Journal article

Attitudes of Australian neonatologists to resuscitation of extremely preterm infants

Bernice A Mills, Annie Janvier, Brenda M Argus, Peter G Davis, Dag Helge Froisland

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

AIM: We aimed to investigate how Australian neonatologists made decisions when incompetent patients of different ages needed resuscitation. METHODS: A survey including vignettes of eight incompetent patients requiring resuscitation was sent to 140 neonatologists. Patients ranged from a very preterm infant to 80 years old. While some had existing impairments, all faced risk of death or neurological sequelae. Respondents indicated whether they would resuscitate, whether they believed resuscitation was in the patients' best interests, whether they would want intervention for a family member and whether they would comply with families' wishes to withhold resuscitation. They were also asked how t..

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