Chapter 1: Communication essentials
Notifying family of imminent death
Many paramedics report little to no training on how to notify family that a patient is going to die or has died. If, in your clinical judgement, you believe death is likely imminent, inform the patient (if they’re responsive) and the family. Being compassionate, frank, and honest is best.
The changes I’m seeing in her colour and breathing suggest to me that she may die soon. Would you like to sit closer to her?