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Table 1 Demographics and clinical features of the 16 included medical records

From: Negotiating the turning point in the transition from curative to palliative treatment: a linguistic analysis of medical records of dying patients

Length of excerpt (days) Gender Age (5-year interval) Cause of death Admitted from Blood tests Antibiotics Other acute medication Nutritional support Examinations NIV Transferrals Discharge planning Time of death after TP
1 4 M 71–75 Pulmonary failure NH Yes Yes CPAP 3 days
2 5 F 31–35 Liver failure Home Yes Tube nutrition X-ray 2 days
3 5 M 91–95 Sepsis NH Yes Yes CT Medical ward to ICU Planned return to NH 3 days
4 5 M 76–80 Pulmonary oedema Home Yes X-ray, CT Planned discharge to NH 1 day
5 3 M 81–85 Pneumonia Home Yes Yes X-ray BiPAP Dies in ICU Hours
6 4 F 76–80 Cancer/heart failure Home Ultrasound Planned discharge to NH Hours
7 5 F 81–85 COPD/pulmonary oedema NH Yes Yes Diuretics, nitroglycerin VPAP Hours
8 4 F 66–70 Cancer Home Yes Yes Blood, albumin Revision surgery Planned discharge to NH Hours
9 5 M 86–90 Parkinson’s disease NH 5 days
10 4 F 81–85 Heart failure Home Yes Yes Antiarrhythmicum X-ray ICU to medical ward 1 day
11 4 F 86–90 Infection/cancer Home Yes Yes X-ray, coloscopy Planned return to NH 1 day
12 6 M > 96 Heart failure Hospital Yes X-ray, ECG 1 day
13 4 K 71–75 Cerebral haemorrhage Home Yes Blood pressure medication CT Dies in OU 2 days
14 6 M 91–95 Multiple organ failure Home Yes Yes Intravenous nutrition X-ray 1 day
15 3 M 76–80 Kidney failure Home Yes Yes Hours
16 4 K 91–95 Gastrointestinal haemorrhage Home Yes Two gastroscopies, with a third planned From ICU when TP 2 days
  1. Note: F Female, ICU intensive care unit, M male, NH nursing home, OU observation unit, TP turning point, X-ray x-ray of thorax