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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: When a patient dies, staff and family members have many questions as to what happens next. In some cases, an autopsy is requested or required. Other times the patient may be transferred directly to the funeral home. The clinician needs to have a clear understanding as to what takes place in both instances to decrease the stress on the family.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide this type of information as well as caring for the patient and family dealing with end of life issues. The author meets this worthy objective in a caring and sensitive manner.
Audience: Although the audience is described as clinicians involved in end of life care, the book is obviously designed for those practicing in the U.K. The author has a wealth of experience in this practice setting.
Features: Perhaps the most impressive sections in this book are those in which the author addresses the issues of after death care and organ donation. Unfortunately, the information relates to practices in the U.K. and does not readily translate to practices here in the U.S.
Assessment: The author of this book provides much needed information for hospice and palliative care nurses. The nuts and bolts approach used by the author allows for easy reading and comprehension. Such a book designed for use in the U.S.is greatly needed.