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Does hospice kill patients

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Hospice help: Hospice patients get palliative treatment, i.e., they are made as comfortable as possible. The do not receive the standard cancer treatments because ... Read More
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 26 years experience
Comfort care: Hospice has a different treatment philosophy. Hospice treatments are provided for comfort care, instead of trying to cure an advanced disease. Pati... Read More
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
End of life care.: Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away. The emphasis of hospice care is not tryi... Read More

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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Patient comfortable?: Givng .40 ml of morphine is 20 percent less medication than .50 ml. I don't think this would matter much, as long as the patient is comfortable. But i... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dow
Family Medicine 22 years experience
No: No but near the end of life, the disease process or dying process may essentially keep the individual confined though either because of symptoms or me... Read More
Dr. Isaac Vielma
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No...: Most of hospice care occurs where the patient lives. There are very few "hospice homes" or "inpatient hospice units." most of the time the hospice tea... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Su
Dr. Tony Suanswered
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
You decide when : Hospice focuses on treating symptoms and proving comfort care in patient who are terminally ill or have failed to respond to treatment or have decline... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Lots of things: Manage pain and other symptoms for once. Perhaps more importantly, allow a patient live the remainder of his/her life with dignity and the best qualit... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Enema: Usually severe constipation that is refractory to colase or other rx stool softeners may benefit from several enemas.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
LOTS and LOTS: Allows them to spend their last months, weeks, or days with the best possible quality of life and dignity, often in their own homes and with their fam... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
End of life: Sorry to see you go through this. It is hard to tell when the kidneys shut down completely and other organs follow. I hope she is comfortable and not ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Most of us here at HealthTap are practitioners who treat patients outside of hospice care. The best person(s) to ask your question is your colleagues... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Contradictory: Hospice patients are usually at the end of their life and the hospice care is to relieve pain and permit a dignified death. Gangrene usually requires... Read More

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