Teleconference explores ethical issues surrounding artificial nutrition and hydration at the end-of-life

The St. Cloud Hospital Education Department will host the Hospice Foundation of America annual teleconference: Artificial Nutrition & Hydration at the End-of-Life Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1-4:45 p.m. at CentraCare Health Plaza, in the Windfeldt room. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

Artificial nutrition and hydration is the most common ethical dilemma at end-of-life care. This educational program will explore medical, legal, ethical issues and communication barriers that surround artificial nutrition and hydration. It will emphasize the need to have clear and transparent policies and communication regarding artificial nutrition and hydration to minimize misunderstandings and discord as well as moral distress and anguish for patients, family members and staff.

This event is designed for health care professionals, including nurses, chaplains, social workers, volunteers, nursing home staff, clergy, parish nurses, home health aides, caregivers and those working with death, dying, grief or bereavement, and anyone interested in end-of-life care.

Cost is $30. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Contact Hour Information: This education offering has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 3.6 contact hours. It is the personal responsibility of each participant to determine whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education by the licensing organization. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 15. For more information or to register, please contact the Education Department at (320) 251-2700, ext. 55642.