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Care of the dying

Miriam Johnson, Karen Hogg, James Beattie and Max Watson

in Heart Failure

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Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199299300
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740787 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199299300.003.0064

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Care of the dying

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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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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Cardiovascular Medicine

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