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Effective Management of End-of-Life Symptoms: Use of the Comfort Care Kit with Hospice Patients

By Nana Assabill

Hospice means a place to live as fully and comfortable as possible. Management of symptoms related to the end of life (EOL) is an essential part of helping patients die comfortable and with dignity. Research has shown that EOL patients develop sudden symptoms and are “terminally transferred” to emergency departments unnecessarily. Emergency kits such as the Comfort Care Kit have been developed by pharmaceutical companies through research and expert opinions to help hospice nurses to manage sudden symptoms pharmacologically. This research will look at the effectiveness and hospice nurses’ satisfaction of the use of the Comfort Care Kit by the Family Hospice of Indiana County. Data will be collected by review of medication disposal forms after patients die and survey of hospice nurses.

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