American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Session Code: ME204
Title: Dealing with Death and Dying: How to Conduct Goals of Care Discussions, Provide Quality Care to Dying Patients, and Cope After a Difficult Death
Date and Time of Session: Tuesday, October 29: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center - Room: MS 310-311
Description: While most of us acknowledge it is important to honor our patient's wishes at the end of life, we are often uncertain of when to broach these conversations (usually doing it too late), and how to conduct a successful goals-of-care discussion. This can be especially difficult if a surgical complication is contributory to the death, when the patient is a child or young person, or if there has been a long relationship between the patient and the surgeon & team. Since patients and families often look to their physician to initiate this discussion, it is important that surgeons learn when and how to approach goals of care discussions, and how to guide their patient and team through this often difficult process.
CME Credit Hours: 1
Webcast Package Available: No
Audio Package Available: No
General Surgery (GEN), Trauma / Critical Care (TRA), Surgical Oncology (ONC), Geriatric / Palliative Care (GER), Ethics (ETH)
Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates:
Ethics, Palliative care
Sponsored By:
Committee on Ethics
Program Participants:
Gretchen Schwarze, MD FACS