Ethical Issues in the Care of Emerging Adults in Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Author(s): Mary Brennan, MBE, RN, Melissa Uveges, PhD, MA, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 03, 2024

Topics: Cardiovascular, Ethics

Population: Pediatric

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Using an example of an 18 year old with congenital heart disease who is unexpectedly admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit, this article demonstrates how emerging adults with chronic conditions present unique ethical challenges. The three components of informed consent are described with specific attention to evaluation of these elements in emerging adults. Challenges such as protecting patient privacy in the context of family centered care and addressing advanced care planning are also included.


  • Explain the term emerging adult and how caring for this population in pediatric settings presents unique ethical challenges.
  • Describe barriers to informed consent, privacy and advanced care planning among chronically ill emerging adults.
  • Identify at least two specific actions to promote the ethical care of emerging adults in pediatric settings

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