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How Can I Learn More About Palliative Care?

Please reference the End of Life and Palliative Care links on UHS and PCMH web pages and the following list of Internet sites.

http://www.nhpco.org/ The National Hospice and Palliative care Organization

http://www.endoflifecarecoalition.org/ Local community coalition working to improve end of life care in Eastern Carolina

http://www.lastacts.org/ Organizations banding together to improve care at the end of life

http://abcd-caring.org/ Americans for better care of the dying

http://dyingwell.org/ Website consisting of resources and referrals to organizations

http://growthhouse.org/ award winning international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care

http://stoppain.org/ Website for Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

http://agingwithdignity.org/ Information on living wills and other legal issues

http://hospiceinfo.org/ National Hospice Foundation

http://www.uslivingwillregistry.com/ Information and national registration for Living Wills.

http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/ahcdr/  State registration for Advanced Directives.

Please contact Susan Redding, MSN, FNP-C for assistance or more information about Palliative Care 847-0868 (phone)   847-4999, pager #3821

Writing a DNAR (Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate) Order

Orders for DNAR must be written on a Patient Care Status Orders form.  This form can be found in HealthSpan (the electronic medical record), or can be provided to you by the unit secretary.  This form should be completed anytime a patient’s status is anything other than full code and routine care.  It is an excellent tool for providers to communicate patient’s or their surrogate’s desire for acceleration of care.  The Patient Care Status Orders form is particularly helpful to providers when they are covering patients with whom they are not

March 17, 2009

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