Care of dying adults in the last days of life (NG31)

Author: Shannen Stevens
Category: NICE Guidelines
Date: January 29, 2018

This NICE guideline provides recommendations on symptom management (pain, breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, delirium, agitation and noisy respiratory secretions) and maintaining hydration in adult patients receiving palliative care during the last days of life (two to three).

The recommendations included in this guideline include:

  • Recognising when people are entering the last few days of life
  • Communicating and share decision-making
  • Clinically assisted hydration
  • Medicines for symptom management
  • Anticipatory prescribing

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng31

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