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Drugs used for comfort care after withdrawal of intensive treatment in tertiary neonatal units in the UK
  1. Rajiv Chaudhary1,
  2. Arpana Silwal2,
  3. Amit Gupta3,
  4. Wilf Kelsall1
  1. 1NICU, The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, UK
  3. 3Department of Neonatology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Rajiv Chaudhary, NICU, The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ, UK; rajivbilaspur{at}

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Drugs are widely used for the comfort/palliative care after withdrawal of intensive treatment in the neonates.1 ,2 Analgesics and sedatives are commonly used and outside UK, neuromuscular blockers (NMB) are also administered.3 The adverse effects of these drugs, which can be life limiting, can cause apprehensions among members of the clinical team. Guidelines published by Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) views the use of sedatives (Opioids) as a benefit …

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