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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 78

of 'Palliative care: Issues in the intensive care unit in adults'

The going home initiative: getting critical care patients home with hospice.
Lusardi P, Jodka P, Stambovsky M, Stadnicki B, Babb B, Plouffe D, Doubleday N, Pizlak Z, Walles K, Montonye M
Crit Care Nurse. 2011;31(5):46.
Although considerable effort is being directed at providing patients and their families with a "good death," most patients in intensive care units, if given the choice, would prefer to die at home. With little guidance from the literature, the palliative care committee of an intensive care unit developed guidelines to get patients home from the intensive care unit to die. In the past few years, the unit has transferred many patients home with hospice care, much to the delight of their families. Although several obstacles to achieving this goal exist, the unit has achieved success in a small-scale implementation of its Going Home Initiative.
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. paula.lusardi@bhs.org