- It avoids unwanted hospitalizations and intensive treatments. This can hypothetically alleviate the burden of the crisis on health care systems, namely on its workers and on the straining resources.
- Avoiding non-beneficial high intensity therapies can lower the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to other patients, family members and health care workers.
- Palliative care has the potential to become a compassionate option if patients are denied life-sustaining therapy because of straining resources.
- It prevents patients, who were denied potentially life-saving treatments due to a triage system, and their families from feeling totally abandoned by the healthcare system.
The information comes from 5 different articles that are viewpoints written by medical professionals on the subject of palliative care during a pandemic.
- Arya, A., Buchman, S., Gagnon, B. et al. (March 31, 2020). Pandemic palliative care: beyond ventilators and saving lives. Canadian Medical Association Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.200465
- Borasio G., Gamondi C., Obrist M. et al. (March 24, 2020). COVID-19: decision making and palliative care. Swiss Med Weekly. http://dx.doi.org/10.4414/smw.2020.20233
- Curtis, J. R., Kross, E. K., & Stapleton, R. D. (March 27, 2020). The Importance of Addressing Advance Care Planning and Decisions About Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders During Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.4894
- Downar, J., & Seccareccia, D. (February 2010). Palliating a Pandemic: “All Patients Must Be Cared For.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.11.241.
- Kunz R. & Minder M. (March 24, 2020). COVID-19 pandemic: palliative care for elderly and frail patients at home and in residential and nursing homes. Swiss Medical Weekly. https://doi.org/10.4414/smw.2020.20235