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End-of-Life Care During the Last Days and Hours Guideline at a Glance (Nursing Practice Guideline)

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Guideline Title: End-of-Life Care During the Last Days and Hours
Effective Date: May 2015
Approved By: Nursing Practice Guidelines Committee; Nursing Practice Council

I. Guideline Overview
This content is extracted from the adopted source document: Registered Nurses’ Association of
Ontario. (2011). End-of-Life Care During the Last Days and Hours. Toronto, Canada: Registered
Nurses’ Association of Ontario. Please refer to the source guideline for complete information.

II. Pertinent Resources
A. Policies
• UWHC Administrative Policy 4.21: Disposition of the Body After Death
• UWHC Administrative Policy 4.31: Organ and Tissue Donation
• UWHC Administrative Policy 4.34: Patients Rights and Responsibilities
• UWHC Administrative Policy 4.37: Advance Directives
• UWHC Administrative Policy 8.23: Do Not Resuscitate/No CPR Order
• UWHC Administrative Policy 8.24: Guidelines for Treating Patients when they Refuse
Medical Treatment
• UWHC Administrative Policy 8.25: Guidelines for Decisions to Limit Life-Sustaining Medical
Treatment
• UWHC Administrative Policy 3.5.5: Pain Management
• UWHC Nursing Policy 7.12: Spiritual Care
• UWHC Nursing Policy 8.14AP: Postmortem Care (Adult & Pediatric)

B. Patient Education Resources
• Health Facts for You #5471: Living with Loss
• Health Facts For You #5883: Progressive Relaxation: Basic Script

C. Clinical Tools
• Pain Fast Facts
o Assessing Pain in the Nonverbal or Cognitively Impaired (Pain Fast Facts)
o Nonpharmacologic (Mind-Body) Approaches to Managing Pain (Pain Fast Facts)
o The Correct Way to Write “Titrate to Comfort” Orders (Pain Fast Facts)
o Algorithms for Unrelieved Pain (Pain Fast Facts)
• Pain Management Reference Webpage
o Principles of Pharmacologic Pain Management Reference
o Coping with Pain
o Cultural Aspects of Pain Management
o Establishing Pain Relief Goals
• Additional UWHC Resources
o Spiritual Care Services
o Palliative Care for Advanced Disease – Adult Inpatient Order set (#1377)
o Palliative Care and Hospice (general information)
o End of Life RN Care Template

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Nursing Practice Guideline At-a-Glance