Palliative care in the neonatal intensive care unit


Palliative care in the neonatal intensive care unit


Jackson C; Vasudevan C


Paediatrics & Child Health




Health Services Accessibility; Home Health Care; Hospice Care; Intensive Care Units; Multidisciplinary Care Team; Neonatal; Palliative Care; Pediatricians; Perinatal Care; Perinatal Death – Psychosocial Factors; Prenatal Diagnosis; Psychosocial; Support; United Kingdom


With increasing facilities for antenatal diagnosis, lowering gestation for intiation of intensive care, palliative care in the perinatal period is increasingly recognized as a specialist area. There have been standards and pathways developed in the UK that provides guidance to health professionals. Providing holistic perinatal palliative care depends on close multiprofessional working between the neonatal team and the palliative care professionals who are being integrated into the core neonatal services. Even though most neonates will continue to receive end of life care within the NICU, there are increasing number of families who choose to have end of life care either at home or a hospice. There is a need to develop services across the regions to provide equitable access to excellent clinical care as well as ongoing support to families following loss of a neonate. This short article explores the issues raised in the provision of palliative care in the perinatal period and offers practical guidance for paediatricians in this emerging area.


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Jackson C; Vasudevan C, “Palliative care in the neonatal intensive care unit,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 16, 2024,