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FRANCHI, Rodrigo et al. Open-door pediatric intensive care units: experiences and parents' opinions. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2018, vol.89, n.3, pp.165-170. ISSN 0004-0584.

ICUs should provide appropriate, effective, non-invasive treatment in multicentric, collaborative environments that foster experience analyses and comparison for error minimization purposes, but they should also provide human care. ICUs should be accessible to parents, close relatives and caregivers when accompanying children during their hospital stay, during invasive procedures, CPR cardio pulmonary resuscitation and even during death. This is the children’s undeniable right. In this paper, we describe a three-year experience in an open door ICU. We have undertaken this challenging path and have led change in the care of critically ill children.

Keywords : Intensive care units; Patient-centered care; Patient rights; Child advocacy.

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