Imminent death syndrome

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Imminent death syndrome
Benito Rodriguez
Miami Dade College

Imminent death syndrome
Everybody is different, different fingerprints, different iris, different genes, personality, gifts, talents, and also a different death. Nobody dies the same way, this is another difference, so here is a collection of experiences when impending death is present. Nurses are the ones to take care of those who are at the end of life. It is a sad privilege to share with their families when this crucial moment comes. It is a privilege, because nurses have the education, experience and dedication to help during this transitional period. Dignity is a distinguishing concept that only human beings have. This concept goes with us until the last breath. Care givers like nurses, doctors, families and any other member of the interdisciplinary team should consider it. Nobody knows how is going to die, maybe violently or suddenly, maybe slowly, we don’t know. This work is a compendium of signs before death, collected from those that have experienced the process of dying. Clinicians are unable to accurately predict how long individual patients will survive. Although they may not be able to predict the overall course and nature of any individual’s illness, experienced clinicians recognize the impending death. In many cases, a dying process, lasting hours, days, or occasionally weeks, precedes death. Nurses have used the term “terminal syndrome” for the dying process (Dendaas, 2002) Patients with advanced cancer and their families commonly ask clinicians for estimates of survival. Knowledge of the projected length of an advanced illness enables patients to make appropriate plans. Most of these patients want to know what’s going to happen as far as how they will deteriorate, how will affect them as it gets closer to the end. They often think it’s traumatic, whether they lose control of their bowels or bladder or cough up blood or gasp for air. Families need to be...
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