The inpatient palliative medicine consult service is available to patients admitted to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. A consult is typically initiated by the primary medical team for a patient, but can be suggested by nursing, patients, families, or other ancillary staff. The palliative medicine interdisciplinary team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, with support from hospital staff including nutrition, chaplaincy, speech language pathologists, and physical therapy.
Reasons to request a palliative medicine consult:
- Expert pain and symptom management
- Counseling/guidance about care options in the face of serious illness
- Changing goals of care
- Assistance in developing a palliative care discharge plan
- Help in finding bereavement support