An Automatic Pediatric Palliative Care Consultation for Children Supported on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Survey of Perceived Benefits and Barriers

Title

An Automatic Pediatric Palliative Care Consultation for Children Supported on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Survey of Perceived Benefits and Barriers

Creator

Delgado-Corcoran C; Wawrzynski SE; Mansfield KJ; Flaherty B; DeCourcey DD; Moore D; Cook LJ; Ullrich CK; Olson LM

Publisher

Journal of Palliative Medicine

Date

2022

Subject

Consultation; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Pediatric palliative care; Survey

Description

Background: Pediatric palliative care (PPC) consultation is infrequent among children on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Objective(s): Investigate intensive care unit (ICU) team members' perceptions of automatic PPC consultation for children on ECMO in an ICU in the United States. Method(s): Cross-sectional survey assessing benefits, barriers to PPC, and consultation processes. Result(s): Of 291 eligible respondents, 48% (n=140) completed the survey and 16% (n=47) answered an open-ended question. Benefits included support in decision-making (n=98; 70%) and identification of goals of care (n=89; 64%). Barriers included perception of giving up on families (n=59; 42%) and poor acceptability by other team members (n=58; 41%). Respondents endorsed communication with the primary ICU team before (n=122; 87%) and after (n=129; 92%) consultation. Open-ended responses showed more positive (79% vs. 13%) than negative statements. Positive statements reflected on expanding PPC to other critically-ill children where negative statements revealed unrecognized value in PPC. Conclusion(s): Results demonstrate opportunities for education about the scope of PPC and improvements in PPC delivery.

Citation List Month

May 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Delgado-Corcoran C; Wawrzynski SE; Mansfield KJ; Flaherty B; DeCourcey DD; Moore D; Cook LJ; Ullrich CK; Olson LM, “An Automatic Pediatric Palliative Care Consultation for Children Supported on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Survey of Perceived Benefits and Barriers,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed February 29, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18047.