Frequently, emergency physicians have to interact with family and friends of persons who have died suddenly, often unexpectedly. These interactions are in complex ways difficult for both emergency ward (EW) staff and for survivors of sudden death. It may be that the way in which this crisis is managed will be a major determinant in how these survivors will remember the incident of sudden death, and how they will cope with it psychologically and physiologically.
Sarnoff, MD, Jeffrey
"Caring for Survivors of Sudden Death in the Emergency Ward,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol3/iss1/7