Palliative care, resuscitation status, and end-of-life considerations in pediatric anesthesia

Title

Palliative care, resuscitation status, and end-of-life considerations in pediatric anesthesia

Creator

Erondu M U; Mahoney D P

Publisher

Current opinion in anaesthesiology

Date

2020

Subject

advance care planning; code status; goals of care; pediatric anesthesia; pediatric palliative care

Description

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To familiarize pediatric anesthesiologists with primary palliative care procedural communication skills and recommendations for discussions involving complex medical decision-making or advance care planning, such as discussions about resuscitation status. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent publications highlight the benefits of pediatric palliative care (PPC) for seriously ill patients and their families, and how PPC principles might be applied to perioperative communication and decision-making. Both prospective and retrospective reports reveal improved quality of life, symptom management, and avoidance of unnecessary interventions when PPC is introduced early for a child with serious illness. SUMMARY: Pediatric anesthesiologists will, at some point, care for a child with serious illness who would benefit from PPC. It is important that all members of the perioperative care team are familiar with primary PPC procedural communication skills and models for approaching discussions about goals of care, shared decision-making, and advance care planning. Pediatric anesthesiologists should be incorporated as early as possible in team discussions about potential procedures requiring sedation for seriously ill children.

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Citation List Month

July 2020 List

Collection

Citation

Erondu M U; Mahoney D P, “Palliative care, resuscitation status, and end-of-life considerations in pediatric anesthesia,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 3, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17133.

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