The Hospice Companion: Best Practices for Interdisciplinary Care of Advanced Illness (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780197534052

Perry G. Fine
228 Pages
127 x 203 mm
Pub date
Aug 2021
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The Hospice Companion is a guide to the processes of care during the intensive, interpersonal experiences of hospice work. This resource highlights the mission and values of modern-day hospice through the individual and combined efforts of the field's most valuable asset, the hospice professional. This easy-to-navigate clinical decision support tool for caregivers of those with life-limiting illnesses allows for personal and professional growth and a deeply gratifying sense of accomplishment as they proceed in the all-important work of caring for the dying. The fourth edition of The Hospice Companion features a thoroughly current guide to clinical processes and symptom management, providing hospice professionals with a concise summary of changes that have influenced clinical practice over the last several years.


1. General Processes
Palliative Care at the End of Life: Blending Structure and Function
The Interdisciplinary Team (IDT)
2. Personal, Social, and Environmental Processes
Abuse in the Home
Advance Care Planning and Directives for Health-Care Interventions
Changes in Body Image and Loss of Independence
Changes in Family Dynamics
Completing Worldly Business and Life Closure
Controlled Substances: Misuse and Abuse
Cultural Differences: Respect, Understanding, and Adapting Care
Grief Reactions
Living Environment, Finances, and Support Systems
Basic Home Safety
Suicide: Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Coping If It Happens
3. Clinical Processes and Symptom Management
Agitation and Anxiety
Air Hunger (Dyspnea)
Anorexia and Cachexia
Belching and Burping (Eructation)
Bleeding, Draining, and Malodorous Lesions
Diarrhea and Anorectal Problems
Dysphagia and Oropharyngeal Problems
Edema: Peripheral Edema, Ascites, and Lymphedema
Fatigue, Weakness (Aesthenia), and Excessive Sedation
Fever, Flushing, and Diaphoresis
Hiccups (Singultus)
Imminent Death
Insomnia and Nocturnal Restlessness
Nausea and Vomiting
Skeletal Muscle and Bladder Spasms
Skin Breakdown: Prevention and Treatment
Urinary Problems
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
4. Appendices
Appendix 1: Ketamine Protocol
Appendix 2: Clinical/Functional Assessment and Staging
Appendix 3: Lidocaine Infusions for Refractory Neuropathic Pain
Appendix 4: Cannabis and Cannabinoids

About the author: 

Dr. Perry G. Fine is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of Utah, where he serves on the faculty of the Division of Pain Medicine and the Pain Research Center, and he is an attending physician in the Pain Management Center.

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