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Nurs Stand. 2006 May 31-Jun 6;20(38):46-50.

Using the Liverpool Care Pathway for a dying patient.

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Altnagelvin Hospitals Trust, Londonderry.


This article describes the experience of staff in one acute hospital in Northern Ireland who adapted the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) for the dying patient to suit their organisation. It focuses on one patient's journey, from diagnosis to terminal care. The patient remained on the care pathway for 12 days. This reflection demonstrates that, as long as patients continue to meet the criteria for the LCP, some may be on the care pathway for more than the recognised average of two days.

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