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Last offices neglected in over half of hospital deaths


I worked with a male nurse who was great at performing last offices. He would wrap the body in a parcel so neat and carefully it was almost a joy to watch. I have never agreed with plugging the orifices with cotton wool, it's so undignified. We never tied a penis off either!! Whats that all about? At our hospital we have stopped using shrouds [probably to save money] but the person does look so much better in their own nightie or night gown. If a patient is discharging large amounts of fluid from the abdomen wouldn't it be better to insert a ryles tube to draw off the fluid? It dosen't take two minutes and it is so much cleaner than the fluid leaking every where.

Posted date

12 May, 2010

Posted time

12:16 pm