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Increase the qualities of hospice care in ICUs
  1. Y M Tsai,
  2. L C Hnug,
  3. P Y Lee and
  4. S F Hsu
  1. Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract

The concept of hospice care in critical care unit is to provide a ‘good death’ to patients with terminal illness. The purpose of this project was to promote the quality of hospice care in critical care units. According to the investigation, we found that nurses in ICUs do not follow the SOP of hospice care, lack of audit and quality control, lack of knowledge of hospice care of critical care, those reasons cause the low satisfaction rate of hospice care of nurses in critical care unit.

We developed the checklist of the signs and symptoms of pre-dying, a brochure for families including useful information of S/S of dying and funeral, beauty package for nurses to use for patient beauty at the end of life, arrange lecture of hospice care of critical care unit. Through the above activities, the Implementation rate of hospice care in ICUs was 100%, the satisfaction rate of nurses increased to 4.2, the score of quality of hospice care increased 25%. We expected the result of this project can provide some ideas of hospice care in ICUs then promote the qualities of hospice care in ICUs.

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