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EOL Essentials Project News

EDITION 59 - July 2021 

What's New in the Project?

Around half of expected deaths in Australia occur in hospital settings, with this figure predicted to double by 2040, and up to 75% of Australians will present at least once to the emergency department in the last two years of life. 

In two new papers:
  1. 'What is a compassionate response in the emergency department? Learner evaluation of an End-of-Life Essentials online education module' (Emergency Medicine Australasia) and
  2. 'Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care' (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care)
the recommendations and conclusions to improve end-of-life care in the emergency department (ED), include:
  • Recognising the importance of end-of-life care as an important first step to enable improvements in the quality of care delivered to patients and their families.
  • Acknowledging that end-of-life conversations will continue to be held in ED and that good quality, humanised, responsive care is required.
The End-of-Life Essentials ED education module has enabled learners to identify what compassion in end-of-life care looks like, with a focus on communication skills, care discussion and provision.
Learn more in our Emergency Department education today

Sector news

End-of-Life Essentials have two new blogs published thanks to CareSearch. 

In 'End-of-Life care in emergency departments: things we need to know', Registered Nurse Tomi Omoya discusses the complexities that surround the decision about end-of-life care in the emergency department, and ways to positively contribute to the care of the patient. 

'Accepting and supporting death in acute care is a needed first step' by Jeanette Lacey, an end-of-life care nurse practitioner, writes about her role to improve the quality of care and support to those that may die in hospital.

Latest evidence

Most deaths occur in acute hospitals. Providing optimal end-of-life care in such settings is challenging. Late recognition of dying can expose patients to active interventions and minimises timely end-of-life care. This retrospective observational study explores end-of-life care in nine Australian hospitals.

Mitchell Imogen et al (2021) Understanding end-of-life care in Australian hospitalsAustralian Health Review

For your Notice Board 

Each month we feature a fact sheet or poster to share with your colleagues or print for your notice board. End-of-life care - think broadly.  

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End-of-Life Essentials is based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care, and the Commission provides ongoing advice to the project.

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