How to care for a patient after death in hospital
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How to care for a patient after death in hospital

Kathleen Greenway Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England
Paula Johnson Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

Rationale and key points

This article provides nurses with information about how to care for a patient after death and support their family in the hospital setting.

Care after death involves supporting the family and significant others, and providing personal care to the patient.

Staff undertaking care after death should be offered appropriate support.

Local and national guidelines should be followed.

Reflective activity

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How you think this article will change your practice.

How this article could help you to consider the support mechanisms in your practice setting for the provision of care after death.

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Nursing Standard. 30, 33,36-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.33.36.s43

Correspondence

kgreenway@brookes.ac.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 26 January 2016

Accepted: 16 February 2016