NICE recently released Care of the Dying Adult, a 260-page draft clinical guideline that applies to all adults who are potentially entering the last days of their lives in any setting that is covered by NHS services. Consultation is open until 9 September 2015.
Care of the Dying Adult aims to provide guidance to health and care professionals to enable them to better recognize:
- When a person is dying
- How to communicate and share decisions respectfully with the dying person and those important to them.
Additionally, guidance is provided on how best to manage difficult symptoms in order to maintain comfort and dignity without causing unacceptable side-effects.
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