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Illness and end-of-life experiences of children with cancer who receive palliative care.

Related Articles Illness and end-of-life experiences of children with cancer who receive palliative care. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Dec 08;: Authors: Kaye EC, Gushue CA, DeMarsh S, Jerkins J, Sykes A, Lu Z, Snaman JM, Blazin L, Johnson LM, Levine DR, Morrison RR, Baker JN Abstract BACKGROUND: The field of pediatric palliative oncology is newly emerging. Little is known about the characteristics and illness experiences of children with cancer who receive palliative care (PC). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 321 pediatric oncology patients enrolled in PC who died between 2011 and 2015 was conducted at a large academic pediatric cancer center using a comprehensive standardized data extraction tool. RESULTS: The majority of pediatric palliative oncology patients received experimental therapy (79.4%), with 40.5% enrolled on a phase I trial. Approximately one-third received cancer-directed therapy during the last month of life (35.5%). More than half had at least one intensive care unit hospitalization (51.4%), with this subset demonstrating considerable exposure to mechanical ventilation (44.8%), invasive procedures (20%), and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (12.1%). Of the 122 patients who died in the hospital, 44.3% died in the intensive care unit. Patients with late PC involvement occurring less than 30 days before death had higher odds of dying in the intensive care unit over the home/hospice setting compared to those with earlier PC involvement (OR: 4.7, 95% CI: 2.47-8.97, P < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Children with cancer who receive PC experience a high burden of intensive treatments and often die in inpatient intensive care settings. Delayed PC involvement is associated with increased odds of dying in the intensive care unit. Prospective investigation of early PC involvement in children with high-risk cancer is needed to better understand potential impacts on cost-effectiveness, quality of life, and delivery of goal concordant care. PMID: 29218773 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Decline in allogeneic blood transfusion usage in total hip arthroplasty patients: National Inpatient Sample 2009 to 2013.

Related Articles Decline in allogeneic blood transfusion usage in total hip arthroplasty patients: National Inpatient Sample 2009 to 2013. Hip Int. 2017 Dec 06;:0 Authors: Gwam CU, Mistry JB, Etcheson JI, George NE, P Connors G, Thomas M, Adamu H, Patel NG, Delanois RE Abstract INTRODUCTION: Although total hip arthroplasty (THA) is an effective treatment for end-stage arthritis, it is also associated with substantial blood loss that may require allogeneic blood transfusion. However, these transfusions may increase the risk of certain complications. The purpose of our study is to evaluate: (i) the incidence/trends of allogeneic blood transfusion; (ii) the associated risk factors and adverse events; and (iii) the discharge disposition, length of stay (LOS), and costs for these patients between 2009 and 2013. METHODS: The National Inpatient Sample database was used to identify 1,542,366 primary THAs performed between 2009 and 2013. Patients were stratified based on demographics, economic data, hospital characteristics, comorbidities, and whether or not allogeneic transfusion was received. Logistic regression was performed to evaluate the risk factors for transfusion and postoperative complications. RESULTS: From 2009 to 2013, allogeneic transfusions were used in 16.9% of primary THAs, with a declining annual incidence. Except for obesity, all comorbidities were associated with increased likelihood of receiving a transfusion. Allogeneic transfusion patients were more likely to experience surgical site infections or pulmonary complications (p<0.001 for all). These patients were more likely to be discharged to a short-term care facility (p<0.001). Additionally, they had a greater mean LOS (p<0.001) and higher median hospital costs and charges when compared to their non-transfused counterparts. CONCLUSIONS: While the observed decline in allogeneic transfusion usage is encouraging, further efforts should focus on preoperative patient optimisation. Given the projected increase in demand for primary THAs, orthopaedic surgeons must be familiar with safe and effective blood conservation protocols. PMID: 29218687 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]