Safety of the Infants
The safety of the infant babies is one important concept that any parent would always wish for them. However, for many infants who have undergone the oxygenation management the face of being blind, neurological damage and also many of them have ended up dying. The Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) has been on the front role to carry out the study to determine the importance of the oxygenation on the infants born below 28 weeks of gestation. However, a critic has arisen from OHRP and New York Times, but still many points remain to be proven (Lantos, 2013).
According to the protests that have been launched by the OHRP, the hospital management have not given full information to the parents on the risks that may result from the oxygenation. Many parents have just ended up seeing the final results without proper understanding the causes of the ailments. Moreover, the treatment of the patients has not been standardized thus affecting the quality that is delivered.
Many of the infants are believed to have fallen blindly due to the oxygenation. There has also been the notification by the OHRP to the SUPPORT on the possible risk of having the patients suffer from neurological damage that is the damage on the brain thus affecting on the levels of their thinking and performance. Another effect that has been caused by the research has been ultimate death of the patients (Lantos, 2013).
The New England Journal of Medicine has particularly opposed the school of thought that is purported by the OHRP. They have maintained that the research was done appropriately and that there was nothing unethical that was done by SUPPORT in picking up the infants for their research. They have maintained that there was no significant difference between the infants who participated in the research and those who did not take part (Lantos, 2013).
Some infants have received more oxygen than they were supposed to receive on the normal occasion. This according to the research carried out affects the rate of the eye development in the infant’s body and thus increase the chances of the infant being blind. Other infants may receive less oxygen than they were supposed to receive thus leading to brain damage and even worse death (Lantos, 2013).
Research is important and to ensure that the entire process of carrying out the research is successful, it will mean that the researchers ensure that there is honesty, safety, and transparency. Honesty and transparency go hand-in-hand (Lantos, 2013).For the case of the supporting premature infants, the research ought to have obtained the consent of the parents. Moreover, the parent ought to have informed of the risks involved. Safety comes in on ensuring that all the infants that are involved in the research are protected from any form of harm.
In conclusion, research on infants is important but before anything else being carried out their safety should be kept first. The parents and all the relevant stakeholders need to understand the advantages and the disadvantages of the study. This will ensure that there is increased efficiency and effectiveness on the performance.
Lantos, J. D. (2013). SUPPORTing premature infants. Pediatrics, 132(6), e1661-e1663.