Indications for Palliative Consultation

Not just for patients with cancer.

The following criteria should be considered as criteria for initiating a palliative care referral:

  • Ask yourself, "Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next year?" If the answer is "yes," then consider a palliative consultation.
  • Patients with advancing dementia, end-stage renal failure, end-stage liver failure, congestive heart failure, advanced lung disease, advanced ALS/MS, have palliative needs
  • Frequent emergency room visit for the same diagnosis
  • Frequent hospital admissions for the same diagnosis in the last 30 days
  • Prolonged hospital or ICU stay (7-14 days) without evidence of improvement
  • Declining ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Difficult to control physical or emotional symptoms
  • Patient or family needs help making complex care decisions
  • Physician needs support with difficult conversations about prognosis

What Our Families Say

Please applaud everyone at the IPU for the loving care of my mom, 
hugs when I cried, answering questions when asked.  Thank you. ~ Patient's son

There are not words to describe how much everyone at Pikes Peak Hospice is appreciate. 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such great care of my loved one as she made her final journey. 
I will miss her terriby but am at peace because she was at peace in the end
which is largely due to the care of her Hospice team. 
Thank you to all the staff. ~ Patient's family

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Your Healthy Family - Have you made your end-of-life care decisions?
01 Oct

Listen to an interview with our Chief Medical Officer about how to hold what may be the most important conversation of your life.