Conversations in Ethics: Surrogate Decision-Making
Approximately 40% of hospitalized patients will be deemed incapacitated. They will need a surrogate to speak on their behalf and participate in clinical decision making. Focused discussions are helpful to better understand and honor the patients’ wishes. Many times these value-laden discussions are delayed and/or avoided, which can potentially leave the relationship between the surrogates and physicians under duress. A purposeful approach to surrogate decision making is needed to better serve our patients and their surrogates. Improved surrogate decision making has the potential for improved outcomes and enhanced experiences for our patients, surrogate decision makers and families. Join us for this interactive discussion.
Physicians, Psychologists, Physicain Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Chaplains, Pharmacists, Medical Students, and other interest healthcare professionals.
- Recognize the role and duties of patient surrogates.
- Discern the challenges a patient surrogate faces in making clinical decisions on behalf of the patient.
- Implement effective approaches to surrogate decision making.
- Identify the appropriate legal decision maker.
Laurel Clark, MSN, RN, ACM
Bioethics & Patient Rights Coordinator
Doctors Hospital & South Miami Hospital
Laurel Clark, MSN, RN, ACM has indicated that she has no relevant financial relationships to disclose and that her discussion will not include mention of investigational or off-label usage.
- 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
- 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
- 1.00 Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
- 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
- 1.00 Florida Board of Psychology
- 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
- 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
- 1.00 General certificate of attendance
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