Clinical Ethics Consultations With Children
Orr, Robert D.
Perkin, Ronald M.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1994 Winter; 5(4): 323-328.
We have reviewed the data from the first two years of operation of the Ethics Consultation Service at LLUMC [Loma Linda University Medical Center] (1 August 1990 to 31 July 1992) pertaining to all ethics consultations with patients 18 years old or younger. We retrieved data from a log of all activity of the Ethics Consultation Service at LLUMC and from a review of the patients' charts. In addition to demographic data, we collected survival data and information about previous state of health, current diagnoses and treatment, and primary reason given for consultation requests. The clinical ethicist catalogued all of the issues uncovered in each case. We analyzed our results and compared them to previous reports of ethics consultations done by committees and consultants with both adults and children.
Adults; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Biomedical Technologies; Children; Chronically Ill; Clinical Ethics; Critically Ill; Consultation; Decision Making; Dissent; Drugs; Ethicist's Role; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Ethics Consultation; Evaluation; Family Members; Health; Hospitals; Infants; Injuries; Life; Minors; Morbidity; Mortality; Parents; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Resuscitation; Review; Statistics; Surgery; Terminally Ill; Ventilators; Withholding Treatment;