Clinical Use of an Order Protocol for Distress in Pediatric Palliative Care
AbstractSeveral children receiving palliative care experience dyspnea and pain. An order protocol for distress (OPD) is available at Sainte-Justine Hospital, aimed at alleviating respiratory distress, pain and anxiety in pediatric palliative care patients. This study evaluates the clinical use of the OPD at Sainte-Justine Hospital, through a retrospective chart review of all patients for whom the OPD was prescribed between September 2009 and September 2012. Effectiveness of the OPD was assessed using chart documentation of the patient’s symptoms, or the modified Borg scale. Safety of the OPD was evaluated by measuring the time between administration of the first medication and the patient’s death, and clinical evolution of the patient as recorded in the chart. One hundred and four (104) patients were included in the study. The OPD was administered at least once to 78 (75%) patients. A total of 350 episodes of administration occurred, mainly for respiratory distress (89%). Relief was provided in 90% of cases. The interval between administration of the first protocol and death was 17 h; the interval was longer in children with cancer compared to other illnesses (p = 0.02). Data from this study support the effectiveness and safety of using an OPD for children receiving palliative care. View Full-Text
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Marquis, M.-A.; Daoust, L.; Villeneuve, E.; Ducruet, T.; Humbert, N.; Gauvin, F. Clinical Use of an Order Protocol for Distress in Pediatric Palliative Care. Healthcare 2019, 7, 3.
Marquis M-A, Daoust L, Villeneuve E, Ducruet T, Humbert N, Gauvin F. Clinical Use of an Order Protocol for Distress in Pediatric Palliative Care. Healthcare. 2019; 7(1):3.Chicago/Turabian Style
Marquis, Marc-Antoine; Daoust, Lysanne; Villeneuve, Edith; Ducruet, Thierry; Humbert, Nago; Gauvin, France. 2019. "Clinical Use of an Order Protocol for Distress in Pediatric Palliative Care." Healthcare 7, no. 1: 3.
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