IV catheters and last offices

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Intravenous news: The Nursing Times report “Registered nurses have been charged with responsibility for overseeing the care of patients after death, under the first national guidance on “last offices. The guidelines, shared exclusively with Nursing Times, outlines how bodies should be treated, how to communicate with bereaved families, and legal requirements following a patients death.

They have been developed by specialist nurses working with the NHS National End of Life Care Programme in response to a lack of training and guidance for the profession on the emotionally challenging work of caring for patients after death.”

Advice offered include “For deaths being referred to the coroner, nurses are instructed to leave intravenous cannulae and lines, and endotrachael tubes in situ.”

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