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The University of Southampton
Clinical Ethics, Law and Society

Research project: New technologies in childrens ICU - Dormant

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Technologies increasingly define how children and infants are treated and managed on the intensive care unit.  

New technologies in childrens ICU

The consequences of clinical decisions to apply or withdraw technologies in critical care are far reaching, yet they are increasingly made based on the availability of the technology rather than a consideration of whether the underlying condition is thereby treated or ameliorated. The way in which clinicians make critical decisions with parents has changed in recent times.  More emphasis is often placed on the autonomous decision-making of the parent, but how much autonomy is affected by intense social media campaigns and recent high profile court cases is unclear.

This research aims to examine the changing nature of technology as a bridge to health in this setting considering the ethical issues raised and how they might be addressed.


For further information please contact Dr Peta Coulson-Smith


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