The first out-of-state large CEU was held at Danberry at Inverness in Hoover, Ala. The CEU, “Reaching Consensus on Medical Futility” was presented by a panel of local clinicians. The seminar began with a discussion led by Elaine Brown, a social worker at St. Vincent’s Hospital, about medical futility. The discussion defined futility and discussed specific factors to consider, like religious beliefs, quality of life, liability, etc. Participants also explored the role of clinicians in these circumstances. After this brief introduction, there was a panel who discussed issues of medical futility and complicated ethical dilemmas with specific case studies. The multi-disciplinary panel included Dr. John Farley, medical director at Gentiva Hospice, Elizabeth Bottom, RN, Paul Byrd, chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Birmingham, and Kimber Wickersham, social work professor at Troy University. CEU Concepts could not have made this a successful event without the support of our new Alabama-based sponsors.
A big thank you goes to Family Private Care, Jamieson and Hirschfield, LLC, Gentive Home Health and Hospice, Coram, Danberry at Inverness, and Lifeguard Ambulance Service.
CEU Concepts is planning additional CEU events this year. Check out the “Upcoming Events” on the web site.