ED Pathway for End of Life Care
Staff Resources
  • Do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR)
  • Family presence
  • Termination of resuscitation
Deceased Child
Forensic Evidence Collection/Body Preparation
  • RN
  • Leave all lines/tubes in place; may cut ETT to lips
  • Collect clothes, belongings, linens
  • Collect and store bullets, knife blades, gunshot pellets, narcotics
  • MD
  • Consider skeletal survey for patients < 12 months old
Contact Medical Examiner: ME vs Non-ME Case
215-685-7445
Complete Discharge Deceased Checklist in EPIC
(under ED Discharge navigator, click on
Deceased button at top of screen)
Medical Examiner Case
Physician to print medical
examiner report
  • MD: Documentation
  • RN: Disposition of body
Non-Medical Examiner Case
Physician to Print Pathology Consult Report and ED Provider Note
  • MD: Documentation,
    determination of autopsy
  • RN: Disposition of body
Contact Gift of Life
1-800-543-6391
Notify Primary Care Physician
Subspecialists involved in care
Posted: October 2015
Revised: February 2016, June 2016, May 2018 (Reviewed)
Authors: D. Corwin, MD; E. Friedlaender MD, MPH; L. Zinns, MD; T. Kang MD, MSCE; C. Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH; W. Morrison MD MBE; J. Hwang, MD, MHS; D. Albert RN, BSN, CPN, CPEN; W. Frankenberger RN, MSN, CCNS; B. Rodio RN, BSN, CEN, CPHQ