April 2004, Volume 34 Number 4 , p 28 - 30
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(4) April 2004 p 28–30 Honoring children's rights [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: GIVING CONSENT]
SALLADAY, SUSAN A. RN, PhD
Susan A. Salladay is director of The William Jennings Bryan Center for Excellence in Bioethics, BryanLGH Health System, Lincoln, Neb. Address your questions to: Ethical Problems, Nursing2004 , 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002.
At our pediatric hospital, we strive to honor children's rights. Besides obtaining parental consent for treatment, we also try to obtain a child's assent if he's old enough to understand what's happening .
Recently a 12-year-old patient with cerebral palsy was admitted for orthopedic surgery to correct contractures. His parents had given consent for the surgery, but he didn't want it, even when told of the procedure's high ...