Doctors tell how talking after a patient's death helps

A debrief the day after a baby dies helps intensive care teams deal with 'emotional' work

Debriefing the day after the death of a patient in a neonatal intensive-care unit helps not only to educate but also to heal staff members, according to two teams that do it routinely.

Premature baby

Their discussions serve to educate the full team on how medical decisions are made, how death is declared, when organ donation is possible or appropriate, and how to talk with families facing the end of their child's life.