Pediatric Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2015 Sep;27(3):341-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2015.05.005. Epub 2015 Jun 27.


The chronicity of illness that afflicts children in Pediatric Palliative Care and the medical technology that has improved their lifespan and quality of life make prognostication extremely difficult. The uncertainty of prognostication and the available medical technologies make both the neonatal intensive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit locations where many children will receive Pediatric Palliative Care. Health care providers in the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit should integrate fundamental Pediatric Palliative Care principles into their everyday practice.

Keywords: Intensive care; Intensive care units, neonatal; Palliative care; Pediatrics; Quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Critical Illness / nursing
  • Critical Illness / therapy*
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration*
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Palliative Care / standards
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration*