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Nutrition and Hydration

This chapter addresses the nutritional and hydration needs of people receiving palliative care with an awareness that the major tenet of palliative care is the comfort of the individual. For the purposes of clarity, the broad nutritional needs of the terminally ill person will be addressed first. The chapter then discusses specific hydration needs-a subject that becomes more important than diet as the person nears death.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • The food ritual
  • Prevalence and cause
  • Assessment
  • Advice and management
  • Medical treatment acts
  • The dying process
    • Management dilemmas
    • Signs and symptoms of imminent death
    • The debate in the literature
    • Practical suggestions for nurses
  • Conclusion
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Palliative Care
Professor Margaret O’Connor is the inaugural Professor of Nursing at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Prior to this she was the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University, where she established and led a successful Palliative Care Research Team. Margaret’s research has been widely published, concentrating on models of palliative care , issues of culture and the end of life needs of particular population groups. From 2006 to 2011 Margaret served as the President of Palliative Care Australia and in 2005 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for h...

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