Pocket Protocols: Notifying survivors about Sudden, Unexpected Deaths

Pocket Protocols: Notifying survivors about Sudden, Unexpected Deaths

by Kenneth V Iserson MD

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Protocols English LONG DESCRIPTION:
Professionals use this booklet to remind them of the specific steps they want to take when notifying families, friends, and communities of a sudden death, in-person or by telephone. Based on the many protocols in Grave Words: Notifying Survivors about Sudden, Unexpected Deaths, it includes protocols for healthcare professionals, prehospital (EMS) personnel, chaplains, educators, family friends, prison officials, and military personnel. Special protocols are included to notify children and parents, deal with grief and post-traumatic stress, and request organ or tissue donation. Particularly useful are the “helpful” phrases to use and the “unhelpful” to avoid when talking with survivors.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940013482319
Publisher: Galen Press, Ltd.
Publication date: 12/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 65
File size: 183 KB

About the Author


Throughout his career, Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D., MBA, FACEP, FAAEM, FIFEM, has had to notify survivors about a loved one’s sudden death. Working in both prehospital and hospital-based Emergency Medicine for many decades, he is a Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine at The University of Arizona, Medical Director (Emeritus) of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (search & rescue), a Supervisory Physician with Arizona’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AZ-1), and a member of the American Red Cross disaster response team.
The author of hundreds of scientific articles on Emergency Medicine and biomedical ethics, he has also authored numerous books, including Grave Words: Notifying Survivors about Sudden, Unexpected Deaths and Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies? (both by Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ: www.galenpress.com).
Dr. Iserson now limits his medical practice to global and disaster medicine. In the past few years, he has practiced or taught on all seven continents, including six months as Lead Physician for the U.S. Antarctic Program and has worked with NGOs in rural areas of Central and South America, Zambia, Bhutan, and Ghana. He also runs the REEME Project website (www.REEME.arizona.edu), which freely distributes more than 700 Spanish-language PowerPoint presentations on Emergency Medicine.

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