End-of-life issues

Aaron Case, Dana Zive, Jennifer Cook, Terri Schmidt

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118990810
ISBN (Print)9781118865309
StatePublished - Feb 12 2015


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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