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Last Offices neglected in over half of hospital deaths

A dearth of training and guidance means nurses are failing to follow “last offices”, the simple procedures for treating dead patients with dignity and respect, a Nursing Times investigation has found.

In more than half of hospital deaths, nurses neglect to follow procedures such as straightening patients’ limbs or closing their eyes and mouth before rigour mortis sets in, according to evidence gathered by hospital trusts and shared with Nursing Times.

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