Balancing the benefits and burdens of ECMO. The nurse's role.

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Technologic innovations such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation generate a myriad of ethical concerns that complicate clinical treatment decisions. Nurses must engage in deliberate actions to raise the issues of balancing the benefits and burdens of the technology, access to therapy, informed consent, and allocation of scarce resources, in order to provide ECMO services in an ethically sound manner. Consumers and providers of ECMO services must continue to examine and debate these issues in a reasoned, deliberate fashion and construct the necessary procedural safeguards that will ensure beneficent and just delivery of these services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-491
Number of pages11
JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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