Symptom Management Algorithms

A Handbook for Palliative Care

Author: Linda Wrede-Seaman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781888411201

Category: Medical

Page: 208

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Excellent resource for those caring for patients with distressing symptoms in hospice, cancer or community settings. Includes detailled nursing assessments of etiologies of distressing symptoms, treatment guidelines using the algorithmic model for pain, dyspnea, diarrhea, and all other distressing conditions as well as common issues such as skin care, seizure protocols, management of falls, including lots of tables for adujuvant therapies, scales to use for documentation of care, and non pharmacologic interventions. Caring communication, spiritual assessment and guidelines as well as cultural sensitivity guides are included. An awesome practical pocket sized book for anyone in the hospice and palliative care field.

Hospice Ethics

Policy and Practice in Palliative Care

Author: Timothy W. Kirk,Bruce Jennings

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199944954

Category: Medical

Page: 336

View: 9253


Hospice care is one of the fastest-growing segments of the U. S. healthcare system, a trend that is expected to accelerate as the median age of the population continues to rise over the next three decades. Despite over forty percent of the population now dying while on hospice care, very little has been published on the ethical opportunities and challenges experienced in the everyday lives of those giving and receiving hospice care. This book is the first comprehensive collection devoted to analyzing distinctive ethical issues arising in the delivery of hospice care and designed to promote best ethical practices for hospice care professionals and organizations. Thirteen newly commissioned chapters by seventeen hospice experts populate three thematic sections of the book, each devoted to an aspect of the intersection between ethics and hospice care. Contributors have unique qualifications and abilities to articulate and respond to ethically significant phenomena that -- while not always unique to hospice care -- arise in especially poignant and complex ways when caring for patients enrolled in hospice. As the shift or return to home-based care at the end of life continues, hospice professionals and programs will be faced with a broader array of terminal illnesses, cultural beliefs and traditions, and patient and family values than ever before. Hospice will no longer be tailored solely to the final stage of cancer, but will need to accommodate patients whose illnesses are variable in their progression and whose treatment plans include many medical options. The ethical orientations and frameworks that have served hospice for the past 50 years will need to be supplemented and refined if hospice is to fulfill this changing social mission. Hospice Ethics explores a new paradigm for hospice ethics from a multi-disciplinary and provides an important educational resource for professional training in end of life care.

Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Canadian Medical-surgical Nursing

Author: Pauline Paul,Beverly Williams

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 0781799899

Category: Medical

Page: 2532

View: 6466


This is the Second Edition of the popular Canadian adaptation of Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, by Day, Paul, and Williams. Woven throughout the content is new and updated material that reflects key practice differences in Canada, ranging from the healthcare system, to cultural considerations, epidemiology, pharmacology, Web resources, and more. Compatibility: BlackBerry(R) OS 4.1 or Higher / iPhone/iPod Touch 2.0 or Higher /Palm OS 3.5 or higher / Palm Pre Classic / Symbian S60, 3rd edition (Nokia) / Windows Mobile(TM) Pocket PC (all versions) / Windows Mobile Smartphone / Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista/Tablet PC

Palliative Care Nursing

Quality Care to the End of Life, Third Edition

Author: Gary Martin, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826157928

Category: Medical

Page: 592

View: 6071


This textbook has...introduced concepts and methods of education which [help] to move palliative nursing forward as an evidenced based practice of whole person care. -- Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN Research Scientist (From the Foreword) In this comprehensive textbook on palliative care nursing, editors Marianne Matzo and Deborah Witt Sherman succeed in bringing together the heart of nursing and the true meaning of palliative care with the most current evidence based practice. --GeriPal Palliative care is a philosophy of caregiving that integrates disease modification with supportive, compassionate therapies for patients at the end of life. Palliative care nurses are responsible for alleviating pain and other physical symptoms-along with satisfying the emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients who are facing life-threatening illness. This third edition of Palliative Care Nursing provides more comprehensive newly updated content, knowledge, attitudes, skills, and cutting-edge teaching and learning strategies to achieve the AACN End-of-Life nursing competencies providing a lifespan approach. Now in its third edition, this book continues to emphasize the value of complementary, holistic modalities in promoting health, wholeness, and wellness, even as death approaches. Key topics discussed: Ethical aspects of palliative care Legal aspects of end-of-life decision-making Loss, suffering, grief, and bereavement on the part of patients and their families Symptom-specific nursing management of pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, malnutrition, and dehydration-all common to palliative care How to communicate with the seriously ill and dying patients, their families, and their health care providers Disease-specific aspects of palliative care for those battling cancer, heart disease, lung disease, HIV/AIDS, end-stage renal and liver disease, neurological, and other disorders


Author: Patrick M. Kortebein, MD,Kevin W. Means, MD

Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing

ISBN: 161705030X

Category: Medical

Page: 256

View: 7070


Designed for the busy practitioner, Geriatrics presents 97 alphabetically arranged topics covering all major concerns in geriatric rehabilitation ranging from age-related changes to end-of-life care. The first section reviews topics related to normal aging and assessment methods to measure systemic changes. The second section addresses common aging-associated diseases and disorders affecting relevant organ systems, including neurologic, musculoskeletal, rheumatologic, and cardiovascular problems and other key concerns such as functional decline, incontinence, and visual impairments. The last section highlights special considerations such as aging with a developmental disability, exercise, pain management, polypharmacy, and rehabilitation in various healthcare settings. Taken together, the book catalogs the broad range of functional issues endemic in the elderly population and offers a quick reference guide for rehabilitation professionals providing high-quality clinical care to older patients. Every entry is standardized for quick look-up in the office or clinic, and features description, etiology, risk factors, clinical features, natural history, diagnosis, red flags, treatment, prognosis, helpful hints, and suggested readings. All Rehabilitation Medicine Quick ReferenceTitles Offer: Consistent Approach and Organization: at-a-glance outline format allows readers to find the facts quickly Concise Coverage: of must-know information broken down into easy-to-locate topics Fast Answers to Clinical Questions: diagnostic and management criteria for problems commonly encountered in daily practice Hands-on Practical Guidance: for all types of interventions and therapies Multi-Specialty Perspective: ensures that issues of relevance to all rehabilitation team members are addressed

Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook

Quality, Compliance, and Reimbursement

Author: T. M. Marrelli,Maureen A. Williams

Publisher: Mosby Incorporated


Category: Medical

Page: 528

View: 6587


This easy-to-use handbook is the only one of its kind to offer concise, focused coverage of all hospice-related conditions. Key topics include professional standards and guidelines, bereavement services considerations, outcomes and goals, quality control, and tips for obtaining reimbursement. --Couverture.

Hospice Concepts

A Guide to Palliative Care in Terminal Illness

Author: Shirley Ann Smith

Publisher: Research PressPub

ISBN: 9780878224531

Category: Medical

Page: 251

View: 3908


A comprehensive yet succinct overview of hospice care. The book covers everything from hospice philosophy to Medicare regulations, from criteria for determining prognosis to dealing with grief and bereavement. Recommendations focus on identifying and limiting futile treatments; on pursuing opportunities to better understand the pathophysiology of physical and emotional symptoms in patients with life-threatening illness; and on providing reliable, effective, and humane care at this point in the normal cycle of life. Ideal for orientation of new hospice or palliative care staff. The book is useful for self-study and group training or as a text for related college courses. Chapter tests and answer keys are included in two appendixes.