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Palliative Sedation 

Palliative Sedation
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Palliative Sedation
Author(s):

Peg Nelson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0051
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date: 22 October 2019

The chapter examines palliative sedation and the advanced practice registered nurse’s roles and responsibilities when caring for patients with intractable suffering It discusses definitions of palliative sedation and its use. Key aspects of safe implementation are offered. There is a review of medications appropriate for palliative sedation. Ethical and legal aspects and national position statements from nursing and medical professional societies are reviewed. A case study is included to illustrate the nurse’s and the interdisciplinary team’s responsibilities to the patient, the family, and each other during the provision of palliative sedation.

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