When life saving treatment should be withdrawn in children

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:831
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has tackled the difficult issue of withholding or withdrawing life saving treatment in children and defined five situations when such action might be appropriate (box).

    Professor David Baum, president of the college, said: “Sometimes it is necessary to come to the conclusion that for an individual child … the more humane path is one of palliation, rather than a continuation of life saving treatment.”

    The college's document says that advances in technology have resulted in some treatments that …

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