Hardware or software that is no longer manufactured or supported. An end of life announcement by a vendor stipulates when the manufacturing will end, or if already ended, how far into the future support for the product will be provided.
Nurses have an obligation to provide humane, comprehensive, and compassionate care that respects the rights of patients but upholds the standards of the profession in the presence of chronic, debilitating illness and at end of life.
The guidelines, issued by the National Council for Palliative Care and the National End of Life Care Programme, include recommendations such as ensuring each GP practice identifies people likely to die in the next 12 months, ensuring professionals know how to initiate conversations about end of life care and carry out advance care planning, and agreeing local priorities for end of life care services.
Steve Dewar, Director of Research and Innovation for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "There is a real gap in funding for research work in palliative care and, as the leading end of life care charity, we believe that such research is vital to the task of improving care to help all of us at the end of our lives.