Category Archives: Palliative Care


Comfort Care in the Emergency Department

An 80 yr old male presented to the HUM ED complaining of acute onset epigastric and abdominal pain that started approximately 12 hours prior to arrival and was followed by multiple episodes of coffee ground emesis.  Patient arrived to the ED holding his abdomen and screaming in pain.

Blood pressure: 100/60  Heart rate: 150  RR: 28  Saturation: 88% on non-rebreather

Abdominal exam revealed a rigid abdomen with significant rebound and involuntary guarding.

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