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Blog: Hospice Views - December 2012

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End-Stage Cardiac Disease: Have you seen this patient today?

Patients with end-stage cardiac disease can suffer immensely when this illness transitions from a chronic phase to a terminal one. Today we will look at one particular patient, who’s profile and needs make them a candidate for hospice care. Mr. Deitrick, age 67, suffers from congestive heart failure (CHF). Recently, he has become more symptomatic, requiring increasingly frequent visits to his physician as well as frequent changes in his medications to remove fluids. He is oxygen dependent, uses a walker for support, has plus four bilateral leg edema, and takes multiple rest periods in order to compensate for hisfatigue & shortness of breath. During a recent hospitalization for pneumonia, his wife asked the physician if she thought Mr. Detrick would be able to attend their grandson’s high school graduation. But, with Mr. Detrick in such a vulnerable state, the physician recommended against it.
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Keep Your Patients Home For The Holidays

Crossroads Hospice is helping terminally ill patients stay home for the holidays. It will not only help them, it will ease stress on families and physicians during this busy time. We will keep the patient pain and symptom free, allowing the family to have the quality time they need.
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