End of life decisions in chronic lung disease.

  title={End of life decisions in chronic lung disease.},
  author={Malcolm L Chiswick},
  journal={Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine},
  volume={14 6},
Staff may be reluctant to discuss end of life decisions in chronic lung disease (CLD) as it is usual for the disease to take a prolonged course and most infants recover to be discharged home without supplemental oxygen. A minority suffer a protracted and very severe illness in spite of treatments. Further intensive care may prolong a distressing death rather than offer any hope of survival. An end of life decision may be made after discussions with parents. Assisted ventilation may be withdrawn… CONTINUE READING