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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

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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 …

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