Symptom Management in Palliative Care of Residents with COVID-19 | Drug News | May 2020
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The goal of palliative and end-of-life care is to improve the quality of life for residents facing a life-limiting and/or life-threatening illness.1 The table below summarizes common symptoms that may be experienced by COVID-19 ill residents at this stage of life and medications recommended for their treatment.
1. Alberta Health Services. Palliative & end of life care (PEOLC). Information for health professionals. 2020. https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page14559.aspx. Accessed April 3, 2020.
2. McAleer K et al. Symptom management for adult patients with COVID-19 receiving end-of-life supportive care outside of the ICU. Adapted from BC Centre for Palliative Care Guidelines. March 2020. https://bc-cpc.ca/cpc/wpcontent/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-End-of-Life-Symptom-Management.pdf. Accessed April 3, 2020.
3. BC Centre for Palliative Care. B.C. inter-professional palliative symptom management guidelines. June 2019.
https://bc-cpc.ca/cpc/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/BCPCClinicalBestPractices-PrintVersionGreyscaleFull.pdf. Accessed March 30, 2020.
4. Watanabe S, Harmosa Garcia AM. Management of noisy respiratory secretions in the final hours to days of life. Alberta Health Services. June 2018. https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/peolc/if-peolc-palliative-care-tips-issue19.pdf. Accessed April 3, 2020.