AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2008, Volume 10, Number 10.

Ethics Poll

Resuscitation and Treatment Decisions in the NICU

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Many marginally viable newborns are resuscitated to give them a chance at life with the understanding that the decision to withdraw or continue life-sustaining treatment will be based on how they respond in the first few hours or days. Which of the following best describes your opinion on how decisions to continue or withdraw treatment should be made for newborns who do poorly on the trial intervention and for whom physicians predict devastating neurological impairment?
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