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LTC Podcast 5; Management of Sudden Death in Hospital

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Authors: Dave McCreary, Paul Frost / Codes: CC12, CC13 / Published: 08/02/2015

This is the first of my interviews with speakers from the London Cardiac Arrest Symposium, which ran concurrently with the London Trauma Conference.

Sudden, unexpected death in hospital is unfortunately inevitable and something that many of us will have to deal with many times throughout our careers, regardless of our specialty.

Dr Paul Frost is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine who has previously published work in the BMJ on how to manage the sudden death of a patient in hospital. In this podcast we discuss his stepwise approach to what to do after a patient has died, from confirming the death through to death certification.

References

  1. Frost P, Leadbetter S, Wise M. Managing Sudden Death in Hospital. BMJ 2010;340:c962
  2. Jurkovich GJ, Pierce B, Pananen L, Rivara FP. Giving bad news: the family perspective. J Trauma2000;48:865-70; discussion 870-3.

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