Using the Liverpool Care Pathway for a dying patient
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Using the Liverpool Care Pathway for a dying patient

Mary P McNicholl Research nurse, Altnagelvin Hospitals Trust, Londonderry
Kathleen Dunne Nurse education consultant, Altnagelvin Hospitals Trust, Londonderry
Angela Garvey Consultant in palliative medicine, Altnagelvin Hospitals Trust, Londonderry
Rose Sharkey Consultant physician, Altnagelvin Hospitals Trust, Londonderry
Amanda Bradley Nurse specialist, Macmillan palliative clinical, Altnagelvin Hospitals Trust, Londonderry

This article describes the experience of staff in one acute hospital in Northern Ireland who adapted the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) for the dying patient to suit their organisation. It focuses on one patient’s journey, from diagnosis to terminal care. The patient remained on the care pathway for 12 days. This reflection demonstrates that, as long as patients continue to meet the criteria for the LCP, some may be on the care pathway for more than the recognised average of two days.

Nursing Standard. 20, 38, 46-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.05.20.38.46.c4165

Correspondence

mpmcnicholl@alt.n-i.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review