Heart failure is a condition where the heart function is impaired and the heart fails to pump blood effectively around the body. People with heart failure can experience a wide range of symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue, pain, nausea, psychological distress and depression.
The potential to provide palliative care to people with heart failure is being increasingly recognised. There is a strong push within the healthcare profession to ensure that people with heart failure receive symptom relief, relief from worry and depression, carer support, careful communication and care planning. This seminar was designed the challenges and opportunities of providing pallative care to with heart failure.
Guest speakers included Dr Fliss Murtagh, Reader in Palliative Medicine at the Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College, London. Dr Murtagh presented international evidence on palliative care in heart failure. Dr Karen Ryan, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Francis Hospice presented findings of an innovative study “Heart Failure and Palliative Care” which included a survey of nurses and doctors attitudes to working with people with heart failure in two Irish hospitals.
The seminar was a joint initiative between the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the Irish Hospice Foundation. All of the presentations are available to view in the above playlist or on the AIIHPC YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/AIIHPC