Chapter

The Final 48 Hours

James L. Hallenbeck

in Palliative Care Perspectives

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165784
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165784.003.0011
The Final 48 Hours

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This chapter discusses palliative care issues during the final 48 hours of the patient. This so-called terminal phase or active dying is characterized by a series of changes that affect the dying person, the family, and the clinicians. The chapter explains the prediction, the symptoms, and the role of the family in active dying. It also provides a clinician checklist for actively dying patients.

Keywords: palliative care; terminal phase; active dying; symptoms; dying patients

Chapter.  6276 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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