Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines are used by the health professionals at Great Ormond Street Hospital for a wide range of conditions, treatments and tests.

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The decision to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment for children and young people in Intensive Care Units: guidance for nurses

The decision to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment in paediatric and neonatal intensive care units (ICUs) is both complex and emotive for everyone involved.

All members of the treating healthcare team, led by the consultant in charge, should be involved in the decision-making process.This guideline is intended to be used by nurses when situations arise where it may be ethical and legal to consider withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment.

When a child dies

This guideline is intended to supplement the resources found in the 'When a Child Dies' (WACD) purple box located in every ward, which gives detailed information on the care of a child after death and, additionally, the ongoing care and attention that the child's family will require (Rationale 1).