Palliative Sedation for Intractable Symptoms at End-of-Life: An Evidence-Based Pathway to Peace

Author(s): Jeannette Meyer

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Moral Distress, Palliative/End-of-life Care

Population: Pediatric, Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Palliative sedation at end of life differs from utilizing medications for management of pain and anxiety. This modality can relieve intractable distress from multiple causes. However, in some instances, utilization of palliative sedation has caused hesitation and moral distress. This presentation, appropriate for nurses at all practice levels who care for dying patients, covers practical considerations and the ethical implications of palliative sedation.


  • Anticipate patient situations in which palliative sedation may be of benefit.
  • Describe methods of administering palliative sedation to goal, including pharmacological agents used.
  • Discuss the ethical challenges and considerations surrounding palliative sedation.

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


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