Tip 247: gestational borderline viability

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics produced a framework for clinical practice in 2006 regarding the resuscitation of premature babies <26/40.

  • <22/40 =  any intervention must be within an approved research study.
  • 22 – 22+6/40 = standard practice NOT to resuscitate.
  • 23 – 23+6/40 = preference given to wishes of parents.
  • 24 – 24+6 = normal practice is to resuscitate.

Reference: Nuffield Council on BioethicsCritical care decisions in fetal and neonatal medicine: ethical issues. London: Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 2006.

Previously published: 22/06/15

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