CONTACT HOURS: 3.50
AOTA CEUs: 0.35
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End-of-life care presents health care professionals with many ethical challenges and dilemmas. Understanding ethical theories and ethical principles can provide a foundation for decision making. This course provides health care professionals with the tools necessary to make ethical decisions when providing care for patients at the end of their lives. Key ethical issues related to end-of-life care, including advance directives, euthanasia, medical futility, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, pain management, terminal hydration, organ donation, and considerations for the neonatal and pediatric patient are examined. In addition, guidelines for dealing with ethical dilemmas are also provided.
The goal/outcome of this course is for the learner to provide health care professionals with the tools necessary to make ethical decisions when providing care for patients at the end of their lives.
Course Objectives - Upon completion you will be able to do the following:
- Describe the role of ethics in end-of-life care in health care today.
- Define ethics.
- Describe the key elements of the ethical theories of utilitarianism, deontology, Ross’s ethics, natural law ethics, ethical egoism, and virtue ethics.
- Describe the key ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, confidentiality, justice, and fidelity.
- Outline a method for analyzing ethical dilemmas.
- State the relationship between culture and ethics.
- Define brain death.
- List key items from the Dying Patient’s Bill of Rights.
- Describe two types of advance directives and explain their purpose.
- Define euthanasia and compare active versus passive euthanasia.
- Compare involuntary active euthanasia with voluntary active euthanasia.
- Describe assisted suicide and medical futility.
- List important considerations relevant to do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.
- Define terminal sedation and describe how and why it is utilized.
- Define the double effect.
- Describe considerations for the health care provider relevant to the voluntary refusal of hydration and nutrition.
- Describe issues related to the removal of mechanical ventilation and organ donation.
- Identify key issues related to end-of-life care of the neonatal and pediatric patient.
Nurses, health care professionals, and interested individuals
Criteria for Successful Completion
Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course Evaluation Form.
Certificate of Completion is provided for individual courses once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.
Certificate of Completion is provided for certificate programs once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.
Practice Level (For Occupational Therapy Only): Intermediate
Content Focus (For Occupational Therapy Only): Domain of OT
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Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships
The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.
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Off-label Use of Products
None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Caroline Young, MPH
June 30, 2019
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