Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

May 15, 2020

In this episode, Drs. Isaac Agboola and Karen Jubanyik discuss Palliative Care in the Emergency Department. They cover a wide range of subjects including: How to deliver “Bad News”, navigating surrogate decision makers, and the “Surprise Question”.

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Host

Isaac Agboola, MD, MS

Yale New Haven Medical Center
PGY3
EMRA*Cast Episodes

Guests

Karen Jubanyik, MD

Academic Advisor in the Dean of Student Affairs Office
Past National Chair of SAEM Palliative Care Interest Group
Associate Professor at Yale New Haven School of Medicine


Overview:

In this episode Drs. Agboola and Jubanyik discuss Palliative Care in the Emergency Department. They cover a wide range of subjects including: How to deliver “Bad News”, navigating surrogate decision makers, and the “Surprise Question”.

Key Points:

  • “Treat bad news conversations, just like you would a procedure”
  • Palliative Care is an ER doctor’s responsibility because sometimes palliative care is an emergency
  • In regards to code status, only offer what options you feel are medically indicated
  • Empower surrogate decision makers to make the decision their loved one would want 
  • There are over 130 ACGME Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowships that are available if you desire further education in the subject

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