As to the syringe driver, should it have been used earlier, maybe as it did help. But it wasn't used until my dad was in the hospice and I don't know if they would have used it when my dad was still at home as it had to be changed med wise every 24 hours. Plus, it was only started once all of my dads other meds had been stopped and that was only done pretty close to the end.
As to the intervention. Well I would say that my dad going into hospice was an intervention if that is what you mean. I'll explain further on that point. As you know, my dad used to go twice a week to the day care centre and the day care centre was staffed by specialist cancer nurses. Also, the day care centre was in the same building as the hospice, they are joined together and run by the NHS. Althou8gh the day care centre was a Macmillan one, it is still run on the NHS. My dad went to day care one day when he was vomitting quite a bit and the staff at day care didn't like what they were seeing with my dad so was admitted to hospice there and then to see if they could do something for the vomitting. Immediately my dad was admitted to hospice, they phoned me to tell me what was going on etc. Obviously my dad agreed to going into hospice as he knew that that was needed to try and do something about the vomitting.
So, I would say that dads med team were intervening on his behalf to help him. As to dads vomitting, it was horrible and it did affect the last part of his life quite a lot as it got, especially as it got progressively worse. But all in all, I have no complaints about his medical care as his gp, day care team and all concerned did what they could to help with that. They tried a ton of meds and combos of meds, and as far as his hospice care went, I thought that they did an outstanding job helping him. Maybe the syringe driver at an earlier stage, a few weeks maybe might have helped but I can't say that for sure.
Hope some of that is useful Marion and if I can help any more just ask.
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