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Bioethics Committee

WHEN THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS OR SOLUTIONS, THE BIOETHICS COMMITTEE CAN HELP

 
When a child is hospitalized, decisions must be made regarding approaches to care. These decisions are made by a group of people,including the patient (when possible), his or her family, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Because different people hold different viewpoints, values, and religious beliefs, making a collective decision about what is best for the child can be difficult. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, acting as the child’s advocate, has a Bioethics Committee that serves as a resource and as an advisory group to help with difficult care-related decisions.


THE ROLE OF THE BIOETHICS COMMITTEE IS TO
  • Familiarize the hospital staff and the greater community with ethical issues faced by parents, families, and healthcare providers engaged in the ongoing care of desperately ill children.
  • Meet in special session to provide guidance and/or serve as a sounding board for parents, families, and healthcare professionals to discuss specific ethical concerns.
  • Recommend and review hospital guidelines for ethical issues that arise related to the care of children.

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
 
The Bioethics Committee membership may represent and include:
  • Parents
  • Residents of the surrounding community
  • Community- and hospital-based physicians
  • Social workers
  • Clergy
  • Biomedical ethicists
  • Nurses
  • Hospital employees
  • Hospital administrators

IF YOU NEED THE COMMITTEE’S HELP…
 
Any parent, family member, or healthcare provider may request a meeting with the Bioethics Committee to receive advice or counsel.

To contact the Bioethics Committee, please call the Ethics & Compliance Department at (786)624-3838.

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