Use of Respiratory Distress Observation Scale to Improve Compassionate Extubation at End-of-Life

Author(s): Hare Erin

Contact Hours 0.95

CERP B 0.95

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Pulmonary

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The family decides to withdraw life-sustaining interventions on your patient. This can be one of the most challenging patients for an ICU nurse. Join us as we share how our unit standardized our approach to improve compassionate extubation. We explain our process of creating an algorithm for comfort care, including ventilator weaning/withdrawal and use of a validated tool to measure patient distress.


  • Identify key components to improve patient comfort during compassionate extubation.
  • Explain the steps of compassionate extubation using an algorithm and respiratory distress observation scale (RDOS).
  • Apply the use of the RDOS to decrease respiratory distress.

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