The main topics covered in the Pilgrims Hospices Symptom Control Guidelines are:
- Communication: Advice on how to work with a patient with an incurable illness and their family to make sure they understand the terminal prognosis and their treatment. The guide also gives guidance on how to involve patients and families in decision making
- Accurate assessment: The right assessment of physical, psychological, social and spiritual concerns is vital in order for symptoms to be managed effectively.
- Palliative approach: With palliative care there is an emphasis on keeping the patient comfortable and not cure.
- Detailed practical guidance: The guide gives you detailed information about: what to expect in a patient at end of life; the dying phase; how to use a syringe driver.
- Controlling symptoms: There is also guidance on controlling symptoms for patients with lung disease, renal disease, heart failure and diabetes mellitus who are approaching the end of life and for end stage neurological disease.
- Pain management: There is detailed information on the use of Syringe Drivers and dose in end of life care.
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