Developing a nursing dependency scoring tool for children's palliative care: the impact on hospice care

Title

Developing a nursing dependency scoring tool for children's palliative care: the impact on hospice care

Creator

Tatterton M; Martin C; Moore C; Walker C

Publisher

International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Date

2021

Subject

Allocation; Bed Occupancy; Complex health needs; England; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing; Hospice Care/organization & administration; Hospices; Humans; Leadership; Nursing Models; Needs Assessment; Palliative Care/organization & administration; Resource Allocation; Respite Care/organization & administration; Technology dependence

Description

BACKGROUND: Occupancy is commonly used to measure bed management in hospices. However, the increasing complexity of children and young people and growing dependence on technology mean that this is no longer effective. AIM: To develop a dependency tool that enables the hospice to safely and effectively manage the use of beds for planned short breaks (respite care), preserving capacity for children requiring symptom management and end-of-life care. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review and existing tools were used to inform the development of the Martin House Dependency Tool Framework. Training was provided to staff and the tool was piloted before applying it across the hospice caseload. FINDINGS: The tool has been used on 431 children (93.1% of caseload). The tool enabled consistency of assessment and more effective management of resources, due to a contemporaneous understanding of the clinical needs of those on the caseload. CONCLUSION: The tool has enabled consistent and transparent assessment of children, improving safety, effectiveness and responsiveness, and the management of the workforce and resources.

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Citation

Tatterton M; Martin C; Moore C; Walker C, “Developing a nursing dependency scoring tool for children's palliative care: the impact on hospice care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 26, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17550.

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