Care of dying adults in the last days of life (NG31)

 In Clinical Guidelines, NICE guidelines

This NICE guideline provides recommendations on symptom management (pain, breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, delirium, agitation and noisy respiratory secretions) and maintaining hydration in adult patients receiving palliative care during the last two to three days of life.

The recommendations included in this guideline include:

  • Recognising when people are entering the last few days of life
  • Communicating and share decision-making
  • Clinically assisted hydration
  • Medicines for symptom management
  • Anticipatory prescribing

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