Dr. Needle, Dr. Konerman-Sease, Prof. Wu

Requests for Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Treatment


Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH; Jaime Konerman-Sease, PhD, HEC-C; and Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HEC-C presented the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds on 1/6/22: "Requests for Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Treatment."


Learning Objectives:

  1. Restate the proposal of 5 critical care societies for defining and responding to requests for “futile” or “potentially inappropriate treatment”;
  2. Explain ethical considerations for making clinical decisions without patient/surrogate consent or over objections at the end of life;
  3. Describe the role of ethics consultation for clinical decision making during intractable conflicts at the end-of-life.

This talk was delivered for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities' Medical Grand Rounds.