Dr Tracey Giles is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has extensive expertise in cardiac, trauma, surgical and high dependency nursing, working as a clinician and nurse manager for more than 15 years before starting at Flinders University in 2004. Tracey is passionate about the delivery of safe and effective health care and her academic teaching and research are geared toward improving outcomes for consumers, health professionals and organisations. Tracey’s research focuses on critically ill patients and their families. Particular research interests include improving care for patients who die in the emergency department (and their families), family presence during resuscitation, the transition from active treatment to palliative care, and double duty caregiving during critical illness. Tracey’s methodological expertise is qualitative (particularly grounded theory), but she also uses quantitative approaches and is a trained systematic reviewer. Tracey’s teaching specialties include global leadership in health, research methods, advanced cardiac nursing and care of people who die in acute care settings.

Topics being presented at EMSA 2018: End of Life Care in the emergency department setting – specifically, caring for people who die suddenly in the ED and their families.