Please do not resuscitate: Do we perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on living or dead people?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7541.608-a (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:608
  1. John C Chambers, Macmillan consultant (dr.ch@mbers.info)
  1. Katharine House Hospice, Adderbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3NL

    EDITOR—Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the continuing care setting is controversial.1 Patients' rights are central to decision making on resuscitation in the NHS2 and independent sector,3 but it is unclear what these rights are.

    Although the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms4 formed the basis of the joint was never intended to help shape one's response to a cardiac arrest. In applying articles from …

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