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Resuscitation decisions are often not documented early enough

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1275
  1. Peter Davies, general practitioner principal (
  1. Alison Lea Medical Centre, East Kilbride G74 3BE

    EDITOR—I was not surprised to see that national guidelines on resuscitation decisions are being ignored.1 I have worked in several hospitals on acute medical wards and often have seen fudged resuscitation decisions. I believe that the decision on resuscitation should, as with any treatment, be made by the patient first. If the patient is unable or too ill to make the decision it should be made in consultation with …

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