The Pros And Cons Of Neonatal Resuscitation

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Introduction: Throughout history there has been many advances in the health care professional, that also applies to perinatal medicine. However, still to this day close to 4,000 newborns still require resuscitation per year (Chalkias). Respiratory support may be needed in the delivery room when a newborn undergoes asphyxia and can not reach the level of oxygen needed to thrive and survive by his or her own self (Chalkias). Resuscitation is abundantly seen in preterm delivery, which is describes as a delivery prior to the 37 week mark of the gestational period (Morrison). In most situations there is a 100% survival rate among newborns born after 32 gestational weeks, however at 27 gestational weeks the survival rate drops to a low of 50% (Morrison). Another means for using neonatal resuscitation, is when one is more with an …show more content…
However, the child is not in the proper mental state nor proper physical shape that they can make their own decision (Guimaraes). Since newborns are lacking the ability to hold themselves accountable, they lack the proper necessities for autonomy. Since they can not make their choices for themselves they have to rely on the decisions of their surrogate (Fanaroff),
As a result, the parents must step in and take action as the decision maker in these difficult times. In some cases both parents as well as the doctors can be civilized and come to terms together it is not appropriate for the child to continue to live, when in reality they are just prolonging their death (Guimaraes). Then there are those parents who contradict the doctors and base their decisions on what they want for the themselves or child in this time of crisis (Guimaraes). When that is the case the doctors must become a mentor and ensure they have provide all the proper documentation available to help guide these parents through this difficult process

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