This title includes a book & CD-Rom. Nursing patients with life-threatening or incurable diseases requires a specific knowledge and skills base, the fundamentals of which can be applied by any nurse. This book aims to provide this knowledge and guide the nurse who has to care for the patient with palliative needs. The book aims to support the development of skills and attitudes for a 'palliative approach' by nurses working in a generalist setting. It includes treatment approaches and referral criteria. This valuable, accessible text shows how the nurse can incorporate palliative care into daily clinical practice and explains how this can enhance current nursing delivery without taking extra time. Topics covered include: Palliative services in South Africa; Legal, regulatory and ethical issues in palliative care; Pain management; The terminal phase; Emergencies in palliative care; and Communication.
Natalya Dinat is a director in the department of medicine at the University of Witwatersrand.