Guidance for Pediatric End-of-Life Care.
The final hours, days, and weeks in the life of a child or adolescent with serious illness are stressful for families, pediatricians, and other pediatric caregivers. This clinical report reviews essential elements of pediatric care for these patients and their families, establishing end-of-life care goals, anticipatory counseling about the dying process (expected signs or symptoms, code status, desired location of death), and engagement with palliative and hospice resources. This report also outlines postmortem tasks for the pediatric team, including staff debriefing and bereavement.
end-of-life care; hospice; palliative care; terminally ill; autopsy; code status
Linebarger JS, Johnson V, Boss RD, et al. Guidance for Pediatric End-of-Life Care. Pediatrics. 2022;149(5):e2022057011. doi:10.1542/peds.2022-057011