End-of-life and Palliative Care
Having completed an alternative level of care discussion between William’s family and the ICU physician, William’s code status is made to comfort care measures. You remove all the lines from William including his atrial line, IV line and Foley. You make sure to change the client to ensure he is not soiled, complete thorough oral care to make sure his lips are not dry and cracked, and comb his hair. You position pillows under him to ensure that he is comfortable and all other end-of-life measures are in place to maintain William’s dignity as he dies.