Saturday, March 9, 2013

What's your PPD status?

What's your PPD status (In the United States, PPD stands for purified protein derivative and is a skin test performed to check for exposure to tuberculosis)?

In Scotland, a patient’s PPD status is considered vital information for those approaching the end of life.

Their PPD status. Do they have severe outbreaks of tuberculosis among the dying in Scotland?

No, PPD stands for Preferred Place of Death.

Patients are asked about their preferred place of death as part of the advance care planning process, it's documented, and all possible efforts are utilized to get the patient to that setting as death approaches.

Now that’s awesome!

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