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Volume 9/Issue 2, March 2013

Managing complex ethical problems on the neonatal unit

Vincent Kirkbride


Some neonatal patients, either due to the rarity of their condition or a combination of co-morbidity, can be very difficult to manage. When there are many or conflicting opinions, it can add to the difficulty of decision-making. The key ethical point is to determine what treatment choices lead to the best overall benefit (‘best interests’) to the infant. This article demonstrates a structured approach to managing complex problems on the neonatal unit. It also includes an example of an ethical framework, which can be used to help resolve difficult ethical problems.

Kirkbride V. Managing complex ethical problems on the neonatal unit. Infant 2013; 9(2): 66-70.

 
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