With the phasing out of Graseby syringe drivers in Australia and the introduction of alternatives, significant numbers of these useful devices could be made available for palliative care services in the region. The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network introduce their syringe driver exchange programme.
India – The Nation Leader
The Department of Medical Oncology and Anesthesia at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organized a two day education course for MBBS students on basics of pain and palliative care.
Economic progress happens when you give young people freedom. When they follow opportunity, there is no plan for the ageing parents left behind. Soutik Biswas interviews Atul Gawande.
The Times of India
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the country. In Kanpur city alone 10,000 new cancer patients are registered every year in JK Cancer Institute of LLR hospital. To cater such patients, the cancer institute has taken a step forward and has decided to start with the ‘palliative care’ for the terminally-ill patients.
The Times of India
Palliative care can go a long way in ensuring a decent living and can help uplift the patients’ image in society. However, what raises a concern is the insufficient number of such care units in Punjab.
A model halfway home project for paraplegic patients was opened in Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS), Arumana Hospital, on the 24th of March 2015. Funded by Department of Social Justice, Kerala, the project will house four paraplegic patients in a month, who have completed their acute care already.
The Borneo Post
The Palliative Care Association Miri (PCAM) is a non-governmental organisation set up 10 years ago by Dr Mieke van de Leemput from Holland and some of her friends.
The Friends’ Hospice Paphos has just registered its 1,000th admission, a landmark for palliative care in the region. The facility offers its services, free of charge, to people of every nationality, regardless of their ability to pay.
US – Medical Xpress
Intensive care units across the United States vary widely in how they manage the care of patients who have set pre-existing limits on life-sustaining therapies, such as authorizing do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders and prohibiting interventions such as feeding tubes or dialysis, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Canada – Plos One
Coordinated and appropriate health care across sectors is an ongoing challenge, especially at the end of life. Population-level data on end of life health care use and cost, however, are seldom reported across a comprehensive array of sectors. Such data will identify the level of care being provided and areas where care can be optimized.
US – PR Newswire
At a recent National Action Conference hosted by the Institute of Medicine held in Washington, DC, NHPCO wholeheartedly voiced its support for the findings and recommendations of the comprehensive IOM report that highlights the critical need for improvement in end-of-life care in America
US – Medical Xpress
Early initiation of palliative care interventions improves survival and caregiver burden in advanced cancer, according to two studies published online on March 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
US – Healio
The cost of inpatient pediatric palliative care was lower among patients who were near death compared with survivors, according to a recently published study in Pediatrics.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan spoke in support of people with dementia at the first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia, hosted by WHO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the UK Department of Health in Geneva on March 16–17.
Thursdays are a special day at the Nairobi Hospice in the Kenyan capital. It is the day set aside for day care for the patients to meet at the institution to share experiences and talk with the staff. It is a much needed change of environment for patients.
Last Friday saw the launch of important new guidance for hospices, describing how they can best meet local and national demands for care for people affected by a diagnosis of dementia.