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University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey: Integrating Palliative and
A comprehensive booklet providing educational background on common topics
concerning palliative care in the intensive care unit.
Educational Tools - Clinician Education
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
150 Bergen Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103-4300
Anne Mosenthal, M.D.
How the grantee used this instrument:
This booklet is distributed to all medical, surgical residents as they begin their
rotation in the Intensive Care Unit, and to all nurses when they are hired. It is
used as a quick reference guide and includes the topics: Frequently asked
questions about withholding and withdrawing life support, treatment of pain in the
dying ICU patient, interdisciplinary staff communications with patients and their
families, and principles and practice of withdrawing life support.
physician training, clinical information, intensive care unit, ICU, nurse training,
To use this tool:
This tool was adapted from a similar booklet by Randy Curtis, M.D., and Patsy
Treece, R.N., M.S., University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center,
Seattle, WA. For information on obtaining copies of the Palliative Care
Handbook please go to www.theuniversityhospital.com/palliative. Forms are at
the bottom of the page.
Developed specifically for this project by the project team.
Posted: July 2006
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