Study finds that upstream palliative care consultation is associated with reduced hospital LOS and costs, compared to "usual practice".

A study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine assessed the impact of admission triggers for emergency department (ED)-initiated palliative consults, compared to those initiated per the community hospital's usual practice (e.g., ICU). The authors found an association between the ED triggers and a 50-75% reduction in hospital LOS and costs.

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