Palliative care meets acute medicine
We have an ageing population with people living longer with chronic diseases and multiple comorbidities.
Identifying that someone is approaching their “last year of life” is challenging.
People with long-term conditions can be admitted repeatedly to hospital, although this may not be what they would want if asked.
In acute settings, active treatment is often the default course of action.
Busy teams may find it difficult to pause and recognise that someone is dying until that person reaches their final hours or days.
“Timely identification of patients who are in the last year of life is essential in order to plan and deliver the right care for them.”
“Acute admissions are an opportunity to identify patients in time to make a real difference to their care in their last year, and to put things in place proactively to ensure that they receive care in line with their needs and preferences”
RCP & Society of acute medicine Acute care resource – EoL care in the acute care setting