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Adding quality to life through the safe use of opioid medications: A palliative approach

Presenter:  Ruth Topolnicky and Sue North
Date:  September 22, 2015 
Time 2:00 - 3:00pm PST
Location:  Online Webinar hosted through InspireNet
Type of Event:  Online Webinar

Presentation description: There are many fears on the part of professional care providers, as well as patients and families, which can lead to withholding opioid analgesice, thus negatively impacting quality of life for patients. Our goal is to provide participants with simple-to-use tools to support the recognition of patient risk factors for opioid excess, to monitor for indicators of progressive sedation, and to intervene appropriately. By embedding these tools into their practice, participants can safely use opioids to effectively manage pain and improve quality for patients.

Susan (Sue) North is a staff pharmacist at Eagle Ridge Hospital. She obtained her pharmacy degree at UBC, completed my hospital residency at Lions Gate Hospital. After being introduced to palliative care during herresidency year, her hospital pharmacy career allowed her to continue to explore her passion for palliative care and to specialize in pain and symptom management. For the last 12 years, she feels fortunate to have been one of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in the Fraser Health End of Life Care Program.

Ruth Topolnicky is a clinical nurse specialist in the Fraser Health End of Life Care Program. She has been a hospice palliatve care CNS in Fraser Health since 2004. She has had an interest in pain and symptom management, a palliative approach to care for persons with progressive life limiting illnesses, and end of life care for many years. Her focus during the past 3 years has been clinical and policy development in the nine hospice residences in Fraser Health. 

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