Why mouth care matters
Simple steps such as assessing pain and involving families in care can improve an individual’s ability to eat, drink and communicate, all factors that enhance their comfort
Mouth problems, including a dry or painful mouth, infections and changes in taste, are all common issues in dying patients. Maintaining oral health is an essential part of good care in the final weeks and days of life, but expert nurses warn it is an area that is frequently neglected or not done well.
Nursing Standard. 34, 11, 53-55. doi: 10.7748/ns.34.11.53.s18