When to Refer a Patient to End of Life Care

This webinar is recommended for all healthcare professionals.

Administrators, Nurses, Dietitians, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, and Catholic Chaplains.

This October, the Avila Institute will be streaming their long-term care conference live. The first day of the conference will focus on topics in palliative care and the second day will look at the latest in regulatory and compliance. Continuing education will be available for Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Catholic Chaplains, Recreation Therapists, and Nursing Home Administrators to earn continuing education credit.

Time, Topic, Speaker

Monday, October 8, 2018, 2:15 pm ET, 60 mins

When to Refer a Patient to End of Life Care

Topic #5

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Webinar Description

In this session, Dr. Comfort will discuss when to refer residents to end of life care. He will review rate of decline—especially for those who have cancer—and address topics such as pain management, delirium, nausea and vomiting, dyspnea, and nutritional issues. Dr. Comfort will also review patient decisions at the end of life, such as DNR (do not resuscitate), cognitive screening, palliative sedation and care.

Christopher Comfort, MD Medical Director, Calvary Hospital

Christopher P. Comfort joined Calvary Hospital as Medical Director in 1999. Calvary is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. Prior to Calvary, Dr. Comfort practiced general and geriatric medicine from his practice in the Bronx, NY. He has been an Attending Physician at numerous hospitals in New York including Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Morningside Nursing Facility, Montefiore Medical Center, Weiler Division, Westchester Square Hospital Center, and Sound Shore Medical Center. He has been an Instructor in Internal Medicine and continues to serve as an Attending Teaching Physician at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. In 1985, Dr. Comfort received the Leo Davidoff Award for Teaching Excellence and is active in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Mentorship Program. He has been a consultant to several major health insurance companies and is a frequent speaker at programs for community groups as well as medical professionals. Dr. Comfort graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed an Internship and Residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and is board certified in Internal Medicine (1987) and Geriatrics (1995). Dr. Comfort was a member of the Metropolitan Physicians Practice Association where he served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President. He resides in Westchester County, NY.

Credit Information

ATTENDANCE: All participants must attend the webinar in full, enter the complete verification code, and complete the evaluation.

No partial credit is to be given if any time is missed during an individual session presented at this conference. Extenuating circumstances may be considered by discussing the reasoning behind missing the time and determining if credits can be offered an alternative way.

Administrators (NAB)

This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.0 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval 20191007-2.25-A47404-DL.


Catholic Chaplains

This educational program has been approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.


Dietitians (Registered)

This educational program has been submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for approval to award Continuing Professional Education Hours. Please contact us at 518-537-5000 or www.avilainstitute.org for the status of CPE accreditation.



This webinar is part of the program "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-term Care." People who complete this webinar in full will receive 1.0 Contact Hours.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.


Approved Contact Hour(s):11.0

Program Code #: 002-169-070618


Recreation Therapists

This webinar is part of the program "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-term Care." People who complete this webinar in full will receive 0.1 CEUs.


The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has reviewed and pre-approved this workshop for up to 1.1 CEUs. Approval #181008NY


ATRA awarded Category B CEUs are not automatically accepted for credit by NCTRC or other professional credentialing organizations. Individual CTRS’s may submit the CEUs to NCTRC for consideration in their individual recertification process. Statistically, 85% of pre-approved ATRA CEU credits are also approved by NCTRC.

Social Workers
Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 518-537-5000 or www.avilainstitute.org for the status of social work CE accreditation.

New York State Social Workers
Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0265.


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