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Care of patients who have died

Natalie Pattison Nurse researcher, Critical care nursing, Royal Marsden Hospital, London

This article outlines the steps involved in preparing the patient after death–known as last offices. It addresses legal and non-legal issues, religious considerations, hygiene care and aftercare for the family.

Correspondence natalie.pattison@rmh.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 28,42-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.03.22.28.42.c6434

Published in print: 19 March 2008

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review