Nationally-Recognized Experts to Speak at CHOC’s End of Life Care Conference

Three highly regarded experts in palliative care and pain management, Dr. Betty Ferrell, Dr. Glen Komatsu and Gay Walker, RN, will headline a two-day end of life care conference, presented by CHOC Children’s on Oct. 27-28, 2016 at Saddleback Anaheim.  The three keynote speakers will be joined by others in the field, including members of CHOC’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), to present ELNEC-Pediatric Care curriculum, providing medical professionals with the knowledge and skills required to deliver specialized, compassionate care to patients and their families who are facing serious illnesses or end of life.

Meg Mohr, FNP-BC, ACHPN, conference organizer and coordinator of CHOC’s PACT and supportive care program, is committed to working alongside patients and their families during what is often the most challenging time in their lives.  “My goal is to support patients and families in finding a way to embrace healing in the midst of a difficult and scary journey,” she says.  Meg encourages her colleagues in medicine, from critical care specialists and primary care pediatricians to residents and registered nurses, to attend the conference to learn how they can positively impact patients and families who are nearing end of life.

The conference’s 10 modules are designed to review the need to improve focus and the provider’s role in delivering quality care to children at the end of life; cultural impacts on pediatric palliative care; and pain and symptom management.  Specific topics include:

Day One

  • Introduction to Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Cultural and Spiritual Considerations
  • General Pain Management
  • Communication
  • General Symptom Management
  • Ethical/Legal Considerations
  • Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care

Day Two

  • Pain and Symptom Management when Death is Imminent
  • Care at The Time of Death
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement

“There is an increasing number of providers wanting to establish or expand palliative care programs to better serve their patients and families,” explains Mohr. “In using the ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care curriculum, the conference will provide a wonderful foundation for caregivers, as well as offer invaluable networking opportunities.  Our goal is to empower attendees to employ tools and techniques for providing high quality end of life care that are appropriate across different communities, cultures and beliefs.”

For more information or to register, visit www.choc.org/endoflifecare.