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What is a good death?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7422.1048-b (Published 30 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1048

Good death may be possible in emergency departments

  1. Anders I Ganstal (ganstal@telusplanet.net), emergency physician
  1. Royal Alexandra Hospital, Emergency Administration, 10240 Kingsway Ave, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5H 3V9

    EDITOR—The final hours of a dying patient may be spent in an emergency department.1 In 2001, 444 patients died en route or in the emergency departments of Edmonton, Alberta. The number of family members immediately affected by the disclosure of this news while in the department is perhaps double this …

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