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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 385 Understand how to provide support when working in end of life care ⇒ 6.4 Describe signs of approaching death

6.4 Describe signs of approaching death

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 385 Understand how to provide support when working in end of life care
Learning outcome: 6 Understand how symptoms might be identified in end of life care
Assessment criteria: 6.4 Describe signs of approaching death

  • Signs of approaching death are indicators that an individual is likely to die within the following hours/days. They can include:
    • Cheyne Stokes breathing – breathing becomes slower and may even appear to stop for a time
    • Noisy breathing (death rattle) – due to mucus buildup that isn’t being cleared naturally by coughing
    • Loss of consciousness – individuals may drift in and out of consciousness
    • Temperature changes – hands and feet will feel colder as blood circulation slows down
    • Mottled or blue-coloured skin (Peripheral Cyanosis)- particularly on the limbs

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