During the COVID-19 pandemic we will all become palliative care providers.

This article in the Washington post, Coronavirus has given doctors a new job: Palliative care, gives a good insight into how and why.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/23/coronavirus-has-given-doctors-new-job-palliative-care/

Along with managing the intricacies of ventilators and other treatments, and no matter the final outcome, clinicians will be required to:

  • manage distressing symptoms,
  • have complex and difficult conversations,
  • support decision making based a patient’s medical condition, their goals and values and the realities of the medical system, 
  • manage psychosocial and existential distress
  • AND maintain personal resilience and well-being

PALPRAC wants to support colleagues in this task.

Palliative care virtual support to healthcare professionals

PALPRAC PalliCOVID Conversation hour

PALPRAC is responding to requests from colleagues for advice and information around palliative care during the current epidemic. COVID-19 is a serious illness, well suited to a palliative care approach. IN effect we will all becoming pallitaive care providers during this pandemic.

PALPRAC will host PalliCOVID Conversation Hours, facilitated by two palliative care specialists who have kindly offered their time to make their expertise available to the medical community. Bring your questions and conundrums to discuss, every Tuesday and Thursday from 28 April onwards, 4-5 pm.

Please register to attend any of the meetings: https://forms.gle/1WAcqtdMvM48G7KE6

Guidelines for health care professionals

Palliative care patients need ongoing care during the COVID crises. Now more than ever, discussions around their goals and wishes will be important. Many might want to stay at home even if they become Covid-19 positive. This guideline will assist in the management of these patients in their homes.

Healthcare practitioners from various disciplines are likely to be involved in the care of seriously ill patients with Covid-19. Along with the acute management of these patients, alleviating distressing symptoms and skilful communication will help ensure compassionate and dignified care. The following guide will be a useful reference in offering palliative care to these patients within the South Africa context. 

Hand outs to families and carers

Caring for a dying loved one at home can be daunting. This hand out will assist families and carers in understanding what the elements of care are. that needs to be paid attention to in this time.

Oral morphine is an important component in the management of dyspnoea and pain due to Covid-19. Use this flyer to give clear instructions to families on the use of oral morphine at home.

During the COVID crises families will unlikely be able to visit their loved ones. Use this handout for families to tell health care care workers in hospitals or care facilities a little more about their loved one and to ensure that the right family contact details are available.

Carers need to be able to stay safe while caring for COVID positive patients, for the sake of themselves, their patients and their own community. This guide will assist them in doing so.
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