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Recognising that a child or young person may be dying:- What signs and symptoms indicate that a child or young person with a life-limiting condition is likely to die within hours or days?

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Why this is important:- Healthcare professionals are often asked to estimate how close a child or young person may be to death. There is very little evidence on which to base any such estimate. To help predict when a child or young person is in the last hours or days of life, a clearer understanding is needed of which groups of signs and symptoms indicate this most clearly. This would improve healthcare planning, but importantly would also allow families to realistically address their 'hopes and wishes' for their child's care while preparing themselves for the child's or young person's last hours and days of life.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions: planning and management
Date issued
December 2016

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/12/2016