“Four out of five neonatal deaths occur after withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment. The life span of these infants may extend from minutes to weeks, months or years. Throughout this period, care must be tailored to individual needs of the infant and family. When a consensus cannot be reached there is a role for the ethics committee.”
Reference: Mancini, A., Uthaya, S., Beardsley, C., Wood, D., & Modi, N. (2014). Practical guidance for the management of palliative care on neonatal units. 1st Ed, Feb 2014. RCPCH with Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.
Previously published: 24/04/14, 02/04/15