Integrating palliative care in the out-of-hospital setting: Four things to jump-start an EMS-palliative care initiative

Sangeeta Lamba, Terri A. Schmidt, Garrett K. Chan, Knox H. Todd, Corita R. Grudzen, David E. Weissman, Tammie E. Quest

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Abstract

Emergency medical service (EMS) is frequently called to care for a seriously ill patient with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. The seriously ill include both the acutely injured patients (for example in mass casualty events) and those who suffer from advanced stages of a chronic disease (for example severe malignant pain). EMS therefore plays an important role in delivering realistic, appropriate, and timely care that is consistent with the patient's wishes and in treating distressing symptoms in those who are seriously ill. The purpose of this article is to; 1) review four case scenarios that relate to palliative care and may be commonly encountered in the out-of-hospital setting and 2) provide a road map by suggesting four things to do to start an EMS-palliative care initiative in order to optimize out-of-hospital care of the seriously ill and increase preparedness of EMS providers in these difficult situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-520
Number of pages10
JournalPrehospital Emergency Care
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • emergency medical service
  • integration
  • out of hospital
  • palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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    Lamba, S., Schmidt, T. A., Chan, G. K., Todd, K. H., Grudzen, C. R., Weissman, D. E., & Quest, T. E. (2013). Integrating palliative care in the out-of-hospital setting: Four things to jump-start an EMS-palliative care initiative. Prehospital Emergency Care, 17(4), 511-520. https://doi.org/10.3109/10903127.2013.811566