Inside Health Care: Neonatal Intensive Care -Who Decides? Who Pays? Who Can Afford It?

ECMO: Cost, Controversy and Ethics

Author(s): Jatinder S. Bhatia and Linda J. Wise

Pp: 146-154 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805113010012

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Extracorporeal Life Support is used routinely in infants, children and adults today. It is a labor intensive and costly treatment option. Two cases are presented to illustrate the complexity of decision making process.

Keywords: ECMO, Cost, Controversy, Ethics, Utilization, Metabolic disorder, Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Intraventricular hemorrhage, Inhaled nitric oxide, High frequency ventilation

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