Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care - Volume 3, issue 3
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Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care is an English multidisciplinary peer-reviewed international journal publishing articles in the field of pediatric intensive care.
Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care is written for the entire intensive care team: pediatric intensivist, pediatricians, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, nurses, and others who deal with pediatric patients who are followed in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care provides an in-depth update on new subjects, and current comprehensive coverage of the latest techniques in intensive care in childhood.
Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care encourages submissions from all authors throughout the world.
The following articles will be considered for publication: editorials, original and review articles, short report, rapid communications, letters to the editor, and book reviews. The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of pediatric intensive care.
Abstract: Advancements in medical science and pediatric intensive care have significantly improved outcomes for children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Critical care management of HSCT patients requires pediatric intensivists to deal with ethical issues including aggressiveness of care and futility, limiting treatment, shared decision-making with families of critically ill children, and decision-making in the context of multi-disciplinary management of complex patients. This paper will discuss the fundamental ethical principles to enable pediatric intensivists to address questions of medical decision-making. Medical futility will be explored and strategies for dealing with both the practical and emotional implications of this for the pediatric…intensivist will be addressed. Another important issue related to critical care of the HSCT patient is establishing goals of care, specifically related to end of life care decisions. A framework for end of life communication with families will be provided. Finally, this paper will discuss the potential conflicts resulting from multi-disciplinary care of the HSCT patient in the pediatric intensive care unit. As medical management of the HSCT patient continues to evolve, awareness of the ethical issues surrounding their care is important for both patient and provider.
Keywords: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, pediatric intensive care unit, medical management