Palliative Care in the Emergency Department


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#014 - Join host Dr. Red Hoffman as she interviews Drs. Kate Aberger and David Wang, emergency medicine physicians who specialize in palliative care. They are the editors of the recently released book, "Palliative Skills for Frontline Physicians," a collection of case-based vignettes which illustrate how to practically integrate palliative care into all fields of medicine, including surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine and critical care, among others. David and Kate discuss how to successfully integrate palliative medicine into the care of emergency room patients, the forces that make this integration difficult and the reality that this work cannot be done without the support of hospital administration. Kate talks about her palliative care work during the COVID epidemic in New Jersey and David shares research conducted at his institution which showed that palliative care consults placed by ED physicians at admission resulted in decreased length of stay and lower overall hospital costs for patients. Join us for another inspiring episode that proves that palliative medicine can be utilized successfully throughout the hospital, even in the basement (where it seems many EDs are located!).
To learn more about the recently released Palliative Skills for Frontline Physicians, click here.
To learn more about palliative care in the emergency department read this article by Dr. Wang.
To learn more about the surgical palliative care community, visit us on twitter @surgpallcare.

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