Ethical Issues in the NICU: The Importance of Team Education and Preparedness

  • Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, FCLM

    Professor of Pediatrics
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Co-Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital / UH Case Medical Center
    Cleveland, Ohio


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Learning Objectives

  • Characterize ethical conflicts between parents and providers surrounding the care of critically ill infants
  • Demonstrate strategies that promote communication between members of the health care team
  • Apply approaches which improve communication between parents and providers
Jonathan Fanaroff, MD, JD, FAAP, FCLM, professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, co-director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, and director of the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics, discusses the medical, legal, and ethical dilemmas presented by critically ill infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Fanaroff uses a case-based approach to discuss common ethical dilemmas in the NICU, such as whether to offer feeding tubes to critically ill infants. He also offers strategies for improving communication between members of the health care team and between providers and parents about viability issues, withholding vs withdrawing treatment, and end-of-life care.

Available Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2018-05-30
Closes: 2020-05-29

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and other health care providers who have an interest in infant health.