Critical Care Alert (Vol. 23 No. 6) - September 1, 2015

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Release date: September 2015

Valid through: September 2018

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for critical care physicians and nurses.


  • Ventilator Withdrawal in Anticipation of Death: An Intersection of Critical Care and Palliative Care
  • Optimal Duration of Anticoagulation for Unprovoked Pulmonary Embolism
  • Using Critical Care Ultrasonography to Diagnose the Etiology of Acute Respiratory Failure


  • Identify the particular clinical, legal, or scientific issues related to critical care
  • Describe how those issues affect physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, hospitals, or the healthcare industry in general
  • Cite solutions to the problems associated with those issues

Credit Available


  • Maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


  • 1.12 ANCC Contact Hours


This activity is sponsored by AHC Media.

Accreditation Statement

AHC Media is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AHC Media is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation


AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

The American Osteopathic Association has approved this continuing education activity for up to 2 AOA Category 2-B credits.


This activity has been approved for 1.12 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP14749, for 1.12 Contact Hours.

Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.

Faculty Listing


By James E. McFeely, MD,

Medical Director, Critical Care Units, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA

By Linda Chlan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Symptom Management Research, The Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus

By Samuel Nadler, MD, PhD

Critical Care, Pulmonary Medicine, The Polyclinic Madison Center, Seattle, WA

Kathryn Radigan, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine


Executive Editor Leslie Coplin, AHC Media

Betty T. Tran MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Associate Managing Editor, Jonathan Springston, AHC Media

Associate Editors, Saadia R. Akhtar, MD, MSc, St. Luke's Idaho Pulmonary Associates, Boise

Kathryn Radigan, no relationship relevant to this field of study.

Linda Chlan, no relationship relevant to this field of study.

Elaine Chen, no relationship relevant to this field of study.

Continuing Education and Editorial Director: Lee Landenberger

Financial Disclosure

Authors James E. McFeely, MD; Linda Chlan, PhD, RN, FAAN; Samuel Nadler, MD, PhD; Kathryn Radigan, MD, MSc report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Financial Disclosure: Critical Care Alert’s editor, Betty Tran, MD, MSc, nurse reviewer Jane Guttendorf, DNP, RN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, peer reviewer William Thompson, MD, executive editor Leslie Coplin, and associate managing editor Jonathan Springston report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

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