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Death, Dying and Dignity in the Emergency Department

Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) & Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)

Session was held on December 13, 2023.

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) held a session about recognizing end-of-life patients, symptom management, life-sustaining treatments, and compassionate communication.

By the end of this session, participants learned:

  • how to recognize which patients are nearing end of life.
  • how to identify, anticipate and treat common symptoms in dying patients.
  • how to wean life sustaining treatments (BiPAP, ventilators, vasopressors, ICDs).
  • how to effectively and empathetically communicate with patients and family members regarding end of life care.

The CSPCP Palliative Care Echo Sessions is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

CFPC members may claim 1 Mainpro+ Non-certified Group Learning credit.


  • Dr. Lisa Fischer, MD, FRCPC
    Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine (Division of Palliative Care)
    The Ottawa Hospital
  • Dr. Erin O’Connor, MSc, MD, FRCPC
    Division Director, Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto
    Deputy Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, University Health Network
    Clinical Investigator, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Medicine
  • Moderator:
    Dr. Christian La Rivière, MD, FRCPC
    Assistant Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba
    Emergency Medicine Physician
    Palliative Medicine Physician