End of Life Medications
Assessment and management of symptoms is critical for dying residents. Information around medication is available in the Guide to the Pharmacological Management of End of Life (Terminal) Symptoms in Residential Aged Care Residents (375kb pdf). This guide includes:
1. An overview of key principles guiding quality pharmacological management of end of life (terminal) symptoms.
2. An overview of the roles and responsibilities of residential aged care staff in the provision of optimal symptom control during the terminal phase.
3. A consensus-based list of medications, endorsed by The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM), suitable for use in residential aged care for the management of terminal symptoms.
4. A table summarising the uses, doses and routes of administration of the medications endorsed by ANZSPM that can be used in the education and training of residential aged care staff.
5. Flowcharts summarising the pharmacological management of four common end-of-life symptoms – Nausea and Vomiting, Pain, Respiratory Distress and Restlessness and Agitation.