Hospice & Palliative Care

Discusses the goals and challenges involved in palliative care. Lists key aspects of addressing advanced medical directives, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, mechanical ventilation, and tube feedings at the end of life. Describes major symptoms encountered in terminal illness and treatment options. Outlines common sources of mental, emotional, and spiritual suffering at the end of life and measures to ease them. Identifies key factors to improve communication with the patient and family members and ease caregiver stress.
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Hour 1

  1. Introduction: History of Hospice
  2. Defining Palliative Care
  3. What Patients Want to Know
  4. Specifics Regarding Hospice Care
  5. Barriers to Delivering Comfort Care
  6. Essentials of a Good Family Conference
  7. The Patient-Caregiver Relationship
  8. Guiding Patients & Families through Advanced Directives

 

Hour 2

  1. The Art & Science of Relieving Suffering
  2. Principles of Good Pain Management
  3. Symptoms
  4. Offensive Odors
  5. Restlessness & Insomnia
  6. Anxiety & Depression

 

Hour 3

  1. Terminal Delirium & Agitation
  2. Emotional & Spiritual Suffering
  3. Psychological Effects of Laughter
  4. Caring for Patients When Death is Imminent
  5. Bereavement: Supporting the Family
  6. Future Care of Family Members
  7. Conclusion
  8. Post-Test

 

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the goals and challenges involved in palliative care.
  2. List key aspects of addressing advanced medical directives, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, mechanical ventilation, and tube feedings at the end of life.
  3. Describe major symptoms encountered in terminal illness and treatment options.
  4. Outline common sources of mental, emotional, and spiritual suffering at the end of life and measures to ease them.
  5. Identify key factors to improve communication with the patient and family members and ease caregiver stress.
Instructor M. O'Brien, M.D.
Contact Hours: 3
More Information About This Course: Hospice & Pallliative Care accreditation
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