Management of oncological emergencies on the acute take.

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Management of oncological emergencies on the acute take.

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2018 Jul 02;79(7):384-388

Authors: Ni Chleirigh R, Gray S, Mitchell CC

In 2008, recommendations from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death identified large variations in the quality and safety of delivery of systemic anti-cancer therapy. In 49% of cases it was felt there was room for improvement and in 27% of cases treatment actually caused or hastened death. Every hospital with an emergency department and/or specialist oncology beds should therefore have a fully functioning acute oncology service to align acute oncology with urgent care. Many patients will still present via the acute take and therefore acute physicians need to be aware of the role of the acute oncology teams and management of oncology emergencies. This article discusses the role of the acute oncology team, management of acute oncology emergencies, namely neutropenic sepsis, metastatic spinal cord compression and superior vena cava obstruction, and important points for acute teams to consider.

PMID: 29995539 [PubMed - in process]

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