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ICU Management

LIVES2016: Do We Need the Dead Donor Rule?

2016 11 Oct

With continuing shortages of donor organs in all countries, should the dead donor rule be replaced by the “dead enough for donation” rule? The issues surrounding organ donation when the donor is not yet dead were presented by Rik Gerritsen, Chair of the Ethics section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine at LIVES 2016 in Milan last week.... Read more

Executive Health Management

In-hospital Mobility Works for Patients’ Posthospital Function

2016 17 Jun

Decreased mobility during hospitalisation for older adults is associated with increased risk of death, nursing home admission and functional decline. University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators found that patients who participated in a mobility programme were less likely to experience a decline in mobility when compared to the usual care provided... Read more

ICU Management

UK Issues Draft Guidance for Care of the Dying

2015 04 Aug

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new draft guidance to improve the care of adults nearing the end of their lives. The guidelines have been proposed as an alternative to the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway, which was phased out in 2014 after a review by the Health Service Ombudsman found serious failings... Read more

Executive Health Management

Frailer Older Patients at Higher Risk of Readmission, Death After Discharge

2015 29 May

According to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal, frailer older patients are at higher risk of readmission to hospital or death within 30 days after discharge from a general internal medicine ward. Readmission within thirty days after discharge is fairly common and result in significant costs for the healthcare system. The costs can be reduced... Read more

Executive Health Management

Higher Quality Scores Do Not Lower SNF Readmissions

2014 14 Oct

According to a new study, the risk of hospital readmission or death at thirty days following hospital discharge for fee-for service Medicare beneficiaries who received care at a skilled nursing facility (SNF) was not significantly lower despite better performance on various measures of quality of care.     Nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries... Read more

ICU Management

What Can Doctors Ethically Do To Ease Suffering Of The Dying?

2014 04 Aug

The death of a loved one is often an ordeal and a tragedy for those who witness it, as death is not merely the end of a life, but also the end of an existence, the loss of a unique individual who is special and irreplaceable. Ethical unease arises as the dying patient falls prey to death throes and to the manifestations of ebbing life and the physician... Read more

Cardiology Management

AHA Study: End-Of-Life Care Discussion Still Uncommon

2014 06 Jun

Though recommended by the American Heart Association, it appears that the subject of death is still not a common topic of discussion with only 12 percent of healthcare providers reporting having routine annual conversations about end-of-life care with their heart failure patients.Findings from a survey completed by close to 100 physicians, nurse practitioners... Read more

Executive Health Management

Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with Premature Death

2014 17 Jan

Findings from a psychiatric study conducted by Seena Fazel, M.D., of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and her team of colleagues, show that patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a higher risk of premature death, particularly from suicides, injuries and assaults. According to the study background, TBI is a substantial cause of disability.The... Read more

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