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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, lead 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.

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