What does hospice do about insulin?
Insulin is one of those controversial hospice medications when it comes to deciding coverage. However, let’s think through this more systematically and objectively…
Big changes are coming, folks!
So for those of you who don’t send us patient med sheets on a regular basis, I strongly encourage you to do so!
How can we contain non-Hospice scripts ordered in the facility?!
What is “Total Pain”?
Ever had a patient who you felt you had to continually go up and up and up on the pain and anxiety meds? Well…there is a good chance the “pain” is not just physical pain.
We’ve all said it…”Just give them some Zofran.” But is that really going to help everyone?
Turns out, probably not.
Is this prescription expensive? Is this a medication that is covered by hospice? Is this drug right for a hospice patient?
“I don’t’ want to take that medicine because I don’t want to get addicted to it!” Understandable concern, especially in the light of the current “opioid crisis”.
I can change your bedding while you lay asleep and you will never even know I was there... except for the subtle scent of Snuggle rising up from your fresh sheets.
“Methadone”, the 3-syllable word that still brings most patients and some providers shudders of anxiety. However, when used appropriately, methadone can be a wonderful pain tool in your symptom management arsenal.
So here is something I have had a hard time understanding – but let me first preface by saying that I think working in hospice is a very specific calling. Also, I understand that not everyone views death as I do.