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Diagnosing dying: an integrative literature review - BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care

Background To ensure patients and families receive appropriate end-of-life care pathways and guidelines aim to inform clinical decision making. Ensuring appropriate outcomes through the use of these decision aids is dependent on timely use. Diagnosing dying is a complex clinical decision, and most of the available practice checklists relate to cancer. There is a need to review evidence to establish diagnostic indicators that death is imminent on the basis of need rather than a cancer diagnosis.  
spcare.bmj.com
over 6 years ago
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Is anyone else having problems bathing? – UPDATE

I have now tested Nilaqua in the ward, we are testing the shampoo and body wash. I knew one of my patients family were visiting so I decided it would be a good time to test the product. I used the shampoo on Jean, as I said in my previous post it is really easy to use and leaves the hair soft and clean, removing any signs of grease and dirt. Jean was very pleased and said that it felt and smelt nice. I hadn't used the body wash before but again, it was very easy to use, much easier than bed bathing, I didn't have to change any sheets after use and it saves a lot of time. This meant that I had more time to wash more patients and give a few of them the luxury of a hair wash. The body wash uses the same method as the shampoo – apply, massage into the skin until soapy and towel away the liquid with that off comes the dirt and odours. It works really well and is definitely cost effective whilst giving high quality care that this people deserve.  
Yasmin Booth
over 6 years ago
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Palliative Care and the Human Connection: Ten Steps for What To Say and Do

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. In this video, Dr. Meier discusses 10 important steps in palliative care from over a decade of research. This video will serve as a valuable training tool and guide for medical professionals and their families. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than doubled in the last 5 years.  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago
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Early Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life

A landmark study on the integration of palliative care during early onset of a cancer diagnosis was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Here, lead authors Jennifer Temel, MD, and Victoria Jackson, MD, MPH discuss palliative care and the impressive study findings which showed patients experienced a better quality of life and actually lived longer than patients not receiving the same level of care at an early stage. Jim Windhorst, a stage IV, lung cancer patient describes how palliative care has helped him cope with his illness. For more information visit: http://www.massgeneral.org/about/newsarticle.aspx?id=2330  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago
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Palliative Care - Research on Aging

Palliative care aims to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life, at every stage of life, through patient and family care, education, research and advocacy. Join Frank D. Ferris, MD, as he presents information on defining elements of past and modern illness and various conceptions of suffering. The general concepts of palliative care, as well as the future goals of palliative care will be addressed. Series: Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA) [4/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16035]  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago
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Palliative Care Options and Trends

UC Davis Professor Ben Rich examines emerging trends in palliative care. As an authority in the medical ethics of this area, Dr. Rich looks at how current laws, such as the Oregon Death With Dignity Act, affect the implementation of palliative options as patients near the end of their lives. Series: UC Grand Rounds [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 16778]  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago
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Chronic Illness & Palliative Care, Part 1

There are misperceptions about living with a chronic illness such as diabetes. Hear about some of the recent and future advancements in diabetes care helping patients live full and meaningful lives. See what happens when the chronic illness reaches its life-limiting stages. Hear how patients, families, and physicians can integrate palliative care into their treatment to support living the best life possible during this challenging time. Carlos Pellegrini, M.D., Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Surgery Stuart Farber, associate professor, department of Family Medicine, Hospice Medical Director, University of Washington Edward Walker, M.D. Medical Director, UW Medical Center and Associate Dean, UW School of Medicine Irl Hirsch, MD, professor, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, University of Washington 03/10/2004  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago
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Chronic Illness & Palliative Care, Part 2

There are misperceptions about living with a chronic illness such as diabetes. Hear about some of the recent and future advancements in diabetes care helping patients live full and meaningful lives. See what happens when the chronic illness reaches its life-limiting stages. Hear how patients, families, and physicians can integrate palliative care into their treatment to support living the best life possible during this challenging time. Carlos Pellegrini, M.D., Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Surgery Stuart Farber, associate professor, department of Family Medicine, Hospice Medical Director, University of Washington Edward Walker, M.D. Medical Director, UW Medical Center and Associate Dean, UW School of Medicine Irl Hirsch, MD, professor, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, University of Washington 03/10/2004  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago
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Opportunity for Health Care via Palliative Care - Research on Aging

Palliative care relieves suffering and provides the best possible quality of life for people facing the stresses of serious illness. Join expert, Scott Irwin, MD, PhD, as he talks about the benefits of the palliative care model when used within the existing healthcare system. It significantly improves patient care by addressing pain management and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual. Palliative care also prolongs life and costs less than standard care alone. Series: "Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging" [7/2011] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 20490]  
Nicole Chalmers
almost 8 years ago