Carolinas Core Concepts Core Concepts in EM; a repository for Carolinas lecture summaries.


Death in the ED

  • Before making a death notification, gather information from first responders and patient representatives. Know the names of the decedent and the next of kin.
  • Recognize special circumstances, including medical examiner’s cases and what they mean regarding the body.
    • Hobgood C, Harward D, Newton K, Davis W. The educational intervention "GRIEV_ING" improves the death notification skills of residents.Acad Emerg Med. 2005 Apr;12(4):296-301.
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