Caring for patients who die in emergency departments and their families

  6 September 2017  Flinders University   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

As our population ages, an increasing number of people will present to and die in emergency departments (EDs). The provision of safe, effective end-of-life care in this setting is therefore imperative.

Sub-optimal end-of-life care can lead to physical, emotional and spiritual distress for patients, families and loved ones over an extended period of time.

A nationwide online survey is currently underway to explore the perceptions and experiences of nurses and doctors in relation to providing end-of-life care in Australian ED settings.

The study findings will help to identify barriers and facilitators to providing safe and effective care for patients who die in the ED and to identify practical and emotional supports required by nurses and doctors to assist them to provide this care to patients and their families. Results of this study could help improve the planning and delivery of future end-of-life care practices and services in Australian emergency departments.

We invite you to take part in an anonymous online survey examining nurses’ and doctors’ perceptions and experiences providing end-of-life care in Australian emergency department settings survey. We value your opinion.

Begin the survey

Dr Tracey Giles| RN, GradCert (High Dependency), MNg, PhD, MACN

Disclaimer: This article was provided by Flinders University. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.