A Guide to Pandemic Planning for Paediatric Palliative Care - 2015 Edition

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A Guide to Pandemic Planning for Paediatric Palliative Care

 

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Summary of the Paediatric Palliative Care Pandemic Planning Guide

  The Paediatric Palliative Care Pandemic Planning Guide offers a planning framework for addressing the unique needs of children requiring hospitalization due to pre-existing life threatening illnesses as well as children who become fatally ill as a result of a pandemic.

 The Paediatric Palliative Care Pandemic Planning Guide is based on the following palliative care principles: family-centered care, effective pain and symptom management, quality and dignity at end-of-life, honest communication, shared decision making of treatment goals, and the provision of grief and bereavement support.

 Key activities focus on implementing transparent and proactive communication strategies, adapting institutional infection prevention and control practices and developing family access policies that promote high quality palliation, end-of-life and grief care.

 The Paediatric Palliative Care Pandemic Planning Guide is meant to be continuously developed within and among partnerships between pediatric hospitals, hospices, community services, local organizations and government as new pandemic learnings evolve.