Decision making in palliative care - A guide to approaching care choices
A review of how to apply key concepts in clinical decision making: quality of life, goals of care, medical futility, and burden.
Decision making in palliative care (190kb pdf)
From: Palliative Info, Canada
Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts - Additional resources relating to investigations and procedures
# 177 Palliative Treatment of Malignant Ascites
This Fast Fact will review treatment approaches and the important role of determining the Serum Ascites-Albumin Gradient as a diagnostic and treatment aid.
# 157 Malignant Pleural Effusions Interventional Management
This Fast Fact reviews key facts regarding effusion management.
# 084 Swallow Studies, Tube Feeding and the Death Spiral, 2nd ed
The reflex by families and doctors to provide nutrition for the patient who cannot swallow is overwhelming.
# 209 Malignant Pericardial Effusions
Malignant pericardial effusions (MPEs) are a rare complication of advanced cancer, but are associated with high morbidity and mortality. This Fast Fact discusses the diagnosis and management of MPEs.
# 230 Using Non-Invasive Ventilation at the End-of-Life
Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV, often called 'BiPAP') is commonly used in patients with respiratory failure from COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), and other disorders. This Fast Fact discusses medical decision making around the use of Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) at the end-of-life.
# 231 Practical Aspects of Using NPPV at the End-of-Life
This Fast Fact discusses practical aspects of how using NPPV can be used to palliate dyspnea in dying patients.
From: Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts (US)
How to - Procedural guidance on ascitic and pleural taps
From: Palliative Guidelines PLUS
Last updated 16 February 2017