Updated: Nov 8, 2020
Patient has a life expectancy of 6 months or less (“a six-month diagnosis”), if the illness runs its normal course.
Desire of patient and/or family to stop uncomfortable or ineffective treatments.
General Signs and changes in Symptoms in the past 3-6 months:
Recent decline in functional status
Weight loss, >10% over 6 months
Hospitalizations or ER visits
Infections (UTI, URI, sepsis)
Pain, nausea, vomiting, SOB, etc.
Skin Breakdown - Decubitus Ulcers
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