Policy briefing

Guidance for nurses on verifying expected death

Hospice UK guidance supports nurses in verifying the expected death of an adult

Updated guidance developed by Hospice UK supports nurses in verifying the expected death of an adult

Essential facts

Experienced designated registered nurses have the authority to confirm death, notify relatives and arrange for last offices and the removal of the body to a mortuary or funeral director, according to the RCN.

However, nurses must check their employers’ policy on this. Death can be verified by nurses when several conditions are met, including that the death is expected, is not suspicious and documentation relating to ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ has been signed in line with current guidance.

What’s new?

Updated guidance has been published to support experienced nurses to make a timely verification of an expected adult death.

The guideline and competency assessment tool will enable staff to care appropriately for the deceased, in line with


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