Communication with the dying patients

  1. Halo everyone, It seems that everyone in this forum is helpful and friendly, nice to meet u alllllll!!!!!

    I have a assignment which abt the commmunication skills with the dying patients..I would like to if there are any differences of the communictions skills between dying ppl and other patients (definitely yes, but what are they?)..
    Could anyone give me a hand since i have no ideas on it.
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  3. by   JentheRN05
    to allnurses!

    As far as communicating with dying patients. Many toward the end do not speak, and are semi comatose. The important thing to remember is that hearing is the last sense to leave the body before death. Even those who could not hear without hearing aides will have more astute hearing prior to death. So do not speak of them as if they are not there, or not hearing you, because rest assured they do.
    If there is any communication it must be done with great compassion to the patient. They communicate, if at all, with expressions. Watch for signs of pain which is paramount in dying patients. If there is a grimace, squirming or increase in respirations it very well could be a sign of pain that they cannot express outwardly.
    Hope this helps