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Respiratory conditions and end of life care

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Samantha Lowther

Samantha Lowther

Location: Hartlepool
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18-Aug-2014 11:32 am

As a student nurse when working with the community respiratory team, they felt comfortable discussing end of life care with COPD patients as they felt it was an important aspect of their illness alongside other parts. They then went on to discuss with me that may be there should be palliative care in place for patients diagnosed with COPD. Palliative care is something I'm very passionate about and I feel that what I have learnt from the respiratory team is that there should be palliative care for COPD patients and nurses should discuss this with patients.

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eileen shepherd

eileen shepherd

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18-Aug-2014 11:35 am

Thanks Samantha
It is really good to hear about your experience. Do you think students get enough help to talk to patients about end of life issues?

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Samantha Lowther

Samantha Lowther

Location: Hartlepool
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19-Aug-2014 10:06 am

It has not been discussed as much in theory but while on my placements in the community it was briefly explained to me what end of life care is and how they went about giving end of life care. End of life care is a subject I am very passionate about and for my service improvement in my 3rd year I want to have something in place where COPD patients can have palliative care. What do you think about this Eileen?

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eileen shepherd

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19-Aug-2014 10:08 am

I think this a a great ambition. Alot of nurses tell me that patients with COPD often lose out on the palliative care. It is a life limiting disease. Have you looked at some of our articles on the topic?

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Samantha Lowther

Samantha Lowther

Location: Hartlepool
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19-Aug-2014 10:37 am

Not yet, as I have just figured out how to use the website to it's full potential but I shall be having a look because death is an important part of care because nurses need to ensure that it is to the patients wishes and is dignified. COPD patients will never get better although they can do things to manage their illness such as gently exercise. These patients need to have something in place so they know they are supported through their illness, aware of the the progression of their illness and most importantly so they don't feel alone and scared. I was looking at how I could start a blog about palliative care for COPD patients but then I found your blog.

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