World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 6 May 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Exclusive: ‘Unforgivable’ failings in end-of-life care revealed as 40,000 dying patients subject to secret ‘do not resuscitate’ orders every year

UK – The Telegraph

As many as 40,000 patients a year are having “do not resuscitate orders” secretly imposed on them without their families ever being told, it can be disclosed.

Technology Improves Palliative Care

US – Cumbria Crack

Patients who are nearing the end of their life can now be referred electronically to and from hospices across Cumbria & Lancashire. In situations where time is often even more precious, electronic referrals allow for patients to be referred into the most suitable specialist care more quickly. Previously, patients were referred through hand written faxed documents which were time consuming to prepare and often difficult to read.

Morphine shortage: 90% of cancer, AIDS patients affected

Ghana – Accra FM

The current shortage of morphine in the country’s hospitals has affected treatment given to majority of cancer and AIDS patients, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Tetteh has revealed.

Moving forward in the end-of-life journey

Canada – Stcatharines standard

For the wife and daughters of Peter Marcus, who passed away on May 4, 2014, the first step of their journey began the moment they learned he had a terminal illness.

End-of-life care: New threat of under-treatment for pain

 US – McKnight’s

Amid growing media attention and, active discussions surrounding new recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Prevention, which strongly advise against the use of opioids for the routine management of chronic pain – providers in end-of-life care call for special attention to the exception-to-rule for cancer patients under active treatment, patients receiving palliative care, and those in hospice care.

Holistic care for those facing end-of-life

US – Arizona State University

Erin Kube, who has completed the doctorate in counseling psychology, is being recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student for 2016 in the College of Letters and Sciences.

Mandatory Opioid Training for Doctors Isn’t Necessary

US – New York Times

Consistent with the long American tradition of avoiding the real issues when it comes to euphorigenic drugs, mandatory opioid training for physicians serves as another fantastic distraction but does not address the real problems.

The continued culture change to quality

ehospice USA

Melinda Gabourny, CEO of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. shares some thoughts about quality and key components to be evaluated as home care organizations address the increasingly important culture of care.

The “essence” of palliative care for children

ehospice Ireland

The essence of palliative care is the “human connection”, international expert Professor Philip Liben told delegates at the second international children’s palliative care conference.

Q&A with Colin Burgess, Hospice UK advisory council representative for south east England

ehospice UK

We talk to Colin Burgess, chief executive at St Peter and St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre and Hospice UK advisory council representative for the south east, as part of our series of interviews with different members of the advisory council.

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