Symptom Management

PharmSmart: Two thousand and two, two thousand and three . . . Why can’t I sleep?
PharmSmart: Two thousand and two, two thousand and three . . . Why can’t I sleep?
June 18, 2021

Sleep disorders are very common in society today - including patients receiving hospice care. Pain, anxiety, and depression are frequently present along with ...

PharmSmart: Phenytoin Phacts (Dilantin)
PharmSmart: Phenytoin Phacts (Dilantin)
May 30, 2021

GG is a 67 year old female who was admitted to hospice care 3 weeks ago with a diagnosis of breast cancer with metastasis to the brain. The patient has had ...

General Inpatient Hospice Care: Better Outcomes for Patients, Better Outcomes for You
General Inpatient Hospice Care: Better Outcomes for Patients, Better Outcomes for You
April 28, 2021

While understanding and acceptance of the Medicare Hospice Benefit has grown in recent years, there are still knowledge gaps about the higher levels of hospice ...

Understanding the Nutritional Needs of the Dying
Understanding the Nutritional Needs of the Dying
March 25, 2021

Your hospice partner can help you understand the intersection of diet and end-of-life care. In the U.S., we often think of nutrition and diet in the context of ...

PharmSmart: I'm So Stressed Out! And I’m TERRIFIED To Go To Sleep!
PharmSmart: I'm So Stressed Out! And I’m TERRIFIED To Go To Sleep!
March 05, 2021

BD is a 54 year old man living in a long-term care facility with an advanced illness, and a prognosis of approximately three months. The night shift nurse ...

What is the FAST Scale?
What is the FAST Scale?
March 03, 2021

Using this tool can help identify the stages of Alzheimer’s dementia in your patients or residents and how much help they may need  The Functional Assessment ...

PharmSmart: This Cough is Making Me Crazy!
PharmSmart: This Cough is Making Me Crazy!
January 12, 2021

Cough is one of the most common symptoms experienced by patients. We all have coughed at one point in our life. So why is coughing so common? Coughing is an ...

PharmSmart: Catch me if you can! Management of DYSPNEA!
PharmSmart: Catch me if you can! Management of DYSPNEA!
November 30, 2020

“I can’t catch my breath!” How often do we hear this from a patient with an advanced illness? Dyspnea, defined as an uncomfortable abnormal awareness of ...

How Hospice Keeps Patients Home for the Holidays
How Hospice Keeps Patients Home for the Holidays
November 29, 2020

While the 2020 holiday season may look a little different given COVID-19, we can all agree that people want to be home with their loved ones if at all ...

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