Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know about Trauma and Emergency Surgery

Lindsay K. Haines, Allyson C. Cook, Justin S. Hatchimonji, Vanessa P. Ho, Elle L. Kalbfell, Kathleen M. O'Connell, Jacinta C. Robenstine, Mathias Schlögl, Christine C. Toevs, Christopher A. Jones, Robert S. Krouse, Niels D. Martin

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There is growing interest in, and need for, integrating palliative care (PC) into the care of patients undergoing emergency surgery and those with traumatic injury. Thus, PC consults for these populations will likely grow in the coming years. Understanding the nuances and unique characteristics of these two acutely ill populations will improve the care that PC clinicians can provide. Using a modified Delphi technique, this article offers 10 tips that experts in the field, based on their broad clinical experience, believe PC clinicians should know about the care of trauma and emergency surgery patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1072-1077
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • decision-making
  • emergency surgery
  • frail elderly
  • palliative care
  • trauma surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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