Sudden cardiac death in adults: causes, incidence and interventions

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Many nurses will be familiar with the unexpected death of an adult patient following a sudden, life-threatening cardiac event. It is a situation that demands sensitive nursing care and skilled interventions to provide a foundation for recovery and promote healthy bereavement. This article examines the causes and incidence of sudden cardiac death in adults. Possible reactions of those who are suddenly bereaved are described and immediate care interventions aimed at dealing with the grief process are discussed. The article concludes by identifying ways in which the incidence of sudden cardiac death may be reduced.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-6
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010