Nurse verification of expected death
Jacquie Horner Senior lecturer, Cancer and palliative care, School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, Palliative care with Darlington PCT
Julie Clennell Senior lecturer, district nursing, School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough
In English law, a doctor is required to issue a certificate detailing the cause of death. However, pressure on out-of-hours GP services has led to lengthy delays before the expected death of a patient under the care of the district nursing service can be verified by a doctor, causing distress to relatives and carers. This article discusses the development of a protocol for verification of expected death by nurses and its introduction intoa primary care trust.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 4, 4, 29-33. doi: 10.7748/cnp2005.05.4.4.29.c192