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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Explain palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Explain  palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Both ease symptoms!: Pallative care in a hospital is often delivered by a consulting team of clinicians, or in a specialized inpatient unit. Patients at any stage of illness can be helped by palliative care. Hospice is one form of palliative care that usually is delivered at home by a team of specialists, focused on the very last phase of life. ...Read more

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How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

Hospice: Well, you may just need a palliative approach to care; comfort over cure. Hospice is palliative care in the last months of life. Discuss with your physician about working on your comfort or find a physician who is hospice and palliatively board-certified. It is unfortunate that cms has sort of defined hospice meaning palliative care for the last six months of life, but this is only an estimate. ...Read more

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Can hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

Can  hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

It depends...: It depends on the hospital course. If the person was admitted for a condition and treated but worsened during the hospitalization to the point that death was imminent, comfort care or hospice care may occur in the hospital. However, most hospitals will try and transfer people home or to a skilled nursing facility with hospice care if the person has a little longer to live. ...Read more

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How are palliative care programs set up?

How are palliative care programs set up?

Good question!: I wasn't sure, but i found this: http://www.Growthhouse.Org/palliative/ there is also a national association for homecare and hospice; they may have more useful information. It's a great question, and a much-needed service! ...Read more

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Are intensive care and critical care the same thing?

Are intensive care and critical care the same thing?

Yes: Yes, there are different intensive care unit ( cardiovascular, surgical or medical). The physician practicing in these units are Critical Care physicians. ...Read more

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How are palliative and hospice care different?

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

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Are there any providers of palliative care in home?

Are there any providers of palliative care in home?

Yes is some areas: Most large insurance companies are expanding their home palliative care services, check with them to see if available in the area you live. Most need to meet home health criteria (home-bound patient with a skilled medical need). Some centers are also starting palliative care clinics for those patients not home-bound. ...Read more

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Can you weigh the benefits of in-patient and out-patient, hospital and home care for palliative care?

It depends: Palliative care can be provided in all these settings. If some symptoms are too severe, e.g., pain, it may be necessary to hospitalize the patient. ...Read more

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Would the hospice give better care in a nursing home?

Dr. Ted Saha Dr. Saha
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Would the hospice give better care in a nursing home?

Palliative/ Hospice: Hospice serves pts in their own homes, nursing homes, long-term care or assisted living facilities or hospitals. Pts receive palliative care to ease pain, and discomforting symptoms; psycho-social, and spiritual support. Hospice care is focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort , including pain and symptom management. Hospice gives best care at end of life ! ...Read more

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Whats the quality of patient-centered health care delivery?

Whats the quality of patient-centered health care delivery?

You have more power: In a patient-centered model of care, you are more likely to be involved in selecting medicines and interventions that support your personal vision for quality of life. The physician seems more like your medically knowledgeable partner, guiding you among options based on your personal goals for your health and sense of wellness. It's the kind of medicine that i choose for myself and try to practice. ...Read more

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Could you please describe members of the multidisciplinary team in palliative care ?

Could you please describe members of the multidisciplinary team in palliative care ?

It varies: Most PC programs have doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and a chaplain/spiritual counselor. Psychologists are included in some programs. ...Read more

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What health care professionals are part of a cardiac rehab team?

What health care professionals are part of a cardiac rehab team?

MDs, RNs, etc: Cardiac rehab, when done right, involves physicians to set goals and monitor vital signs during activity, physical therapists to oversee exercise, and various providers to counsel on diet, smoking cessation, etc. These latter can include social workers, nutritionists, psychologists/psychiatrists, etc. ...Read more

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How is palliative care and pain management different from euthanasia?

How is palliative care and pain management different from euthanasia?

The Goal: The purpose of palliative care and pain management is to support a person with a life-threatening disease and allow them to make the most of whatever time they have left. The purpose of euthanasia is to assist them in ending their life so they don't need to experience (or fear) the pain and disability that can happen at the end of natural life. ...Read more

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Are only Intensive Care Units equipped to give total parental nutrition (TPN) or can this be done in most wards?

Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
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Are only Intensive Care Units equipped to give total parental nutrition (TPN) or can this be done in most wards?

Both: Many patients are started on TPN in the ICU, for critical conditions or after surgery, but there is no reason that TPN cannot be started on the wards. A team of providers, a nutritionist, an iv access team and usually a physician, round to determine: 1) is TPN indicated, can feeding be used instead; 2) if so, what access (port, PICC line); 3) what formulation; 4) how long? Teaching is critica ...Read more

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What are the requirements to become a palliative care nurse?

What are the requirements to become a palliative care nurse?

Humanistic qualities: 1. Must be anurse 2. Obtain certification if desired thru nbchpn 3. Humanistic qualities visit http://www.Nbchpn.Org/ for more details. ...Read more

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Is hospice care passionate?

Is hospice care passionate?

Another thought: I'm wondering if you meant, is hospice care compassionate? The idea of hospice is to provide specialized medical care for someone who is near the end of life, and their family--and usually patients and families find that hospice care is very compassionate--at its best hospice addresses all the aspects of dying. ...Read more

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What kinds of doctors work in the pediatric intensive care unit at children hospitals?

What kinds of doctors work in the pediatric intensive care unit at children hospitals?

Peds intensivistde: Depending on the type of hospital one may find general pediatricians or board certified pediatric intensivists. It may also depend on the"level" of ICU ie are there really sick kids or only moderately i'll children? ...Read more

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What's the difference between the icu (intensive care unit), and a ccu (critical care unit)?

None: These are terms that essentially describe the same high level care floor/unit for the critically ill. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony Back
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Palliative Care (Definition)

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Palliative (Definition)

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