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Communication and organ donation 

Communication and organ donation
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Communication and organ donation
Author(s):

Martin Beed

, Richard Sherman

, and Ravi Mahajan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696277.003.0016
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date: 23 May 2019

Breaking bad news

Referral to the coroner

The potential organ donor

Communication with patients and their relatives should be part of ongoing care, and should, where possible, be provided at regular intervals or whenever the clinical situation changes.

Given the severity of illness and high probability of death of patients requiring critical care, communicating bad news with patients and/or their families is a common occurrence. Breaking bad news can be difficult and distressing for all concerned. Where possible, the breaking of bad news should be led by a consultant who has received training in how to do this, but the speed with which patients deteriorate may mean that this is not possible, and what follows is a simplified template for ensuring that this is done as professionally as possible. It may need to be adapted for certain situations and according to the individuals involved....

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