The Liverpool Care Pathway: a tool for paramedics?

This short review examines the implementation of the Liverpool Care Pathway in health care settings and asks whether it would be suitable for paramedics to use in the bid to improve end of life care in the UK. Improvement of end of life care is now a government agenda and subsequently greater attention is being given to it. Currently, very few people achieve a death they would have wished for. Many would prefer to die at home, however, only 18% of deaths do occur at home. The knowledge and implementation of the Liverpool Care Pathway into paramedic practice could help improve end of life care and reduce unnecessary transfers of patients to emergency departments.

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