Management of Cardiac Devices in Hospice and Palliative Care Patients


Management of implantable cardiac devices (pacemakers and defibrillators) in patients with limited life expectancy is becoming increasingly common. Current guidelines do not include the management of these devices in patients with non-sudden death. This presentation reviews recent literature and presents a case-based review on ethical, technical and regulatory aspects of managing cardiac devices including deactivation in hospice and palliative care patients.


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HEN-1572
Hours: 0.8
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2018
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish different types of implantable cardiac devices.
Describe the ethical and regulatory issues surrounding deactivation of common implantable cardiac devices.
Explain the process of deactivating defibrillators.
Expert Reviewer: Jatin Dave, MD, MPH
Dr. Jatin Dave is the Medical Director, Staff Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He has studied at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, NYU Medical School and Harvard Medical School Geriatric Medicine. He has presented on management of cardiac devices at the annual meeting of the NHPCO as well at the Montreal Congress of Palliative Care. Disclosure: Jatin Dave, MD, MPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Nurses; in the following settings: Palliative Care, Post-Acute Care; and the following practice categories: Hospice.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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