Quote from angieRN
I have been in about 3 situations in the past year since I started as a hospice nurse that a patient has died only minutes after being turned, ususally for a bath. I don't think that this is an unusual thing.
On my unit, somehow there is an unwritten law that we bath the pts at nite,if there are gorked and on the vent to help dayshift. I don't mind at all it is a great way to fully assess the pt and at times it help them relaxe
But we all know on my shift (graveyard, the shift we admit and... let go more patients), that we are careful with turning and positioning with dying.
If they are ready to go (once all the family came from 1500 miles away or when there loved on just left for coffee) we would turn them. Sometimes, you just want to clean them up fast (code brown in effect) so they still be there to received last rights!!!!
For some reason the left side is worse, more or faster whichever way you want to say.
Oh! I just remember, my first pt to die on me (I was a cna then), I did put the thermometer rectally (Stupid nurse that made me do this on a dying dude :angryfire , what was she trying to treat?) he was alive then and I tturned in back once done and he was expired.
It's like how you hate that your cardiac pt (the one on heparin, integrelin and on a nitro drip a 200 mcg and just got a total of 10 of morphine) tells you that he "really" have to go poopoo!