Instituting a Palliative Care Trigger in the Surgical ICU

Author(s): McKay Michelle A

Contact Hours 1.15

CERP B 1.15

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Beacon, Palliative/End-of-life Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

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Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families dealing with life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering. This presentation details the implementation of a palliative care consult trigger system in a SICU. Pre- and post-trigger project survey data from interdisciplinary team members and implications of increased presence of the palliative care team are discussed.


  • Describe the process of instituting a trigger system to initiate a palliative care consult in the surgical ICU.
  • Summarize the feedback of the SICU interdisciplinary team before and after implementation of the palliative care trigger system.
  • Discuss the implications of an increased presence of the palliative care team in the SICU.

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