Palliative care is the active, total care of patients who suffer from chronic and/or serious diseases and can be offered in conjunction with curative therapies to ease pain and other distressing symptoms. The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms of patients and their families.
St. Vincent’s Palliative Medicine Consult Team offers the services of its highly trained staff at the request of the patient’s physician. The team assesses the pain and/or symptoms, as well as the psychosocial and emotional needs of the patient, first, and then the family, if appropriate. Our Palliative Medicine team can offer immediate assistance in an emergent situation or can participate in the goals of care throughout a patient’s illness. The consult team works closely with the attending physician to ensure that patients continue to receive expert and compassionate palliative care with or without curative treatment.
Palliative care is accomplished with compassion and with the philosophy of treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
All patients must be referred by their physicians.
Leslie Blatt, APRN - Program Coordinator
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