Care of High-Risk Newborns Today: Advanced Medical Technology and Quality of Life
In the context of the wider subject of this volume — Early Influences Shaping the Individual — this chapter concerns problems in the care of high-risk newborns related to the advanced medical technologies and their consequences for the quality of life. The meaning of an epistemologic approach and the true role of experts when confronted with such problems is emphasized. On the basis of our personal experience during recent decades, we discuss the changes in technology-oriented perinatal care and the outcomes of such changes. The survival rate of very high-risk newborns has increased remarkably but we must remember that for every five more healthy survivors “gained” in the last 15 years , there is one more handicapped survivor who can be considered a “loss”. Attention is drawn to the possibility of simplifying care and to the so-called humanization of care which implies parental involvement. Both these aspects are strongly related to attitudes of mind of the professional workers involved, based essentially on flexibility and on the capability of communicating. We conclude by questioning the role of the experts which must of course be specialized but must also be enlightened by an epistemologic conscience which is both complex and ineffable.
KeywordsVisual Evoke Potential Intrauterine Growth Retardation Neonatal Unit Unborn Baby Early Influence
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