Ethics of Continuous Deep Sedation in Care for Patients with Terminal Illness_Enduring
Palliative sedation therapy is undertaken when other methods of relieving patient suffering at the end of life have failed. If symptoms such as pain, dyspnea, and agitated delirium cannot be managed with the conventional range of palliative resources, a patient is put into a state of reduced consciousness so that the patient is no longer aware of the symptoms. This session will examine some key ethical questions that arise from the use of palliative sedation therapy in terminally ill patients, with a particular focus on continuous deep sedation.
There is no educational content to this course. This course is designed to supplement training that has already occurred. This course is designed to only administer the post-test and collect CME evaluations.
Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Health Coaches, Registered Dieticians, and Paramedics / EMTs
- Explore the nature of continuous deep sedation and how it is related both to palliative sedation therapy more generally and to euthanasia.
- Examine the main ethical problems that have traditionally arisen for continuous deep sedation.
- Discuss and consider the proposal that continuous deep sedation be treated as a “third way” of intervening at the end of life, distinct from both ordinary palliative care and euthanasia.
- Discuss how this revised account of continuous deep sedation affects the ethics of the practice.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
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- 1.00 Attendance
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