Palliative Care ‡ Most important part of end-of-life care ‡ Refers to providing relief from the suffering caused by pain or other symptoms of terminal disease ‡ Make pt more comfortable ‡ Peripheral and central lines. supplemental oxygen discontinued to allow pt die peacefully ‡ Relocating to a quiet. private room & allowing family members to be present . measurement of signs.

palliative care is sometimes avoided and this results to problems because reality of impending death is avoided ‡ Well-negotiated transition to palliative care decreases anxiety after the pt and family go through an appropriate anticipatory grief reaction . curative treatment palliative care is 1st tangible sign that the pt will die ‡ Transition that is emotionally difficult consequently.Palliative Care ‡ Shift from active.

depressed. or overtly psychotic ‡ Psychiatric meds can be prescribed to provide relief ‡ A careful evaluation of suicide potential is required for all patients ‡ Suicidal pt = an attendant or nurse can be assigned on a 24-hr basis ‡ Relationship bet observer and pt may have therapeutic overtones (especially to depressed and abandoned pts) .Palliative Care ‡ Psychiatric consultation is indicated for pt who become severely anxious. suicidal.