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dc.contributor.authorScott, Patricia
dc.identifier.citationScott , P 2013 , ' Sudden death liminality : Dehumanisation and disengagement ' , International Emergency Nursing , vol. 21 , no. 1 , pp. 10-16 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 528617
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 485d9d28-584d-483c-a4cf-13fefecbf673
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84871718423
dc.descriptionCopyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
dc.description.abstractPurpose of the research: The purpose of this paper is to understand, the uniquely held beliefs and values of emergency personnel involved in sudden death work and specifically, the process of disengagement in the space between life and death. Method: Ethnographic design enabled the researcher, an experienced emergency nurse, to engage with sudden death encounters in three emergency departments in the North of England. Nine focus groups were simultaneously conducted comprising emergency nurses; emergency paramedics and, police traffic officers. Analysis: Computerised qualitative data analysis software was used to generate sudden death themes and thick description explained the process of disengagement. Findings: Themes generated related to 'role' resignation, uncertainty, obstruction and routinisation; 'legitimacy' concerning age, mode of death and personal analogy; 'emotionality', concerning coping, exhaustion, annoyance and humour and, 'spiritual relevances' concerning relationship and embodiment. The final theme of 'liminality, dehumanisation and disengagement' is selected in this paper and discusses qualitative categories emerging from e.g. preparation of the body, washing the body, wrapping the body, handing over property and valuables, which are presented using direct quotations from the emergency personnel. Discussion: Insight was gained into the expressed perceptions of the emergency personnel in dealing with the intricate, intimate and sometimes emotional moments in sudden death work and the process of disengagement from the deceased. The discussion contributes to the emerging sociology of sudden death.en
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Emergency Nursing
dc.titleSudden death liminality : Dehumanisation and disengagementen
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Adult Nursing and Primary Care
dc.contributor.institutionNursing, Midwifery and Social Work
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Health and Social Work
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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