WDYS: Palliation – Expert and Community Commentary

This month’s case featured a patient who could benefit from a palliative care consult initiated by Emergency Department clinicians. We focused on talking to patients and families about palliative care issues, and initiating this conversation before patients were admitted.  […]

WDYS: Palliation

Patients come to the emergency department at all stages of their illnesses, seeking medical care, emotional comfort, and improved quality of life. For a growing subset of chronically ill patients, care at the emergency department should not only include life-prolonging interventions traditionally associated with a visit to the ED, but routine care should also include early palliative care intervention.