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End-of-Life and Bereavement Care in Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Journal title
Pediatric clinics of North America
Publication year
2017
Author(s)
Suttle, M. L.; Jenkins, T. L.; Tamburro, R. F.
Pages
1167-1183
Volume
64
Number
5

Most childhood deaths in the United States occur in hospitals. Pediatric intensive care clinicians must anticipate and effectively treat dying children’s pain and suffering and support the psychosocial and spiritual needs of families. These actions may help family members adjust to their loss, particularly bereaved parents who often experience reduced mental and physical health. Candid and compassionate communication is paramount to successful end-of-life (EOL) care as is creating an environment that fosters meaningful family interaction. EOL care in the pediatric intensive care unit is associated with challenging ethical issues, of which clinicians must maintain a sound and working understanding.

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