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Updated Symptom Control Manual published

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A new edition of Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care – the Rainbows Children’s Hospice Guidelines is launched today.

The Basic Symptom Control Manual (9.5 edition) is a unique resource, bringing together all symptom management for babies, children and young people and providing an invaluable source of support for professionals working in this difficult and often highly charged area of medicine. It is the key clinical tool used by children’s palliative care doctors and nurses across the world and the only resource of its kind that provides comprehensive guidelines for treating a wide range of symptoms experienced by children with life-shortening or complex health conditions. This new edition available online in a completely digital version.

Developed and edited by Dr Satbir Singh Jassal, GP and Medical Director at Rainbows Children’s Hospice, it benefits from contributions and peer reviews from 29 leading paediatric and palliative care specialists. It provides doctors and nursing staff with an ‘all in one’ reference tool for symptom management and children’s palliative care medicines.

It is quite literally an A-Z of symptoms that could occur when caring for a child with palliative care needs, and how to approach them. It also includes a comprehensive prescribing formulary, adapted from the Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine’s master formulary (third edition), to support those prescribing in children’s palliative medicine. The new edition features a new chapter on End of Life, and major rewrites on Pain and Gastrostomy.


I’m excited that this new edition of the manual is now available online in a completely digital version

Dr Satbir Singh Jassal

Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care has been designed to provide both practical support and hands-on clinical information in the acute setting,” explains Dr Satbir Singh Jassal, the author. “It’s been written to allow doctors (both GPs and Paediatricians) and nursing staff in specialised units and in the community, an understanding of the basis of symptom control in paediatric palliative care. This topic can instil tremendous anxiety in professional people who might only have to look after one or two children with life-limiting disorders in their entire working life.”

You can read more about the manual in Dr Jassal’s blog, and as well as accessing the manual online, a free pdf copy of the manual is available for download here.

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