Destination to Nowhere: A New Look at Aggressive Treatment for Heart Failure—A Case Study

Author(s): Brian O’Neill, APRN, ANP-BC, CCRN-CSC, Meredith Kazer, PhD, CNL, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2018

Topics: Cardiovascular, Ethics

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States experience heart failure, and about 670000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Patients who are ineligible for heart transplant may benefit from a left ventricular assist device. These devices have provided patients with an increased life span, but eventually patients die of the underlying heart disease. This case study illustrates the appropriate use of palliative care teams to address preparedness planning and help decrease moral distress among nursing staff.


  • State the role of palliative care in an intensive care unit setting
  • Identify measures to manage moral distress
  • State the importance of preparedness planning

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