Fitzgerald Building, 150 College Street, Room 139
  • January 31, 2018 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Eoin Connolly, Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners
Michael Campbell, Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners
Dianne Godkin, Senior Ethicist, and Lead, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners
Elizabeth Mansfield, Scientist, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners
Caroline Variath, Nurse, Trillium Health Partners

About the seminar:
Critical care units are complex, fast-paced environments where many types of ethical issues arise. There is evidence that involvement of a clinical ethicist in critical care units can improve treatment decision-making, assist in the resolution of ethical uncertainties, and reduce the number of days on mechanical ventilation as well as the length of stay for patients who do not survive to discharge (Bruce et al., 2014; Schneiderman et al., 2000). There is also evidence that patients in critical care environments do not always receive treatment that is consistent with their wishes and values (Heyland et al., 2015). Trillium Health Partners recently implemented an Embedded Ethicist Model in Critical Care by assigning a full-time ethicist to its critical care program. The intent of the Embedded Ethicist Model is to proactively provide ethics support to key stakeholders, enhance ethical decision-making processes and outcomes, and build ethics capacity. The presentation will report on the quantitative and qualitative outcomes of the evaluation.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration required. It will also be webcast live and then archived on the JCB website.