Availability of Heart Failure Medications in Hospice Care.

  title={Availability of Heart Failure Medications in Hospice Care.},
  author={Hillary D. Lum and Carolyn Horney and David Koets and Jean Kutner and Daniel D. Matlock},
  journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care},
  volume={33 10},
BACKGROUND Availability of cardiac medications in hospice for acute symptom management of heart failure is unknown. This study explored hospice approaches to cardiac medications for patients with heart failure. METHODS Descriptive study using a quantitative survey of 46 US hospice agencies and clinician interviews. RESULTS Of 31 hospices that provided standard home medication kits for acute symptom management, only 1 provided medication with cardiac indications (oral furosemide). Only 22… CONTINUE READING

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