Palliative care course for health care professionals working in emergency medicine.
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 subject matter experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.
LEAP™ Emergency Department can be delivered online or in a hybrid format.
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.
- Interprofessional approach.
- Built by Canadian palliative care experts.
- Participants will receive a LEAP™ certificate of completion and an electronic copy of the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.
- 17 interactive, self-learning online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work).
- 6 hours of online webinars or in-person sessions led by LEAP™ facilitators where learners will work through cases and discuss learnings from online modules.
LEAP™ Emergency Department will be submitted for accreditation.
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