Leveraging Technology to Improve Patient Monitoring

Submitted by Rebecca Collins RN, BSN, OCN, CHPN Hospice has long been seen as a way to provide comfort through effective symptom management for terminally ill patients. Controlling a patient’s symptoms allows hospice patients to experience a better quality of life with the added benefits of decreasing emergency room visits and avoiding hospital stays. Now … Read moreLeveraging Technology to Improve Patient Monitoring

Self Care Activities in Summa’s Palliative Care and Hospice Services

By Rod Myerscough, PhD We have developed a number of initiatives that we believe are creating the conditions that support good self-care. Fundamental to these efforts is the clarification of our core values so that, in the words of Parker Palmer, our “soul and role” are congruent. That is, when we know our personal, core … Read moreSelf Care Activities in Summa’s Palliative Care and Hospice Services

Bridging the Gap in Advanced Illness

Michael Paletta, MD FAAHPM Many of us practicing hospice and palliative medicine have long struggled with the gap between persons coping with advancing illness and persons failing despite aggressive management. Patients seem to cross from the first group to the second quickly, almost without notice. Late referral to hospice is a natural result of this … Read moreBridging the Gap in Advanced Illness