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Clin Perinatol. 2012 Dec;39(4):941-56. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2012.09.013.

The mathematics of morality for neonatal resuscitation.

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The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. wlm1@uchicago.edu

Abstract

This article discusses the ethical issues surrounding the resuscitation of infants who are at great risk to die or survive with significant morbidity. Data are introduced regarding money, outcomes, and prediction. Gestational age influences some of the outcomes after birth more than others do. Prediction is possible at four stages of the resuscitation process. Data suggest that antenatal and delivery room predictions are inadequate, and prediction at the time of discharge is too late. The predictive value (>95%) for the outcome of death or survival with neurodevelopmental impairment is discussed.

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23164189
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PMC4506790
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10.1016/j.clp.2012.09.013
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