Identifying Medication Errors in Hospice Care
Medication errors are difficult to quantify in home hospice care, since the patients and their families are doing most of the medication administration themselves. This is a story about how one family members’ inquisitive attitude and partnership with her husband’s hospice nurse prevented a potentially serious medication error.
November 30, 2016
End of life (EOL)
Death With Dignity Provides Options for Patients at the End of Life
As advances in medicine and technology allow more people to live longer, fuller lives, our already-burdened healthcare system is experiencing unique problems. An aging body is often accompanied by complex, debilitating illnesses. The incapacitating nature of advanced disease coupled with the fears of pain, suffering, and loss of autonomy at the end of life, bring forth the question of quality versus quantity of life. Ubiquitous opinions surrounding ethical and moral decisions make right-to-die issues a controversial but increasingly significant topic.
February 09, 2016
Chemotherapy Near the End of Life Questioned
A new study has added to the growing body of medical literature questioning widespread use of chemotherapy near the end of life in patients with cancer who have poor prognoses. The findings were reported in JAMA Oncology.
October 13, 2015