How to verify the death of a patient

    Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid


    When a patient dies, it is important that nurses understand their role in the verification of death. This article explains the steps required to verify the death of an adult patient. Verification of death is not a mechanistic task, but one that requires sensitivity and compassion. It is also crucial that nurses understand the legal implications of verifying a patient’s death. With the development of the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, nurses must also understand any changes in their role when verifying the death of a patient.

    Verification or confirmation of death is the process of ascertaining whether a patient is deceased, based on a physical assessment.

    Nurses can only verify a death if the patient is expected to die and has a do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) order in place. A DNACPR order is essential because it allows the nurse to verify the death without being concerned with the need to resuscitate the patient.

    Nurses should ensure they act in accordance with local and national guidance regarding the verification of a patient’s death
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Rhif yr erthygle11561
    CyfnodolynNursing Standard
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    StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 26 Mai 2020

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