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Ethical issues in the delivery room: resuscitation of extremely low birth weight infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11930460     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The neonatal team attending high-risk deliveries is often faced with difficult ethical decisions concerning aggressive cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants of 22-24 weeks gestational age (GA). These decisions are often based on the ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, futility, autonomy, quality of life, and best interests and legal rights of the infant. Three delivery room recommendations are discussed along with their legal and ethical considerations. The perinatal and neonatal intensive care nurse must understand the moral, ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities and their effect on her/his own judgment decisions. These, in turn, will affect the infants, their parents, and other colleagues.
M A Wilder
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0893-2190     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-04     Completed Date:  2002-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801387     Medline TA:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  44-57     Citation Subset:  E; N    
Pediatrix-Valley Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
Delivery Rooms
Ethics, Clinical
Ethics, Medical*
Ethics, Nursing*
Fetal Viability
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
Medical Futility
Neonatal Nursing*
Patient Rights
Quality of Life

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