Reuters - "Does Palliative Care Belong In The ER?"
Hospital administrators tend to agree that it's a good idea to have emergency departments offer palliative care, which is focused on providing comfort and respecting patients' wishes rather than centering only on prolonging the patient's life, according to a new study. But one of the biggest barriers to getting palliative care in the ER is the physicians. "There's a stigma that palliative care is the same as end of life care, the same as hospice," said Dr. Corita Grudzen, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School. Physicians who are trained in rescuing lives might view palliative care as giving up. Dr. Grudzen said palliative care can be given along with life-saving treatment. Learn more