Professor Deborah Waldrop and co-authors publish paper "We are strangers walking into their life changing experience:” How prehospital providers manage emergency calls at the end of life

Published May 22, 2015

Deborah Waldrop

Congratulations to Professor Deborah Waldrop and co-authors on the publication of their paper “We are strangers walking into their life changing experience:” How prehospital providers manage emergency calls at the end of life, in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Abstract:

Emergency 911 calls are often made when the end stage of an advanced illness is accompanied by alarming symptoms and substantial anxiety for family caregivers, particularly when an approaching death is not anticipated. How prehospital providers (paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians) manage emergency calls near death influences how and where people will die, if their end-of-life choices are upheld and how appropriately health care resources are utilized.