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Continuing Mobile Education - End of Life Issues


Continuing Mobile Education - End of Life Issues

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Lars Peterson, MD, Erik Rueckmann, MD, Dr. Manish Shah, MD, Peter Swanson, MD
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Continuing Mobile Education for EMS Providers is a video vodcast-based education program that includes interviews from physicians, EMTs, paramedics, and patients to help the EMS Provider give patients better care. The program was created to address the need for more "on-demand" educational opportunities for EMS Providers. Each month, a new block of four 10-minute vodcasts is posted to the program website, In the End of Life Issues block of vodcasts, you will learn the definition of DNR and MOLST and the importance of finding and keeping track of the paperwork during prehospital care, the definition of a healthcare proxy and the protocol in dealing with them, the definition of hospice and palliative care and the different protocols involved with each, and you will be more aware of the stress on longterm caregivers.

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Episode 1: I Think She has a Living Will: Advance Directives in the Field
- Understand the concept of advance directives
- Be able to define "DNR" and "MOLST"
- Understand how DNR and MOLST forms can assist the prehospital care provider in the field

Episode 2: Working With Healthcare
- Proxies in the Field
- Understand the concept of a healthcare proxy
- Understand how a healthcare proxy may change the course of care
- Learn how to identify the healthcare proxy
- Describe how a healthcare proxy can assist EMS in patient care

Episode 3:EMS, Hospice, and Palliative Care
- Define palliative care
- Define hospice care
- Understand the treatment goals for hospice and palliative care patients may differ
- Be aware of situations where EMS may be called for these patients

Episode 4: EMS and Caregiver Stress
- Recognize that longterm caregivers may experience stress
- Describe some of the adverse consequences of stress experienced by longterm care providers
- Understand ways EMS providers can aid longterm caregivers as well as the patient

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To use this product, you must have a high speed internet connection and speakers. 

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Suggested Citation:
Lars Peterson, Erik Rueckmann, Dr. Manish Shah and Peter Swanson. Continuing Mobile Education - End of Life Issues. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: