Verification of death by nurses in community care settings

Author: Walton, Wendy-Jane

Source: End of Life care 2009, v3(2) p16-17

In a nutshell: Caring for dying at home requires the use of care pathways that include care after death. Developing a local policy and training programme regarding verification of death supports health professionals, helps to avoid potential legal pitfalls and ensures standard procedures are followed. This article will examine the procedures associated with verifying a patient’s death and the legal and clinical requirements with expected and unexpected death.

Notes: Contact your local health library for a help in obtaining a copy of this article

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