Les prises de decisions ethiques en reanimation neonatale. Enquete aupres des soignants de deux centres francais

Translated title of the contribution: Ethical decisions making in neonatal intensive care. Results of an investigation in two French centres

M. Garel, S. Gosme-Séguret, M. Kaminski, M. Cuttini

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Abstract

A European Concerted Action, Euronic, has been set up to study the attitudes and self-reported practices of the staff working in neonatal intensive care units about parent's information and ethical decision-making. This paper presents the results of a preliminary qualitative survey conducted in two French units and including 23 physicians and nurses. The answers indicate that withdrawal of treatments are part of their practice; Parents are never directly, involved in the decision-making process. The decision to withdraw life sustaining treatments generate psychological distress among the caregivers. Nurses consider that they are more emotionally involved with the baby and the parents. They express concerns about painful treatments and life-prolonging therapies. Most respondents believe that an ethical committee would be of little help in the decision-making process and that the actual legislation should not be modified as it gives obligation for more in-depth consideration of each case.

Translated title of the contributionEthical decisions making in neonatal intensive care. Results of an investigation in two French centres
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)662-670
Number of pages9
JournalArchives de Pediatrie
Volume4
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997

Keywords

  • Ethical decisions
  • Medical staff
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Nursing staff
  • Parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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