The 2011 guidance was developed by the National End of Life Care Programme and National Nurse Consultant Group (Palliative Care), this guidance:
- sets out key principles
- is intended as a guide for training, as well as for informing the development of organisational protocols for this area of care
- aims to provide a consistent view that accommodates England’s diverse religious and multi-cultural beliefs.
As well as the NHS, the document is also intended as a guide for all those dealing with deceased including hospices. The document states that there is a requirement to cool the deceased as soon as possible and that refrigeration of bodies should be carried out within two to four hours to preserve the appearance, condition and dignity of the deceased. Additional work relating to care of the child after death (Children’s Hospices UK 2011) also supports this national guidance. The document also highlights that although many hospices have cold rooms, which should be below 12 degrees C (ideally 4-6 degrees C), the concern is that these low temperatures may not be tolerable for relatives who wish to be in the room for extended periods. Therefore the document highlights Flexmort’s new innovation in this area, and refers to our cold blanket systems (Covercool) as offering effective alternatives.
Click here to open the NHS website and download a copy of Guidance For Staff Responsible for Care After Death developed by the National End of Life Care Programme and National Nurse Consultant Group