Palliative best practices improve hospital care

01/23/2014 | McKnight's Long-Term Care News

When hospital staff used palliative care practices common in home-based hospice, it led to more dying patients getting opioids to ease pain and help them breath, along with antipsychotic drugs to help reduce delirium and agitation, researchers reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers found that after staff received training in palliative care best practices, patients also were more likely to have advance directives and less likely to have nasogastric tubes.

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