End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Nursing Case Review

Holistic Assessment of a Woman Admitted to a Hospice With Anxiety

Rebecca Newman

Many people with a terminal diagnosis experience anxiety and require emotional support. Anxiety is characterised by various symptoms, including apprehension, worry, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, panic, fear and restlessness. For some people, the anxiety becomes excessive and persistent and has a significant impact on their quality of life. In advanced... Read full article

Care of Breathlessness in a Hospice Patient With Advanced Lung Cancer

Gemma Hodge

Lung cancer has a high symptom burden, leading to poor physical and psychosocial functioning and reduced quality of life. Dyspnoea (breathlessness) is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of lung cancer. It is the subjective sensation of breathing discomfort and can be a continuous symptom... Read full article

Maintaining Dignity at the end of life in the Emergency Department

Pippa Deith

The main aims of nursing care at the end of life include relieving suffering, improving sense of wellbeing and helping patients to die peacefully and with dignity. Dignity at the end of life is a subjective concept. However, there are certain fundamental principles that are deemed essential to the maintenance... Read full article

Breathlessness, Thirst and Anxiety in the end Stages of Heart Failure

Clare Young

Heart failure is associated with a high symptom burden, which can have a negative effect on the life of the person with heart failure as well as their relatives/loved ones. One of the main symptoms of heart failure is breathlessness, which reduces the ability of the person to maintain independence... Read full article

Assessment of a Breathless Patient in End-Stage Heart Failure in A&E

Marie Ranson

Breathlessness is a common reason for the hospitalisation of people with chronic heart failure (CHF). It is a distressing symptom for both patients and their informal carers. Breathlessness in CHF derives from physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental factors. Optimal management of breathlessness in CHF requires both pharmacological and non-pharmacological... Read full article

Caring for a Head-Injured Patient with Terminal Agitation in A&E

Fran Gallosi

The predominant culture within accident and emergency (A&E) departments is to save lives. Consequently, end-of-life care (EoLC) may be given low priority in the A&E setting. As death approaches, patients may become restless, agitated or delirious. All potential causes of agitation at the end of life should be considered, assessed... Read full article

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