• End of Life Care During the Last Days and Hours

    Tuesday April 3, 2012

    The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the guideline development panel have compiled a list of implementation strategies to assist health-care organizations or health care providers that are interested in implementing this guideline.  

    According to the RNAO, this nursing best practice guideline is a comprehensive document, which provides resources necessary for the support of evidence-based nursing practice. The document must be reviewed and applied, based on the specific needs of the organization or practice setting/environment, as well as the needs and wishes of the client. This guideline should not be applied in a "cookbook" fashion, but rather as a tool to enhance decision-making in the provision of individualized care. In addition, the guideline provides an overview of appropriate structures and supports necessary for the provision of best possible care.  

    The purpose of this best practice guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses on best nursing practices for end-of-life care during the last days and hours of life. The guideline does not replace consultation with palliative care specialists, who can support nurses to provide quality end-of-life care. The guideline is intended to be a resource to nurses who may not be experts in this practice area. It is acknowledged that individual competencies vary between nurses and across categories of nursing professionals. The inclusion of recommendations on clinical, education, organization and policy topics makes this guideline applicable to nurses in all domains and settings of practice  

    Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    End of Life Care During the Last Days and Hours

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