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Informing parents about the actual or impending death of their infant in a newborn intensive care unit.
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PMID:  21825916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Modern perinatal and neonatal care practices have increased survival of infants that in previous care eras would have perished. The majority of infants admitted to a newborn intensive care unit following delivery currently do well and are discharged home. Unfortunately for others, the ultimate outcome may be death. The death of a newborn infant is clearly a devastating loss to parents. How parents are informed of their infant's actual or impending death can either add to a grief reaction, or help support parents through their loss. The literature supports that most healthcare professionals frequently feel inept while discussing the death of a newborn with the baby's family. This article will present parents' descriptions of what helped or did not help when they were informed of their infant's inevitable death. It will also demonstrate how simulation may be effective in improving communication of bad or sad news to families in a manner that sustains them in the immediate present, as well as adds to their future well-being.
Debra Armentrout; Leigh Ann Cates
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1550-5073     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2011 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801387     Medline TA:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  261-7     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Texas Medical Branch and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, Galveston, Texas (Dr Armentrout and Ms Cates); and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas (Ms Cates).
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