Death, Dying and Dignity: End-of-Life Care in Critical Care

Sarah Crowe

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Lecture overview

End-of-life care in critical care is a challenging topic that can cause distress to both families and staff. During this lecture, we will aim to discuss the role of end-of-life care in the critical care environment and common challenges and possible strategies for solutions for nursing staff. We will also spend time discussing a detailed systemic approach for implementing the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies to better prepare nurses to feel more comfortable and confident in providing this vital care. 

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of end-of-life care in the critical care environment. 
  2. Discuss common challenges and possible solutions. 
  3. Discuss in detail a systemic approach for implementing the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies. 

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Hour, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Sarah Crowe

Sarah Crowe is a Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Fraser Health. She also serves as the Western Director for the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. 

Sarah completed her BsN from the University of Victoria in 2001; her Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University in 2010; and her post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Programme in 2018. Sarah's passion and research focus lies in caring for patients and families experiencing critical illness in an effort to improve PICS and enhance survivorship of this vulnerable group.


CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.