Letters Resuscitation orders

Orthopaedic consultant is responsible in hip fracture

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39108.393380.1F (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:222
  1. Paul Diggory, consultant orthogeriatrics
  1. 1Mayday University Hospital, Croydon CR7 7YE pdiggory@aol.com

    Anwar and Ahmed highlight the difficulties making cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) decisions for elderly people with hip fracture.1 Published guidance and the law are confusing,2 3 but there is a logical approach to using them.

    It is not practicable to make a resuscitation decision on everybody in hospital. If an arrest is ‘‘foreseeable,'' guidelines supported by common law and common sense dictate that a decision needs …

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