range from 2-5 and opioid rotation ratios (ORR) between IV HM and oral morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) range from 10-20. This large variation in ratios may lead to uncontrolled pain or overdosing. Our aim was to determine the accurate CR from IV to PO HM and ORR from IV HM to PO morphine and oxycodone (measured as MEDD)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159802/ranitidine-forgotten-drug-of-delayed-gastric-emptying
#6
Abbie E Veevers, Stephen G Oxberry
Delayed gastric emptying in the presence or absence of mechanical bowel obstruction can cause distressing symptoms in palliative care patients. We present two patients, both with vomiting due to delayed gastric emptying and gastric outlet obstruction secondary to pancreatic cancer, treated with subcutaneous ranitidine resulting in a symptomatic response. We hypothesise that ranitidine is a useful adjunct to standard treatment with prokinetic agents or octreotide in such patients and potentially those with proximal mechanical bowel obstruction from other malignancies with associated delayed gastric emptying...
February 3, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153487/myeloma-in-the-real-world-what-is-really-happening
#7
REVIEW
Krystal Bergin, Zoe McQuilten, Elizabeth Moore, Erica Wood, Andrew Spencer
Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common hematologic malignancy and is predominantly a disease of the elderly. In the past 2 decades, a range of new therapeutic options have become available, leading to improvements in patient outcomes, including both attainment of remission and overall survival. These improved outcomes have heralded a paradigm shift from a palliative approach toward more active management, including the use of sequential therapies, with the goal of prolonging progression-free and overall survival and preserving organ function to enable delivery of further therapy at relapse...
March 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050136/a-user-s-guide-to-cannabinoid-therapies-in-oncology
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REVIEW
V Maida, P J Daeninck
"Cannabinoid" is the collective term for a group of chemical compounds that either are derived from the Cannabis plant, are synthetic analogues, or occur endogenously. Although cannabinoids interact mostly at the level of the currently recognized cannabinoid receptors, they might have cross reactivity, such as at opioid receptors. Patients with malignant disease represent a cohort within health care that have some of the greatest unmet needs despite the availability of a plethora of guideline-driven disease-modulating treatments and pain and symptom management options...
December 2016: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101834/management-of-acute-skin-toxicity-with-hypericum-perforatum-and-neem-oil-during-platinum-based-concurrent-chemo-radiation-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients
#9
Pierfrancesco Franco, Monica Rampino, Oliviero Ostellino, Marina Schena, Giancarlo Pecorari, Paolo Garzino Demo, Massimo Fasolis, Francesca Arcadipane, Stefania Martini, Chiara Cavallin, Mario Airoldi, Umberto Ricardi
Acute skin toxicity is a frequent finding during combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy in head and neck cancer patients. Its timely and appropriate management is crucial for both oncological results and patient's global quality of life. We herein report clinical data on the use of Hypericum perforatum and neem oil in the treatment of acute skin toxicity during concurrent chemo-radiation for head and neck cancer. A consecutive series of 50 head and neck cancer patients undergoing concomitant radio-chemotherapy with weekly cisplatin was analyzed...
February 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144802/treatment-of-elderly-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#10
REVIEW
Xavier Thomas, Caroline Le Jeune
There is no standard of care for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) unfit for intensive chemotherapy. AML in older patients remains an area of significant unmet need necessitating novel therapeutic strategies. In older patients with normal cytogenetics, molecular variables can be helpful in refining risk. This molecular revolution has promoted a shift in the treatment paradigm of AML. Open new questions concern the necessity of an individualized therapy that may take into account not only an increase in survival but also the maintenance or improvement in terms of quality of life, the management of symptoms, and a maximization of time outside of hospital care...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145036/living-and-dying-with-metastatic-bowel-cancer-serial-in-depth-interviews-with-patients
#11
E Carduff, M Kendall, S A Murray
Colorectal cancer is the second highest cause of cancer deaths. There are significant physical and psycho-social effects on quality of life with advanced disease. Despite this, there are few accounts of the patient experience from advanced illness through to dying. We elicited the longitudinal experiences of living and dying with incurable metastatic colorectal cancer by conducting serial interviews with patients for 12 months or until they died. The interviews were analysed, using a narrative approach, longitudinally as case studies and then together...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119010/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-ascites
#12
Emmanuel A Tsochatzis, Alexander L Gerbes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 22, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009643/palliative-care-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-where-the-lines-meet
#13
Sarah E Harrington, Elizabeth Rogers, Megan Davis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and is expected to increase as the population ages. Patients have a high symptom burden, low healthcare quality of life, and unmet needs at the end of life. This review highlights specific palliative care needs of patients with advanced COPD and opportunities to integrate palliative care into standard practice. RECENT FINDINGS: There are many barriers to providing integrated palliative care in COPD, including difficulty with prognostication, communication barriers surrounding advance care planning, and lack of access to specialty palliative care...
