Dying in Intensive Care

This micro skills course uses a case history to examine some of the challenges in providing end of life care in intensive care units (ICUs). Determining the appropriate ceiling of intervention, changing the focus of care from cure to comfort, communication issues, supporting patients and families and pain and symptom control issues will be discussed.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Association of Palliative Medicine

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Describe the key issues and challenges facing dying patients and their families in an ICU setting;
  2. Describe triggers to conversations about end of life care in ICU and explain how these conversations may be approached;
  3. Recognise the signs and symptoms that indicate that treatment may be becoming futile in dying patients in ICU;
  4. Explain how decisions about ceiling of intervention may be made;
  5. Outline a sensible approach to managing end of life care for patients in an ICU situation

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.