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Emergencies in palliative care — clinical practice based on evidence

Izabela Anna Bętkowska, Zbigniew Zylicz
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2017;11(4):153-165.

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Vol 11, No 4 (2017)
Review articles
Published online: 2018-02-28

Abstract

Treatment of emergencies in palliative medicine aims mainly to improve quality of life more rarely pro­long survival. Doctors and nurses working in palliative care should conduct an appropriate assessment of the clinical situation and start appropriate treatment according to current knowledge, ethical standards with most benefits provided to patients and caregivers. In this article the most common emergencies in palliative care: circulatory, nervous, alimentary, urinary, respiratory and skeletal systems and metabolic, haematology and psychiatric disturbances were discussed. Drugs used in emergencies that doctor should have with them on home visit or in stationary hospice and in hospital were proposed.

Abstract

Treatment of emergencies in palliative medicine aims mainly to improve quality of life more rarely pro­long survival. Doctors and nurses working in palliative care should conduct an appropriate assessment of the clinical situation and start appropriate treatment according to current knowledge, ethical standards with most benefits provided to patients and caregivers. In this article the most common emergencies in palliative care: circulatory, nervous, alimentary, urinary, respiratory and skeletal systems and metabolic, haematology and psychiatric disturbances were discussed. Drugs used in emergencies that doctor should have with them on home visit or in stationary hospice and in hospital were proposed.

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Keywords

quality of life, treatment, palliative care, sedation, emergencies

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Title

Emergencies in palliative care — clinical practice based on evidence

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 11, No 4 (2017)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

153-165

Published online

2018-02-28

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Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2017;11(4):153-165.

Keywords

quality of life
treatment
palliative care
sedation
emergencies

Authors

Izabela Anna Bętkowska
Zbigniew Zylicz

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