Guidelines regarding ineffective maintenance of organ functions (futile therapy) in paediatric intensive care units

Title

Guidelines regarding ineffective maintenance of organ functions (futile therapy) in paediatric intensive care units

Creator

Bartkowska-Śniatkowska A; Byrska-Maciejasz E; Cettler M; Damps M; Jarosz K; Mierzewska-Schmidt M; Migdał M; Ożóg-Zabolska I; Piotrowski A; Rawicz M; Świder M; Tałałaj M; Zielińska M

Publisher

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Date

2021

Subject

Anesthesiology; Critical care; Futile therapy; Paediatric intensive care unit; Palliative care

Description

In Poland, guidelines for the management of ineffective treatment of children in neonatal and paediatric departments developed by the Polish Neonatal Society and the Polish Paediatric Society, have been published. The specific problems of futile therapy in paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive care units should be defined and solved separately. For this purpose, the guidelines presented below were prepared. They present the principles for managing children for whom therapeutic options available in paedia-tric anaesthesiology and intensive care units have been exhausted and ineffectiveness of maintaining organ functions, i.e. futile therapy, has been suspected. The decision to withdraw futile therapy of a child is undoubtedly one of the most difficult for both doctors and parents, and for this reason, it should be made collectively, respecting the dignity of the child and his/her parents or legal representatives, and continuing the management aimed at relieving the child's pain and suffering, as well as minimising anxiety and fear. Due to the small amount of reliable evidence-based data, the guidelines constitute the consensus of the Group of Experts and are dedicated to minor patients treated in paediatric anaesthesiology and intensive care units.

Citation List Month

April 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Bartkowska-Śniatkowska A; Byrska-Maciejasz E; Cettler M; Damps M; Jarosz K; Mierzewska-Schmidt M; Migdał M; Ożóg-Zabolska I; Piotrowski A; Rawicz M; Świder M; Tałałaj M; Zielińska M, “Guidelines regarding ineffective maintenance of organ functions (futile therapy) in paediatric intensive care units,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed June 15, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18022.