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Palliative Care in the Medical, Surgical, and Geriatric Patient Care Unit 

Palliative Care in the Medical, Surgical, and Geriatric Patient Care Unit
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Palliative Care in the Medical, Surgical, and Geriatric Patient Care Unit
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Phyllis B. Whitehead

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10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0008
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date: 22 October 2019

This chapter discusses the specialized role of the palliative care advanced practice registered nurse in the ever-changing acute care environment. More than 50% of all deaths occur medical and surgical unit where the focus is on active, curative treatment, not on managing symptoms and establishing realistic goals of care. Palliative care advanced practice registered nurses are uniquely qualified to care for seriously ill patients by providing comprehensive, effective, compassionate, and cost-effective care that improves end-of-life care in acute care settings. Care must be focused on patients with common conditions including end-stage renal disease dementia, hip fractures, and pulmonary conditions and their associated sequalae. ..

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