End of life care in ED

Tomi Omoya, Registered Nurse, PhD Candidate, Casual Academic/Clinical Facilitator, College of Nursing and Health Science, Flinders University has written for the CareSearch blog: Palliative Perspectives.

The Emergency Department (ED) is a place of variety. When you work in ED, you become a ‘jack of all trades’ because you see various patients with many different reasons for seeking ED care. When we think of ED we may think of it as a place providing treatment that will cure, save lives, or stabilise acute or chronic symptoms. Some patients will come to ED because that seems to be the only place to get the treatment that they require, and this may be especially true for patients seeking end-of-life care.

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