What is it about?

This paper provides insight into how the bodies of deceased children are cared for in children's hospices around the UK, as well as making practice recommendations on how to move and handle children's bodies, and how to manage any physiological deterioration that naturally occurs after death.

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Why is it important?

The paper is the third in a series of papers, exploring how deceased children are cared for, how bereaved families are supported and how hospice staff can be enabled to provide the best possible care in an emotionally challenging aspect of children's hospice care. Our findings demonstrate the variety of ways that children's hospices around the UK approach care after death, as well as making some clear, evidence-based recommendations on the post-mortem care of babies, children, and young people in the children's hospice setting.

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This page is a summary of: Care after death in children’s hospices: recommendations for moving and handling, and for managing physiological deterioration, Nursing Children and Young People, February 2022, RCNi,
DOI: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1412.
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