Little more than a decade ago intensive care and palliative care were thought to be mutually exclusive; they were seen as sequential approaches to critical illness. Today we recognize that from the time of admission to the ICU, all critically ill patients and their families should benefit from palliative care. Palliative care should therefore be provided concurrently with intensive care therapies.

IPAL-ICU was designed to provide a central venue for sharing expertise, evidence and tools, along with links to colleagues, organizations and informational materials. The goal is to assist ICU and hospital leaders, as well as clinicians across disciplines, to integrate palliative care and intensive care successfully.

Implementing this integrated paradigm in day-to-day practice is an important, ongoing challenge. With support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), we have created IPAL-ICU to help.

Take advantage of guidance from our experts and explore our website. If you have innovative resources you would like to share, please contact us at ipalicu@mssm.edu.

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Featured Resources

Choosing and Using Screening Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation in the ICU: A Report From the Improving Palliative Care in the ICU (IPAL-ICU) Advisory Board

Implementing ICU Screening Criteria for Unmet Palliative Care Needs: A Guide for ICU and Palliative Care Staff