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Keeping It Down: A Case-Based Approach to Managing Pediatric Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are significant distressing symptoms among children receiving palliative or hospice care due to a variety of potential causes. In many situations, children are unable to adequately express their specific discomfort. Most antiemetics block one or more of the receptors involved in the pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting; however, no antiemetic blocks all possible receptors. Unfortunately, the first antiemetic chosen is often inadequate to manage the patient's nausea and vomiting. In general, children have a higher risk of potential consequences of nausea/vomiting.

Interdisciplinary providers will gain practical application experience to walk away with better confidence and understanding of how to manage nausea and vomiting safely and effectively in pediatric hospice and palliative care patients, even refractory symptoms.


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The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians, nurses and other health care providers specializing in hospice and palliative care. Learn more.

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