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Posted on 25 Feb 2021
Clinical/acute care

Safer Care Victoria has reviewed two clinical guidelines to help clinicians care for Victorians who are nearing the end of their life, and to ensure medicines are safely converted and calculated.

Palliative care specialists use complex and specialised pain and symptom management tools.

Opioid medications and medicines delivered via a syringe driver (a continuous pump via a needle under the skin) are two ways that patients can be cared for when they need palliative and end of life care.

The syringe driver compatibility and opioid conversion guidance helps specialists to calculate and convert medicines used for palliative and end of life care to ensure care is delivered safely every time.

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We brought together key experts in the field including doctors, pharmacists and nurses to review this guidance, previously developed by the Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium.

The guidance is updated based on most recent published evidence and expert consensus review. 

These guidance documents add to our other palliative care guidance on anticipatory medicines and palliative sedation therapy.

If you have any questions or feedback about either document, please contact palliativecare.clinicalnetwork@safercare.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 26 Feb 2021