End of life care is integrated into existing organisational, safety and quality systems, such as:
- morbidity and mortality review
- enterprise risk register
- systems for monitoring patient outcomes.
Systems for end of life care align with national standards:
- , especially
- Standard 1: Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations
- Standard 9: Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration
- (consensus statement).
Processes of end of life care that should be integrated into existing systems include:
- use of triggers for and introducing end of life care
- validated tools, such as those of the
- access to specialist palliative care clinicians for patients with complex needs
- access to allied healthcare
- initiation and review of advance care plans
- round-the-clock access to essential palliative medicines
- communication with
- access to interpreters
- targeted bereavement support.
See Therapeutic Guidelines Palliative Care 2016 Version 4 on the Clinicians Health Channel at your health service
Reviewed 01 June 2017