What is it about?

Supporting good deaths in intensive care units is an important factor in critical care nursing, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the significance of this issue. Nurses perceptions of how good deaths could be achieved has exposed that there are areas which need improving. This review has concluded how these improvements could be facilitated.

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Why is it important?

This review has shown the current importance of why aiding good deaths in intensive care units is crucial in current health care. It has shown what is needed in order to help nurses facilitate good deaths in clinical areas which may not be ideal for dignified deaths.

Perspectives

Carrying out this review has helped me understand why deaths in intensive care units, as well at other critical care facilities, are not always managed well. I wish for others to share my own passion for aiding dignified deaths and that this article helps to shape a new view in how this can be aided.

Nicola Stanzl

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This page is a summary of: Nurses' perceptions of supporting a ‘good death’ in intensive care units, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, August 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2022.28.8.357.
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