End-of-Life and Bereavement Care in Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Markita L. Suttle, Tammara L. Jenkins, Robert F. Tamburro

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Most childhood deaths in the United States occur in hospitals. Pediatric intensive care clinicians must anticipate and effectively treat dying children's pain and suffering and support the psychosocial and spiritual needs of families. These actions may help family members adjust to their loss, particularly bereaved parents who often experience reduced mental and physical health. Candid and compassionate communication is paramount to successful end-of-life (EOL) care as is creating an environment that fosters meaningful family interaction. EOL care in the pediatric intensive care unit is associated with challenging ethical issues, of which clinicians must maintain a sound and working understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1183
Number of pages17
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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