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Symptom Management in Palliative Care of Residents with COVID-19 | Drug News | May 2020

May 2020 | Drug Information and News for Health Care Providers | View PDF

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. 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. Accessed April 3, 2020.
3. BC Centre for Palliative Care. B.C. inter-professional palliative symptom management guidelines. June 2019. 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. Accessed April 3, 2020.

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