Sudden death in A&E
The aim of this article is to explore the care provided for distressed relatives in the Emergency Department after the occurrence of a sudden death. Consideration is given to the staff perceptions of relatives' responses after receiving the news of a sudden death of a close family member. A range of emotional and practical aspects are addressed in relation to religion, legal and ethical issues. Finally, the preparation and competence of emergency nurses is of when caring for this particularly vulnerable group of people.