Yale Pediatric Advanced Care Team (YPACT)|
Formerly called The Dignity Project, YPACT is a palliative care consult service provided to pediatric patients with a chronic or terminal illness and their families at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital (YNHCH). The goal of the service is to improve pain and symptom management, enhance communication between patient, family, and staff, and assist families in making tough decisions. Currently there are 171 patients enrolled, which is an increase of 130 since mid-2006 when the first paid employee was hired. Anyone, including families, can request a YPACT consult. Approximately 12-20 YPACT patients are seen inpatient weekly or biweekly depending on their needs.
The team is also responsible for education of staff on topics related to palliative care, such as communicating bad news, symptom management, and alternative therapies. They coordinate bimonthly meetings with the primary interdisciplinary team to discuss the care of patients followed by YPACT. Addressing comfort and quality of life frequently includes use of complementary interventions. For example, massage and Reiki treatments can be arranged by the team. At least 50% of patients and families request these supportive interventions. The team participates in family meetings, meets with patients and families one-on-one, collaborates with the pain service, and sends bereavement cards. It has also facilitated making Reiki classes available to a growing number of practitioners. A monthly YPACT meeting reviews some of the cases or presents an educational program.
Families have identified enhanced communication and continuity as important outcomes of involvement with YPACT. This has been especially valuable when a patient is transferred to a different pediatric unit within YNHCH. They also express appreciation for the relaxing effects of massage and Reiki.
Current YPACT projects include a research survey to determine patient and guardian thoughts on YPACT and a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) cart with aromatherapy and herbal teas for patients, families, and staff.
For more information or to be added to the YPACT informational mailing list, contact Cindy Jayanetti, NP at (203) 688-7997.
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The June issue of Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
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