March 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988895/radiopharmaceuticals-for-metastatic-bone-pain-palliation-available-options-in-the-clinical-domain-and-their-comparisons
#14
REVIEW
Tapas Das, Sharmila Banerjee
Bone pain arising due to skeletal metastases is one of the common complications experienced by the majority of patients suffering from prostate, breast and lung cancer at the advanced stage of the disease. These patients are subjected to palliative care in order to improve the quality of their remaining life. With the gradually increasing number of cancer cases, palliation of metastatic bone pain is gaining importance. Bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals play a pivotal role in the management of cancer pain, particularly in patients with multiple metastases, as these agents are proven to be effective in controlling the bone pain with minimum side effects...
January 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991407/palliative-care-is-treatment-for-muslims-who-wish-to-be-faithful
#15
Mark Lazenby
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912043/palliative-care-interventions-for-patients-with-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
Michelle S Diop, James L Rudolph, Kristin M Zimmerman, Mary A Richter, L Michal Skarf
OBJECTIVE: To systematically characterize interventions and effectiveness of palliative care for advanced heart failure (HF) patients. BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure experience a high burden of distressing symptoms and diminished quality of life. Palliative care expertise with symptom management and healthcare decision-making benefits HF patients. METHODS: A systematic PubMed search was conducted from inception to June 2016 for studies of palliative care interventions for HF patients...
January 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21419258/communication-skills-in-palliative-surgery-skill-and-effort-are-key
#17
Thomas J Miner
Excellence as a surgeon requires not only the technical and intellectual ability to effectively take care of surgical disease but also an ability to respond to the needs and questions of patients. This article provides an overview of the importance of communication skills in optimal surgical palliation and offers suggestions for a multidisciplinary team approach, using the palliative triangle as the ideal model of communication and interpersonal skills. This article also discusses guidelines for advanced surgical decision making and outlines methods to improve communication skills...
April 2011: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918778/efficacy-of-oral-risperidone-haloperidol-or-placebo-for-symptoms-of-delirium-among-patients-in-palliative-care-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Meera R Agar, Peter G Lawlor, Stephen Quinn, Brian Draper, Gideon A Caplan, Debra Rowett, Christine Sanderson, Janet Hardy, Brian Le, Simon Eckermann, Nicola McCaffrey, Linda Devilee, Belinda Fazekas, Mark Hill, David C Currow
Importance: Antipsychotics are widely used for distressing symptoms of delirium, but efficacy has not been established in placebo-controlled trials in palliative care. Objective: To determine efficacy of risperidone or haloperidol relative to placebo in relieving target symptoms of delirium associated with distress among patients receiving palliative care. Design, Setting, and Participants: A double-blind, parallel-arm, dose-titrated randomized clinical trial was conducted at 11 Australian inpatient hospice or hospital palliative care services between August 13, 2008, and April 2, 2014, among participants with life-limiting illness, delirium, and a delirium symptoms score (sum of Nursing Delirium Screening Scale behavioral, communication, and perceptual items) of 1 or more...
January 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865285/palliative-care-for-pancreatic-and-periampullary-cancer
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REVIEW
Jennifer A Perone, Taylor S Riall, Kelly Olino
Most patients with pancreatic cancer will present with metastatic or locally advanced disease. Unfortunately, most patients with localized disease will experience recurrence even after multimodality therapy. As such, pancreatic cancer patients arrive at a common endpoint where decisions pertaining to palliative care come to the forefront. This article summarizes surgical, endoscopic, and other palliative techniques for relief of obstructive jaundice, relief of duodenal or gastric outlet obstruction, and relief of pain due to invasion of the celiac plexus...
December 2016: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894008/common-or-multiple-futures-for-end-of-life-care-around-the-world-ideas-from-the-waiting-room-of-history
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REVIEW
Shahaduz Zaman, Hamilton Inbadas, Alexander Whitelaw, David Clark
Around the world there is growing interest in the manner in which care is delivered to people at the end of life. However, there is little unanimity on what constitutes a 'good death' and the appropriate societal responses to the issue of delivering culturally relevant and sustainable forms of end of life care in different settings are not subjects of broad agreement. In this critical conceptual paper we focus on the emerging narratives of global palliative care and offer an assessment of their implications...
January 2017: Social Science & Medicine
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