Dilemmas exist in withdrawing ventilation from dying children

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7150.80a (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:80
  1. Mark Hatherill, Fellow in paediatric intensive care.,
  2. Shane M Tibby, Fellow in paediatric intensive care.,
  3. Kim Sykes, Resident in paediatric intensive care.,
  4. Ian A Murdoch, Director.
  1. Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT

    EDITOR—We agree with Jonathan Gillis about the guidelines of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on withholding or withdrawing life saving treatment in children. 1 2 There is little doubt about the need for such a document. Modern treatment has made it possible to prolong life beyond the point where continued treatment is physiologically futile and the benefits of living might be …

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