Of particular interest in this week's issue of Media Watch (copy attached):
Integration of palliative care into COVID-19 pandemic planning
BMJ SUPPORTIVE & PALLIATIVE CARE | Online – 9 June 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to surpass the healthcare system’s capacity to provide intensive care to all patients who deteriorate as a result of the disease. This poses a unique challenge to healthcare teams of rationing care during a pandemic when resources are scarce. Healthcare providers will need to acquire new skills in care decision making and effective symptom control for patients who do not receive life-saving measures. In this review, the authors describe some of the important palliative care (PC) considerations that need to be incorporated into COVID-19 pandemic planning. The main aspects to be considered include decision algorithms for rationing care, training on effective symptoms management, alternative delivery methods of PC services such as telemedicine and finally death and bereavement support for surviving family members who are likely to be isolated from their loved one at the moment of death. Full text: https://bit.ly/2YslIRp
Human touch via touchscreen: Rural nurses’ experiential perspectives on telehealth use in pediatric hospice care
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This week's issue of Media Watch (copy attached) includes several articles, reports, etc., on COVID-19 from the lay press and specialist publications. Of particular interest:
Response and role of palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A national telephone survey of hospices in Italy
End-of-life care in the emergency department for the patient imminently dying of a highly transmissible acute respiratory infection (such as COVID-19)
COVID-19: Professional Resources
The International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care has put together a list of resources relevant to palliative care and COVID-19, with links to websites and documents published by academia, civil society organizations, member states and special agencies of the United Nations. Download/view at:https://bit.ly/2QQ1q1t
N.B. In the issue of Media Watch dated 23 March 2020, a BBC News report mentioned that the U.K. Association for Palliative Medicine or Great Britain & Ireland was working on guidelines vis-à-vis palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact the Association for further information at: https://bit.ly/2UoMKHi