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Revista mexicana de anestesiología

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GUEVARA-LOPEZ, Uría. Palliative care in the tsunami of suffering from SARS-CoV-2. Rev. mex. anestesiol. [online]. 2020, vol.43, n.4, pp.296-304.  Epub 18-Oct-2021. ISSN 0484-7903.

Health teams, intensivists and internists have worked side by side in the current pandemic, in this environment the palliative care providers can contribute substantially to this crisis, treating with their transdisciplinary and comprehensive approach the burden of symptoms of the patients with COVID-19, establishing clear and open communication with patients, families, including spiritual support. Although the care of these patients focused on mechanical ventilation, an increasing number of people will not receive this support due to the underlying health conditions and will require conservative management. On the other hand, with all the attention and resources occupying the emergency, the care of vulnerable, marginalized groups, and numerous patients with chronic, progressive, complex, oncological, or multimorbid diseases that warrant palliative care, came to the background. During the care of COVID-19 patients, health personnel may experience complex ethical dilemmas due to the scarcity of resources, the rapid deterioration of the patients, urgent decision-making and the lack of effective treatments. Palliative patients can adapt to this possibility, put yourself at the forefront and contribute to better decision-making, to provide multidimensional care (biological, psychoactive, socioeconomic, spiritual) to patients, families and to temper this tsunami of suffering.

Palabras llave : Palliative care; tsunami of suffering; COVID-19.

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