We’re prepared for whatever patient walks in the door, but some patient care situations are more emotionally draining than others.
View resources related to supporting clinician mental health during COVID-19, both personal and systemic.
Help for Hard Conversations
- Vital Talk’s COVID Ready Communication Playbook: A succinct blast of communication tips focused on having hard conversations with COVID patients and their families
- 5 Minute COVID Conversations: How to approach to difficult conversations focusing on end-of-life preferences
- ED Code Status Conversation Guide: For older adults with serious, life-limiting illness (i.e., terminal illness with less than one-year prognosis), the decision to initiate critical care/intubation is complex and emotional, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.
- ACEP’s Palliative Medicine Section created this resource to help emergency physicians navigate this difficult decision.
Coping with Grief
Every patient death is different, but each one has an impact.
- Coping with Grief: How Physicians Can Heal After Patient Deaths
- Doctors and Death: The Effect of Patient Death on Physicians
- The Lived Experience of Physicians Dealing with Patient Death
- We Must Start Paying Attention to Physician PTSD in Emergency Medicine
- I Cried at Work Today
Violence in the ED is a serious and growing concern. Visit Violence in the ED: Resources for a Safer Workplace for related statistics and advocacy updates. You’ll find tips for de-escalating agitated patients, active shooter protocols and ACEP’s policy statement.