The palliMEDS app, developed by NPS Medicinewise for caring@home, familiarises primary care prescribers with eight palliative care medicines that have been endorsed by the Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) for management of terminal symptoms.
The ANZSPM-endorsed medicines can be used to manage common emergent symptoms in home-based palliative care patients in the last few weeks of life, when people often have problems swallowing.
A new version of the app was released in August 2020 featuring an opioid calculator tool.
The calculator is designed to provide support to a clinician where a palliative care patient needs to be switched from some, or all, of their current opioids, to a replacement opioid delivered by the subcutaneous route. The app can be used offline (without internet connection), which makes it ideal for clinicians caring for patients in rural and remote areas of Australia. palliMEDS will help contribute to the provision of quality palliative care for the increasing number of Australians who wish to be cared for, and to die at home, if possible.