Dutch research reflects problems with the
The Liverpool care pathway (LCP) is the
’s main clinical pathway of continuous deep sedation and is promoted for roll out across the NHS.Rietjens et al’s study highlights some serious weaknesses in its design. UK
The eligibility criteria do not ensure that only people who are about to die are allowed on to the pathway. They allow people who are thought to be dying, are bed bound, and are unable …
The four LCP ‘triggers’ -
l Bed – bound.
l Only able to take sips of fluids.
l Semi – comatose.
l No longer able to take tablets.
According to Adam Brimelow, BBC News health correspondent, t
Research suggests use of CDS in Britain is particularly high - accounting for about one in six of all deaths.