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Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

As the nation’s elderly population swells, more older Americans are visiting the emergency room, which can be an overcrowded, disorienting and even traumatic place. One survey found 1 in 6 visits to the ER were made by an older patient, a proportion that’s expected to rise as baby boomers age.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

Most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Most hospitals offer palliative care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment, while providing emotional support and assistance in navigating the health system. But hospital programs vary widely, and the majority fail to provide adequate staff to meet national […]

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
State suspends medical director of Seattle Pain Centers

State suspends medical director of Seattle Pain Centers

Action impacts eight clinics throughout Washington From the Washington State Medical Commission: The Washington State Medical Commission suspended the medical license of Frank D. Li for alleged violations of the Uniform Disciplinary Act and for violation of the Washington State Pain Rules. The charges say Dr. Li consistently provided treatment that was an extreme departure […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Palliative care sometimes adds to families’ stress burden, study

Palliative care sometimes adds to families’ stress burden, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Palliative-care counseling from trained specialists is not routinely needed for all families of patients with chronic critical illnesses and sometimes it might worsen their emotional distress, cautions a recent study. Habitually providing scarce palliative care services to cases indiscriminately may be ineffective when the meetings are limited to just […]

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News A new study offers surprising findings about end-of-life care — specifically, physicians tend to be more likely to accommodate the advanced-care wishes of patients with cancer or dementia than renal disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or frailty.

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More