Palliative care emergencies in the community may not be common, However, managing and assessing them well can have significant benefits for the patient when they have a shortened period of their life remaining. Making decisions with patients and their families about the benefits and potential burdens of treatment can be tough.
This whole section is dedicated to helping you identify some of the more common emergencies that may occur with advanced disease that you may be asked to manage and offers advice and guidance to help you make the best decisions for your patient. Please also see our section on Keeping Well to access support for your own wellbeing.
Paul Watson – Palliative Care
Paul Watson, project lead for end of life care at the Scottish Ambulance Service talks about how the service is striving to bring better palliative care to patients across Scotland with some discussion around the areas of non-technical skills, “just in case” boxes, and the other tools that can be used to support these patients.
Key points from this podcast:
Remember to check the patients emergency care summary, key information summary. This holds a wealth of useful information.
Don’t feel you need to make decisions on your own. Speak to the patients wider team.
Don’t be afraid to ask your patient directly about their wishes.