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Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life


Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life

Program Details
Artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) can be a contentious issue in hospice, palliative care, and long-term care. This medical treatment has been identified as one of the most common ethical dilemmas to arise in end-of-life care. After all, food and water are basic human needs that symbolize caring and nurturing. The possibility of withholding food and water seems cruel to families and may appear to hasten death. Not only families, but also clinical staff and volunteers, may have ethical concerns over not providing ANH to patients approaching the end of life.

This educational program explores medical, legal, ethical issues, and communication barriers that surround ANH. It will emphasize the need for end-of-life provider organizations to have clear and transparent policies on ANH and to offer training to staff and education for families to minimize family misunderstanding and discord as well as moral distress and anguish of staff.
Online self-study course- $29.95

DVD self-study course- $34.95

How Does It Work?
This programs is avialble as a self-study either online or DVD. Select an self-study option below to learn more about materials, CEs and to register.
AGENDA / SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS 
 
The full segment highlights are posted in the Program Guide (located in your program materials). Segment summaries will be as outlined below: 
 
SEGMENT I: CLINICAL PRINCIPLES: BENEFITS AND BURDENS OF ARTIFICIAL NUTRITION AND HYDRATION 
 
SEGMENT II: ETHICAL PRINCIPLES: THE ROLE OF ARTIFICIAL NUTRITION AND HYDRATION IN END-OF-LIFE CARE 
 
SEGMENT III: POLICY AROUND ANH: ITS VALUE
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
  1. Discuss the possible indications for and the benefits and burdens of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration, ANH;
  2. Identify conditions where ANH might be applied and other conditions where ANH might be non-beneficial;
  3. Discuss the ethical rationale for supplying, not offering, withholding or withdrawing ANH;
  4. Describe religious beliefs and cultural mores relevant to ANH;
  5. Describe the need and rationale for establishing policies for ANH and for providing training to staff and education to the community about ANH;
  6. Identify the necessary components of a policy on ANH;
  7. Describe how best to communicate with patients and families about benefits and burdens of ANH; and
  8. Understand how decision-making around ANH can affect grief reactions of family.
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