End-of-Life Care

Location: ESICM Brussels Training Centre (19 Rue Belliard – 1040 Brussels)
Dates: December 9-10, 2019

Master Class Directors:

Rik GERRITSEN MD, PhD, FCCM, Intensive Care Department, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; chair Ethics Section, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Andrej MICHALSEN, MD, MPH, Consultant, Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Tettnang Hospital, Tettnang, Germany; Past Chair Ethics Section, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Special guests:

Beatriz DOMÍNGUEZ-GIL, MD, PhD, Director General of the Spanish National Transplant Organisation, Spain, Councilor for Europe at The Transplantation Society and chair of its Ethics Committee, Co-Chair of the Custodian Group of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

Jozef KESECIOGLU, MD, PhD, President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Endorsement: The End-of-Life Care master class is endorsed by the Ethics Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Save the Date! Registrations will open by the end of April 2019.

End-of-Life Care requires specific knowledge and expertise – and probably also a particular temperament.

Join our master class and learn how to assess the severity of illness and prognosis, to consider relevant ethical, legal, religious, cultural issues, to communicate effectively with patients, relatives and medical staff and minimise their distress, to boost team-working, to make clear decisions in accordance with the patients’ wishes and consider organ donation as part of End-of-Life Care.

This master class will bring together for you experts from Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Key Reasons to attend

  • Debates on current clinical topics in End-of-Life Care
  • Interactive lectures will blend with role-plays, clinical scenarios, and group activities
  • Access to e-learning before and after the course
  • Opportunities to interact and share experiences among participants and with the team of international experts that will be facilitating the master class
  • An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event

Objectives

  • To recall the basic ethical principles and understand the ethical and legal issues related to End-of-Life Care
  • To recognise when treatment may be “inappropriate”
  • To value clear communication pertaining to End-of-Life goals and preferences
  • To explain the option of organ donation and understand the cultural and religious factors which may influence attitude to death and organ donation
  • To discuss End-of-Life decisions with members of the health care team and promote their participation in decision-making
  • To communicate effectively with relatives who may be anxious, angry, confused, or litigious
  • To understand the role of palliative care, to support dying patients and their families and relieve their distress
  • To liaise with organ donor coordinators (in case of consent for organ donation) and follow the procedure from brain or cardiac death diagnosis to procurement

Programme Content

  • Ethical Principles and Reasoning
  • Ethical Climate in ICUs
  • Indication and Prognostication
  • Communication in End-of-Life Care
  • Shared Decision-Making
  • The Role of Palliative Care
  • Limitation of Life-Sustaining Treatments
  • Organ Donation in End-of- Life Care

Who should attend this master class?

  • Juniors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals with an ICU background or a special interest in End-of-Life Care
  • Senior intensivists seeking for a refreshing training programme in the field

Group registration

  • ESICM offers a 20% discount for 2 or more participants from the same medical centre. For more details contact directly education@esicm.org