Research Article

Withholding cardiopulmonary resuscitation: proposals for formal guidelines.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 12 June 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:1593
  1. L Doyal,
  2. D Wilsher
  1. Joint Department of Human Science and Medical Ethics, London.


    Working with members of the Royal London Trust and its medical council, Len Doyal and Daniel Wilsher have composed a set of guidelines governing the making of decisions to withhold resuscitation from patients. The guidelines describe the procedures that should be followed when giving orders for non-resuscitation and the clinical, legal, and moral criteria that should be satisfied before such orders are issued. The authors hope that these guidelines will be of help to those responsible for the creation of hospitals' policies for non-resuscitation.