Letters Opt in not out

Progress towards fewer inappropriate attempts at cardiopulmonary resuscitation

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5942 (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5942
  1. Emma J Hall, consultant in palliative medicine1,
  2. Nigel Sykes, medical director 1,
  3. Debra Swann, consultant in palliative medicine2
  1. 1St Christopher’s Hospice, London SE26 6DZ, UK
  2. 2Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, UK
  1. e.hall{at}stchristophers.org.uk

Despite preparation by health professionals, relatives sometimes call an ambulance to someone near to death, but this does not need to result in attempted resuscitation.1 Locally, much work has gone into implementation of written do not resuscitate orders that can be left in the patient’s house, with their consent.

But even without a written order, paramedics …

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