Palliative Care services provide valuable input into symptom management for improved quality of life. There are many palliative care teams across metropolitan and rural South Australia. A referral to a local palliative care service is sometimes best made early in a person's disease process.
When the focus becomes palliative and patients are thought to be in the final phase of life, their condition can deteriorate quickly. Additional supports may need to be mobilised rapidly, particularly if the patient wishes to die at home.
Respiratory failure due to muscle weakness, aspiration, or infection.
Multi-system organ failure leading to gut dysfunction.
Pain can be a significant issue in the last few days.Use opiods for background analgesia and provide breakthrough doses.
Consider medications for terminal phase dyspnoea.
For further information about palliative care contact the specialist palliative care service.
Consider early involvement of palliative care specialists.