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Communication About Patient Death or Imminent Death - Butterfly Sign (14.15)

Communication About Patient Death or Imminent Death - Butterfly Sign (14.15) - Policies, Clinical, UWHC Clinical, Department Specific, Nursing Patient Care, Unit Operations

14.15

NURSING PATIENT CARE POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
April 29, 2016


Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual (Red)
Other _______________

Policy #: 14.15 AP

Original
Revision


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Title: Communication About Patient Death or
Imminent Death – Butterfly Sign (Adult and
Pediatric)

I. PURPOSE

To assure that communication regarding a patient death or imminent death is shared with
all appropriate members of the healthcare team during the time the patient remains in an
inpatient hospital room.

II. PROCEDURE

A. This procedure may also be utilized when death is imminent and the patient/family
request minimal interruptions and comfort care only is being provided. All provider
orders are still carried out and appropriate care provided.
B. Nursing units will maintain a supply of laminated signs with a butterfly image. After
a patient has expired or when death is imminent, unit staff will place the butterfly sign
on the door frame or at The American Center, turn on the electronic butterfly image
door sign.
C. When the butterfly sign is no longer needed on the door, a nursing staff member will
remove it from the door and return it to the nurses' station, or turn off the butterfly
image from the electronic door sign.

III. REVIEWED BY

Director, Nursing Quality & Safety
Nurse Manager, Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Director, Professional Services UW Health at The American Center
Nursing Patient Care Policy and Procedure Committee, April 2016

SIGNED BY

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer