Title

The going home initiative: Getting critical care patients home with hospice

Author Department

Medicine

Document Type

Article, Peer-reviewed

Publication Date

10-1-2011

Abstract

Although considerable effort is being directed at providing patients and their families with a "good death," most patients in intensive care units, if given the choice, would prefer to die at home. With little guidance from the literature, the palliative care committee of an intensive care unit developed guidelines to get patients home from the intensive care unit to die. In the past few years, the unit has transferred many patients home with hospice care, much to the delight of their families. Although several obstacles to achieving this goal exist, the unit has achieved success in a small-scale implementation of its Going Home Initiative.

Publication ISSN

0884-8734

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