ED is not the right place to die

End of life care is now a common core task for emergency department clinicians yet many say the treatment offered to these patients is futile, an Australian study shows.

While almost all those surveyed said they felt comfortable caring for the dying, they reported significant barriers to providing optimal care in the emergency department (ED), primarily due to a lack of advance care plans.

Sixty five percent said they believed end of life care in ED is unlikely to benefit most patients, the