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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)40
Publish Date18 July 2016
Review Date08 April 2019
Expiry Date18 July 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)40
Publish Date18 July 2016
Review Date08 April 2019
Expiry Date18 July 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Palliative Care
Nutrition
Aged Care
Residential Aged Care
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Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.6

40 Total Rating(s)

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Sirini Prathibha Ariyarathna Korale Kankanamge
24 Mar 2019

Reinforced the knowledge I have. Built my confidence.

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Amandeep kaur
22 Mar 2019

The activity has provided me with great knowledge and cleared lots of doubts.

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Maria Alma Buenacosa
20 Mar 2019

Very informative

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Riafe Cartajenas
20 Mar 2019

Good

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Fiona COLLINS
17 Mar 2019

A good reminder of the practical strategies to employ prior to commencing medical interventions and the value.

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Karen Anne Freeman
08 Mar 2019

Great short learning activity

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Karen George
04 Mar 2019

Useful, practical information and relevant to my role in aged care.

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Thaneeya Irvine
27 Feb 2019

Nil

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Maree Augostin
24 Feb 2019

Good topic and relevant to my role in aged care.

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Trevor Lowe
19 Feb 2019

Question 2 of last section asks for a response to statements (T/F). The question doesn't present the statements. Presentation of information that can be used the next time I go to work so invaluable; simple and also deals with some of the concerns around decreased intake.