Impact of Advanced Care Planning in the Clinical Setting
Presented by Deacon Jack Conrad BCC
June 30, 2022 ~ 12pm – 1:30pm Central Time
Overview and Objectives
Extremely often when patients move towards the end of their lives, important questions arise as to continuation of certain medical treatments. Patients who have Advanced Care Plans (ACPs, living wills etc.) provide keen insight as to what the patient’s desire would be in certain medical situations. Without such documentation family members are often required to make critical decisions for their loved ones under stressful conditions. Ethics Consults are often called in such situations to work with family members to clarify and aid in these difficult decisions. There are times when, due to guilt or fear on the family’s part, decisions are often delayed or made contrary to what is best for the patients. This webinar will provide information on ACPs, how to encourage this practice, and the implications of failure to have good information of patient’s needs at the EOL. The webinar will include case studies of incidents that have caused difficulties at the EOL and unnecessary medical support to patients at the EOL.
As a result of this webinar, participants will:
- Describe and Advanced Care Plan, how to derive one and incorporate one into the patient’s medical records for access in case of Hospitalization.
- Understand and articulate the problems caused by patients not having ACPs in their medical record.
- Understand how the Ethics Consult Process facilitates improved EOL outcomes.
- Anticipate difficult EOL situations before the situations create emotional turmoil for families.
NACC Certification Competencies Addressed in this Webinar
ITP4, PPS2, PPS4, PPS10, PPS11, OL4
Deacon Jack R. Conrad, BCC is the Manager of Spiritual Care at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM. Dn. Jack earned his Masters in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2007. He has been a member of NACC since 2008 and received his certification in 2009. He has served in various leadership roles including the NACC Board of Directors (Chair Elect), the NACC Finance Committee, as a Certification Team Member for multiple years, and as a State Liaison while ministering in Tennessee and now in New Mexico. In his service to NACC, Dn. Jack has written for Vision, presented at NACC conferences and webinars and participated in strategic planning groups and Association initiatives.