Palace of Care – Tell me what the best thing you did this week was…

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The best thing that I did all week:

The other day I made a patient laugh and smile, two of my favourite things to do as a doctor.

Two men from completely different walks of life, in the space of 15 minutes, made a human connection through humour, blokey-ness and general conversation.

I wished him a good night and said that we would talk again tomorrow about transferring him back to his original hometown.

Neither of us knew that mere hours later one of us would not be alive any more.

Please share with the Palliverse community what the best thing you did all week was.

Cheers,

James

#thickenedliquidchallenge with @DrMukeshH: Do thickened fluids benefit people with swallowing problems?

The team at GeriPal started the Thickened Liquid Challenge to raise awareness of the use of thickened liquids (or thickened fluids, as I know them) for people with swallowing difficulties. Thickened fluids are frequently prescribed to people with swallowing difficulties, but the evidence for their long-term benefit is unconvincing, as GeriPal’s Dr Eric Widera explains. In addition, they are unpleasant (as you will see from the videos!) and may result in reduced fluid intake and dehydration. You can read more about it (and watch many videos of the challenge) at GeriPal. Continue reading

Elsewhere in the Palliverse – holiday addition

If you’re lucky enough to have a break over the summer holiday season, I would advise that you to avoid anything work-related. However, if you just can’t pull yourself away from the worlds of palliative care and research, here (in no particular order) are some related links:

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