Should Newborns Receive Analgesics for Pain?
Truog, Robert D.
Hickey, Paul R.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1991 Summer; 2(2): 115-117.
...the last decade has seen a fascinating debate over the issue of whether newborns feel pain. While this question has been largely motivated by moral concerns about the humane treatment of newborns, the controversy has been conclusively settled only through rigorous scientific inquiry and experimentation. In acknowledging the formation of this new consensus about infant pain, strong statements in favor of adequate anesthesia for newborns have been issued by major national professional organizations. Despite general acceptance of these guidelines, controversy still exists about whether analgesia should be routinely administered for newborn circumcisions. In addition, the approach taken in resolving this debate may have implications for other issues, such as abortion and animal rights.
Abortion; Anesthesia; Animal Experimentation; Animal Rights; Children; Circumcision; Consensus; Drugs; Fetuses; Guidelines; Hospitals; Infants; Institutional Policies; Males; Minors; Morbidity; Mortality; Newborns; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Pain; Patient Care; Pediatrics; Physicians; Primates; Professional Organizations; Rights; Surgery;
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