Unexpected Pediatric Death and the Lived Experience of Emergency Service Personnel

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Julie Lindsay, MSN, RN
School of Nursing, UTMB School of Nursing, Galveston, TX

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to gain an understanding of the experience of a healthcare professional experiencing an unexpected pediatric loss.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify interventions for emergency service personnel experiencing an unexpected pediatric death.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experience of emergency service personnel who are involved in an unsuccessful pediatric resuscitative and the impact this experience may have on them professionally and personally.

Methods: A phenomenological approach based on the philosophy of Max van Manen will guide this study. Open-ended questions with a purposive sampling will be employed.

Results: This is an ongoing study-preliminary results will be presented on the presentation.

Conclusion: Implications for thematic findings will include gaining an in-depth understanding of this experience from the perspective of those involved and developing a cadre of coping and grieving interventions for emergency service personnel. Findings may also provide guidance for the implementation of revised emergency personal, personnel standard, practices, and polices.