Creating a Colocation Unit for End-of-Life Care during a Pandemic

Olusegun Apoeso, Caitlyn Kuwata, Suzanne L. Goldhirsch, Natasha Piracha, Amy Reyes-Arnaldy, Jose De Leon, Emily Chai

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Background: Palliative care seeks to support the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of patients and families who are facing life threatening diseases. Advantages of establishing a palliative care unit, or alternatively co-locating patients, include promoting optimal physical and psychological symptom management; increased family satisfaction; and facilitating resource allocation. Objective: To design a stand-alone hospital unit to provide end of life care during a pandemic. Setting: Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), a 1,144 bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. Method: Tracking key indicators signaling the need for conversion to a COVID-19 unit, and identifying factors to facilitate a successful conversion. Result/Implementation: Using previously identified key focused action categories as framework, we describe our successful palliative care unit (PCU) conversion into a COVID-19 care unit. Conclusion: We believe that these operational insights gained from transforming our unit during COVID-19 will be helpful to other programs and institutions during a pandemic, or public health emergencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-579
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • colocation of patients in a pandemic
  • end-of-life care in a pandemic
  • palliative care unit in a pandemic


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