end of life


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end of life

Cardiac pacing
noun The point at which a pacemaker signals a need for replacement, as its battery is nearing depletion.
 
Medspeak
adjective Referring to a final period (hours, days, weeks, months) in a person’s life, in which it is medically obvious that death is imminent or a terminal moribund state cannot be prevented. As in, end-of-life care.

End-of-life care—making decisions 
Initiate discussion: 
• Establish supportive doctor-patient relationship;
• Designate surrogate decision maker;
• Identify patient’s general preferences.
Clarify prognosis: 
• Keep message clear, avoid misunderstanding;
• Acknowledge prognostic limitations.
Identify end-of-life goals: 
• Determine if preferences have changed;
• Identify individual priorities.
Develop treatment plan: 
• Help patient understand treatment options;
• Discuss resuscitation;
• Discuss palliative care.
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Act 39, An Act Relating to Patient Choice and Control at End of Life
In la Crosse, WI, end of life planning begins early.
Communication in the intensive care unit about end of life.
Applications are considered in the following areas: Exploring variation in care at the end of life - research with the potential to enable a better understanding of the way in which the experience of care at the end of life varies across the UK.
Teesside University will give advice on how to get more involved through Compassionate Communities - a project that will help to develop awareness in the community of end of life issue.
Additionally, among patients relying on their religious beliefs to cope with their illness, spiritual support reduced their risk of receiving aggressive medical interventions at the end of life.
This guide aims to help break down that taboo and gives valuable guidance about our rights at the end of life.
The document, launched by Dignity in Dying, the leading campaigning organisation promoting patient choice at the end of life, claims there is "an overwhelming majority" of people who want more choice about where they die, pain relief, access to quality health care and not to have life prolonged against their wishes.
The programs GAO identified initiate and encourage advance care planning for the end of life and assist individuals with making decisions about future medical care, such as completing advance directives and identifying health care proxies, that is, those who can make health care decisions on behalf of the individual.
Attitudes about care at the end of life among clinicians: A quick, reliable, and valid assessment instrument.
Palliative care should be continued through the end of life to ensure that the patient and family have time to meet personal goals and resolve any conflicts they may have (Ferrell & Coyle, 2002).
Lastly, the directive requires automobile manufacturers to recover 85% of vehicle (by weight) at end of life, of which 80% must be reused or recycled.