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Care of the Dying Survey Report SCV PCCN

Safer Care Victoria's Care of the Dying Survey Report summarises the first phase of the care of the dying person project currently running in the Palliative Care Clinical Network.

It reports on care of people in the last days of life in acute care settings in Victoria and describes progress so far, including:

  • Best care principles for care in the last days of life 
  • Results of an organisational survey and patient record audit to help health services understand how care was delivered
  • What care patients in the last days of life are receiving 
  • The next steps for phase two of this project.

The latest update is available at: www.safercare.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-09/Care%20of%20the%20dying%20person%20-%20Survey%20report.pdf

Care of the Dying Survey Report SCV PCCN

MARC project READY - Recognising Patients at Risk of Dying

This project seeks to support clinical staff in the recognition of dying through the use of an existing, validated prognostic tool. Using interviews and audits of healthcare records, the first MARC end-of-life project identified gaps in care service provision and in the documentation of older people’s care preferences towards the end of life. Considerable difficulties in the recognition of dying were highlighted.

When staff are not aware or acknowledging that a patient is dying, provision of palliative care and end-of-life conversations may be delayed. Hence, ways to improve early recognition of end-of-life care stages and care needs are required.

To read further and download the Project Summary: https://www.nari.net.au/recognising-patients-at-risk-of-dying

Please contact k.gerber@nari.edu.au for more information.

MARC project READY - Recognising Patients at Risk of Dying