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32nd International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care

Singapore City, singapore

Audrey Saw

Audrey Saw

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital,Singapore

Title: Psychosocial Contributions and End of Life Care in Intensive Care Unit


Biography: Audrey Saw


With advances in medical care, more patients are now cared for in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Besides patients, family members are equally or more stressful when their loved ones are admitted to ICU.  In view of these challenges, patients and families in the ICU require a comprehensive approach that includes attention to the physical, psychological, social, practical and spiritual aspects in the service of active coping and problem solving.

Death seems to be the only certainty in life. A good death has indeed a social dimension. A good death doesn’t come with accident, it takes planning and preparation in many aspect. It is important to have a conversation about this important journey. However due to cultural and taboo about the “death” topic, many find it difficult to have this conversation started. Introduction to Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a milestone for healthcare professionals trying to initiate the discussion about end of life journey. Besides medical aspect of health, there should be equal emphasis on social, emotional and psychological state of a person.

Understanding ‘Will”, “Lasting Power of Attorney”, “Advance Medical Directive” and “Advance Care Planning” will certainly contribute to better planning of this important journey in life.