Pediatric Palliative Care: a bioethical reflection
Keywords:Bioethics, Palliative care, Life-sustaining treatments, Pediatrics, Pulmonary ventilation, Intensive care unit
This article discusses the institution of palliative care as a form of humanized care for pediatric patients dependent on invasive mechanical ventilation with no prospect of cure. To reflect on this proposal, there was a theoretical incursion into literature, seeking to establish a dialogue between the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and pediatric palliative care. The institution of palliative care for this vulnerable population can be based on arguments of some principles contained in the Declaration, especially those that assert respect for human dignity, human rights, vulnerability and integrity. The Declaration’s articles place Bioethics within the social and concrete human reality, and open new perspectives for reflection and action in palliative care.
Copyright (c) 2020 Lisandra Parcianello Melo Iwamoto, Natan Monsores de Sá, Fabiano Maluf
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