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Guidance for Pediatric End-of-Life Care. Pediatrics 2022 05 01;149(5)

Date

05/02/2022

Pubmed ID

35490287

DOI

10.1542/peds.2022-057011

Abstract

The final hours, days, and weeks in the life of a child or adolescent with serious illness are stressful for families, pediatricians, and other pediatric caregivers. This clinical report reviews essential elements of pediatric care for these patients and their families, establishing end-of-life care goals, anticipatory counseling about the dying process (expected signs or symptoms, code status, desired location of death), and engagement with palliative and hospice resources. This report also outlines postmortem tasks for the pediatric team, including staff debriefing and bereavement.

Author List

Linebarger JS, Johnson V, Boss RD, SECTION ON HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, Linebarger JS, Collura CA, Humphrey LM, Miller EG, Williams CSP, Rholl E, Ajayi T, Lord B, McCarty CL

Author

Erin Rholl MD Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Bereavement
Child
Hospice Care
Hospices
Humans
Palliative Care
Terminal Care