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Palliative Aspects of Emergency Care

Paul L. DeSandre Tammie E. Quest



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Oxford University Press Inc
29 August 2013
The process of patients with advanced illnesses entering the emergency department is fraught with uncertainty for both patients and medical providers. Yet, there is a lack of definitive and accessible resources which provide immediate guidance for the care of these patients. Palliative Care in the Emergency Care is a practical guide designed to fill this void. From the paramedic struggling with difficult and/or conflicting information in the home through the palliative care specialist trying to interface effectively with the emergency department, this user-friendly handbook offers practical help from experts in the interdependent fields of Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. This evidenced-based book covers the prognostication and assessment of relevant, advanced-illness clinical problems, the management of symptoms, and the physical and spiritual treatment of palliative patients in the emergency department through their last hours of living. Also included are chapters focusing on hospice care, communication techniques, and the legal and ethical issues of palliative care in the emergency department. This guide is a must-have resource for clinicians looking for concise, point-of-care information, and for hospital administrators working to address palliative care needs in emergency departments through best practice recommendations.
Edited by:   Paul L. DeSandre, Tammie E. Quest
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   180g
ISBN:   9780199895618
ISBN 10:   0199895619
Series:   Oxford American Palliative Care Library
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   29 August 2013
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Palliative Care; Associate Fellowship Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Reviews for Palliative Aspects of Emergency Care

It was a pleasure to read this book, which taught me a number of things. There is a move afoot (at least in the USA) to allow trainees in Emergency Medicine to also train in Palliative Medicine, allowing the caring of the latter to be mixed with the technological expertise of the former, and probably unthinkable 25 years ago. As outlined in this book, there is a push for more appropriate treatment (in terms of holistic palliative medicine) for patients with life-limiting disease, as well as identifying the much larger number of patients who present to the ED who are in need of/eligible for palliative care services. This all sounded like good news to me... Hopefully this book will be a useful resource and inspiration for people who work in ED. I would also recommend it to trainees in palliative medicine, as it provides a good picture of what is happening on the other side of the wall. Roger Woodruff for IAHPC News, July 2013

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