Fine-Tune Meds in Hospice or Palliative Care Patients

End-of-life care brings up unique med issues.

Pain. To limit volume of high opioid doses, prescribe concentrated oral solutions...such as 20 mg/mL morphine or oxycodone.

Double-check concentrations and calculations to prevent errors...especially underdosing.

If swallowing is a problem, use oral opioid solutions buccally or sublingually...or consider a fentanyl patch.

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