PPC SERIES Managing Pediatric Seizures at End of Life

Seizures are one of the most common symptoms seen in pediatric patients receiving hospice or palliative care. Managing seizures is often complex and can be overwhelming for healthcare providers. While collaboration with a pediatric neurologist is ideal for treating these patients, it isn’t always possible. Therefore, hospice and palliative care practitioners must develop some familiarity with the various treatment options. Through case examples, this session will review possible causes of seizures, discuss non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment options based on seizure type, and evaluate potential therapy adjustments that may be necessary as patients approach end-of-life.

Objectives:
1. Identify potential causes of pediatric seizures and common seizure types
2. Discuss targeted pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options
3. Evaluate treatment options as patients approach end-of-life

About the Presenter:
Melissa Hunt, PharmD
Optum
Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist
Hospice Pharmacy Services

Dr. Melissa Hunt graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy with her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees and then completed an American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited pediatric pharmacy practice residency at Norton (Kosair) Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Dr. Hunt worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in a pediatric intensive care unit prior to joining Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services, where she now serves as the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist. In her role with Optum, Dr. Hunt serves on pediatric interdisciplinary teams, provides clinical consults on pediatric patients, and presents educational programs for staff and clients. Dr. Hunt co-authored the Pediatric Palliative Care Consultant. She is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and serves on the Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS) pediatric advisory council. In addition, she is a member of numerous pharmacy organizations including Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).