New UK guidance on resuscitation calls for open decision making

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:509
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be based on open communication between health professionals, the patient, and people close to the patient, taking note of patients' informed decisions and reflecting their best interests, recommends new guidance published for the United Kingdom this week.

    The guidance, Decisions Relating to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is a joint statement from the BMA, the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the Royal College of Nursing, setting out legal and ethical standards for planning patient care and decision making in relation to resuscitation.

    It acknowledges recent public concern about “do not resuscitate” (DNR) orders after …

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