Article Text

16 Using Audit to Change After-Death Practices to Lessen the Psychological Impact on Staff when Handling Patients’ bodies in the Mortuary
  1. Denise Douglas, Lecturer in Palliative,
  2. Jean Salt, Ward Sister and
  3. Jane Sutherland, Director of Patient Services
  1. Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex

Statistics from

In 2007, an audit was conducted to assess the psychological impact of handling bodies in the mortuary. This followed the nursing team and student nurses raising issues during reflective practice sessions and placement evaluations. Senior nurse managers had also become increasingly concerned about the potential effect of traditional nursing practices, which encouraged multiple viewings for …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.