Ethical Issues in the NICU: The Importance of Team Education and Preparedness

Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, FCLM, professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, co-director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, and director of the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics, discusses the medical, legal, and ethical dilemmas presented by critically ill infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Fanaroff uses a case-based approach to discuss common ethical dilemmas in the NICU, such as whether to offer feeding tubes to critically ill infants. He also offers strategies for improving communication between members of the health care team and between providers and parents about viability issues, withholding vs withdrawing treatment, and end-of-life care.

Course Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour

Dates:

Opens: 2018-05-30
Closes: 2020-05-29

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and other health care providers who have an interest in infant health.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, FCLM

    Professor of Pediatrics 
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Co-Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital / UH Case Medical Center
    Cleveland, Ohio

Learning Objectives

  • Characterize ethical conflicts between parents and providers surrounding the care of critically ill infants
  • Demonstrate strategies that promote communication between members of the health care team
  • Apply approaches which improve communication between parents and providers

Faculty Disclosures

Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, FCLM

No relationships to disclose.

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040207.
This program is designated for up to 1.00 contact hour. Program ID# 5623-EM3.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
Provider Number AC857; Activity Number 140385.

Additional Content Planners

Heather Jimenez, FNP (Lead Nurse Planner)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Nancy Monson (Medical Writer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

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