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It is an honour to give someone the ‘right’ death

Caring for a dying patient and providing last offices helped nursing student Tristan Crombie realise the importance of ensuring dignity in death 
A good death

Caring for a dying patient and providing last offices helped nursing student Tristan Crombie realise the importance of ensuring dignity in death.

Before I started training to be a nurse, I had no experience of caring. Other than my nephew, I’d never washed someone, nor helped them to the toilet or fed them.

My first placement was on an acute stroke unit, and on my first day I cared for a male patient with a reduced level of consciousness. Every day, I gave him a full wash, dressed him and changed his bedding.

I shaved his face, brushed his teeth and combed his hair, changed his incontinence pads and recorded his bowel movements and fluid output. I also turned him in his bed to inspect his pressure areas.

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