Presentation on theme: "Perinatal Palliative Care"— Presentation transcript:
1 Perinatal Palliative Care Mike Harlos MD, CCFP, FCFPProfessor and Section Head, Palliative Medicine, University of ManitobaMedical Director, Adult & Pediatric Palliative Care, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
4 The presenter has no conflicts of interest to disclose
5 ObjectivesTo consider where pediatric palliative care may fit in the care of those with a potentially non-survivable fetal conditionTo consider an approach to communication with families regarding perinatal palliative careTo review considerations for the management of symptoms in the newborn with an anticipated non-survivable conditionTo learn about the overall management of complex clinical scenarios in perinatal palliative care
7 WHO Definition of Palliative Care for Children Palliative care for children is the active total care of the child's body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family.It begins when illness is diagnosed, and continues regardless of whether or not a child receives treatment directed at the disease.Health providers must evaluate and alleviate a child's physical, psychological, and social distress.Effective palliative care requires a broad multidisciplinary approach that includes the family and makes use of available community resources; it can be successfully implemented even if resources are limited.It can be provided in tertiary care facilities, in community health centres and even in children's homes.
8 “Thank you for giving me aliveness” Jonathan – 6 yr old boy terminally ill boyRef: “Armfuls of Time”; Barbara Sourkes
9 Clinical Directives Timing Setting Choices in Palliative Care – What considerations mightlimit potential options?ClinicalDirectivesTimingSetting
10 BACKGROUNDneonatal deaths remain a reality in health care, and with prenatal diagnosis a palliative approach to care can often be plannedUK Stats:98% of neonatal deaths occur in an NICUfew are supported to die at home or in hospicepalliative care is only routinely provided for babies and children over 28 days oldIf newborns could tell us what they thought of these stats, what would they say?....
12 Potential Palliative Scenarios known lethal fetal anomalies exist; potential need for aggressive symptom management with noninvasive routes of administrationwithdrawing life-sustaining treatmentwithholding / non-escalation of interventionscomfort care during terminal phase of irreversible organ failure (e.g.. gut, renal, hepatic)… may be days to weeks
13 Wilkinson D, Thiele P, Watkins A, De Crespigny L. Fatally flawed Wilkinson D, Thiele P, Watkins A, De Crespigny L. Fatally flawed? A review and ethical analysis of lethal congenital malformations. BJOG. 2012;119:
14 2012 Report On The Ten Most Common Causes of Infant Deaths In U. S. A 2012 Report On The Ten Most Common Causes of Infant Deaths In U.S.A. In 2009 Kochanek KD, Kirmeyer SE, Martin JA, Strobino DM, Guyer B.Pediatrics Feb;129(2):338-48Significant potential for anticipating palliative needs of newborn
15 Potential Roles For Neonatal Palliative Care Explore potential “what-if” scenarios and inform the discussion about possible approachesRegardless of the prognostic certainty or the approach taken, ensure vigilance towards:Comfort of the newbornSupport of familySupport of teamConnections – siblings, other relativesLegacy/Memory – footprints, photos, etcParticipate in dialogue around difficult ethical considerationsOn occasion – consolidate information from multiple involved specialists; serve as a steady presence in the context of weekly turnover of attending physiciansParticipate in exploration of alternate care settings
16 Life-And-Death Decisions? In situations where death will be an inescapable outcome, family may nonetheless feel that their choices about care are life-and-death decisions (treating infections, hydrating, tube feeding, etc.)It may be helpful to say something such as:“I know that you’re being asked to make some very difficult choices about care, and it must feel that you’re having to make life-and-death decisions. You must remember that this is not a survivable condition, and none of the choices that you make can change that outcome. We know that because of her illness, she is on a path towards dying. We are asking you to help us choose the smoothest path, causing least distress for your baby”Many of the choices presented to families in the context of end-of-life circumstances can result in them feeling as though they are deciding whether or not there loved one lives or dies. It can be helpful to reaffirm that the underlying condition is not survivable, and that none of the choices that they make can change that… they are being asked for input that will help make sure that the care provided is consistent with how their loved one would have guided it, while ensuring that comfort is addressed.Such scenarios can sometimes be described as the illness being a play whose script has been written and which cannot be changed… we are the stage hands whose role is to ensure that it unfolds with as much comfort and dignity for the patient as possible.16
19 Initiating Conversations Normalize“Often people in circumstances similar to this have concerns about __________”Explore“I’m wondering if that is something you had been thinking about?”Seek PermissionWould you like to talk about that?
