Letters Opt in not out

Let’s talk about opting in or out of “not for resuscitation”

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5940 (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5940
  1. Rosemarie D Anthony-Pillai, palliative care consultant1
  1. 1Peace Hospice, Watford WD17 3PH, UK
  1. ranthonypillai{at}peacehospice.org.uk

It is disheartening to see a dignified death sabotaged by an ill considered attempt at resuscitation.1 Herein lies the problem—how many patients on palliative care registers actively have their resuscitation status considered? Hospitals make resuscitation decisions on all their patients, yet patients who are not for resuscitation in hospital can be discharged …

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