Pain may be precipitated by identifiable triggers, or occur spontaneously, requiring use of short half-life agents for rescue or supplemental doses. You can only make a living will when you are mentally able. Provides information about level of hydration and corresponding deficits. Forensic autopsies should be carried out only in cases involving occupational diseases.
Assess degree of personal adjustment to diagnosis, such as anger, irritability, withdrawal, acceptance. It can also include non medical information, such as the type of food you prefer, or what your religious beliefs are.
Inaccurate information regarding drug use or fear of addiction or oversedation may impair pain control efforts. Promotes and encourages realistic dialogue about feelings and concerns.
You can also talk about it with someone you are close to. Adjust medication regimen as necessary. Pain of more than 6 mo duration constitutes chronic painwhich may affect therapeutic choices.
Verbalize understanding of the dying process and feelings of being supported in grief work. Encourage patient to eat high-calorie, nutrient-rich diet, with adequate fluid intake.