Medications Commonly Used in Hospice
Posted on: June 28, 2014
The key elements to symptom control include assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and reassessment. The treatment falls into pharmacological and non-pharmacological modalities.
The Need for a Holistic Approach:
Hospice philosophy includes a holistic approach where non-drug, “complementary therapies” are added to
*The patient should be told before a medication is given, even if you think he or she cannot comprehend the information.
*Frequently assess the pain level of the patient by asking him or her the level of the pain. If the patient is able to speak, do not assess the pain simply by his or her behavior. Some people will laugh or make jokes to mask their pain. Behavior is NOT always an indicator of pain! *PLEASE SEE MORE DETAILED INFORMATION BY CLICKING ON THE “EDUCATION” TAB ON THE HOME PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE. THEN CLICK ON “END-OF-LIFE PAIN MANAGEMENT” (SPECIFICALLY “PAIN ASSESSMENT” AND “WHAT IS TOTAL PAIN?”).
For more detailed information on specific medications commonly used in hospice care, their common side effects, how they are best used, when they are contraindicated with other medications, etc. please