End of Life Care
News and practice for end of life and palliative care nursing specialists
Acute wards in Exeter and Lancaster have become the first in the UK to be recognised for their care for patients nearing the end of their lives by a gold standards framework supported by regulators.
Better end of life care is observed in nursing homes where palliative care knowledge is greater among senior staff, according to US research.
Latest research: end of life care
Syringe pumps are a vital tool for administering medicine, especially in palliative care. However, nurses must have training before using them to ensure patient safety.
The Eden Alternative is a philosophy that encourages nurses to empower care home residents by recognising what they are able to do and engaging them in activities.
When terminally ill patients are given continuous deep sedation without hydration, should we call it a form of palliative care, or is it in fact slow euthanasia?
Training on spirituality can help mental health professionals meet patients’ spiritual needs by increasing their confidence in addressing the subject
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It seems the tide may be turning on the way older people are treated in the NHS, with the need to develop and improve this important area of care at last being acknowledged and acted on. There were two announcements this week that gave me hope that change is coming.