Integration of palliative care into emergency medicine: The Improving Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine (IPAL-EM) collaboration

Sangeeta Lamba, Paul L. Desandre, Knox H. Todd, Eric N. Bryant, Garrett K. Chan, Corita R. Grudzen, David E. Weissman, Tammie E. Quest

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Abstract

Background Emergency department (ED) providers commonly care for seriously ill patients who suffer from advanced, chronic, life-limiting illnesses in addition to those that are acutely ill or injured. Both the chronically ill and those who present in extremis may benefit from application of palliative care principles. Case Report We present a case highlighting the opportunities and need for better integration of emergency medicine and palliative care. Discussion We offer practical guidelines to the ED faculty/administrators who seek to enhance the quality of patient care in their own unique ED setting by starting an initiative that better integrates palliative principles into daily practice. Specifically, we outline four things to do to jumpstart this collaborative effort. Conclusion The Improving Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine project sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care is a resource that assists ED health care providers with the process and structure needed to integrate palliative care into the ED setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • emergency department
  • emergency medicine
  • integration
  • palliative care

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