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Integrated Care Pathway for the Care of the Dying

The Integrated Care Pathway for the Care of the Dying is an evidence based document that acts as a framework for both doctors and nurses caring for the patient who is dying.

Importantly if promotes multi-disciplinary discussion, and identification and diagnosis of those patients who are dying. It prompts and leads appropriate actions, such as symptom management, psychosocial issues and communication with the patient and family.

Care Pathways for the Care of the Dying are now part of the Gold Standards Framework in the community, and implementation is recommended in the NICE Supportive and Palliative Care Strategy (2004) for acute and community settings.

The Care Pathway used at the RUH has been adapted from, amongst others, the Liverpool Care Pathway, which was devised by Dr John Elllershaw with the aim of transferring the hospice model of terminal care to an acute hospital setting.

The Specialist Palliative Care Team are available to support and advise staff in the use of the pathway.

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