Hospice Companion Best Practices for Interdisciplinary Assessment and Care of Common Problems During the Last Phase of Life

ISBN-10: 0199840792
ISBN-13: 9780199840793
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Book details

List price: $23.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/12/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

More than ever it is incumbent upon those who provide care to those with life-limiting illnesses to be keenly aware of both the extent and the limits of technological advances that can add either great burden or great benefit to seriously ill patients and their families. The Hospice Companion has been created to operationalize the mission and values of modern-day hospice through the individual and combined efforts of our most valuable asset, the hospice professional.The Hospice Companion is intended as a guide through which some mastery of the seemingly complex, challenging, and oftentimes chaotic world of advanced disease may be derived. Use of this "tool" to direct processes of care during the intensive interpersonal experiences of hospice work should allow the greatest opportunity for personal and professional growth and a deeply gratifying sense of accomplishment as you proceed in the all-important work of caring for the dying.The second edition features a thoroughly current guide to clinical processes and symptom management, providing hospice professionals with a concise summary of changes that have influenced clinical practice over the last several years. Moreover, each chapter now concludes with a list of recommended readings, culled from the complete literature searches were done for each symptom complex.

Contributors
General Processes
Palliative Care at the End of Life: Blending Structure and Function
The Interdisciplinary Team (IDT)
Documentation
Personal, Social, and Environmental Processes
Abuse in the Home
Advance Care Planning and Directives for Health-care Interventions
Changes in Body Image and Loss of Independence
Changes in Family Dynamics
Completing Worldly Business and Life Closure
Controlled Substances: Misuse and Abuse
Cultural Differences: Respect, Understanding, and Adapting Care
Denial
Grief Reactions
Living Environment, Finances, and Support Systems
Basic Home Safety
Suicide: Risk, Prevention, and Coping If It Happens
Clinical Processes and Symptom Management
Air Hunger (Dyspnea)
Agitation and Anxiety
Anorexia and Cachexia
Belching and Burping (Eructation)
Bleeding, Oozing, and Malodorous Lesions
Confusion/Delirium
Constipation
Coughing
Depression
Diarrhea and Anorectal Problems
Dysphagia and Oropharyngeal Problems
Edema: Peripheral Edema, Ascites, and Lymphedema
Fatigue, Weakness (Aesthenia), and Excessive Sedation
Fever and Diaphoresis
Hiccups
Imminent Death
Insomnia and Nocturnal Restlessness
Nausea and Vomiting
Pain
Pruritus
Seizures
Skeletal Muscle and Bladder Spasms
Skin Breakdown: Prevention and Treatment
Urinary Problems
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
Appendices
Palliative Radiation Therapy in End-of-Life Care: Evidence-Based Utilization
Principles of Pharmacotherapy
Ketamine Protocol
Clinical/Functional Assessment and Staging
Index

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