NICE Guideline Update: Care of dying adults in the last days of life

NICE have issued new guidelines which covers the clinical care of adults (18 years and over) who are dying during the last 2 to 3 days of life.

The aim of the guidelines is to improve end of life care for people in their last days of life by communicating respectfully and involving them, and the people important to them, in decisions and by maintaining their comfort and dignity. The guideline covers how to manage common symptoms without causing unacceptable side effects and maintain hydration in the last days of life.

Recommendations for research areas on the following areas have also been included:

  • Recognising dying
  • Agitation and delirium
  • Noisy respiratory secretions
  • Anticipatory prescribing

To find out further information and download a copy of the guidance, please click here.

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