A day in the life: a case series of acute care palliative medicine--the Cleveland model.
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2008 Feb-Mar;25(1):24-32
Authors: Lagman R, Walsh D, Heintz J, Legrand SB, Davis MP
Palliative care in advanced disease is complex. Knowledge and experience of symptom control and management of multiple complications are essential. An interdisciplinary team is also required to meet the medical and psychosocial needs in life-limiting illness. Acute care palliative medicine is a new concept in the spectrum of palliative care services. Acute care palliative medicine, integrated into a tertiary academic medical center, provides expert medical management and specialized care as part of the spectrum of acute medical care services to this challenging patient population. The authors describe a case series to provide a snapshot of a typical day in an acute care inpatient palliative medicine unit. The cases illustrate the sophisticated medical care involved for each individual and the important skill sets of the palliative medicine specialist required to provide high-quality acute medical care for the very ill.
PMID: 18292480 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]