This very accessible, straightforward book helps to allay those concerns and enables pre-registration students to prepare confidently for the challenges they will face when they are caring for dying patients and supporting their families. Each chapter is based on a different and realistic scenario - reflecting a range of circumstances - to demonstrate the essential generic knowledge and skills they need to develop, and draws out the important practical and theoretical issues students should consider and address if patients and their families are to receive the best possible care. Written by two experienced palliative care lecturer/practitioners, and mapping closely to the NMC's 2010 domains, End-of-Life Nursing Care is tailored to the needs of student nurses working with adult patients. Annie Pettifer and Joanna de Souza explore the importance of their role in end-of-life care and how this interfaces with the roles of other multidisciplinary professionals involved in the care of their patients. It will also be helpful to students of other health care professions and support newly-qualified healthcare professionals working in adult health.

Knowing when a Patient is in the Last Days of Life

Knowing when a Patient is in the Last Days of Life

Knowing when a patient is in the last days of life
Joanna De Souza

This chapter will explore:

  • What we mean by a ‘good death’
  • The common signs that someone is entering the last days of life
  • End-of-life care pathways
  • Managing patients in the last 48 hours of life
  • The challenges of placing people on to an end-of-life care pathway
  • Supporting the families and children of someone who is dying

Introduction

Working in health care, we will often be working with patients who are extremely unwell for a variety of reasons. Usually these people will recover if given the appropriate treatment and our role as nurses is to monitor and assist these patients to recovery. However, some of the patients we care for ...

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