A conscious dying person can know if they are on the verge of dying. Some feel immense pain for hours before dying, while others die in seconds. Read more: Does a Dying Person Know They Are Dying? Article
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest is an unexpected, sudden death caused by sudden cardiac arrest (loss of heart function). Causes and risk factors of sudden cardiac arrest include (not inclusive) abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), previous heart attack, coronary artery disease, smoking, high cholesterol,Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation after a heart attack, congenital heart defects, history of fainting, heart failure, obesity, diabetes, and drug abuse. Treatment of sudden cardiac arrest is an emergency, and action must be taken immediately.
How Long Do End-of-Life Symptoms Last?
End-of-life symptoms vary from person to person. For some, they may end quickly, and for others, they may linger for days, weeks, or even months.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is unknown. The risk of SIDS peaks in infants 2-4 months of age. SIDS is more common among male infants, particularly African American and Native American infants, during the winter months. Putting the baby to sleep on his/her back, avoiding fluffy, loose bedding, using a firm mattress, and avoiding co-sleeping may help to prevent SIDS.
What Is the Difference Between Hospice and End-Of-Life Care?
Although hospice and end-of-life care both aim to relieve pain and symptoms in terminally ill patients, they differ in the following ways.
How Does Hemorrhage Cause Death?
Hemorrhage causes death by interrupting blood flow to the brain or heart, resulting in oxygen deprivation that damages the ability of surrounding nerve cells to function.
Hospice is a service that offers support, resources, and assistance to terminally ill patients and their families. In such late stages of diseases, especially when there is "nothing left to do," hospice can offer help for patients and families. There are many aspects of a patient's well-being that can be addressed. Hospice can play a key role in managing physical symptoms of a disease (palliative care) and supporting patients and families emotionally and spiritually.
What Is the End-of-Life Care for COPD?
End-of-life care for COPD is a team effort that aims to manage the patient’s symptoms and mental health and ensure they receive proper nutrition.
Mortality in Sarcoidosis: Changing Pattern of the Causes of Death
Sarcoidosis is a rare condition in which small patches of red and swollen tissues (granulomas) develop in organs in the body. Approximately 1% to 5% of patients with sarcoidosis die from its complications. Recent population studies have indicated that the mortality rate may be increasing over the past decade.
Can Ricin Poisoning Cause Death?
Effects of ricin poisoning depend on whether ricin was inhaled, ingested, or injected. Ricin poisoning can eventually lead to multiple organ failure, leading to death within 36-72 hours of exposure, depending on the dosage of ricin and mode of exposure. There is no antidote for ricin; hence, ricin poisoning is mainly treated symptomatically with supportive medical care to reduce the effects of poisoning.
What Is the Role of a Nurse Advocate in End-of-Life Care?
Nurse advocates in end-of-life care ensure that the patient is looked after ethically and that they receive care according to their needs and preferences.
What Is End-of-Life Care for Patients With CHF?
End-of-life care for CHF patients involves ensuring proper nutrition, adequate rest, physical rehabilitation, and caring for physical, mental, and emotional needs.
When and How Should Parents Talk to Their Kids About Death?
When you start a conversation about death with your child, keep their stage of development in mind.
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- Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life
- Early Palliative Care Seems to Help Caregivers, Too
- 'Palliative Care' Gets a Bad Rap, Study Finds
- Palliative Care Cuts Costs for Cancer Patients With Other Health Problems
- Many Americans May Get Hospice Care Too Late
- Choosing Hospice Care Isn't Always Easy
- Palliative Care Eases Suffering for Seniors at End of Life: Study
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