Delivery Room Decisions for Tiny Infants: An Ethical Analysis
Botkin, Jeffrey R.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1990 Winter; 1(4): 306-311.
Over the past one to two decades, the struggle to establish ethical and legal standards for the care of impaired newborns has been richly illustrated in literature. The complex issues addressed in this literature include efforts to define the best interest of these infants, as well as the proper role of parents, physicians, courts, and committees in decision making in these tragic circumstances. Typically, these discussions pertain to the infant who has been temporarily stabilized in the nursery while the future course of care is in question. This article focuses on the application of similar considerations in the pressured environment of the delivery room, where discussion and deliberation must give way to immediate action (or irremediable inaction).
Allowing to Die; Birth Weight; Congenital Disorders; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Environment; Ethical Analysis; Evaluation; Evaluation Studies; Family Members; Futility; Hospitals; Infants; Institutional Policies; Intensive Care Units; Literature; Low Birth Weight; Mortality; Newborns; Parents; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Prematurity; Prognosis; Public Policy; Resource Allocation; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Risks and Benefits; Selection for Treatment; Standards; Uncertainty; Values; Viability; Withholding Treatment;
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