Pediatric care ethics is a complex issue. The complexity of the ethics is made worse because there are different perspectives on what it means to be an ethical decision maker. There are three different levels of pediatric care ethics: the level of the “pediatrician,” the level of society, and lastly, parents. Each one has its own way of dealing with ethical dilemmas in pediatric care . It is important for pediatricians to understand all three levels so they can appropriately help patients navigate through them.”
In addition, the behavior of the pediatrician is ethical because they are ethically participating in their role. If there is a conflict, they will try to resolve it, but if they cannot, then they must take their actions up with his/her supervisors. This is where the other complication comes in: there is no delineation between the responsibilities of the pediatrician and those of other professionals. For example, an ethics committee may make a decision to do surgery on a patient. The hospital’s senior administrator has the responsibility to make sure that everyone follows ethical guidelines, but ultimately, if they disregard patient care guidelines and operate anyway, it falls under physician ethic.
The complexity of pediatric care ethics is made worse because there are three different perspectives on what it means to be an ethical decision maker. As such, there are several approaches that must be considered when making decisions. It is also important for physicians to understand all three levels so they can appropriately help patients navigate through them.