Perceptible Signs of End of Life in Pediatric Intensive Care Patients

Title

Perceptible Signs of End of Life in Pediatric Intensive Care Patients

Creator

Pierron C; Levy M; Mattioni V; Poncelet G; Le Bourgeois F

Publisher

Journal of Palliative Medicine

Date

2022

Subject

Bereavement; Death;End-of-Life Care; Intensive Care Unit; Parents; Pediatric

Description

Background: How children die in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) has been poorly described, and support for parents during this traumatic experience could be improved. Better information on perceptible signs of the end of life (EOL) in children may help mitigate the trauma. Objective: To describe the most common perceptible EOL signs in PICU patients. Methods: A prospective study in a PICU. Health care providers observed 28 children expected to die and noted the perceptible signs. Results: The most common perceptible signs were desaturation and bradycardia. Twenty-seven patients had at least one change in physical appearance. Gasping was noted in 12 patients. Conclusion: Perceptible signs of the EOL were different from those reported in children dying in other units or in adults. Sharing information about signs of EOL with parents may prepare them and enable them to better support their child.

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Citation List Month

November 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Pierron C; Levy M; Mattioni V; Poncelet G; Le Bourgeois F, “Perceptible Signs of End of Life in Pediatric Intensive Care Patients,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 30, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18543.