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Struggle to provide peace for dying patient in the emergency department

When a patient nearing the end of life was brought into the emergency department, nursing student Mallory Mepsted’s refusal to move her out of a side room helped ensure she died with dignity.

When a patient nearing the end of life was brought into the emergency department, nursing student Mallory Mepsted’s refusal to move her out of a side room helped ensure she died with dignity

In my first year of training I was working in an emergency department when an acutely unwell patient was brought in by ambulance.

The patient was in her late eighties and had a palliative care plan in place at home, but a relative had panicked when her condition deteriorated and called the paramedics.

Once the patient had been assessed, and the hospital staff became aware of her condition, it was clear that she was nearing the end of life. The patient was put in a side room, but due to a shortage of beds, we were asked by management to move her.

Although I didn’t know precisely

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