Dying and terminally ill patient
Death is the natural part of life and comes to all human beings. Some Society treat death as a naturally occurring phenomena and they will have to accept it in non-threatening manner. In our culture however death is often treated as taboo.
People face death many ways. According to Kubler Ross in 1969. Emotional responses of a person facing death can be traced through five stages.
1. Denial and Isolation : Occurs at a first reaction to the possibility of impending death. The person cannot accept the fact that death is near.
2. Anger : The next emotion expressed is Anger eg. ' Oh God' I don' t know why I want to die?
3. Bargaining: It is a coping during which a dying person accepts the truth of death.
4. Depression : It is evident when the person realizes the full impact of the inevitable.
5. Acceptance : It is the time of relative peace.
Nursing management :
In our society, dying and death can occur in a variety of settings. The nurse in this situation supports the dying patient, friends and family members.
1. Care must be provided in a sensitive manner.
2. The visiting time is limited
3. Hospice care can be provided
Care must be given as same as an unconscious patient.