Flashcards in End of Life Deck (21):
Achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families
Does palliative care = hospice care?
No; All hospice is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice
Conditions that prompt palliative care
Debility/Failure to Thrive
Most distressing symptom of dying patients is...
How do you treat dyspnea in dying pts?
What do you do for xerostomia?
focuses on controlling pain and other symptoms of illness so patients can remain as comfortable as possible near the end of life
To be eligible for hospice care under most insurance plans, patients must have a life expectancy of ________ or less and agree to forgo curative treatment
What cover hospice costs?
Other health insurance plans
Ability to understand the significant benefits, risks and alternatives to proposed health care and to make and communicate a decision
4 elements of decisional capacity
Understanding, appreciation, reasoning, choice
Who decides competency?
court of law
Legal document that allows the patients to convey their decisions about what type of care they want to receive in the event that they are unable to express their wishes
Spells out types of medical treatments and life-sustaining measures you would like or don’t want
Legal document designating an individual to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so
Medical or health care power of attorney (POA)
Request to not have CPR if heart stops or if you stop breathing
Interventions that sustains or prolongs the operation of vital bodily functions that don’t happen independently
Life sustaining medical treatment
Therapy that should NOT be performed
Data shows that it will not improve the patient’s medical condition
States assisted suicide is legal
Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana
administering a lethal agent by a health care provider to a patient in order to relieve that patient’s unbearable and incurable suffering