20 Palliative Care… The “What If…?” Tour Guides What would things look like?Time frame?Where care might take placeWhat should the patient/family expect (perhaps demand?) regarding care?How might the palliative care team help patient, family, health care team?“What if…?Disease-focused Care(“Aggressive Care”)
21 Patient/Family Health Care Team’s Understanding and Assessment and Whatif…?Patient/FamilyUnderstanding andExpectationsHealth Care Team’sAssessment andExpectations
22 Elements of Neonatal Palliative Care Best practice guidelines: Palliative care for the newborn in the United Kingdom L. de Rooy, N. Aladangady, E. Aidoo; Early Human Development 88 (2012) 73–77Assessment: baby's current clinical state, focusing on pain, agitation, dyspnea and other symptomsCommunication: verbal/ written communication with parentsReview of medications: stop all medications which do not add to the baby's comfort, actively treat all symptoms.Review of interventions: stop all unnecessary interventions and observations, actively consider interventions which can increase comfort, e.g. skin-to-skin contact.Resuscitative care plan: record details of what should, and should not be provided in case of deteriorationProvision of hydration/nutrition: provide fluids/feeds through the least invasive routeCommunication with MDTReview: palliative care is a process not an event, review care plans and adjust as neededOther care options: consider whether the baby may be best cared for in other settings e.g. hospice or home.
23 Approach To Prenatal Palliative Care Consult Our program has had 68 prenatal consults since Nov. 2006Explore parents’ understanding of condition and potential outcomes (e.g.. intrauterine death, death during labour/delivery, death following delivery – potential time frames, possible symptoms, goals of care, opportunities for care settings)If needed, develop an approach to discussing with siblingsDiscuss care setting and expectations RE deliveryplan for potential threats to comfort (almost always dyspnea)Consider pre-drawn medications (fentanyl) for nasal/buccal administration for possible pain, resp distress, restlessnessHome as a possible care setting if baby survives long enoughAutopsy/coroner/tissue donationBereavement follow-up
25 Begin the path homeBy 12 – 24 hoursExplore options for care setting e.g. palliative care at home?Next 3 – 4 hoursFeeding/hydration decisions if not feedingNext 1 – 2 hoursTry feedingConnections & legacyLive BirthApproach to comfortin first few minutes
26 Helping Families At The Bedside: Physical Changes physical changes of dying can be upsetting to those at the bedside:skin colour – cyanosis, mottlingbreathing patterns and ratemuscles used in breathingthese reflect inescapable physiological changes occurring in the dying process.may be comforting for families to distinguish between who their loved one is - the person to whom they are so connected in thought and spirit - versus the physical changes that are happening to their loved one's body.
27 Potential Pitfalls Experienced Through Our Prenatal Involvement Assumptions that pediatrics and/or neonatology does not need to be involved in delivery or in postnatal care if palliative care involvedOver-interpreting what the “palliative” label means about other aspects of care and support for the babyMisconception that families can’t change their minds and opt for aggressive care
28 Meet Matthew… Prenatal Dx Trisomy 18 Prenatal palliative care consult May 22, 2008reviewed potential outcomes and approachesInduced July 14, on low-risk unit (LDRP)Home within 16 hrsConsult received from the NICU CNS, as Derek and Tracey were made aware of the pediatric palliative care service through a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital who worked in NICU. May 22, met prenatal Fetal Assessment Unit visit.Matthew, their first child, had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18 and a VSD (ventricular septal defect). Further cardiac anomalies were not investigated. In the first meeting our team (physician and CNS) discussed the spectrum of what could be expected with Matthew: from a stillbirth to him living several months. We took the approach that should he be born alive, we would manage things in the first few minutes after his birth and then take the next few hours, and then the next few days. Spoke about issues r/t hydration, and the spectrum of possibilities. Also spoke of need to think about a funeral home and parents decided to pre-plan funeral and cemetery plot.Derek and Tracey had developed a birth plan and wanted no attempts at resuscitation. Born in the LDRP unit (not their usual patient). PPC service called as Tracey induced and in labour, on July 14, Prepared several doses of Fentanyl and Midazolam in case of Matthew’s distress at birth. Preparation and support of LDRP staff. No meds needed. Matthew bottle feeding small amounts. The next day the parents wanted to go home. Initiated paperwork to get Matthew home: LAD in Home, ME Notification (parents had chosen funeral home prior to birth), and care plan for various HCP involved (palliative care program, pediatrician, public health nurse).
