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¿How many patients die each day in a hospital, and how do you cope with working in an environment where that happens?

How many people do you help of day

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Jessica’s Answer

I agree with the last answer also. It is different from department to department, job to job. In the nursing home/hospice it was actually rewarding to give them a peaceful death and help families cope. It is different in each situation. Using coworkers and support services helps. Good luck with your endeavors.
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Niaz’s Answer

Depends on the hospital, but the number of patients passing away varies day by day and it depends on what units are in the hospital. For example, if it is a small community hospital then maybe not so many patients will die a day. If it is a large trauma center, then you may encounter many deaths every day. When a patient passes away, it never gets easier. It always makes me emotional, and I have to step away from my work for a moment to go into a quiet room to cry or grieve. Many people try to dissociate themselves from their patients so they don't feel the pain, but I have noticed that it makes me a worse health care provider to do that. I take on the emotional pain, process it, and move on. If you plan to enter a field where you encounter many deaths, it would be wise to start creating a relationship with a therapist or life coach who could help you have a healthy emotional life.
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Liz’s Answer

Hi Romana!

This is a wonderful question and each person handles these tragic events differently.

It is hard to say how many patients pass during a day of work at the hospital. Especially since the Pandemic Began.

During the pandemic, daily expired patients reached an all time high of > 30/per day.
Prior to the pandemic, expired patients could be 1-5/per week

This all depends on the department you work in, and the external factors that have impacted nursing currently.
Lack of supplies/resources/and staff.

Dealing with loosing patients is hard, and has become harder over the years. Some people handle it well, and some others do not.

Leaning on each other for support during these trying times has gotten me by!
People whom are not in healthcare have a hard time understanding the difficulties.

Best of luck : )
Liz A.
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