Test Pediatric

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Principles of Pediatric Palliative Care

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 challenges. Palliative care helps […]

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 Pain Assessment Scales

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 of age appropriate scales.  There is […]

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 […]

Oral Care: Focused History and Examination in Patients with Serious Illness

Background:  Patients nearing the end of life from an underlying illness are vulnerable to oral complications (1,2). While these symptoms may impact a patient’s quality of life, they are easy to overlook (3).  A focused oral history and examination can expedite diagnosis and symptom control (4). This Fast Fact offers a practical approach to the oral history and examination […]

FF Quiz

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Fertility Planning for Patients with Advanced Cancer

Background: An advanced cancer diagnosis at a reproductive age can disrupt expectations of a normal lifecycle and rob patients of the opportunity for parenthood. Cancer often presents with little warning and can compromise reproductive functioning directly or indirectly via treatments. This Fast Fact reviews the psycho-social, logistical, and ethical concerns regarding reproduction for patients facing advanced cancer. […]