Acute care responds to life-threatening emergencies, acute exacerbation of chronic illnesses and many routine health problems that require prompt action. Recognising that a person is at the end of life is important if the person is to receive appropriate care.
A significant proportion of patients deteriorate and die in hospital. The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care has been working to improve end-of-life care by developing resources to support safe, high-quality end-of-life care. The National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care was developed in partnership with health consumers and carers, experts in the field, representatives from public and private hospitals and health services, professional colleges, state and territory health departments, and other government health agencies. The Consensus Statement was endorsed by Australian Health Ministers in May 2015.
The End-of-Life Essentials (EoLE) Project is run by Flinders University with funding through the National Palliative Care Program. EoLE offers free peer-reviewed online education modules on health care at the end of life in acute hospitals for nurses, doctors and allied health professionals. The content of the modules has been developed from the ACSQHC National End-of-life Consensus Statement. A range of implementation tools are also available to assist managers and clinicians to implement a unified approach to strategies and processes which will inform end-of-life care. EoLE is a CareSearch partner.
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