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Lessons Learned from Caring for Patients with COVID-19 at the End of Life.

by Kelemen, Anne; Rao, Anirudh.
Citation: Journal of Palliative Medicine. 24(3):468-471, 2021 03.; .Journal: Journal of palliative medicine.Published: 2021; ; ; ISSN: 1557-7740.Full author list: Kelemen A; Rao A.UI/PMID: 32833568.Subject(s): *COVID-19/mo [Mortality] | *COVID-19/nu [Nursing] | *COVID-19/px [Psychology] | *Hospice Care/px [Psychology] | *Nursing Staff, Hospital/px [Psychology] | *Palliative Care/px [Psychology] | *Terminal Care/px [Psychology] | *Withholding Treatment | Academic Medical Centers | Adult | Aged | COVID-19/ep [Epidemiology] | Fatal Outcome | Female | Hospitals, Urban | Humans | Male | Middle Aged | United States/ep [Epidemiology]Institution(s): MedStar Washington Hospital CenterDepartment(s): Medicine/Palliative CareActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal ArticleOnline resources: Click here to access online Digital Object Identifier: (Click here) Abbreviated citation: J Palliat Med. 24(3):468-471, 2021 03; .Local Holdings: Available online through MWHC library: 2013 to the present.Abstract: Over 140,000 people in the United States have died as a result of infection with COVID-19. These patients have varying death experiences based on their location of death, the availability and utilization of various medical technologies, the amount of strain on the local health care system, the involvement of specialist palliative care (PC) teams, and access to essential medications to alleviate symptoms at the end of life. The objective of this report is to describe the death experiences of four patients cared for in an urban academic medical center who received very different degrees of medical interventions and to examine the interventions of our interdisciplinary PC team. We conclude that PC teams must adapt to this new landscape by creating best practices for ensuring adequate symptom control, modifying approaches for withdrawal of life-sustaining medical technologies, and gaining facility with communication through teleconferencing platforms to meet the challenge of alleviating suffering for people dying from COVID-19.

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