One-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in emergency departments or medical crisis units.
LEAP Emergency Department is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach, with course modules and case studies contextualized to the emergency department setting. LEAP Emergency Department is taught by local subject matter experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.
Who is it for?
LEAP Emergency Department is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) working in emergency departments or medical crisis units, whose primary focus of work is not palliative care but who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.
- One day, 8 hours in total
- Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies
- Interprofessional approach
- Built by Canadian palliative care experts
- Course materials include a downloadable manual and the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16 Mainpro+ credits. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 7.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).
Upon completion of LEAP Emergency Department, learners should be able to:
- Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory
- Differentiate between advance care planning and goals of care discussions
- Assess and manage pain; delirium; dyspnea; and nausea, nutrition, and hydration
- Develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
- Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
- Describe situations that are deemed to constitute emergencies in patients who are in the end-of-life phase of their illnesses
- Recognize the signs of imminent death and explain these to family members
- Identify quality improvement opportunities related to palliative care
Topics Covered Include
- Taking Ownership
- Essential Conversations
- Psychosocial Distress
- Palliative Emergencies
- Care of the Imminently Dying Patient
- Quality Improvement and Resources