SWHPN 2017 Conference Reflection

By Abigail LatimerAlthough I have three years of hospice clinical social work, I am only six months into my career with inpatient palliative care. I learned aboutSWHPN (Social Work Hospice&Palliative Care Network) and quickly applied and received the scholarship to attend the conference. It was beyond any previously held expectation and I left in awe of the work that is being done from around the country and world. As I sat next to great leaders like Dr. Grace Christ, Terri Altilio, LCSW and Shirley Otis-Green, LCSW, OSW-C (to name a few) I felt humble and as Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW and Susan Hedlund, LCSW, OSW-C described during their accidental leadership presentation, I thought to myself “oops, maybe I am not supposed to be here!”The week was full of encouragement to pursue research and take advantage of leadership opportunities with strategies and words of advice to guide you. We heard from Andrew MacPherson who reminded us to stay calm, there are positive conversations in Washington and time is on our side regarding changes with the ACA. We were reassured the calls to legislators and other political leaders helps and to keep “demonstrating the hell out of it” to see change. Myra Christopher and Susan Hedlund approached the all too familiar topic of PAD, reminding us to support our patients first and remember there are “good people on both sides of the debate.” Agreeing we all want to see changes in the way we provide care...
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This article should lead you to talk to your trauma surgeons and/or orthopedists to develop a routine palliative care or hospice consultation for these patients.Robert Arnold, MD is a palliative care doctor at the University of Pittsburgh and a co-founder ofVitalTalk (@VitalTalk). He loves both high and low brow comedy (The Good Place and Nanette), pop culture (the National Enquirer and Pop Culture Happy hour) and music of all kinds (not opera tho!) You can find him onTwitter at @rabob. MorePallimed posts from Bob Arnold can be found here. Morejournal article reviews can be found here. References1. Berry SD,...
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This report describes a patient with aortic compromise from a retroperitoneal sarcoma that was successfully managed with the use of an aortic stent graft. The patient subsequently developed recurrent gastrointestinal hemorrhage which was managed with cryoablation.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Special Letter Section Source Type: research
by Ben Skoch (@skochb)As someone new to the field of hospice and palliative medicine, I recognize that “The Four Things That Matter Most” by Ira Byock has been around for some time. As I sit down to write this review, I ’m reminded of ajoke from comedian Jim Gaffigan when he referenced people who want to talk about movies many years after they are released. That being said, the book was new to me as I picked through the 10th Anniversary Edition, and it ’s easy to see why this book could easily have many more anniversary editions in the coming years. I was indirectly nudged to read this work while on...
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Publication date: September 2018Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements, Volume 10, Issues 3–4Author(s): Mansour Mostefa Kara, Olivier Villemain, Mathilde Meot, Olivier Raisky, Damien BonnetObjectiveAfter complete repair, the long-term outcome difference between tetralogy of Fallot without pulmonary atresia (TOF) and tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia (TOF-PA) without MAPCAs is scarcely described.MethodsWe performed a retrospective study on patients with a diagnostic of TOF and TOF-PA without MAPCAs who underwent complete repair between 1995 and 2016 in our center.ResultWe reviewed 960 patient...
Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Purpose of review Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPi) are approved drugs for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer and currently under investigation for the treatment of prostate cancer and other malignancies with aberrations in homologous recombination DNA repair. This review summarizes literature published during 2017 concerning the relevance of PARPi in prostate cancer and presents new evidence on mechanisms of resistance and biomarkers of response. Recent findings The approval of several PARPi (olaparib, rucaparib, and niraparib) has driven the focus of anticancer treatment on synthetic lethality...
Source: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Tags: RENAL AND UROLOGICAL PROBLEMS: Edited by Fred Saad Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: For initial palliation of patients with PA VSD or TOF with severe PS, not only shunt operation but also RV-PA connection approach can provide an acceptable outcome. To select the most proper surgical strategy, we recommend thorough evaluation of cardiac anomalies such as RVOT and PA morphologies and consideration of the patient's condition. PMID: 30032587 [PubMed]
Source: Korean Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Korean J Pediatr Source Type: research
An 85-year-old patient with a history of oxygen-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary artery bypass grafting (LIMA-LAD, free vein-circumflex) presented to the emergency department with chest and back pain. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) confirmed acute type a thoracic aortic dissection limited to the ascending thoracic aorta. Aneurysm size is 10 cm. This patient was evaluated by cardiovascular surgeons who offered the patient palliative care secondary to perioperative risk and sent home.
Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Abstract from the 2018 Eastern Vascular Society Annual Meeting Source Type: research
During the 1970s, the initial push to move from staged palliative surgery to early neonatal correction was driven by several factors, including avoidance of the complications and mortality associated with the palliative procedure, minimization of the stress on a patient's family, and reversal of the failure to thrive associated with the interstage period.1 Since that time, single-stage operative repair of complex congenital heart defects has become standard at most institutions. However, the optimal timing of procedures within the neonatal period —especially in lesions resulting in hypoxia before surgical repair—remains uncertain.
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Editorial Commentary Source Type: research
In this study, senescent cell distribution and quantity in vastus lateralis muscle were examined in young human adults after a single bout of resistance exercise. To determine the effects of dietary protein availability around exercise on senescent cell quantity and macrophage infiltration of skeletal muscle, two isocaloric protein supplements (14% and 44% in calorie) were ingested before and immediately after an acute bout of resistance exercise, in a counter-balanced crossover fashion. An additional parallel trial was conducted to compare the outcome of muscle mass increment under the same dietary conditions after 12 wee...
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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition which makes it difficult to chew on food and talk, while being quite painful and unpleasant. It’s caused by the breakdown of the cartilage disc that brings together two bones of the ...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: ENT Genetics Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs
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