End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care
In Cameron, Peter, Jelinek, George, Kelly, Anne-Maree, Brown, Anthony, & Little, Mark (Eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, 4th Edition. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, pp. 727-731, 2014
Posted: 19 Jul 2016
Date Written: 2014
1. An emergency department attendance represents an opportunity to set goals for care during the attendance and beyond.
2. End of life discussions and advance care planning assist early decision-making about treatment goals and end of life care.
3. Knowledge of the law assists decision-making at the end of life.
4. Not all dying patients require the skill set of a palliative care specialist but every dying patient will benefit from a palliative approach.
5. Palliative care does not preclude active treatment where the intent is understood by patient and family.
6. Failure to diagnose dying can compromise patient care.
7. The emergency department should foster close relationships with local specialist palliative care providers to improve and ensure timely access for patients and families and so that emergency staff have access to the knowledge and skills provided.
Keywords: Emergency medicine, Palliative care, End of life decision-making, Health law, Medical law
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