|Dealing with Death & Dying
in Medical Education and Practice
© 2001 Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
AMSA Convention March 30, 2001
True or False Questions:
1. In order to pronounce death, a physician should complete the following examination(s):
a. Listen for the absence of heart sounds2. The physician who pronounces death may only ask the patient’s next of kin if they are willing to consent for organ donation if the physician is a designated requestor for organ/tissue donation.
True or FalseChoose the Single Best Answer:
3. Medical record documentation of the death pronouncement includes the following information:
a. Discussion with attending4. In most states, which one of the following deaths must be reported to a coroner/medical examiner:
a. 80 y/o women living at home falls, breaks femur, is hospitalized, develops a Pulmonary Embolus three days post-op and dies.
1. a. and b. are true.
© November 2000 Charlotte Heidenreich, MD David E. Weissman, MD. Death Pronouncement and Death Notification: What the Resident Needs to Know.Available from: EPERC (End-of-Life Physician Education Resource Center) www.eperc.mcw.edu.
Journey of Hearts, www.journeyofhearts.org
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