Please do not resuscitate: Automatic refusal is as harmful as offering resuscitation to all

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7541.608-b (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:608
  1. Carmelo Aquilina, consultant old age psychiatrist (carmelo.aquilina@slam.nhs.uk),
  2. Suki Greaves, consultant old age psychiatrist,
  3. Mohammed Al-Saadi, associate specialist in old age psychiatry,
  4. Henk Parmentier, general practitioner,
  5. Catherine Tarrant, general practitioner,
  6. Elaine Wantoch, nurse manager, Continuing Care Unit
  1. Queen's Resource Centre, Croydon CR0 2PR
  2. Amberley Lodge, Purley CR8 4JF

    EDITOR—We disagree with Conroy et al that discussion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the patient or relatives wastes time and resources and is a diversion from other care activities.1 They move from the aim of not providing wasteful and harmful practices to the more arguable assertion that there should be a general presumption of non-intervention in these settings.

    In our local unit for continuing care …

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