Friday, June 16, 2017

Canadian VIirtual Hospice Medication Resources: e.g., Fentanyl


ENEWS -- June 2017
 
SPOTLIGHT 
MEDICATIONS: FENTANYL AND MORE

Medications play a key role in managing symptoms of people receiving palliative care. Their proper use helps ensure the safety of those administering the medications and best outcomes for people receiving care. The misuse of fentanyl is creating headlines in Canada and fear in patients who are being prescribed the opioid, and their families. To help you navigate this important issue, we’ve developed a new Asked and Answered for the public and two Quick Consults for health providers.

Our thoughts are with those who mourn the deaths of people they care about from fentanyl overdoses.
 

FOR EVERYONE
ASKED & ANSWERED - FENTANYL
I’m concerned about what I hear in the media about fentanyl. Is fentanyl safe to use? How do I use my patch safely? Read our Asked & Answered.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
QUICK CONSULT - SAFE FENTANYL PRACTICES
This Quick Consult describes how to safely handle a transdermal fentanyl patch as well as liquid preparation of fentanyl.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
QUICK CONSULT – SAFE USE OF OPIOIDS WITH PALLIATIVE CARE PATIENTS
This Quick Consult provides information about the current opioid issues in Canada and suggests ways for health care providers to address the concerns of patients and families.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
VIDEO - PRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS IN PALLIATIVE CARE: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS (08:55)
Dr. Amber Hartman, clinical pharmacy specialist with the Division of Palliative Medicine at Ohio State University, discusses the benefits and challenges of prescribing medications in palliative care. She also explores prescribing for patients with multiple co-morbidities. See also: Prescribing Medications in Palliative Care: Evaluating the Patient’s Goals of Care (01:38), What is Polypharmacy? (01:44) and The Pharmacists Role in Palliative Care (03:28).

FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLE - HELP WITH MEDICATIONS
This article provides tips for caregivers about managing and the safe use of medications. Giving medications safely, using a symptom diary to keep track of medications, washing your hands before and after touching medication are some of the topics covered.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
MORE MEDICATION RESOURCES
 

FOR EVERYONE
MORE MEDICATION RESOURCES
 

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
 RESOURCE: PAN-CANADIAN FRAMEWORK FOR PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE RESEARCH
This document outlines current gaps in palliative care research and provides a road map for the direction for future research efforts in the area of palliative care.

FOR EVERYONE
VIDEO - 100 MINUTES WITH AARON
In this video (13:43), a couple shares the story of their experience with perinatal hospice and the short time they spent with their son Aaron after he was born. 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
 
RESOURCE - LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO TRANSFORMING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This book written by Kimberly D. Acquaviva provides information for health care providers to support and enhance their palliative care practice with the LGBTQ community. Practical information and guidance is offered, along with strategies for care and intervention.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - SUPPORTING LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANS PEOPLE WITH CANCER
This document by Dr. Julie Fish and Dr. Perlita Harris; De Montfort University, the ESRC and MacMillan Cancer Support uses case study examples from the perspective of an LGBT person, to highlight some of the unique needs and considerations of LGBT people when facing a cancer diagnosis.

FOR EVERYONE
‘YOUR STORIES’ - LOVE IS THE GREATEST HEALER
“This is my first significant loss through death of a loved one. My heart feels the pain and sorrow that, inevitably, we all must encounter at some point.” A woman shares insights about the death of her beloved uncle.

FOR EVERYONE
COURSES – FUNDAMENTALS OF SPIRITUAL CARE IN PALLIATIVE CARE
This course provided by the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is for those who wish to improve their delivery of spiritual care in health care. Learn how to become effective administrators of spiritual care programs in palliative care and hospice settings, develop an approach to communicate palliative care clearly as an option to patients, family members, and friends, and create and sustain programs that meet both human and institutional needs. See also Online Certificate Course 2: Advanced Practice Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

NEWS


NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY
On June 21, we celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis! Here are some resources to check out:

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