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What's the role of hospice?

What's the role of hospice?

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 trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Hospice (Definition)

All hospices deliver a similar set of services. They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the ...Read more


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When under hospice care is the patient confined?

When under hospice care is the patient confined?

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 team makes visit in the patients own home. The goal of hospice is never to "confine" people and at times the team helps people get to certain places as their final wish, like to a wedding or las vegas etc. Quality of life is the key on hospice. ...Read more

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How does hospice work? Who decides when to put a patient in hospice care?

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How does hospice work? Who decides when to put a patient in hospice care?

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 declined aggressive interventions such as use of a ventilator, dialysis, or feeding tubes. Many conditions qualify including cancer, heart failure, emphysema, cirrhosis, aids, kidney failure, dementia, stroke. You or your family determine when it's time. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is true that hospice patients don't get any treatment?

Please explain if it is true that hospice patients don't get any treatment?

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 trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. It's not "no treatment", it's comfort care. ...Read more

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Hello, I work at a hospice house. If a patient is to get. 50 ml of morphine and only receives. 40 ml will that make a difference over hours?

Hello, I work at a hospice house. If a patient is to get. 50 ml of morphine and only receives. 40 ml will that make a difference over hours?

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 if the patient is getting inadequate pain relief, this may be your answer. ...Read more

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What could hospice care do for cancer patients?

What could hospice care do for cancer patients?

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 trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. Hospice care can include pain management and emotional counseling. ...Read more

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What can I do for impacted bowel on a hospice patient?

What can I do for impacted bowel on a hospice patient?

Enema: Usually severe constipation that is refractory to colase or other rx stool softeners may benefit from several enemas. ...Read more

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Please explain what does hospice care do for cancer patients?

Please explain what does hospice care do for cancer patients?

Family too: Hospice is an end of life care service that comes along side patient and family to relieve anxiety, pain, suffering and grief. They are the compassionate bridge to a dignified life's end, no matter the cause. Much like any service you may choose very active involvement on their part or keep them at arms length until you feel the need for their help. ...Read more

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Mom, 84, hospice patient, on morphine 10mg every hr as needed, the last urine was reddish color, stopped eating/drinking for 4 days, # days left?

Mom, 84, hospice patient, on morphine 10mg every hr as needed, the last urine was reddish color, stopped eating/drinking for 4 days, # days left?

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 in pain, this is the important part. I also hope you have good support from friends and family in such hard times. My warmest sentiments. ...Read more

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Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?

Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?

It depends: Depending on her current health status, whether the gangrene is wet/dry, if there is neuropathy (which may spare the patient pain), and prognosis are to all be considered. Hospice care is palliative in nature, so if intervention for the gangrene is to be considered, a change in her hospice status is necessary. ...Read more

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Do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat if patients don't eat?

Do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat if patients don't eat?

Not comfort care.: They wouldn't generally pursue feeding tubes, as they're not considered comfort and the extra nutrition would possibly extend the time to death, which isn't the goal in hospice care. We're told that dying hungry is not as unpleasant as we would think, relating it to, how we feel when we're hungry. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if patients don't eat, do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat?

Can you tell me if patients don't eat, do hospice put feeding tubes down the patients throat?

Usually not: Most people at the end if life lose their desire to eat. Feeding tubes have been shown not to prolong life so hospices do not usually suggest them. Unlike you or I, EOL patients do not suffer from hunger when they do not eat. ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm. . .: Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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Is there any good reason to administer Synthroid (thyroxine) to an 88-year-old patient in hospice for end stage aortic stenosis/valve failure, with alzheimer's?

Is there any good reason to administer Synthroid (thyroxine) to an 88-year-old patient in hospice for end stage aortic stenosis/valve failure, with alzheimer's?

Depends: There area many factors to consider when stopping a medication even in hospice. Ask the hospice nurse or doctor about the specifics of the decision. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hemochromatosis could kill patients?

Is it possible that hemochromatosis could kill patients?

Yes: Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary. If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism. ...Read more

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If you keep a patient hydrated, will their antibiodies eventually kill cholera on their own?

If you keep a patient hydrated, will their antibiodies eventually kill cholera on their own?

Usually: Per the CDC- "With prompt rehydration, fewer than 1% of cholera patients die." REF: https://www. Cdc. Gov/cholera/general/index. Html. Oral and intravenous hydration is the key to treatment. Antibiotics can help to shorten the course of illness. ...Read more

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I have severe acidity in my stomach its killing me I am severe patient of this please help me?

I have severe acidity in my stomach its killing me I am severe patient of this please help me?

