- Lay the body supine and straighten their limbs (unless this is not possible).
- Remove any clothing from the body and pack personal possessions.
- Clean the body. Pay particular attention to the face and hands.
- Body bag (optional): During the cleaning process, I like to log roll the deceased and place an opened body bag under them.
- Close the eyes. Sometimes the deceased eyes may be open or partially open.
- Clean the mouth.
- Try to make the patients hair tidy and in their preferred style.
- Dress in a clean gown.
- Position the body.
- Prepare the environment.
- After initially bringing the family to the deceased and spending some time settling them into this experience, it may be useful to withdraw to the background.
- Patients experiencing hypotension and shock should be placed in Trendelenburg position to improve blood flow to the heart and brain. True or False?
- Auscultating the abdomen while injecting air through a gastric feeding tube is a reliable way to ensure proper tube placement. True or False?
- To reduce aspiration risk, healthy preoperative adults who are undergoing elective procedures should be N.P.O. after midnight. True or False?
- Evidence-supported indications for inserting an indwelling urinary catheter include major trauma, bladder irrigation, and comfort care for terminally ill patients. True or False?
- Administer each medication separately.
- Do NOT mix different medications together into one preparation as chemical incompatibilities may occur.
- Use water at room temperature. Warm or hot water may affect the medication.
- Equipment (e.g. motor and pestle) MUST be thoroughly washed and dried between patients.
Nurse’s knowledge, attitude and practice on the initial management of acute poisoning among adult casualties: Study at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya
Rutto J, Mwaura J, Chepchirchir A, Odero T.
Open J Nurs. 2012 Sep;2(3):149-156