National University Hospital starts palliative care service in emergency department

NUH ED department starts palliative careSINGAPORE | The Straits Times – 28 July 2014 – The National University Hospital [NUH] is starting a dedicated palliative care service in its emergency department (ED) to relieve patients’ suffering. Doctors see the need as more elderly have died in the ED in the past two years. “As our population ages, patients with advanced chronic illness and crisis events such as severe pneumonia or heart attack, are likely to increase,” said Associate Consultant for Emergency Medicine Rakhee Yash Pal at NUH. “The default mode in emergency medicine is maximum resuscitation, but not every patient might want or benefit from that…read more

An article from Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada). More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET