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The emergency department 

The emergency department
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The emergency department
Author(s):

Mary Bowman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0057
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date: 12 November 2018

Palliative care can be provided to all patients who present to the emergency department (ED). The growing number of patients presenting to the ED at the end of life means an increase in the proportion of patients for whom the default resuscitation approach is less applicable. Rapid identification of treatment goals with the terminally ill patient or surrogate prevents unwanted resuscitation and application of burdensome life-prolonging therapies. Unrestricted access of the family to the dying patient can be successfully implemented in the ED.

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