Patients receiving hospice care may experience symptoms like trouble breathing or sleeping, nausea or vomiting, or discomfort. These symptoms often arise unexpectedly or worsen quickly. It’s so it’s important to have medications on hand that can provide relief right away.
VNSNY Hospice Care provides a hospice comfort pack. Sometimes this is referred to as a hospice emergency kit. The hospice comfort pack contents include a small supply of emergency medications to relieve common symptoms, without filling a prescription or waiting for medications to be delivered. The medications in the comfort pack should only be used if the hospice nurse or physician directs you to. Your VNSNY Hospice nurse will go over the medications so you understand how to use them and when.
Hospice patients may receive other medicine depending on their diagnosis. For example, a patient at risk for seizures may receive anti-seizure medications; some pain medications can cause severe constipation, so patients on methadone or opiates may receive additional laxatives or enemas. The hospice nurse will work with the patient and caregiver to ensure the right medications are provided as part of the hospice comfort pack.
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