Celebrating 5 years of CanKids Pediatric Palliative Care Center - New Delhi

August 14, 2017

Introducing Pediatric Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care is an active and total approach to care, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. It focuses on enhancing quality of life and includes the management of distressing symptoms and provision of respite and care from diagnosis through treatment and, where necessary, into death and bereavement.

History of CanKids Pediatric Palliative Care Centre (PPCC)

On 14th August , 2012, 5 years ago, Cankids inaugurated the 1st Pediatric Palliative Care Center in India – as a 10 bedded in-patient and outpatient service in Gautam Nagar ,  bare 2 kms away from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdurjung Hospital. 

The only one of its kind for children’s palliative care in India, this Inpatient and Outpatient service is a flagship project to provide direct palliative care service to children being treated for cancer in Delhi hospitals and for training and building capacities in Children’s Palliative Care across the country.

Across Delhi NCR, other than a 6 bedded Pain and Palliative care Clinic in AIIMS, Home Care Services at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and those offered by Can Support and the Hospice at Shanti Avedna– all catering to both adult and children there is no dedicated service for paediatric palliative care. CanKids PPCC in New Delhi is providing a model of holistic Palliative care support for children and their families as an integral component of the Cankids Model for change for Childhood Cancer in India.

The model Center also aims to be the flagship from where we seek to scale up pediatric palliative care at other cancer centers where Cankids runs Hospital Support Units (CHSUs) Pan India. We have recently started developing our training center which aims to builds capacities on different aspects of palliative care to the community at large.

Not a Hospice’ (a term with negative connotations in India), this beautiful facility provides palliative care in every sense of the word through the cancer journey of the children who are looked after here from moment of diagnosis – offering pain and symptom management, counselling, spiritual support, terminal care and bereavement support

OUR KEY INTERVENTIONS OF THE PPCC INCLUDES

Patient support services-

  • Round the Clock Palliative Care center Doctors & Nurses
  • 10 Cubicle ward & OPD on two floors 
  • Pain and symptom management.
  • Wound management and ambulatory care
  • Medical and financial support
  • Physiotherapy services.
  • Psychological support services
  • Therapy and wellness center
  • Terminal care and bereavement support
  • Parent Education and training for Care givers & professionals

Social support services –

  • Kitchen cafeteria and nutrition support.
  • Entertainment and education.
  • Spiritual support.
Achievements of our Pediatric Palliative Care center
  • The PPCP has a complete team of qualified doctors, caring nurses, nursing aides, physical therapist, and psychologists. Having 2 full time doctors, 6 nurses, a psychologist, physiotherapist, patient navigators and social support staff, with close support and guidance provided by a UK based Palliative Care specialist makes a huge difference in the care that we provide. As our presence in the medical community is strengthening and widening and our team is getting more empowered we are getting closer to our vision of having a flagship pediatric palliative care services.
  • We have our own Morphine Licence as a recognized medical institution for palliative care, from the Drug Comptroller General Delhi Government per new requirements stated by the changes to the Narcotics laws.
  • We are also a recognized institution by Delhi Municipal Court. We can register deaths on line and print official death certificates.
  • Transfers to PPCC from the hospitals are getting closer to becoming more seamless as we now have a better dialogue with the treating doctors and the nursing teams at the hospitals. This is a big step to better the continuum of care.
  • In its 5 year history, the PPCC has provided in –patient palliative care to 1141 children and their families – of which 517 were new admissions and 642, were re- admissions.
  • At the PPCC the OPD provides ambulatory service for injecting of IV antibiotics for children under treatment at 2 of our CHSUs, viz AIIMS – the pediatric oncology division and the AIIMS Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, to supplement their services, in a shared care model. In the last year we have catered to 729 patients for Ambulatory Care.
  • On 18th March this year we have started a special 1st of its kind in India Social Support OPDs to provide a holistic approach to the pediatric cancer patients from the Center.--  which runs 24x7 with 11 support services and  68 social support clinics each week. During its first three months it has catered to 714 children with 2256 times visits. This OPD offers not only offers ambulatory care but also take care of  the symptom, pain and wound management, provides Psychological, Spiritual, Nutritional, Physiotherapy, Educational and Financial support and patient navigation services provided by respective trained professional.

The Cankids Pediatric Palliative care model and Center was presented at the SIOP 2015 in Cape Town and IAPCON 2016 in Pune and at HPMA /HPNA annual conference in Chicago.  All were very well received. Good connections were made and new invitations were received.

Best Regards
Huma Anis Head Palliative Care Services
humaanis@cankidsindia.org
9953591580

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