Coney Island Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Service provides a multidisciplinary team-based approach to relieving pain and other distressing symptoms of seriously ill, chronic patients, and dying patients.
To meet the complex needs of the individual and family, the palliative consulting team includes the patient’s physician, a doctor who specializes in palliative care, dedicated nurses in palliative care, social workers, chaplains and volunteers. We consider the patient and family part of this team, and we provide family support and bereavement services, while affirming life and treating dying as a normal process.
Who are Palliative Care Patients?
Patients with an unacceptable level of pain or other symptoms of
distress for more than 24 hours
Patient/Family needs help with complex decision-making and
determination of goals of care
Unresolved psychosocial or spiritual issues
Frequent visits to the Emergency Department, i.e., more than one
time per month for the same diagnosis
Prolonged stay in the ICU and/or transferred from ICU setting
without evidence of progress
In an ICU setting with documented poor prognosis
Therapeutic Options of the PC Patient/Family:
Treatment of pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression
Counseling/guidance about care options in the face of serious illness
Assistance with changing goals of care
Assistance in developing a discharge palliative care plan
Assistance with transition to hospice
Integrates the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of care
Helps individuals live as fully as possible until death
Helps families cope during the illness and bereavement period
Caregivers and Bereavement Support Groups offered at Coney
How does palliative care fit in with other services?
The palliative care team maintains close communication with the attending physician, and family ensuring agreement on treatment methods and goals of care.
How are Palliative Care Services arranged?
Palliative Care services are requested by a physician’s consult. A patient, staff, or family member may ask the physician to place a consult.
Hours: Open 24/7
Telephone: (718) 616-4567