Breaking Bad News in the ICU

Improving communication for ICU clinicians

1 CPD Points, 1 CEUs, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Providers: CPDUK, CBRN, EB Medicine

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Dale Gardiner & Ben Ivory help_outline
Associate Medical Director, Organ Donation, NHSBT and National Education CLOD, NHSBT
Lecture Summary

Most ICU doctors think they are good communicators. Maybe you are. Maybe you are not. But all of us can be better communicators. In this talk, we will share our experience in leading UK ICU teaching in breaking bad news and organ donation conversations. We'll break some myths, share some approaches – including a structured approach which we call 'Breaking bad news as a Shakespearean tragedy' – and warn you of common pitfalls. But being a better communicator yourself is just a start. As ICU leaders how do you formally teach and debrief communication? We want to complete the circle and finish the session by helping you become communication leaders and teachers.

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors
Experienced or advanced Critical Care Nurses
Benefits for all healthcare staff

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the communication myths we have all been taught
  • Implement technical skills needed for better communication
  • Describe a structured approach for breaking bad news
  • Avoid common pitfalls to good communication
  • Teach and debrief communication
Additional Time Zones
  • Chicago: 28/09/2021 at 07:00
  • London: 28/09/2021 at 13:00
  • Sydney: 28/09/2021 at 22:00
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 2023


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 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.