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  1. Wilder, Mary Ann RNC, MSN, NNP

Abstract

The neonatal team attending high-risk deliveries is often faced with difficult ethical decisions concerning aggressive cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants of 22-24 weeks gestational age (GA). These decisions are often based on the ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, futility, autonomy, quality of life, and best interests and legal rights of the infant. Three delivery room recommendations are discussed along with their legal and ethical considerations. The perinatal and neonatal intensive care nurse must understand the moral, ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities and their effect on her/his own judgment decisions. These, in turn, will affect the infants, their parents, and other colleagues.