Application of National Guidelines for Pre-hospital and Hospital Emergency Medical Services for Patients Who Require Palliative Care


  • Sanja Predavec Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine
  • Saša Balija Hrvatski zavod za hitnu medicinu, Planinska 13, Zagreb, Hrvatska
  • Maja Grba-Bujević



The palliative patient is cared for by many professionals, including the emergency medical team. The goal and purpose of palliative care is to maintain and improve the quality of life of palliative patients through symptoms control and psychological, spiritual, and social support. The National Guidelines for Prehospital and Hospital Emergency Medical Services for Patients Requiring Palliative Care provide general information about palliative care, descriptions of emergencies with specific clinical assessments in patient care, the importance and way of communication with the patient and family, including counselling the dying patient's family, deciding on the appropriateness of medical procedures, and communication of bad news.
Keywords: Palliative Care, Emergency Medical Service, National Guidelines.





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