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VITAS Cares for Patients with Complex End-of-Life Needs

VITAS Cares for Patients with Complex End of Life Needs

Your patient may be receiving high-flow O2, have a tracheostomy, be on a vent or a dobutamine drip. Despite maximal medical management, you are not seeing the improvement you hoped for. Can your patient with complex needs transition to hospice services?

Yes, if those services are provided by VITAS Healthcare.

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Complex care at home

VITAS® offers aggressive symptom management, wherever the patient resides, for a wide range of life-limiting illnesses. Our interdisciplinary care teams develop goals of care based on each patient’s symptoms, wishes and values.

We offer many modalities to meet our patients’ needs for clinically complex symptom management and better quality of life. A VITAS physician will work with you to determine which modalities are appropriate according to your patient’s plan of care.

For oncology patients

Palliative treatments such as radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy are considered on an individual basis after clinical case discussion between the VITAS medical director and the managing oncologist. Collaboration will delineate the goals of care, including specific symptoms being palliated by the treatment.

VITAS can provide these advanced therapies

  • Intravenous therapies
    • Pain management and PCA
    • Inotrope therapy for advanced cardiac disease
    • Hydration
    • Antibiotics
  • Paracentesis and thoracentesis
  • Chest tube/PleurX
  • High-flow oxygen therapy
  • Palliative blood transfusions
  • BiPAP, CPAP and Trilogy non-invasive ventilation
  • PEG-tube care and tube feedings
  • Mechanical ventilation discontinued at home
  • Nephrostomy tube management
  • Wound care
  • Palliative TPN
  • Palliative dialysis
  • Specialized DME
  • PT, OT and speech therapy
  • Palliative oncologic therapies

Contact your VITAS representative or call 800.938.4827 to discuss any of these advanced therapies and your patients who may be hospice appropriate.

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