After October’s very successful two-day conference on VSED in Seattle, I am gearing up for another one in North Carolina on April 6, 2017. Join me and other legal and medical experts.
7:00 Registration opens – complimentary Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
9:00 Welcome and Introduction: keynote speaker – Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD.
Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) – it’s special place in our American culture, ethics, and law as regards End-of-Life Decision-Making.
10:00 Survey of end-of-life choices: North America versus Western Europe.
10:40 Breakout Presentations: in-depth exploration, discussion & Q&A
Morning Theme: For the Hospice-eligible patient seeking VSED nursing support: the ethical, legal, clinical issues for the patient & family caregiver
10:40-11:50 John Moskop, PhD – Medical Bioethicist
Ethical issues– in simpler case – alternative strategies: How might the patient and family approach the ethical issues about early onset of death with the choice of VSED?
10:40-11:50 Mark Corbett, MD – Hospice Physician
Clinical issues– in simpler case – is it generally expected with Hospice nurse support that a family caregiver can manage pain, discomforts, hygiene with VSED?
10:40-11:50 Kevin Diaz, JD – Legal Advocate
Legal issues – various EOL legal and medical documents (ACD, HCPOA, MOST, competency exam) to perfectly or usually avoid legal controversy with VSED?
10:40-11:50 Office of the Medical Examiner
Law enforcement issues – VSED: competence, coercion, elder abuse? How and when these issues come into focus for the Medical Examiner?
Noon – complimentary Lunch served on the mezzanine
1:00-4:00 Plenary session – 3 presenters – then moderated panel discussion & Q&A
Afternoon Theme: For the UNCERTAIN case and the COMPLICATED case
Case 2: with clinically uncertain “imminent-death” – what are the obstacles to a patient choosing to start VSED?