Palliative care is an essential element of our health care system and is becoming increasingly significant amidst an aging society and organizations struggling to provide both compassionate and cost-effective care. Palliative care is also characterized by a string interdisciplinary approach. Nurses are at the center of the palliative care team across settings and populations. The seventh volume in the HPNA Palliative Nursing Manuals series, Care of the Imminently
Dying provides an overview of symptom management when a patient is reaching the end of their life. This volume covers delirium and the advantages of early diagnosis, determining the presence of dyspnea, death rattle, or cough, urgent syndromes that may appear the end of life, palliative sedation, and
the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies. The content of the concise clinically focused volumes in the HPNA Palliative Nursing Manuals series provides a quick-reference in daily practice and is an ideal resource for nurses preparing for certification exams.
Judith Paice is the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
Chapter 1 ; Delirium ; Debra E. Heidrich and Nancy K. English ; Chapter 2 ; Dyspnea, Death Rattle, and Cough ; Deborah Dudgeon ; Chapter 3 ; Urgent Syndromes at the End of Life ; Barton T. Bobb ; Chapter 4 ; Sedation for Refractory Symptoms ; Patti Knight, Laura A. Espinosa, and Bonnie Freeman ; Chapter 5 ; Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapies: Mechanical Ventilation, Dialysis, and Cardiac Devices ; Margaret L. Campbell and Linda M. Gorman ; Chapter 6 ; Self-Assessment Test Questions ; Judith A. Paice