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Fast Facts Index

"Fast Facts and Concepts" is a series of peer-reviewed, one-page outlines of key information on important end-of-life clinical topics for educators and clinicians. The Fast Facts series is produced by the End-of-Life Physician Education Resource Center www.eperc.mcw.edu.

#1: Treating Terminal Delirium
#2: Converting To-From Transdermal Fentanyl
#3: Syndrome of Imminent Death
#4: Death Pronouncement
#5: Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting
#6: Delivering Bad News Part I
#7: Depression in Advanced Cancer
#8: Morphine and Hastened Death
#9: Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam
#10: Tube Feed or Not Tube Feed?
#11: Delivering Bad News Part II - Talking to Patients and Precepting Trainees
#12: Myths about Advance Directives
#13: Determining Prognosis in Advanced Cancer
#14: Palliative Chemotherapy
#15: Constipation
#16: Conducting a Family Conference
#17: Patient-Centered Interviewing: Understanding The Illness Experience
#18: Oral Opioid Dosing Intervals
#19: Taking a Spiritual History
#20: Opioid Dose Escalation
#21: Hope and Truth Telling
#22: Writing a Condolence Letter
#23: DNR Orders in the Hospital -- Part 1
#24: DNR Orders in the Hospital Setting -- Part 2
#25: Opioids and Nausea
#26: The explanatory model
#27: Dyspnea at End-of-Life
#28: Subcutaneous Infusions
#29: Responding to patient emotions
#30: Prognostication
#31: Confronting Personal Mortality
#32: Grief and Bereavement (Part I)
#33: Ventilator Withdrawal Protocol (Part I)
#34: Symptom Control for Ventilator Withdrawal in the Dying Patient (Part II)
#35: Information for patients and families about ventilator withdrawal (Part III)
#36: Calculating Opioid Dose Conversions
#37: Pruritus
#38: Discussing Hospice
#39: Using Naloxone
#40: Pressure Ulcer Management: Prevention and Staging
#41: Pressure Ulcer Management II: Debridement and Dressings
#42: Broaching the Topic of a Palliative Care Consultation
#43: Is it Grief or Depression
#44: Changing the Status Quo
#45: Medical Management of Bowel Obstruction
#46: Malignant Wounds
#47: What Do I Tell the Children?
#48: Coding and Billing for Physician Services in Palliative Care
#49: Gabapentin for Neuropathic Pain
#50: Disaster: Coping with Tragedy
#51: Choosing an opioid combination product
#52: Quality of Life
#53: Sublingual Morphine
#54: Opioid Infusions
#55: Decision Making Capacity
#56: What to do when a patient refuses treatment
#57: Neuroexcitatory Effects of Opioids: Patient Assessment
#58: Neuroexcitatory Effects of Opioids: Treatment
#59: Dealing with anger
#60: Pharmacologic Management of Delirium; Update on Newer Agents
#61: Psychostimulants in Palliative Care
#62: Preventing Neurologic Deficits: Early Diagnosis of Epidural Metastases
#63: The legal liability of undertreatment of pain
#64: Informing significant others of a patients death
#65: The Living Well Interview
#66: Radiation for Palliation - Part 1
#67: Palliative Radiation - Part 2
#68: Is it pain or addiction?
#69: Pseudoaddiction
#70: PRN Range analgesic orders
#71: Meperidine for pain: what is all the fuss?
#72: Opioid Infusion Titration Orders
#73: ALS: Management of Respiratory Failure
#74: Oral opioid orders: good and bad examples
#75: Methadone for Pain
#76: Telephone Notification of Death: Part 1
#77: Telephone Notifcation of Death, Part 2
#78: Cultural aspects of pain management
#79: Discussing organ donation with families
#80: Oxycontin
#81: Hiccups
#82: Medicare Hospice Benefit Part I: Eligibility and Treatment Plan
#83: Why patients do not take their opioids
#84: Swallow Studies, Tube Feeding and the Death Spiral
#85: Epidural Analgesia
#86: Methadone: Starting dose information
#87: Medicare Hospice Benefit Part II: Places of Care and Funding
#88: Nightmares
#89: Pain Management In Nursing Homes: Analgesic Prescribing Tips
#90: Medicare Hospice Benefit Part III: Special Interventions
#91: Interventional options for upper GI obstructions
#92: Patient Controlled Analgesia in Palliative Care
#93: Cannabinoids in the treatment of symptoms in cancer and AIDS
#94: Writing Discharge / Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions
#95: Opioid Withdrawal
#96: Diarrhea in Palliative Care
#97: Blocks of the sympathetic axis for visceral pain
#98: Intrathecal drug therapy for pain
#99: Chemotherapy: response and survival data
#100: Megestrol Acetate for Cancer Anorexia Cachexia
#101: Insomnia: Patient Assessment
#102: Highly active antiretrovival therapy (HAART) and hospice
#103: Oral Transmucosal Fentanyl Citrate-OTFC (ACTIQ®)
#104: Non-pharmacological Therapy for Insomnia
#105: Insomnia - Pharmacological Therapies
#106: Controlled Sedation for Refractory Suffering - Part I
#107: Controlled sedation for refractory symptoms: Part II


The Fast Facts series is distributed for educational use only and does not constitute medical advice. For the most current version of Fast Facts visit the EPERC web site at www.eperc.mcw.edu. This mirror version is provided subject to copyright restrictions for educational use within the Inter-Instutional Collaborating Network on End-of-Life Care (IICN).