Grief at Hay

by Carys Durie and Sioned Edwards 4th year Medical Students, Cardiff University   The 2017 Hay Festival of Literature and Arts set in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Speakers included the likes of Tracey Emin, Bernie Sanders, Stephen Fry and Ed Balls. Pianist James Rhodes closed the first weekend […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Hot topics Cochrane review: codeine versus placebo for cough in children In this review the authors conclude that codeine (or its derivatives) should not be used for cough in children <12 […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety issues Topical miconazole interaction with warfarin MHRA has highlighted the risk of serious bleeding events in patients taking warfarin and using cream, ointment, powder or oral gel formulations of miconazole. […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety issues FDA enhances warnings for opioids US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced class-wide enhanced labelling warnings for: immediate-release opioid pain medications, in relation to risks of misuse, abuse, […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety issues Desmopressin patient safety alert NHS England has issued a patient safety alert warning (NHS/PSA/W/2016/001) on the risk of severe harm or death when desmopressin is omitted or delayed in […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries. Safety issues CME T34 Field Safety Notices CME T34 and leaking extension lines Due to reports of leaking, CME has issued a Field Safety Notice recalling CME syringe extension sets (product […]

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The Liverpool Care Pathway – are patients suffering unnecessarily due to media criticism?

  The overwhelming majority (89%) of senior palliative care doctors who responded to a survey carried out for the BMJ and Channel 4’s Dispatches think the Liverpool care pathway (LCP) is the right approach for caring for patients in their final hours, and they would choose it for themselves. However, almost three quarters (74%) think […]

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Proposal for the development of community end of Life Care: A guest post by Julian Abel

  Background Over the last 45 years the hospice movement has set the standard for caring for people who are approaching the end of life.  The levels of services have been developing steadily and the quality of care has been of the highest standard.  An unintentional consequence of the development of end of life services […]

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Do ‘humorous’ references to murder and euthanasia reflect societal beliefs about palliative care?

A recent survey of palliative care doctors published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings investigates the role that gallows humour plays in the relationships between palliative care physicians and their patients and colleagues. The online survey, developed by Lewis Cohen MD and colleagues from Tufts University School of Medicine, found that nearly three-quarters of doctors interviewed […]

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