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Delivery room resuscitation decisions for extremely low birthweight infants in California.
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PMID:  11268864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To characterize physician-parent counseling and delivery room resuscitation of extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of 473 California neonatologists detailing counseling patterns, resuscitation thresholds, and acceptance of parental decision making. RESULTS: The response rate was 61%. After 23 weeks' gestation, > 80% of neonatologists counseled parents expecting ELBW infants. All (> 99%) counseled parents about mortality; > 25% reported not discussing limiting resuscitation or death despite resuscitation. Decisions to limit resuscitation were affected by congenital anomalies, parents' wishes, or perceptions of pain, suffering, and quality of life. Nearly 70% of neonatologists supported parental decision making at 22 to 23 weeks, whereas 66% to 74% responded that parents should not be allowed to make nonresuscitation decisions after 26 weeks. Median resuscitation thresholds were 23 weeks (range 20-28) and 500 g (range 350-1000). CONCLUSIONS: Neonatologists' failure to discuss nonresuscitation options, variations in resuscitation thresholds, and unwillingness to accept nonresuscitation decisions for more mature ELBW infants may restrict parental decision making.
J C Partridge; H Freeman; E Weiss; A M Martinez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:    2001 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-27     Completed Date:  2001-07-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Mailstop 6E, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Cross-Sectional Studies
Decision Making*
Gestational Age
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*

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