Care of dying adults in the last days of life

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Placing traditional and familiar policies before the needs of dying individuals and their families is currently in question. The NICE guideline focuses on the care required when a person is judged by a member of the multiprofessional clinical team to be within 2 to 3 days of death, rather than other NHS initiatives published for people in the last year of a chronic condition.

This Guidelines summary includes recommendations for recognising when a person may be in their last days of life, communication, shared decision-making, maintaining hydration, pharmacological interventions, and anticipatory prescribing.

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