Hospice & Palliative Care

End Stage Neurological Disorders – Stroke 中风 (Learning about hospice)

Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, making the need for hospice care for many victims essential.

A stroke takes time to manifest its full effect, and some early symptoms might be transitory. The physician might consider a referral to hospice if the patient remains comatose or has a severely reduced level of consciousness (obtundation) with abnormal muscle contraction (myoclonus) for 3 days or longer.

Patients who survive 4 weeks and regain significant function during that time are more likely to need active rehabilitation than palliative care.

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