Describing Pediatric Palliative Care Concepts to Patients and Families 

PEDIATRIC SUBTOPIC #1.2* Background Introducing pediatric palliative care can present unique challenges within a healthcare setting that focuses primarily on cure. Barriers to pediatric palliative care access include: limited availability of pediatric palliative care services (1-3); varying degrees of readiness among children, families, and their healthcare teams (4,5); misconceptions about palliative care availability alongside pursuit of curative […]

Test Pediatric

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Pediatric Fast Facts

The Fifty Essential Fast Facts The Essentials is a pdf containing all 50 Fast Facts organized by key domain e.g pain, non-pain symptoms, communication, prognosis, hospice, Palliative Care consultation, etc. Core Curriculum The most important Fast Facts grouped into palliative care domains (e.g. pain) or specialty domains (e.g. oncology). CME Courses Currently Unavailable Eight CME […]

Principles of Pediatric Palliative Care

PEDIATRIC FAST AND CONCEPT #1.1* Background: In the United States, greater than 40,000 pediatric deaths occur annually (1). Additionally, complex chronic conditions are common, with 15% of children in the US living with one or more chronic health condition (2,3). Many children with life-threatening conditions may have rare conditions that can lead to social isolation and family-life […]

Pediatric End of Life Conference

This seminar will be helpful to anyone who cares for those at the end of life. It will be particularly helpful to providers, nurses, social workers, palliative care, hospice staff and volunteers, counselors, clergy, chaplains and lay ministers. If you know others who would find this helpful, encourage them to attend. Register by October 18. Sponsored […]

Seriously Ill Pediatric Patients Who Transition to Adulthood

Background:  Although illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, leukemia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and congenital heart defects used to be fatal in childhood, recent medical advancements have allowed many with a pediatric illness to live beyond their second decade (1). The goal of this Fast Fact is to identify challenges a young adult (ages 18-25) with a life-limiting […]

Pediatric Fast Fact and Concept #3 Grief in Children and Developmental Concepts of Death

Background    An understanding of age-appropriate grief reactions and conceptions of death are important when assessing a child’s response to terminal illness and a loved one’s death.  This Fast Fact reviews key developmental concepts and describes strategies for addressing children’s grief. Children grieve differently than adults. They often grieve in spurts and can re-grieve at new developmental stages […]

Pediatric Pain Assessment Scales

Pediatric Fast Facts and Concepts #2 Background     Neonates and infants do experience pain. In fact, research has shown that neonates may experience as much pain as older children and long-term consequences from exposure to repeated painful stimuli.  Untreated pain leads to increased sensitivity to subsequent stimuli.  Assessing pain in neonates and young children requires use […]

New Fast Fact Released: #346 The Transition from Pediatric to Adult Medicine

Fast Fast #346 has been released: The Transition from Pediatric to Adult Medicine. Thank you to Jenna E Frawley, Randy S Hebert MD, MPH for the new addition to our Fast Fact library. Advances in medical care have allowed many pediatric patients with terminal illnesses to survive well beyond their second decade. Consequently, many pediatric […]

Acute Anxiety in Seriously Ill Children and Adolescents: Management

Pediatric Subtopic #P4.2.2 Background: Fast Fact #P4.2.1 discussed relevant definitions and assessment strategies for acute anxiety in children and adolescents with serious illnesses. This Fast Fact will highlight suggested management strategies. Importance of multimodal management strategies: The management of acute anxiety in children living with serious illness should involve: maximization of non-pharmacologic management, particularly by […]