I'm an ED doctor, this is how I tell people their loved one has died

The hard truth about medicine, in particular my job in emergency medicine, isn't merely that people die. It is that we have to tell people that people die.

I don’t mind resuscitations, although they can be emotionally and physically exhausting. 

I don’t mind managing the airways, putting in the central lines. 

I don’t mind thinking through the algorithms and wondering what might work to keep the person before me alive.

What I mind is going out into some waiting room, or to some alcove or some tiny chapel

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