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The EthicsLab Essentials provides a core curriculum designed to enrich ethics committee members through an educationally accredited (CEU, CME and soon CNE) podcast and website format. The curriculum is intended for ethics committees to listen to a podcast episode before their ethics committee meeting and then, using the facilitation guide, committee chairs lead a discussion of how the issues/concepts/tools discussed in the episode can improve the work of their ethics committee. Each podcast episode is led by expert contributors from across the country and is designed to emphasize accessibility and learning schedule flexibility. Below, are the two option of: 1) Simply listening to the individual podcasts available below or, 2) Complete the “podcast course(s)” for educational credit.
A goals of care conversation is an important element at the foundation of high quality discussions around code status. In this episode lead contributor Mark Repenshek, is in conversation with national experts and clinicians who discuss this important topic.
Informed consent is one of the foundational ethical principles in health care that supports the patients right to self-determination. This episode , led by lead contributor Rachelle Barina, is in conversation with two nationally known guests exploring this important topic.
In this episode, our lead contributor Becket Gremmels, speaks to a transplant surgeon, an ICU doctor and a health care ethicist about some of the foundational ethical approaches that honor organ donors, the patients who receive those organs, and the health care professionals who care for both.
As patients, surrogate decision makers, and clinicians discuss goals of care, questions arise regarding what interventions will physiologically work and what interventions will honor the patient’s values. Do Not Resuscitate Orders are one of the interventions frequently discussed.
In this episode, our guests present such practical tools that help health care ethics committee members become more competent, become more aware of gaps and trends, and have more impact on improving the care and health experience of patients.
In this episode, we look at moral distress in the health care environment. What are the clinical situations that cause moral distress to arise, what can be done to respond, can it be cured or is it a part of our moral life? –
Are there better ways to build and support a culture of clinical ethics in healthcare? What might that look like? These are some of the questions and issues that our guests will wrestle with as well as offering concrete examples and even practical solutions being tested today. –
One of the challenging areas in clinical practice today is wanting to honor patient wishes but not being clear on the competency or capacity level a patient with dementia or behavioral health issues. In this episode we explore different challenging situations and hear from national experts who offer insight and practical consideration and approaches.
Health care professionals, patients and family members could all agree that patient wishes about their care are important and need to be respected. Why then, nationally, do only 30 percent of adults have an advance directive that documents those wishes? In this episode we explore the complexities of advance directives.
Deciding for another is difficult. One of the most challenging ethical issues faced in clinical practice today is deciding for unrepresented patients – patients who have no advance directive or no family and friends who can make decisions on behalf of the patient (surrogate decision makers) when the patient cannot speak for themselves. Our guests in this episode offer insight into these challenges and offer both an overview and practical solutions being tested today.