Tag: EOL

Articles dealing with end-of-life subjects including but not limited to nutrition, estimating when someone will die, the dying process, comfort care.

Significant Signs a Terminally Ill Patient may be Close to Dying

Signs of imminent death
Recognizing end-of-life signs can be challenging. This guide outlines key symptoms indicating a terminally ill patient may have less than two weeks, offering crucial insights for caregivers and families.
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End-of-Life Determinations for Newly Admitted Patients

how people die trajectory
Admitting a patient to hospice services is a complex and sensitive process that requires careful assessment and communication. One of the challenges that hospice nurses face is to determine if the patient is close to the transitioning phase of dying, which is the final stage of life when death is imminent. This phase usually lasts for one to two weeks, and it is essential to prepare the family and provide a plan for increased hospice involvement during this time. However, on admission, hospice nurses do not have the luxury of having visited with the patient over the past several weeks to months to observe the changes that often signal that death is approaching. Therefore, they need to rely on other indicators to help them identify whether the patient is transitioning.
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