Treatment of seriously ill and handicapped newborns

N. Fost

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The controversy over treatment of critically ill newborns has centered on cases of alleged undertreatment of a substantial number of infants who had excellent prospects for long and happy lives. Recent corrective measures by the federal government have raised concern about overtreatment of infants who have little to benefit. Attempts to achieve a consensus on substantive principles to guide conduct have not been successful, other than to produce a sense that the infant's best interests should be the focus. Ethics committees now represent one form of a process that may help achieve that goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-159
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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