Around half of expected deaths in Australia occur in hospital settings, with this figure predicted to double by 2040, and up to 75% of Australians will present at least once to the emergency department in the last two years of life.
In two new papers:
- 'What is a compassionate response in the emergency department? Learner evaluation of an End-of-Life Essentials online education module' (Emergency Medicine Australasia) and
- 'Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care' (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care)
the recommendations and conclusions to improve end-of-life care in the emergency department (ED), include:
- Recognising the importance of end-of-life care as an important first step to enable improvements in the quality of care delivered to patients and their families.
- Acknowledging that end-of-life conversations will continue to be held in ED and that good quality, humanised, responsive care is required.