NeedPrescriptionMed: You are 16 years old and you need to talk to your parents with this acidity problem. They should take you to your family doctor or Pediatrician to get you checked thoroughly
There are Medications like Ranitidin orOmeprazole or esomeprazole
See the doctor asap ...Read more

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How does prostate cancer kill a patient?

How does prostate cancer kill a patient?

What is Cancer?: Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of a part of the body, with the potential for spread locally or to distant locations, causing dysfunction or organ failure and, ultimately, death. Any cancer increases the risk for blood clots, which can flow to the lungs and kill a patient (pulmonary embolism). Cancers tend to deprive a patient of nutrients, damaging the immune system, increasing infection risk. ...Read more

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Why do some mental patients kill themselves when confronted with loss and other mental patients kill other people?

Why do some mental patients kill themselves when confronted with loss and other mental patients kill other people?

Different illnesses: It's near impossible to specifically answer your general question aside from following: all "mental" patients are not the same b/c not all "mental" conditions/diseases are the same. In fact, they're all very different. Depression is what makes someone kill him/herself while paranoid psychosis can lead one to kill others. ...Read more

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Bilirubin rising in mcrc patient. Now 85 from 12. No blocked bile duct. If keeps rising does this kill?

Bilirubin rising in mcrc patient. Now 85 from 12. No blocked bile duct. If keeps rising does this kill?

High bilirubin..: ..in the blood causes jaundice. The yellowish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and whites of the eyes. The rise in bilirubin is not lethal; it can be very uncomfortable with severe itching. This can be treated. But you are correct; this is typically something that occurs late in the course of metastatic liver cancer. Death likely results through a combination of many factors. Take care. ...Read more

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From initial onset of symptoms, how fast does pancreatic cancer tend to spread and kill in a patient when diagnosed (i know if varies, but generally)?

From initial onset of symptoms, how fast does pancreatic cancer tend to spread and kill in a patient when diagnosed (i know if varies, but generally)?

See below: Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths. Pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis: for all stages combined, the 1- and 5-year relative survival rates are 25% and 6%, respectively. For local disease the 5-year survival is approximately 20% while the median survival for locally advanced and for metastatic disease, is 10 and 6 months. ...Read more

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Can inhaling Tobramycin kill MRSA? I am a pedi trach patient. Will it kill Kleb Oxytoca that is ESBL?

Can inhaling Tobramycin kill MRSA? I am a pedi trach patient. Will it kill Kleb Oxytoca that is ESBL?

Tobi (tobramycin) Nebs: Inhaled tobi (tobramycin) is used mainly to reduce pseudomonas colonization in cf. As noted, it is not active against gram positives like staph (mrsa or not). Kleb may be suceptible, but is not usually treated in this way. Kids with trachs grow a lot of organisms; agree that sorting out "infection" from "colonizer" is key. Both MRSA and kleb are often found in cultures but may not be the specific problem. ...Read more

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16 yrs old pcos patient, on a diet for insulin resistance weight reduction. Its hard to be on track and my craving for chocolate are killing me!

16 yrs old pcos patient, on a diet for insulin resistance weight reduction. Its hard to be on track and my craving for chocolate are killing me!

Not suprised: You already know you are Insulin resistant, so you need to modify your diet appropriately and maybe take metformin (glucophage) to modify this consequence of pcos. Losing weight and staying active, and certain foods/medications can decrease your appetite. Ask your pcp. You have a genetic challenge, so get your head around it, and follow well established guidelines for pcos. ...Read more

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Should a patient w/CHF, kidney failure, and lung failure w/30 yr. Alcohol abuse history be told by their doctor that continuing alcohol will kill them?

Should a patient w/CHF, kidney failure, and lung failure w/30 yr. Alcohol abuse history be told by their doctor that continuing alcohol will kill them?

That is not all: All of these have risk of death. Alcohol is part of the risk but we need to know about the patient, the compliance to all of their healthcare issues and he extent of each disease ...Read more

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What is a hospice?

What is a hospice?

Hospice care: Hospice care focuses on relieving or preventing suffering rather than trying to treat the underlying medical problems of patients with terminal illnesses. Hospice care may involve many types of health care professionals and will focus not just on physical but also emotional and social aspects of end-of-life care. ...Read more

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What's the role of hospice?

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 trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. ...Read more

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Are you allowed to go home from hospice?

Are you allowed to go home from hospice?

End of life care.: Hospice care can be given at home, in the hospital or in a skinned nursing facility. 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 trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. ...Read more

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How are palliative and hospice care different?

Yes Difference!: Many people still think that palliative care means hospice care. But today, hospice is only a small part of palliative care. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of a disease; and it should be part of the picture from the first day a serious illness is diagnosed. Go to www. Vitas. Com ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

Care that is palliative, ie symptom support, but no treatment of ...Read more