The Conversation John Troyer 10 April 2014
Contrary to the popular wisdom that it’s a taboo subject, we love discussing death. Dead bodies fascinate us and some of our favourite television shows have been about death and forensic pathology. Death is not a taboo. It is more that we aren’t encouraged to discuss our own individual demise.
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The Age Tim Barlass 6 April 2014
Mary Jerram retired as state coroner last November after 6½ years but she is no silent witness when it comes to speaking about her former role. She is more than ready to speak her mind about ”the nanny state”, the questionable wisdom of liquor rules to prevent street violence and the lack of resources that cause delays and add to the grief of the bereaved.
In her time as state coroner, she helped reduce the backlog of inquests but fears lack of resources means that won’t last.
Intern Med J. 2013 Jul;43(7):816-9. doi: 10.1111/imj.12181
To improve organ donation processes and outcomes, many Australian hospitals have introduced donation after cardiac death (DCD) following the 2010 publication of the National Protocol for DCD. As emergency clinicians play a significant role in identifying potential DCD donors, it is critical to assess their support and knowledge. Although many support DCD, most are unaware of the protocol or procedures regarding DCD. Education is needed and desired by many emergency clinicians.
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Brisbane Times Tony Moore 18 February 2014
Water police are being forced to commandeer Brisbane City Council’s ferries and CityCats to collect bodies from the water under the Story Bridge because they have no boats on weekends.
Brisbane’s ferry and CityCat staff say Queensland Water Police do not have crews at night and do not have vessels available on weekends because of overtime costs. Now the ferry operators say they are traumatised from pulling bodies from the water and say the situation is “disrepectful” to the people who die.
The most recent incident happened on Sunday. Then, a water police officer lay across the deck of a free City Hopper tourist ferry, holding a deceased person’s body in the water as the ferry took the body to Holman Street terminal.
Death Studies 17 September 2013; DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2012.756371
A review of Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling by Howard R. Winokuer & Darcy L. Harris. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2012. 242 pp. (ISBN: 978-0-8261-0872-2). $50.00.
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BBC News 21 January 2014
Family members should be screened for hidden heart problems if they lose a loved one to sudden death syndrome, say experts.
Guidelines are being issued to all coroners in England and Wales, asking them to promote screening, as they are often the first point of contact after post-death investigations.
My San Antonio William H. McMichael The News Journal January 12, 2014
Col. John Devillier, commander of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations and his 108 workers operate what amounts to the Defense Department’s No. 1 funeral home. Next door, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, or AFMES, conducts autopsies and forensic examinations and, upstairs, operates the military’s largest DNA lab.
Workers at civilian morgues and funeral homes rarely see the sorts of devastation that war can wreak on a body.
The overall emotional drain of the work at AFMES and AFMAO is such that the No. 2 job of the seven chaplains the two groups share — after ministering to grieving families — is taking care of the workers.
(University of Chicago Medical Center 25 November 2013) All 50 states have adopted laws giving individuals the right to consent to organ donation after death via a signed donor card or driver’s license, or by enrollment in a donor registry. While such laws give hospitals legal authority to proceed with organ procurement without consent of the registered donor’s family, a new study shows that organ procurement organizations’ implementation has been inconsistent and incomplete.
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Akoury-Dirani, L. (2013). Bereavement-related psychotherapies [Master class in palliative care] American University of Beirut.
A presentation about bereavement, grief, and mourning, palliative care, grief and complicated grief, major depression (a table explains the difference between major depressive disorder and grief), individual, social and family vulnerabilities and the roles of counselling, coaching, and psychotherapy. Summarises the main components of psychotherapy. Provides supporting bibliographies. Concludes with notes on burnout in health professionals.
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