Caring for a patient after death: what nurses need to know
How to maintain the dignity and privacy of patients following the end of life, while also being mindful of family members’ needs and protecting your own well-being
- The death of a patient can provoke complex feelings for nurses who have cared for them
- The practical procedures that need to be followed to prepare a body after death and ensure the continuation of dignified and respectful care
- Guidance on how to position a patient’s body after death, tips on getting care after death right and how to communicate with grieving families
A nurse’s first experience of death in a professional context is often profound and can linger for a long time in the memory.
Shock, grief, even a state of inertia may follow as you try to regroup, regain professional composure and
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