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Dyspnea, terminal secretions, and cough 

Dyspnea, terminal secretions, and cough
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Dyspnea, terminal secretions, and cough
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Deborah Dudgeon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0014
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date: 12 November 2018

Dyspnea is a subjective experience, and patients can be very frightened when breathless. Nursing and medical interventions are helpful for patients with dyspnea, and pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions can help patients with chronic cough. Death rattle is also common in dying patients and is very distressing for people at the bedside. Anticholinergics are the drugs of choice for death rattle, and good teaching and reassurance about death rattle are required for family members. Massive hemoptysis is very frightening and needs to be anticipated.

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