The Ethics of Research in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Sarah Gamble, RCpN, BA (Nursing), Plunket Cert., Nurse Clinician – Care and Support of the Neonate and Family in Crisis
Reference: Gamble, S. (1966) The Ethics of Research in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 11(3), 47-49.
The speciality of neonatal intensive care is one in which there is rapid expansion of knowledge and technology. It is an area where the barriers of critical illness and gestational immaturity are constantly being challenged, innovative treatments initiated, high-tech equipment being trialled, and younger and sicker babies surviving longer. Neonatology, as a young and dynamic specialty is one in which research is constantly being conducted with babies and their families participating in local national and international studies.