PICU Prometheus: Ethical issues in the treatment of very sick children in Paediatric Intensive Care

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Abstract

Through a focus on one child's extended stay in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, I raise four general questions about pediatric medicine: How should physicians communicate with parents of very sick children? How should physicians involve parents of very sick children in treatment decisions? How should care be coordinated when a child is being treated by different medical teams with rotating personnel? Should the guidelines for making judgments of medical futility and discontinuation of treatment differ when the patient is a child rather than an adult?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-275
Number of pages14
JournalMortality
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • End-of-life decisions
  • Informed consent
  • Parental permission
  • Pediatric intensive care units

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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