Lightning Learning: Palliative & End of Life Care

Lightning Learning: Palliative & End of Life Care

“I’d like to talk to you about what is happening and what is important to you so we can provide the care you want – is that okay?”
— advice is based on local guidelines & procedures

STOP!

Palliative care: the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive disease.

End of Life care: care provided in the last year of life that includes patients…

  • who may die in the coming hours or days

  • with advanced, progressive, incurable conditions

  • with general frailty and coexisting conditions which mean they are expected to
    die within 12 months

  • at risk of dying from an acute crisis

  • with a life-threatening acute conditions caused by sudden events

LOOK

The last year of life is often punctuated by multiple admissions to hospital. Almost half of these deaths occur in acute hospitals.

Around 1 in 3 patients admitted as an emergency will die within 12 months of admission.

Many patients admitted through ED will benefit from a palliative approach to care alongside treatment.

Offering a conversation about uncertain recovery and identifying the patient’s priorities helps us to agree a management and escalation plan.

Lightning Learning: GREAT Palliative Discharge

Lightning Learning: GREAT Palliative Discharge

“How are you? Do you really want to know?"

“How are you? Do you really want to know?"