Comfort Kits


Goal: Gentle Care Hospice personnel were provided information and instructions regarding comfort kits a.k.a. emergency hospice kit or initial care kit. Contents of the comfort kit are available for emergencies to manage and for the palliation of symptoms that occur with terminal illness: psychosis, delirium, severe pain, gastric motility, terminal restlessness, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, constipation, agitation, panic attacks, and shortness of breath.

Sec. 418.96 Condition of Participation – Medical Supplies

Medical supplies and appliances, including drugs and biological, must be provided as needed for the palliation and management of the terminal illness and related conditions.

·         Standard: Administration. All drugs and biologicals must be administered in accordance with accepted standards of practice.

·         Standard: Controlled drugs in the patient’s home. The hospice must have a policy for the disposal of controlled drugs maintained in the patient’s home when those drugs are no longer needed by the patient.

·         Standard: Administration of drugs and biologicals. Drugs and biologicals are administered only by the following individuals:

1.       A licensed nurse of physician

2.       An employee who has completed a State approved training program in medication administration

3.       The patient if his or her attending physician has approved it

4.       Any other individual in accordance with applicable State and local laws

The persons, and each drug and biological they are authorized to administer, must be specified in the patient’s plan of care.

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