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How To Handle Ethical Dilemmas

September 16th
Eden Medical Center
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What MSCC members are saying about this conference:

"Beyond my expectations. Very good."

"Great introduction and relevant to patient care especially with info on G-tube and artificial nutrition."

Viki Kind, M.A. - Bioethicist 

Eden Medical Center

20103 Lake Chabot Rd.

Castro Valley, CA 94566

3 CE's to be Offered 

8:30 am - 11:45 am

Continental breakfast will be provided 

Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, professional speaker and hospice volunteer.  Her award winning book, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't, guides families and professionals who are making decisions for those who have lost capacity. Viki is known as “The People’s Bioethicist,” because she is a rare individual who bridges two worlds, that of the health care professional and of the family struggling to make the right decision. She is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and has been a caregiver for many years for six members of her family.


1.  Examine the legal and ethical obligations regarding feeding tube decisions.

2.  Identify four ethical viewpoints and how people decide which one is right.

3.  Demonstrate how to deal with emotionally charged conversations and requests for non-beneficial treatments.

4.  Explain how to help the patient/family to get past their denial and accept our help.

5.  Discuss how to cope with our moral distress when patients/families are making choices we disagree with.

Description:  Learn how to manage challenging ethical situations and emotionally charged conversations with patients and families.  

Ethical issues:  How much capacity does the person need to make the decisions?  What about fluctuating capacity?  When does the patient have the right to refuse treatments?  Does the family have the right to override the patient’s wishes?  What does the law say about feeding tubes?  How can we help people make more informed decisions about feeding tubes?  How can we handle requests for futile treatments?  

Emotional issues:  How do we get the person get out of denial?  How can we improve compliance and informed decision making?  What can be done when the person’s emotions are interfering with good decision making?  How can we help the person “see” the consequences of their decisions?  What about our moral distress when people are making decisions we think are wrong?  

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