I’ve just created a new infographic to clarify information about types of palliative care (primary vs. specialty) and when hospice may be appropriate for those with advanced illness.
Download the PDF file here: Palliative Care Infographic
This infographic is designed to raise awareness about the difference between primary palliative care (what all of us can and should do) and specialty palliative care, provided by those trained and certified in palliative care.
I like to think of specialty palliative care being appropriate when things are complex, or messy:
- providing an new voice/ helping negotiate/ guide conversations during difficult family situations or decisions
- uncontrolled symptoms or other distress
- for those receiving or considering advanced therapies such as VAD (ventricular assist device) as destination therapy in advanced heart failure.
I created this as a tool that can be posted in a nurses station or clinic office, where you and your colleagues are working or taking their breaks, to help guide understanding of palliative care as well as clinical decisions.
Feel free to print as many copies as you like and post or distribute wherever appropriate. If you want to use it for other purposes, please contact me.
If you have any questions or comments about this infographic, please get in touch! I would also appreciate your ideas for future infographic topics.