Cost Savings Vary by Length of Stay for Inpatients Receiving Palliative Care Consultation Services | Abstract

Conclusion: Cost savings due to PC are realized for short and medium LOS but not stays >30 days. These findings suggest savings can be achieved by earlier involvement of palliative care, and support screening efforts to identify patients who can benefit from PC services early in an admission.

via Cost Savings Vary by Length of Stay for Inpatients Receiving Palliative Care Consultation Services | Abstract.

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Deciding When to Enter a Palliative Care Unit – NYTimes.com

It’s a tough situation: you have a fatal condition. You require care beyond what family members can provide at home. But with a prognosis of more than six months to live, you are not ready for hospice care.

via Deciding When to Enter a Palliative Care Unit – NYTimes.com.

Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News

Many seniors think Medicare made a mistake when they find out they were never officially admitted to the hospital despite a several-day stay.

via Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News.

Hospitals should be rated on their care of older people, Royal College of Physicians recommends | BMJ

The Royal College of Physicians is to review its training and assessment processes in light of the Francis inquiry, to ensure that trainee doctors are encouraged to focus on quality and that their competence in raising concerns and treating patients with dignity is assessed.

via Hospitals should be rated on their care of older people, Royal College of Physicians recommends | BMJ.

Seriously ill hospitalized patients’ perspectives on the benefits and harms of two models of hospital CPR discussions

Participants’ reactions to expert-endorsed discussion components varied. Most would feel uncomfortable receiving a doctor’s recommendation about CPR.

via Seriously ill hospitalized patients’ perspectives on the benefits and harms of two models of hospital CPR discussions.

Assessing the impact of palliative care in the intensive car… : Current Opinion in Critical Care

Delivery of palliative care in the ICU will be hampered until studies incorporate outcomes that are: responsive to and reflective of variations in care, and multi-faceted (with patient-centered components) to reflect the multi-dimensional nature of palliative care and the varied needs of different stakeholders.

via Assessing the impact of palliative care in the intensive car… : Current Opinion in Critical Care.

Does Serum Albumin and Creatinine Predict Survival of Inpatient Palliative Care Patients?

Discussion and Conclusion: Albumin and creatinine are prognostically important.

via Does Serum Albumin and Creatinine Predict Survival of Inpatient Palliative Care Patients?.

Factors Associated With Utilization of an Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Service in an Urban Public Hospital

The increased PCC utilization for immigrants is in contrast to previously reported literature. This increased use may be because access to services in a municipal hospital is not driven by demographic and socioeconomic factors.

via Factors Associated With Utilization of an Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Service in an Urban Public Hospital.

A Clinical Tool for Evaluating Emotional Well-Being: Self-Drawings of Hospitalized Children

eir surgical treatment. A sample of 293 children produced self-drawings (hospitalized n=168, non-hospitalized n=125). The results indicate significant differences between drawings by hospitalized compared to non-hospitalized children, including size, color and omission of body parts. These differences were interpreted in line with previous analyses of projective drawing. We conclude that self-drawing evaluation is a useful tool to reveal insights into emotional wellbeing, promoting safe and easy communication.

via A Clinical Tool for Evaluating Emotional Well-Being: Self-Drawings of Hospitalized Children.

The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients – Springer

One in six people in acute hospitals experience UPAR pain on ‘at risk’ or PU skin sites; one in every 8 people without PUs and, more than 2 out of every five people with PUs. The results provide a clear indication that all patients should be asked if they have pain at pressure areas even when they do not have a PU.

via The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients – Springer.