Evidence-based comfort care for neonates towards the end of life

ArticleinSeminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 18(2) · November 2012with11 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.03 · DOI: 10.1016/j.siny.2012.10.012 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    The provision of care to the newborn or young infant at the end of life is primarily motivated by concern and compassion. When examining the evidence base for most interventions, it is lacking - but this is not unique to this aspect of neonatal care. Nevertheless, a redirection of care from cure-oriented and life-extending measures to comfort and limitations of life-sustaining technologic interventions requires the neonatologist to apply practical knowledge skillfully and with prudence. Clinicians can acknowledge that patient needs require managing their end-of-life symptoms now; neither these patients nor their families should have to wait for research to catch up to their current needs.