What service(s) do you provide?
- The UWHC Palliative Care Service collaborates with the primary care team to help develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients and families facing advanced disease. The focus of care is on patients, families, and staff, and ideally begins early in the course of a life-limiting illness.
- Manage complex symptoms related to disease or treatment, including pain, nausea, dyspnea, anxiety, and fatigue.
- Assist patients, families, and staff with decision making for treatment options, hydration, nutrition, ventilation, dialysis, code status, advance directives, or treatment withdrawal.
- Participate in family meetings, education, and counseling.
- Provide emotional and spiritual support.
- Review patients being considered for hospice.
When is it appropriate to initiate a referral to your service?
- Palliative care is important at all stages of a person's illness and includes pain and symptom management, advanced care planning, emotional support of patients and families, and continuity of patients and families' goals across providers and care settings.
Who can initiate a referral?
- Any doctor, nurse, social worker, case manager, patient or family member can request a consult.
- The Palliative Care Service always reviews the request with the primary team.
What hours are you available?
- The service is available Monday–Friday, 8am–4:30pm
How do we reach you?
- Pager 0500
- HealthLink Consult
Is there a separate fee added to the patient's bill for your service(s)?
What is your response time?
- Within 24 hours (not on weekends)
Other things we should know?
- Palliative care is defined by the World Health Organization as the act of total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment.
- Experts in Palliative Care work within a multidisciplinary team (medicine, social work, nursing, pastoral care) and are available for both inpatients and outpatients through consultation.
Palliative Care Flowsheet