DRUGS COMMONLY USED IN HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE


Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO) is developing Fact Sheets on important topics relating to health care decisions needed for people in potentially life-threatening circumstances.

One area that most families are not familiar with is the drugs commonly used in hospice and palliative care.  Information about these drugs is needed to understand treatment options that are proposed and to evaluate these choices for effectiveness of care.  Please click on the following link:

Drugs Commonly Used in Hospice and Palliative Care

FACT SHEET: DRUGS COMMONLY USED IN HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
When a loved one is seriously ill, having accurate information at your fingertips will enable you to advocate for them, to ensure that they receive appropriate treatment for pain and other unpleasant symptoms. Your knowledge and vigilance may even save a life!
HALO’s new fact sheet is a guide to help patients and families discuss with their physicians and caregivers the drugs used to treat pain and other symptoms. It lists many of the drugs most commonly used in hospice and palliative care and their side effects. The dangers of certain combinations of drugs and the ways in which these powerful drugs may be inappropriately used are also explained. Additionally, this fact sheet provides essential information about pain control in general.




To order multiple copies, contact HALO at feedback@HALOrganization.com or mail your request to HALO, PO Box 324, Chisago City, MN 55013. Donations to cover the cost of printing and postage will be gratefully accepted.
Comments:
“This is soooo well done!! This definitely will be a great resource for patients and families!”
Cristen Krebs, DNP, ANP-BC.
"I think this fact sheet will be a tremendously helpful resource for the patients and families we serve. We extol human dignity and exhort people to protect and defend life at all stages. However, there is a scarcity of practical, detailed advice for patients and families struggling to do just that when a loved one is seriously ill or at the end stage of life. This is why HALO's mission is so incredibly necessary."
Stephanie Hopping, HALO Advisory Board Member



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