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Caring for Dying People in Critical Care




This chapter explores issues of caring for dying people in critical care through interviews with doctors and nurses in general adult critical-care units in the United Kingdom (Seymour 2001). It concludes with some recommendations for the care of dying people in the challenging environment of critical care.


Contents include

  • Caring and coping with death in critical care
    • Separation of personal and professional self
    • Comfort for the dying person
    • Disclosure of information to patients' families
    • Protecting the team
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Jane is a nurse and sociologist, and a research fellow in the Sheffield Palliative Care Studies Group (UK), which is comprised of the Department of Palliative Medicine in the University of Sheffield and the Trent Palliative Care Centre. Jane has worked in palliative-care research and education since 1994, before which she pursued a career in clinical nursing. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of the management of death, dying, and end-of-life decision-making in intensive-care units. Her current research focuses on the understandings and preferences of older people with respect to end-of-life c...

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