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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)92
Published18 July 2016
Updated21 January 2019
Reviewed07 April 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course uses a holistic framework to explore the reasons why appropriate nutrition and hydration in palliative care is important. The broad nutritional needs of the person approaching end of life are addressed, and practical suggestions for how health professionals can accurately assess and manage these needs are provided.

Topics include:

  • The role of nutrition in palliative care
  • Hydration and nutritional assessment
  • Ethical dilemmas in palliative care
  • Signs and symptoms of imminent death

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, especially those working in palliative care, aged care and community settings.

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to reinforce a range of key considerations relating to nutrition and hydration when a person requires palliative care.

Need

A person requiring palliative care often presents with fragility and general weakness. During an assessment, they may describe difficulties with their appetite, diet, and fluid intake. Readily observable changes in their appearance might also be evident.

In order to address the tenet of comfort for the individual, and to subsequently meet the individual’s daily comfort needs, it is critical that healthcare professionals accurately assess and manage these changes. Decisions in relation to the nutritional and hydration needs of a person can then be made together with the person approaching end of life, their caregiver and other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Learning Outcomes

  • State the major tenet of palliative care and how this relates to nutrition and hydration
  • Describe the assessment of a person for nutrition and hydration requirements, clearly differentiating between malnutrition and dehydration, and hunger and thirst
  • Describe practical ways to ensure appropriate and timely nutrition and hydration are administered to a person at the end of life

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

Portrait of Margaret O'Connor AM
Margaret O'Connor AM

Professor Margaret O’Connor is the inaugural Professor of Nursing at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Prior to this she was the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University, where she established and led a successful Palliative Care Research Team. Margaret’s research has been widely published, concentrating on models of palliative care , issues of culture and the end of life needs of particular population groups. From 2006 to 2011 Margaret served as the President of Palliative Care Australia and in 2005 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for her significant contribution to the establishment and development of palliative care services in Victoria. She also sits on several committees and Boards.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)92
Published18 July 2016
Updated21 January 2019
Reviewed07 April 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Palliative Care
Nutrition
Aged Care
Residential Aged Care
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4.6

92 Total Rating(s)

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Nelin Volmer
17 Jun 2019

Very interesting topic, informative and useful information has achieved.

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Shuai Ma
08 Jun 2019

Great resource !

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Ndakashava chaduka
31 May 2019

well presented and detailed

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Julie clutterbuck
31 May 2019

Excellent resource.

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Tzu-Mei Wang
30 May 2019

Good!

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Andoni SOnza
29 May 2019

Great course that provides comprehensive knowledge regarding palliative care.

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Sandhya Neupane Kandel
29 May 2019

Nice presentation

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Janet Christina McLean
29 May 2019

good

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Shiwani Dhakal
29 May 2019

Good material.

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Kristie-Lee Perrott
29 May 2019

Awesome