Opinions of paediatricians who teach neonatal resuscitation about resuscitation practices on extremely preterm infants in the delivery room

Opinions of paediatricians who teach neonatal resuscitation about resuscitation practices on extremely preterm infants in the delivery room

Author Ambrosio, Cristiane Ribeiro Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sanudo, Adriana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Martinez, Alma M. Google Scholar
Almeida, Maria Fernanda Branco de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Guinsburg, Ruth Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Objective To describe the opinions of paediatricians who teach resuscitation in Brazil regarding resuscitation practices in the delivery room (DR) of preterm infants with gestational ages of 23-26 weeks. Methods Cross-sectional study with an internationally validated electronic questionnaire (December 2011-September 2013) sent to the instructors of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the Brazilian Society of Paediatrics on parental counselling practices, medical limits for resuscitation of extremely preterm infants and medical considerations for decision-making in this group of infants. The analysis was descriptive. Results Among 685 instructors, 560 (82%) agreed to participate. Only 5%-13% reported having opportunity for antenatal counselling parents: if called, 22% reported discussing with the family about the possibility not to resuscitate in the DR

63% about the possibility of death in the DR and 89% about the possibility of death in the neonatal unit. If the parents did not agree with the advice of the paediatrician, 30%-50% of the respondents would follow the procedures they advised regardless of the opinion of the parents. The higher the gestational age, the lower is the percentage of paediatricians who believed that parents should participate in decision-making. Only 9% participants reported the existence of written guidelines at their hospital on initiation of resuscitation in the DR at limits of viability, but 80% paediatricians reported using some criteria for limiting resuscitation in the DR. Conclusion The picture obtained in this study of Brazilian paediatricians indicates that resuscitation of extremely preterm infants is permeated by ambivalence and contradictions.
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Language English
Date 2016
Published in Journal Of Medical Ethics. London, v. 42, n. 11, p. 725-728, 2016.
ISSN 0306-6800 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Bmj Publishing Group
Extent 725-728
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2015-103173
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000388976500010
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/56812

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