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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21

A position statement by Indian Association of Palliative Care


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The following is a summary of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) position on the administration of subcutaneous medication to home care patients by family members.

The recommendations of the IAPC are that:

  1. The administration of medication by sub-cutaneous route is a simple and effective means of administering essential medication when the patient is unable to take oral medication.
  2. The family can be taught how to give such medication and will receive guidance from the palliative care team.
  3. Patient and family teaching should be done, and informed consent should be obtained before prescribing such medication.
  4. The various medications and combinations will be given as per standard guidelines.
  5. The doctor will give the patient and family signed and clear written instructions regarding the administration of drugs and will ensure they understand these instructions.
  6. The members of the palliative care team will be available for telephonic advice when possible.
  7. The above practice is deemed 'accepted practice in palliative care' by the IAPC. This statement reflects the views of a responsible body of opinion within the clinical specialty of palliative medicine and pain management.

As per the resolution of the General Body during its annual meeting on February 2, 2003 at Hyderabad, the above statement was to be circulated to all the members of executive committee of the IAPC. After finalizing and obtaining approval, it was to be adopted by the executive committee on behalf of IAPC and published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care.

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The IAPC gratefully acknowledges the help and legal advice of 'Dua Associates' in preparing this position statement.


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