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Education/support with family conflict regarding end of life issues.

Is There A Program In Place To Meet The Bereavement Needs Of Families Referred To The Palliative Care Team?

In addition to a sympathy card sent from the hospital, the families of all adults who die at PCMH receive from the palliative care service a letter of condolence and resources to help them deal with grief.  These resources include information on the signs and symptoms of normal grief and suggestions to help deal with this difficult time. Information about the grief groups for adults and children, held at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center and open to everyone, are also provided.  Additionally the loved ones of those who are referred for a palliative care consult prior to death receive a telephone call from a trained volunteer professional to provide additional support and resources for those left behind.

How Do I Place A Consult For Palliative Care?

There are 2 ways to place a consult.  


Electronically via HealthSpan:

Go to Orders Management and then to Order Entry and type in Palliative Care or pall or end of life

If it is appropriate for your patient to utilize the Palliative Care for Advanced Disease Order Set (PCAD), go to Rounding and click on Order Sets. Type in palliative or pall.

All patients placed on the PCAD will automatically appear on the consult list in HealthSpan for the palliative care team.


By Telephone-

Dial 252-847-0868 and select option 1 for the palliative care consult line.

Please let us know if you have any difficulty with placing a consult.  

Susan Redding, FNP-C pager # 3821

Roger Nelson, FNP-C   pager # 3086

Brenda Poole, FNP-C   pager # 3374

How Do I Talk With A Patient Or Family About End-Of-Life Issues?

Talking with a patient or family about End-of Life issues can be difficult, and is an important skill to acquire.  Your attending should be able to help you with this, or please feel free to contact Susan Redding at 847-0868 or 847-4999, pager #3821 for assistance.  Some useful tips are below:

March 17, 2009

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