Webcast Debates Ethics of Mandatory Vaccinations

sq-CCC_206x86Vaccinations have become a routine part of elective preventative care. However, the controversy surrounding vaccines and their use is only growing. One hot topic is the ethical implications of healthcare policies that implement mandatory vaccinations for intensive care unit (ICU) personnel.

In the inaugural webcast of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) new series, Controversies in Critical Care, Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, and Douglas Naylor Jr., MD, FCCM, will debate the evidence and ethical arguments surrounding these policies. Their opinions about the potential impact of such policies on the well-being of patients and healthcare personnel will be discussed, as well as the impact on the healthcare system and society as a whole.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify those vaccinations that are currently "a mandatory treatment" for healthcare providers working in ICU environments
  • Review the current literature and evidence in support of mandatory vaccinations for healthcare providers
  • Detail the federal or local policies that establish the legal framework for instituting this practice
  • Explore the practical and ethical arguments favoring or opposing mandatory vaccinations for ICU personnel
  • Develop a plan of action for vaccination of ICU personnel using an informed opinion on the implications of mandatory vaccinations

The webcast, Ethical Debate about Mandatory Vaccinations in ICU Personnel, will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Central Time (view additional time zones).

Register online today. The registration fee for this 60-minute webcast is $30 for SCCM members and $40 for nonmembers. Participants will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888 to inquire about the $200 group rate for institutions that will host multiple participants.

The Controversies in Critical Care webcast series is a joint project between the SCCM Research Committee and the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s Ethics Committee. This series is intended to provide insight into topics in critical care medicine for which no clear consensus or unequivocal evidence guides practice decisions.

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