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Symptom Management at End of Life

presented by Patty Warring, RN, MSN, ACHPN

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Financial— Patty Warring receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

This course provides nurses in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation, long-term care, skilled care, and home health, with information about symptom management for patients receiving end-of-life (EOL) care. Good symptom control is necessary to enhance quality of life in the terminally ill patient. Families find much comfort in knowing that their loved one is comfortable at EOL. In addition to pain management (see other course), symptom control covers conditions such as anorexia, anxiety, constipation, dyspnea, nausea, and terminal restlessness. Nurses will be provided with a brief review of changes which often occur as a disease progresses toward death.

Meet Your Instructor

Patty Warring, RN, MSN, ACHPN

Patricia Warring has been a registered nurse since graduating from Missouri Western State College in 1990 with a BSN degree. She earned an MSN from Valparaiso University in the clinical nurse specialist role, adult health. Patricia's clinical nursing experience includes five years of medical/surgical/oncology in an acute care setting in the role of staff nurse…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Overview of Symptom Management

This chapter will provide information about symptom management in the terminally ill patient. It is known that symptom management enhances quality of life for patients as well as their families. Assessment is the first step in determining appropriate solutions for problematic symptoms.

2. Assessment And Treatment of Symptoms

The nurse will learn the most common symptoms encountered at EOL, including anorexia, anxiety constipation, dyspnea, nausea, and terminal restlessness. Interventions and medications to meet physical and emotional discomforts will be provided.

3. End-of-Life Changes

This chapter provides an overview of common changes experienced by patients as they near end of life. The nurse will receive information to help families recognize the transitions that signal death is approaching, with time frames to allow patients/families acknowledgement of these changes.

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