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WVNEC Noon Webinar - Timely APS Decisions for their Clients who are Critically Ill Patients



Event Cost:

WVNEC Members: $20.00

Non-Members: $30.00

Course Description:

Ethical issues arise in patient care on a daily basis, and hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and home health care agencies need a mechanism to address them. The mechanism for some is an ethics committee, and for others is one or more staff who have training and/or interest in clinical healthcare ethics. This series will prepare participants to identify, analyze, and contribute to the resolution of ethical conflicts in patient care and educate them in the process of ethical decision-making, the role of ethical principles and patient values, and relevant WV health law. It will provide practical examples of the application of ethical analysis to cases in the hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings and provide references and resources for participants to build a file for future use on clinical healthcare ethics topics.

Our second webinar in this series will address how in the last six months, Adult Protective Services has been increasingly asked to serve as health care surrogates for chronically ill patients who become acutely and critically ill. The ethical question usually raised is, Should a life-sustaining treatment be initiated for a very sick patient who has a poor prognosis and who likely will not be able to cooperate with treatment? In response, they have developed a protocol to enable decisions to be made in a timely manner. In the December 7th WVNEC webinar, you will learn about their protocol, the APS consultants and Program Manager who oversee it, and how to work with them to make decisions in the best interests of patients.


Target Audience:

This conference is appropriate for physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators, clergy, attorneys, and ethics committee members who serve on institutional ethics committees and wish to expand their knowledge of ethical and legal issues in health care ethics consultation.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  1. apply ethical principles and the process of ethical decision-making to analyze and resolve ethical conflicts in patient care;
  2. incorporate knowledge of WV healthcare law into the process of ethical decision-making; and
  3. proceed in a systematic way to make recommendations on ethically challenging cases.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the WVU School of Medicine and WV Network of Ethics Committees.

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

For each session: The WVU Office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1  CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For each session: This continuing education activity has been provided by the West Virginia University School of Nursing for 1.2 contact hours. The West Virginia University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Legislative Rule §19CSR11-4 under provider number 50-26086.

This course is sponsored by the Center for Health Ethics and Law, Provider Number 490095, which is a Certified Provider of continuing education credits for social workers. For each session: This program has been awarded up to 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please consult your state licensing board for limits on CE hours for other than “face-to-face” programs.

For each session: This program has been approved for 1.2 MCLE online credits under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

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