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National guidance on last offices would prevent family distress


Care of patients who have died on the ward and care of their families was something that I was taught in my training admittedly in the early 1970s. We were taught about respect (not that we needed to learn it as it was inbred in nurses in those days) When my Father died in hospital I was devastated to find that he had not had basic care such as closing his mouth and for my children to see their Grandfather & first death in this way made things very difficult for them. It is likely that my father died during the night and no one noticed hence rigor mortice had commenced. I will never recover from my feelings about lack of basic care and considering that I was always so respectful of others it makes me very sad for the future of nursing.

Posted date

14 July, 2010

Posted time

8:29 pm