Decision-making at the borderline of viability: Who should decide and on what basis?
AuthorGillam, L; Wilkinson, D; Xafis, V; Isaacs, D
Source TitleJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
University of Melbourne Author/sGillam, Lynn
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGillam, L., Wilkinson, D., Xafis, V. & Isaacs, D. (2017). Decision-making at the borderline of viability: Who should decide and on what basis?. JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH, 53 (2), pp.105-111. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13423.
Access StatusOpen Access
Parents and medical staff usually agree on the management of preterm labour at borderline viability, when there is a relatively high risk of long-term neurodevelopmental problems in survivors. If delivery is imminent and parents and staff cannot agree on the best management, however, who should decide what will happen when the baby is delivered? Should the baby be resuscitated? Should intensive care be initiated? Three ethicists, one of whom is also a neonatologist, discuss this complex issue.
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