Palliative Sedation

Effective Date: May 5, 2020
Expiration Date: December 31, 2021
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FACULTY: Seema Varma, MD, VNA Health Group
Overview: New Jersey ranks the highest in the nation in healthcare dollars spent on Medicare beneficiaries. The amount of time spent in the hospital and the intensity of physician services delivered in the hospital to the elderly are higher in NJ than any other state. According to the Dartmouth Atlas, health outcomes for New Jersey seniors are no better, and perhaps worse, than those for other states. This high level of service can have a negative impact on older citizen’s quality of life. Without a discussion of “GOALS OF CARE”, physicians often deliver unwanted services to older patients or withhold wanted services.

  • Review the basics of Palliative Sedation
  • Differentiate between palliative sedation, euthanasia, and physician-based suicide

Disclosure: Seema Varma, MD – No disclosures
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
Accreditation Statement: Community Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: Community Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Estimated completion time: 30 minutes of instruction
Target Audience: This program has been designed for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who are involved with End of Life care.
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