Losing a Baby: How Good Is End-of-Life Care?

February 24, 2015

(Medscape) – Sadly, despite advances in care and improved survival of premature infants, some babies die in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)—some quickly, and some after weeks or months of illness. A few NICUs have established formal palliative care programs to improve end-of-life care for infants and families, but such programs are not available everywhere, and in many NICUs, the medical and nursing staff must largely shoulder the burden of providing palliative and end-of-life care along with their usual responsibilities.