NICE has today (16th December 2015) released new guidance for
care of dying adults in the last days of life.
The guideline covers the clinical care of adults 18 years and
over who are dying during the last 2 to 3 days of life aiming
to improve care, communication, comfort and dignity.
Commenting on the guideline, Professor John Ellershaw, Director
of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University
"Every person has the right to a pain-free, dignified death
supported by the very best individualised end of life care and we
only have one chance to get this right for each individual.
"Whilst end of life care in the UK is world leading and the NICE
guidelines are very welcome, there is still a long way to go in
getting care right for every individual person and there continues
to be unacceptable variation in patients' and families'
experiences and in the quality of care across the country. There is
no room for complacency and we must continue to work to ensure end
of life care is a top priority for healthcare policy makers
and all healthcare organisations and that investment, research,
training and support for health care staff and robust
implementation of best practice is prioritised."
"Here at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool,
University of Liverpool, we are the only Institute in the world
with a focus on care for the dying and are conducting a range of
important research projects to drive forward this neglected
area of medicine. This includes research in key areas including the
biology of dying, recognising dying and hydration in palliative
care, alongside a portfolio of education and training to
improve care for the dying on a global basis."
The guideline can be viewed by clicking here.