This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Describe advanced directives and healthcare proxies
2. Discuss the issues and implications related to state laws that may invalidate a pregnant woman’s advanced directives
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
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The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from July 6 2018 through Jan 25 2023, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.2 contact hours.
Living wills or healthcare directives are legal documents that express your wishes regarding medical care and life sustaining measures if you should become incapacitated. A designated person or healthcare proxy is a specific person to whom you give authority to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to express your preferences about medical treatment. Generally, the two documents are completed together but sometimes not. One would think that once a woman has expressed her wishes in writing that her wishes would be followed even if she were pregnant.
Idaho along with Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, however, have laws that invalidate the directives if a woman is pregnant. Four women in Idaho have filed suit through Legal Voice and Compassion & Choices to have the law overturned. The lawsuit alleges that the Idaho law violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection of the law, because a pregnant woman’s right to choose if she wants life-sustaining measures is taken away from her. Second, under the law, a pregnant woman cannot designate her health care agent. Third, because of the law, the effectiveness of the health care directives of all women of childbearing age in Idaho is questionable until each woman’s pregnancy status is determined. Finally, women will be forced to have life-sustaining treatment for the duration of their pregnancies against their wishes.
This scenario occurred in 2014 when a Texas hospital kept a brain-dead pregnant woman on a ventilator. She had expressed to her husband and parents her wishes not to be machine dependent under any circumstances. She and the 14-week-old fetus had been deprived of oxygen for at least one hour. It took a lawsuit for the Texas hospital to finally remove the woman from life support.
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