Ethical considerations in the care of encephalopathic neonates treated with therapeutic hypothermia.
Engaging with ethical issues is central to the management of neonatal encephalopathy (NE). As treatment for these neonates evolves, new ethical issues will arise and many existing challenges will remain. We highlight three key ethical issues that arise in the care of neonates with NE treated with therapeutic hypothermia: facilitating shared decision making, understanding futility, and defining the boundaries between standard of care and research. Awareness of these issues will help clinicians counsel families in light of evolving treatments and outcomes.
Lemmon, ME; Wusthoff, CJ; Boss, RD; Rasmussen, LA; Newborn Brain Society Guidelines and Publications Committee,
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