31 Palliative Care in the Community What needs to be considered?Family awareness and desire to take child homeWho is involved?Pediatrician / Family PhysicianSpecialistsHome CarePalliative Care TeamWhat is involved?Develop a care planLetter of Anticipated Home DeathAdvance care plan with DNARdiscussion of autopsy/tissue donationanticipate symptoms and evaluate routes of medication administrationPreparation of familyEnsure responsiveness and availability at all times
36 Fentanyl highly potent opioid – small volumes needed lipophilic – absorbed readily through transmucosal membranes and blood-brain barrierexpanding pediatric and adult literature on intranasal use of the injectable preparation for pain and dyspnea management
37 Intranasal Fentanyl TMAX 5 – 15 min. compare with TMAX of 138 minutes for buccal morphinetherapeutic levels reported as short as 2 minutesbioavailability 71 – 89%not irritating to the nasal mucosa
38 Intranasal Meds Reasonable to start with recommended mg/kg DrugTmax (min)Bioavailability (%)Midazolam1,211 – 14*55 – 83Fentanyl3,7571 – 89Sufentanil31078Hydromorphone420 – 2555Ketamine62045Reasonable to start with recommended mg/kgfor IV dosing and adjust empirically* Available to the cerebral cortex 2 – 5 min. after nasal use5P. D.Knoester ; Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of midazolam administered as a concentrated intranasal spray. A study in healthy volunteers; Br J Clin Pharmacol May;53(5):501-7Rey E. et al; Pharmacokinetics of midazolam in children: comparative study of intranasal and intravenous administration; Eur J Clin Pharmacol 41(4) 1991;Dale O, Hjortkjaer R, Kharasch ED; Nasal administration of opioids for pain management in adults; Acta Anaesthesiol Scand Aug;46(7):759-70Coda BA, Rudy AC, Archer SM, Wermeling DP; Pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of single-dose intranasal hydromorphone hydrochloride in healthy volunteers; Anesth Analg Jul;97(1):117-23Fisgin T et al; Effects of intranasal midazolam and rectal diazepam on acute convulsions in children: prospective randomized study; J Child Neurol Feb;17(2):123-6Yanagihara Y et al; Plasma concentration profiles of ketamine and norketamine after administration of various ketamine preparations to healthy Japanese volunteers; Biopharm Drug Dispos Jan;24(1):37-43.Foster D, Upton R, Christrup L, Popper L. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of intranasal versus intravenous fentanyl in patients with pain after oral surgery. Ann Pharmacother 2008;42: 1380e138738
39 MAD300® DeviceSyringe is filled with an extra 0.1 ml medication to accommodate for device dead spaceour practice is to reuse the device multiple times with the same patientdevice is cleared with air to restore dead space prior to next dose
40 Example #1 Newborn with Trisomy 18 and a cardiac defect Seen by palliative care team twice prenatally, when in labour and after birth of baby on LDRPLived 13 hours and 9 minutes8 doses of Fentanyl administered for respiratory distressFirst dose given at 58 min. Next doses at 1 hr + 4 min, at 2 hr + 52 min, then at 3 hr + 40 min. At 9 hr + 5 min: cluster of 4 doses given within 58 min. Increased dose, but no further fentanyl requiredLast dose administered 3 hrs + 6 min prior to deathCharted as effective in calming baby
41 Example #2Extremely premature infant with NEC and sepsis, intubated and ventilatedSeen by palliative care team in NICU 6 days prior to death, plan for withdrawal of life sustaining treatmentIJ line had been running Morphine continuous infusion for one month, switched to Fentanyl infusion 2 days prior to extubation. Lost IJ line immediately prior to planned extubation.Given 4 doses of intranasal fentanyl. Two doses prior to extubation (32 min and 14 min prior). Two doses given after extubation at 3 min and then 26 min post-extubation (this last dose was given 81 minutes prior to death). One dose of Midazolam intranasally prior to extubation.Died at 44 days of age in NICU (2 hr + 26 min after extubation)Effective in managing respiratory distress – “well sedated and comfortable” and “Looks settled”
42 Common Concerns About Aggressive Use of Opioids at End-Of-Life How do you know that the aggressive use of opioids for dyspnea doesn't actually bring about or speed up the patient's death?“I gave the last dose of morphine and he died a few minutes later… did the medication cause the death?”42
43 Literature: the literature supports that opioids administered in doses proportionate to the degree of distress do not hasten death and may in fact delay deathClinical context: breathing patterns usually seen in progression towards dying (clusters with apnea, irreg. pattern) vs. opioid effects (progressive slowing, regular breathing; pinpoint pupils)Medication history: usually “the last dose” is the same as those given throughout recent hours/days, and was well tolerated43
44 Analgesia For Dying Infants Whose Life Support Is Withdrawn Or Withheld Partridge JC, Wall SN; Pediatrics 99(1) 1997; 76-79n = 121 deaths related to withholding (n=13) or withdrawing (n=108) life support
47 Intranasal Fentanyl Preparation Prior To Delivery Based on Estimated Birth Weight500 – 1000 gmBased on Fetal Assessment or gestational age < 27 weeks> 1000 gmBased on Fetal Assessment or gestational age > 27 weeks1 mcg/dose0.1 ml of 10 mcg/ml2 mcg/kg for 500 gm neonate and 1 mcg/kg for gm neonate2.5 mcg/dose0.1 ml of 25 mcg/ml2 mcg/kg for 1250 gm neonate and 1 mcg/kg for gm neonateadministered q 10 min prn, up to 3 doses within a 30 min period