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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Neonatal ICU Issues:
Case 1

M.S. is a married 35-year-old pregnant childless woman who has lost four previous pregnancies between 16 and 23 weeks gestation. She currently has reached 23 weeks and 3 days of gestation, her fetus is seemingly healthy, and has an estimated weight of 550 grams (+/-1.2 lbs). She has ruptured her bag of waters and is now having labor that seems unstoppable with tocolytics. Delivery seems inevitable.

What are the management options and who decides what form of care should be instituted following delivery?


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