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Symptom control with the syringe driver 

Symptom control with the syringe driver
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Symptom control with the syringe driver
Author(s):

Andrew Dickman

and Jennifer Schneider

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198733720.003.0004
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date: 03 July 2022

Symptoms tend to increase during the last days and weeks of life and pharmacological interventions are essential for adequate alleviation. Common symptoms experienced by patients at the end of life include pain, respiratory tract secretions, agitation, delirium, restlessness, nausea, and vomiting. The oral route should be used where possible, but as the patient’s condition deteriorates, it may no longer be feasible to administer medication this way. It is likely that patients will require a combination of drugs to control their coexisting medical conditions as well as for pain and other symptom management. A CSCI provides a simple and effective way to maintain control of commonly encountered symptoms experienced by patients with advanced disease. This chapter discusses how CSCIs of certain drugs can be used to manage such symptoms.

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