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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hospice clinic to meet

Hospice clinic to meet

A Hospice Clinic will meet July 6 and 20 (every other Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's Home Health and Hospice office. The meeting provides a variety of information for doctors, nurses, families, personal caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about area hospice services. Call 814/274-0384 for more information.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Ha! Good luck getting some of them that are on call to come to your house when they are needed! We called 3 times during the day and the girl on call decided that what she was doing with her life was more important than what was going on with people trying to take care of somebody at the end of their life choking and gagging on their medication! Then another phone call to her at night and she says well there is not a pharmacy open at this hour to be able to administer the medicine a different way! EXACTLY WHY YOU WERE CALLED 3 TIMES DURING THE DAY!

Anonymous said...

And with all the drug use these days, I don't think that is the most appropriate thing to be doing is leaving morphine with people and letting them administer it themselves! Who knows if the patient is actually the one getting it if somebody in the family would happen to be an addict?

Anonymous said...

12:20.. I understand your point of some family member may be addicted and use the morphine theirselves... HOWEVER, many of the people on hospice are not only terminally ill but possibly in tremendous amounts of pain. Yes there are many other drugs out there, however morphine is the best one to aid these people in not only relief from their pain but more importantly, ending life with dignity and peace! and unfortunately it is unrealistic to believe that a hospice nurse is able to make it to your home every 2 hrs or less to administer this medication as it is sometimes required.

I'm not sure if you are aware either, but hospice does do med counts so if someone was truely addicted, I'm sure the count would be less than what should be there and hospice would know!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, when a hospice nurse is called 3 times to try finding an alternative solution to giving oral medication that is making a person suffer needlessly from choking and gagging on it and they come up with excuses as to why they can't and then finally take a phone call and agree to other alternatives AFTER THE DAY IS OVER AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE is very unprofessional to me!!!!! The poor man went through something he shouldn't have had to go through if the nurse would have listened the first 1 or 2 times she was called as to what the problem was!