202111 May
Putting Pediatric Palliative Care Into Perspective: Focus on the Good
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Picturing children and their families suffering can be so overwhelming that it becomes a barrier to truly understanding the good things that come from the provision of pediatric palliative care. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Standards of Practice for Pediatric Palliative Care, the diagnostic categories that children who benefit from pediatric palliative care services include: • Life-threatening conditions where curative treatment is likely to fail; • Conditions where early death is likely; • Diseases that have no curative treatment and will affect the child for many years; and • Irreversible conditions that include complex healthcare needs likely to result in premature death. The pediatric palliative care team is focused on supporting and eliminating the suffering of the patient, parents, siblings and other close family members. The needs of the adult and pediatric palliative care patients intersect at points that are fundamental to the human spirt. A professional, compassionate and engaged interdisciplinary team can work to alleviate the pediatric palliative care patient’s suffering as they walk alongside the child.

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