COVID-19 End-of-life Care: Symptoms and Supportive Therapy Use in an Australian Hospital.
Aaron K Wong, Lucy Demediuk, Jia Yin Tay, Olivia Wawryk, Anna Collins, Rachel Everitt, Jennifer Philip, Kirsty Buising, Brian Le
Internal Medicine Journal | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Descriptions of symptoms and medication use at end-of-life in COVID-19 are limited to small cross-sectional studies, with no Australian longitudinal data. AIMS: To describe end-of-life symptoms and care needs of people dying of COVID-19. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included consecutive admitted patients who died at a Victorian tertiary referral hospital from 1 January to 30 September directly due to COVID-19. Clinical characteristics, symptoms, and use of supportive therapies including medications and non-pharmacological interventions in the last three days of life were extracted. RESULTS: The cohort comprised 58 patients (median age 87 years IQR 81, 90) predominantl..View full abstract