Best practices for End of life care And Comfort care Order sets for our Nation’s veterans


Comfort Care Order Set (CCOS) BEACON Dissemination Project

Table of Contents

Tab 1: Comfort Care Order Set Implementation Introduction
Tab 2: Build a Comfort Care Order Set (Instructions of each of the components of the CCOS so that the PCCT and CPRS can build the CCOS at their facility)
Tab 3: Presentation of Comfort Care Order Set to in-service physician, nursing and all other staff in hospital when CCOS is activated
Tab 4: Policy and Procedures
  1. Subcutaneous intermittent and continuous infusion
  2. Nutrition screening and modification for Hospice/Palliative Care
Tab 5: Sample of "Preparing for Your Loved One's Loss"
Tab 6: Sample PDF Version of Pocket Cards for BEACON Project
  1. When to Consider Palliative Care
  2. Identifying the Actively Dying Patient
  3. Comfort Care Orders
  4. Equianalgesic Opioid Conversion Card
  5. Sharing Bad News Card
  6. Guidelines for Death Pronouncement
Tab 7: Sample Chart Abstraction Tool that can be used to devise CQI projects

CONTACTS for Assistance and Questions with Use of the Comfort Care Order Set (CCOS) and BEACON Project

For assistance with clinical application and testing of the CCOS:

F. Amos Bailey MD
Co-PI BEACON Project

For questions regarding the policy and procedures section of the appendix:

Voncyle Mahone RN
Nurse Manager, Safe Harbor Palliative Care Unit
Birmingham VAMC
700 S 19th Street
Birmingham, AL 35233