How to care for a patient after death in the community

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2017.

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

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 after death in the community.


Detailed description

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

  • Care after death involves supporting the family and significant others, and providing personal care to the patient.
  • It is important to ensure privacy, dignity and respect of the deceased and to recognise this is a sensitive and difficult time for families.
  • Staff undertaking care after death should be offered support.
  • Local and national guidelines should be followed.
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