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End-of-Life Issues in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

한국호스피스완화의료학회지 2020년 23권 3호 p.162 ~ 165
Ghosh Deyashinee, Gupta Bhavna,
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 ( Ghosh Deyashinee ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Anesthesiology
 ( Gupta Bhavna ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Anesthesiology

Abstract


Purpose: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought the world to a standstill and has exposed the lack of preparedness of most nations’ health care systems. Even in usual times, palliative care has not received its fair share of recognition as an important component of patient care; instead, the emphasis is often placed on aggressive patient management. Now, with the entire medical community and decision-making committees focussed on intensive patient care, end-of-life care has taken a backseat.

Methods: This article is a brief communication.

Results: COVID 19 infection has been shown to lead to greater mortality and morbidity in patients with pre-existing illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, renal failure, and cancer. Patients typically in need of end-of-life care, such as those with late-stage cancer or heart failure, are therefore at a higher risk of both contracting COVID-19 and suffering a more severe disease course. The strict nationwide lockdowns being imposed in most countries have deterred patients from seeking medical attention or hospice care. Every day new research is coming to light regarding COVID 19. This has helped significantly in creating awareness and limiting the spread of disease. However, misinformation is also rampant, leading to discrimination and mistreatment of infected patients.

Conclusion: This pandemic has been a terrifying ordeal for all and has exposed our entire population physically, psychologically, emotionally, and financially to unimaginable stresses. In the present scenario, EOL care is as much a necessity as intensive care and should be given at least a fraction of its importance.

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Coronavirus infections; Pandemics; Terminal care

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