Privacy / Dignity

Supporting the Patient’s Family as Death Approaches


Provide Privacy and Foster Dignity Provide privacy and time with the patient. This is especially challenging when the patient is in the ICU or in a semi-private surroundings.Consider the following strategies to foster privacy and dignity:

  • Draw the curtains to provide a private space.
  • Consider discontinuing intrusive and futile monitoring (DC pulse oximetry, IV fluids, telemetry, etc.).
  • Write orders to allow loved ones to visit 24/7 or stay at the facility (as possible).
  • Use gentle questioning to identify culturally driven family preferences and rituals and to avoid cultural faux pas.
Source: VJ Periyakoil, MD and Betty Wexler, RN, CNS


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