Health Ethics Seminar on November 19, 2010

For your information.

Ethical Challenges at the Beginning of Life: 3 Recent Cases Involving Newborns with Serious Genetic Disorders

Anna C. Zadunayski, LLB
Clinical Ethicist
Alberta Children’s Hospital
Alberta Health Services
Calgary & South Zone
Friday, 19 November 2010 12:00—12:45pm
Room 2-07 Heritage Medical Research Centre
Available via Telehealth by contacting 780-492-6676 or or your local provider at least 2 business days prior to the event
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Abstract follows

The decision-making process for newborns with serious genetic anomalies is often a troubling and contentious subject of neonatal ethics. Good communication between clinicians and families is imperative, with a continual emphasis upon the best interest of the newborn. In some cases, that best interest will include nonaggressive care, but is that always the case?
This paper explores three recent cases with implications for ethical decision-making, communication and practice in the NICU setting.
John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre
5-16 University Terrace
University of Alberta
Phone: 780-492-6676 Fax: 780-492-0673
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2T4

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