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([double dagger] [double dagger]) M.D., Research Fellow, IICU.
Address for reprints: Dr Dirk Maybauer, Department of Anesthesiology, IICU, Universitaetsklink fur Anaesthesiologie, Ulm, Sektion Experimentelle Anaesthesia, Steinhoevelstr.
In the IICU, Andrew was placed on a ventilator, a move the Stinsons maintain was against their wishes.
Andrew's parents claim that they made repeated requests to stop what they viewed as ineffective and painful life prolonging measures; the attending physicians (three, who rotated charge of the IICU) reportedly maintained that the infant was "salvageable." The physicians noted that the medical technology to save Andrew was so new as to make outcomes unpredictable and explained to the parents that "We don't have the answers because we are on a frontier here."
The blurred boundary line between infant care and clinical research on premature infants is particularly troublesome in IICU nurseries at this time.
Prudent deliberators would more actively engage the Stinsons, Andrew's physicians, IICU nursing staff, and other relevant narratives, whose "stories" help deliberators become more alert to their own biases that can weaken open-mindedness and unhinge the capacity for balanced partiality.
In this spirit, the health care team supported the Smiths' selection of the IICU, a setting that would be responsive to the needs identified by the family.
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