Palliative Care Nursing Case Studies

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Nurses on call would have to take a bulky folder home, that contained only an extract of information from each patient’s file.

If they were called out to see a patient overnight, they had incomplete information to base their clinical care and decisions on.

Pal Care has also meant that using audit as a tool for continuous improvement has been enhanced.

Instead of manually searching through piles of paper records, audit reports are now generated in a few clicks.“I really hope the new payment models and structure under ACA will by necessity include palliative care more,” Rosenberg says.“So many people are struggling for a long time when they really should have been in hospice or palliative care.” The ACA focuses on improved quality of care, and the health industry is collecting data that shows how expensive end-of-life care is when patients spend their last days in and out of hospitals.Palliative care’s recent growth has been partly fueled by the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) focus on improving healthcare quality.“It’s a very important topic,” says Walter Rosenberg, MSW, LCSW, manager of transitional care, health and aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.Goulburn Valley Hospice Care is a community palliative care service that covers a 2500 square kilometre area in Victoria, a large portion of which is rural.Since introducing Pal Care, they have found that updating patient information whilst on the road has meant that, should a patient then phone the office, up to date information is immediately available to hospice staff taking the call.Mary Potter Hospice have taken advantage of the ability to give local GPs access to their own patients on Pal Care (the "primary care initiative" in the following case study).As told by one of their staff members: "Families are also our patients and they are getting enhanced care because of the primary care initiative.To learn more or modify/prevent the use of cookies, see our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy.How Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber funded training significantly increases practice based Advance Care Planning in settings across the district.

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