The health status of an older patient with liver disease is rapidly deteriorating. There is no documentation on the medical record regarding the patient's care wishes. What should the nurse do to ensure the patient receives care that is desired at the end of life?
An older patient with terminal cancer is considering hospice care but is concerned that Medicare will stop payments if the care is provided for longer than 6 months. What can the nurse respond to this patient? Select all that apply.
The nurse administers a narcotic for pain to a terminal patient with end-stage pulmonary disease and dementia. After one hour, the patient exhibits facial grimacing and restlessness. How should the nurse interpret these assessment findings?
The family of an older patient dying of liver cancer is concerned that the patient will not eat or drink. The patient is alert and oriented, and expresses no desire to eat. What nursing action would be best?
The family of an older patient with a terminal illness has been aware of the patient's pending death and is present when the patient dies. The family's reaction to the patient's death was very emotional and demonstrated a state of disbelief. How should the nurse interpret this family's behavior?