Triaging the terminally ill

Dr Beth Russell, University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital, Professor Jennifer Philip, University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital and Professor Vijaya Sundararajan, La Trobe University

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It’s midday Friday and the phone’s been running hot all morning with new patients being referred to your palliative care service. Unfortunately, you only have one more bed available on the ward, or only time for one more home visit. But which patient should you prioritise? The man with end-stage heart failure whose elderly wife ...

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