End-of-life issues

Aaron Case, Dana Zive, Jennifer Cook, Terri Schmidt

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

EMS physicians and providers should provide high-quality, compassionate, and medically appropriate end-of-life care. This includes protocols and education that guide when and when not to provide resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments, as well as direction for support of the grieving survivors left behind. Patient preferences for end-of-life care in the form of advance directives, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) are increasingly common and must be accurately interpreted by EMS professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Aspects of EMS
Publisherwiley
Pages444-452
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781118990810
ISBN (Print)9781118865309
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 12 2015

Keywords

  • Advance directive
  • Do not resuscitate
  • End-of-life
  • Grieving
  • Living will
  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • Palliative care
  • POLST
  • Power of attorney

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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