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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Hospice

Advisor

Thomas Colletti

Abstract

Most people acquire a serious progressive illness with a gradual decline in function until an active period right before death. Signs and symptoms of this active period before death include decreased appetite, neurological dysfunction, altered respiratory pattern, and the “death rattle.” By being aware of these signs and symptoms, the provider will be able to manage the symptoms, making the patient as comfortable as possible during this difficult time.

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