Management of emergent conditions in palliative care.


Emergent conditions arising in patients with advanced terminal disease are inevitable and create stressful situations for patients, caregivers, and health care personnel. Discussions regarding appropriate levels of intervention based on parameters such as patient wishes, proper access to documentation of those wishes, location of care, cognitive status and extent of clinical decline are important to have before crisis situations. Common emergencies to be addressed include those that may or may not be associated with advanced malignancies, including compression syndromes, superior vena cava syndrome, hypercalcemia, acute dyspnea, seizures, acute urinary and bowel obstructions, massive hemorrhage, cardiac tamponade, acute embolic phenomenon, and psychiatric emergencies. Although not all clinical scenarios will be addressed in this article, the more common ones will be discussed.

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@article{WredeSeaman2001ManagementOE, title={Management of emergent conditions in palliative care.}, author={L D Wrede-Seaman}, journal={Primary care}, year={2001}, volume={28 2}, pages={317-28} }