Ethics Rounds in the ICU: Principles and Practice

Author(s): Houghton Douglas E

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Ethics, Legal

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Conflicting values can make providing critical care extremely challenging for the multidisciplinary team. We review evidence-based recommendations for early identification of ethical concerns and discuss how to analyze such situations based on widely accepted ethical principles. Evidence on defusing emotionally charged complex situations and promoting effective communication is reviewed. Participants are shown tools to use in their own practice to analyze clinical ethics cases.


  • Examine clinical cases in the ICU for the presence of ethical conflict or compromise.
  • Analyze complex clinical cases and apply core principles of biomedical ethics to identify potential courses of action.
  • Apply concepts to minimize conflict among providers/patients/families while respecting one another’s values and professional duties.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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