How to care for a patient after death in hospital

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Authors

Kathleen Greenway, Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.
Paula Johnson, Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.


Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills on how to care for a patient following death in hospital.


Detailed description

This article provides nurses with information about how to care for a patient after death and support their family in the hospital setting.

  • Care after death involves supporting the family and significant others, and providing personal care to the patient.
  • Staff undertaking care after death should be offered appropriate support.
  • Local and national guidelines should be followed.
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