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Care of the dying 

Care of the dying
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Care of the dying
Author(s):

Miriam Johnson

, Karen Hogg

, James Beattie

, and Max Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199299300.003.0064
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date: 24 August 2019

Caring well for those who are dying with heart failure is crucially important. The last few hours or days of life can be difficult to recognise in heart failure, but possible for many. This chapter outlines the practical aspects of assessment of problems for patient and carer at this stage, ongoing management of key symptoms and support for the carers. The use of a care pathway for dying patients is presented as a practical way of ensuring a high standard of care that can be provided in hospital and community settings as well as in hospices.

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