An interesting article was published in the Medical Journal of Australia regarding a change to the traditionally used not for resuscitation.
Have you heard of Compassion Fatigue? Have you or your members of staff been impacted by this? Take the time to read this article published in the Journal of Trauma Nursing
‘At least 50% of all deaths in Australia each year are clinically expected because of advanced disease. In their last year of life, Australians with advanced disease will average eight hospital admissions and incur a 60%–70% chance of dying in hospital. More than half may be denied adequate opportunity to discuss end-of-life care wishes or have them fully enacted.’
Nurses often care for terminal patients. ‘ It is widely recommended that discussions about end- of-life care begin early in the terminal care process, especially with those who have cancer.’
According to the enclosed article published by Bio Med Central Palliative Care ‘ the terminally ill person’s autonomy and control are important in preserving the quality of life in situations of unbearable suffering.
Whilst this is a British resource, nurses may find the contents of interest and it may promote dicussion in your workplace. ‘Patients who remain in a vegetative or minimally conscious state following profound brain injury present a complex array of clinical and ethical challenges to those who care for them.
The enclosed article published in the European Society for Medical Oncology Journal in 2014 discusses controversies and challenges regarding the impact of radiation therapy on survival .
At times you may wish to refer to a framework that assists health care decision making regarding the management of advanced chronic / terminal conditions.
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is a not for profit organization committed to the development of palliative care world-wide.
Top 10 Things Palliative Care Clinicians Wished Everyone Knew About Palliative Care is a great reminder article produced by the Mayo Foundation for Education and Medical Research. The article is enclosed for your interest and includes discussion on the following: