Quick Safety issue focuses on how palliative care may provide better care for seriously ill patients in ED
Patients who are seriously ill often turn to, or are inappropriately admitted to, already overburdened emergency departments (EDs) for care that may be better addressed by palliative care services.
Hospice care falls under the umbrella of palliative care services. The difference is that patients qualify for hospice care when they have a life expectancy of six months or less, whereas palliative care can be provided at any stage of serious illness.
A new issue of Quick Safety – “Issue 66: Palliative care: Better care for seriously ill patients visiting the ED” – focuses on this topic and provides reasons to utilize palliative care and safety actions to consider.
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