Please do not resuscitate: Automatic refusal is as harmful as offering resuscitation to allBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7541.608-b (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:608
- Carmelo Aquilina, consultant old age psychiatrist (email@example.com),
- Suki Greaves, consultant old age psychiatrist,
- Mohammed Al-Saadi, associate specialist in old age psychiatry,
- Henk Parmentier, general practitioner,
- Catherine Tarrant, general practitioner,
- Elaine Wantoch, nurse manager, Continuing Care Unit
- Queen's Resource Centre, Croydon CR0 2PR
- 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.
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