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

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Children's Grief Day Camp at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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On June 20, 2017, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care's Center for Grief and Loss hosted our annual Children's Grief Day Camp at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Fifteen children, along with 12 parents and grandparents, and three volunteers participated...