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Ethical Issues in Neonatal End of Life Care

by Dominic Wilkinson, Professor, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPCH
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 1 CNE
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Neonatal intensive care frequently gives rise to challenging ethical questions, particularly when there are decisions to be made about starting or stopping potentially life-sustaining medical treatment. In this talk, I will cover three common and important questions relating to neonatal end of life care. When is it ethical to allow a newborn infant to die? How should decisions be reached about providing or discontinuing life-sustaining treatment? What decisions or actions are ethical (and unethical) as part of the end of life care of a newborn infant?

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: List the different ethical reasons that would justify allowing a newborn infant to die

Objective 2: Apply the concept of the zone of parental discretion relating to decision-making for newborn infants

Objective 3: Explain the difference between different possible end of life decisions and choices. Explain and apply the Equivalence Thesis relating to decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment

Categories: Neonates
Presentations: 11  |  Hours / CE Credits: 11.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks