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“Anywhere to palliative care” — a fast-track pathway from the emergency department to palliative care

Sonia L Fullerton, David J Kenner and Maria T Tucker
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (9): 566. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10521
Published online: 21 May 2012

To the Editor: Patients receiving end-of-life care often present to the emergency department (ED).1,2 Although such patients may be more appropriately cared for in a palliative care unit (PCU), the ED can represent a critical decision-making point where goals of care are agreed.3

  • Sonia L Fullerton
  • David J Kenner
  • Maria T Tucker

  • Eastern Health, Melbourne, VIC.


Acknowledgements: 

We thank Associate Professor Debbie Leach, Deputy Director of the Box Hill Emergency Department.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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