Topics Discussed: death of child; ethics.
Sections: Death of a Child in the Emergency Department: Introduction, The Interview, After the Interview, Miscarriage in the Emergency Department, Caring for the ED Staff, From the Parents, References.
- The death of a child in an emergency department (ED) has profound effects on physicians as well as surviving family members.
- The language used when telling parents their child is dead should be direct and nonjudgmental.
- The dead child should always be referred to by name.
- Most parents would like a memento of their child.
- A miscarriage in the ED should be considered the loss of a child.
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